Tracy Newman is a childrens writer whose first book, Shabbat Is Coming, was recently released by Kar-Ben Publishing. Tracys writing inspiration comes primarily from her daily adventures raising her children and she can often be heard making up rhyming songs to encourage them to get dressed, eat their dinner and clean up after themselves.
For more information about Tracy, please visit her website at tracynewmanbooks.com.
My mother recently, and pretty unexpectedly, passed away as you may have recently read on my blog post about Shiva “don’t”s. Losing my beautiful, vibrant mom, my children’s devoted…grandmother, my shopping partner and all-around friend has been soul-crushingly painful. Reliving all those horrible days in the hospital. Wondering how I could have helped her more, anticipating all those moments, big and small, when she won’t be here and listing all the ways I could have been a better daughter. It all really hurts.… >> Read More
I have just returned from taking a walk around my block (though I’m not exactly sure if I started on the right side, as Chabad.com instructed me to do when I looked up this ritual).
There is…fresh snow on the ground, and I imagine how it looks, covering the brown earth of my mother’s newly dug grave. Bagels upon bagels have been eaten. Leftover deli platters have been brought to the local homeless shelter. Tears have been shed. Many, many tears. Hugs exchanged. Reconciliations offered and accepted, with hopes that they… >> Read More
It all started innocently enough--with a nondescript letter from the hospital where I get my annual mammograms and ultrasounds (dense breasts, anyone?). It was included in the stack of mail that…accumulated during our December pilgrimage to my sister’s ski house in Vermont (Christmas Day on the empty slope--a gift to the Jews, even if there are no available Chinese restaurants for dinner). The envelope’s only distinguishing characteristic was a sticker attached to the front. “Not a Bill,” it read. “Please Open.” Inside was a form… >> Read More