Everyone enjoys a good love story. Even though I infamously dislike narratives with neat, tidy endings, I'm also a huge romantic at heart. This is why I'm so excited that Kirk Douglas and his…wife, Anne, wrote a book called "Kirk and Anne: Letters of Love, Laughter, and a Lifetime in Hollywood," which was released in May. The book, which was written with Marcia Newberger, centers around their long, passionate, and sometimes turbulent marriage. The couple has been married since 1954 (in Las Vegas, no less), so clearly after 63 years,… >> Read More
When I first became a mother-in-law five years ago, I was determined not to become “that kind” of MIL, the butt of jokes, the subject of frustrated letters to advice columnists. Not for me, the…role of overbearing or insecure competitor for my son’s love and loyalty. You’d have to ask my daughters-in-law how well I’ve done so far, but they all call me Mom—naturally and with affection. And why should the relationship get such a bad rap? If you look back at the Book of Ruth, which we read… >> Read More
Although I am the half that’s not Jewish in an interfaith marriage, my husband never put conversion on the table–not until I brought the question up on my own, three years after we got…married. Shortly after my husband and I first started dating, Ben brought me to Friday night Shabbat services at a large Reform synagogue in Boston. A cantor with a guitar led the congregation in a wordless melody at the beginning of the service, and as the service progressed into as-yet-unfamiliar Hebrew phrases, I appreciated his… >> Read More
I sat in on a video-conference last night, cuddled in an armchair in my living room, the wind blowing snow into thick drifts, marking the return of winter after a few weeks of seductive thaw. The raw…weather suited my mood as I watched the disembodied heads of other community leaders appear on the screen. We were physicians, teachers, small business people—your average collection of middle-class Canadians—each logging in to hear about the topic that is keeping us up at night these days how to keep our communities safe in a time… >> Read More
I formally converted to Judaism one month after I lost my father and two weeks before getting married.
I hadn’t been raised with much religion. I was baptized Lutheran, but always joked that my…parents did that more out of superstition than dogma. They didn’t do much to disabuse me of this notion—we attended services at the local Lutheran church on Christmas Eve, but beyond that and spending a week or so at an Episcopal church camp for a few summers, I didn't have much of a religious identity.… >> Read More