Apr 23 2013
I Have No Idea What Happens Next
I have “control issues.” Anyone who has spent an hour with me knows this, and loves and respects me because or despite it. It’s what makes me good at my job as a festival director. It keeps our domestic life … Continue reading
Jan 15 2013
Love and the Older Dad
My father was 46-years-old when I was born. He already had two children in their early 20s, and had recently been through a bruising divorce. He raised my half-siblings through his own 20s and 30s, a time when he was … Continue reading
Dec 27 2012
How To Throw the Best (Cheap) Star Wars Birthday Party Ever
We’ve made some pretty lovely budget-friendly birthday parties in our day. For my older son’s 3rd birthday party we celebrated him reaching the “age of education” by decorating kippot and tzedakah boxes and doing Aleph Bet Yoga. For the baby’s … Continue reading
Nov 9 2012
We Don’t Live Anywhere Near Our Family
The night I realized that we had nobody to parent our children for a stretch of October, I cried. My husband had a major conference in Reno, and I had a 10-day festival to run. That left us with no … Continue reading
Oct 31 2012
The Only Thing I Miss is Halloween
When I became observant I gave up half of my favorite foods and TV and shopping on Saturday. I don’t miss those things one bit. What I really miss about my old life is Halloween.
Oct 4 2012
Loving My Pickle Man
For the last few weeks my husband has been working hard on fine-tuning his pickle recipe. Finally, last week, he got it just right—not too salty, not too bland. A real half-sour. Now he’s working on replicating his success. All … Continue reading
Aug 3 2012
Will Sports Really Raise My Son’s Self-Esteem?
My sister has five children. All of them are heavily involved in team sports, and thriving–great physical shape, good grades, active social lives, and high self-esteem. She’s utterly convinced that team sports are crucial to self-esteem building, and that I’d … Continue reading
Jun 26 2012
My Pregnancy Panic Attacks
I sat alone in a small office suite in a suburb of Washington, pregnant, but generally in good health. Suddenly, something shifted. I felt my blood move. I became conscious of my breathing, which felt increasingly labored, and my heartbeat, … Continue reading
May 15 2012
No Matter How Much We Have, We Always Want More
Now I’d been feeling a little down lately, thinking about the things that we can’t afford yet, and eating my heart out about updates on Facebook.
Apr 17 2012
Bringing Home the Kosher Bacon
I never set out to be the breadwinner in my home. And yet, for six years running, I’ve been bringing home the bacon. I’ve discovered that although I sometimes feel like the only breadwinner-ette on the block, I’m apparently part of a rising trend.