Aug 4 2014
I read “Charlotte’s Web” as a child and vaguely remember loving it. Truth be told, I didn’t remember what it was really about. I remembered there was a spider named Charlotte and a pig. And that (SPOILER ALERT) someone dies but it’s generally uplifting.
Well, I watched it with my boys during my recovery from surgery and it was beautiful. Netflix only had the Dakota Fanning 2006 version and I think I saw an animated version as a kid, but whatever, it was fine. And all of the celebrity voices were really good. Julia Roberts as Charlotte? Genius. And that actress who played Vincent D’ Onofrio’s wife in “Men in Black” was in it and I love her, the one who says he was wearing “An Earl suit”…
Anyway. Here’s what I learned from watching it: Read the rest of this entry →
May 15 2014
I get asked to blurb a lot of books. That is, people send me drafts of their books and ask me to give a comment to endorse and publicize the book. Mostly, I am asked to give quotes for books on attachment parenting. Sometimes I am asked to endorse books with Jewish themes or even cookbooks, now that I’ve written one.
I was recently asked to give a blurb for a book that it is a memoir of one parent’s experience in attachment parenting. It is written in concise and witty chapters which kept me really engaged and interested in this particular parent’s experience. The author is not afraid to take on the big hitters of the “conventional” styles of parenting which so many of us do not ascribe to with sound evidence, experience, and suggestions for navigating similar waters. It is simultaneously unapologetic, self-deprecating where appropriate, super funny, and incredibly thoughtful.
What sets it apart from the many books about parenting out there is that it’s written by a dad. Read the rest of this entry →
Jul 23 2013
Have you ever had this happen: you know a mom from your neighborhood, or from shul, or from the park, and you have no idea what she does besides being a mom and then you find out she has a really neat job?
This happened to me recently. A woman I know from a shul I go to once in a while–a very funky egalitarian but very religiously and spiritually committed community–approached me about a book she wrote and asked if the Kveller audience might be interested in hearing about it.
“She wrote a book?” I’m thinking. “I had no idea she was a writer.”
Turns out this nice quiet mom of three girls is a professor of Contemporary Jewish Studies at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion! (These are all neat things!)
Her specialty, it turns out, is sociolinguistics (a field I am extremely interested in), Jewish languages (also something I am super interested in), and Orthodox Jews (also interesting since I like halacha (Jewish law) and observe Judaism in a way many Modern Orthodox people do). This woman is neat, right? Read the rest of this entry →