Recently, I accidentally did a favor for a white supremacist. It could have been a totally forgettable favor, but I’m still thinking about it now.
It began when I went for a coffee run with my…toddler. As I was pulling out of the parking lot, I saw an opening before a long line of traffic. I was about to go for it, but I saw a man hobble past. Even though I could have made it without cutting him off, I felt an uncharacteristic wave of patience wash over me… >> Read More
I'm a Jewish convert. My path to conversion was long and complicated, and I've struggled with fitting into Jewish culture, and balancing my childhood traditions with a chosen religious tradition…that's very, very different. But one thing I've never struggled with is my belief in God. I didn't convert specifically because I was married to a Jewish man, but the fact that I was raising Jewish children was a different story. I wanted them to have a strong spiritual foundation. I wanted them to own their… >> Read More
My fiancé and I did not grow up in different religious traditions. Sherrita was raised in Detroit as a Christian, attending Episcopalian, Baptist and Pentecostal services. I was also raised as a…Christian—a Lutheran in the Detroit suburbs with a very conservatively evangelical upbringing. I attended 14 years of Lutheran school and during high school, I started having doubts regarding several aspects of the Christian faith. In college, as those doubts intensified, I felt drawn to Judaism. Upon introspection and research into the religious traditions, I ultimately… >> Read More
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