Our “Gotcha Day” was December 18, 2013, and it was nothing short of spectacular.
Judge: "Do you understand that if the court approves this adoption, you will legally assume all of the rights,…duties, and responsibilities of a natural parent of the child? Do you understand that if this decree is granted, this child be the same as a natural child to you? Do you understand that you will have all of the duties toward this child to educate, support and to supply moral guidance and upbringing? Do you understand you… >> Read More
Children and guns are two words that we want to imagine never go hand in hand, but they do have an unfortunate relationship here in the trigger happy USA. According to a study published in the…journal Pediatrics recently, about 5,790 children in the United States go to the emergency room treatment for gun-related injuries each year. Raw Story pointed out that about 21 percent of these are unintentional injuries, going on to note that "the study also found that an average of 1,297 children die annually from gun-related injuries, making guns the third-leading cause… >> Read More
Last week, James T. Hodgkinson arrived at the GOP’s baseball practice for the upcoming Congressional baseball game and opened fire with a military-style rifle. He injured five people, including…House Majority Whip, Rep. Steve Scalise. A look at the 66-year-old’s background confirms that he has something in common with a large number of other men who have committed mass shootings: a history of domestic violence. A report by Everytown Research found that in at least 54% of mass shootings, the perpetrator shot a current… >> Read More
Since I was a little girl, there’s pretty much always been a dog in my life. To me, dogs make houses feel like homes. With their slobbering, barking, messy-pawed disorder, they make it impossible…for anyone around them to take themselves too seriously, including (perhaps especially) me. All of our dogs and cats have been rescues; the idea of paying hundreds of dollars for a dog is just bizarre to me. I also grew up in the “bush,” as we call it around here: forest on three sides and… >> Read More
This year, for the first time, I blanked. I totally and completely blanked. I couldn’t for the life of me remember the names of all my great grandparents. Which meant that I could properly insert…the full Hebrew names of my grandparents during the Yizkor (memorial) prayer during Shavuot. I couldn’t use the traditional Hebrew formula, naming the person according to his or her parental lineage. For a second, in that totally sacred room, quietly humming with the sacred murmurings of names and the equally sacred sounds of memory, I… >> Read More