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Yes, it's a Hallmark holiday. And no, it's not a Jewish holiday. But, growing up, Valentine’s Day was a major event.
My mother has always loved Valentine’s Day. The year I was in kindergarten,…she invited all her friends and my entire class over for a Valentine’s Day party. In preparation, we had cut out hundreds of paper hearts and taped them to the walls. She baked heart-shaped cakes with cream cheese frosting and bought bags of conversation hearts. She even roped my dad into making a pin-the-arrow-on-the-heart game.… >> Read More
Last week, my son’s elementary school hosted its winter band and choral concert. While waiting for the fifth and sixth grade musicians to finish tuning their instruments, I scanned the brightly…colored program to find my son’s name misspelled. Instead of Ben Marx, he was now mistakenly dubbed “Ben Tharx.” After the concert, I reassured my chagrined son that “The Tharx” sounded like a superhero — possibly one who seeks justice for the downtrodden using his “tharxian” powers, whatever they might be (but likely involving a… >> Read More
My daughter Tessa was born in 2006, two years after Facebook was founded. And like many children who shared their infancy with the social network, her milestones were chronicled online in true…Truman-esque fashion. (And by that, I mean the Jim Carrey movie — in which the main character’s entire life was broadcast on TV — not the 33rd President). Her birth, her arguments with her new baby brother, her first day of school, and her first lost tooth were recorded in quippy status updates. First, these… >> Read More
It may be the shortest month, but this February is jam-packed with fun, family-friendly things to do all over the New York area. The month kicks off by celebrating trees and nature with the holiday…of Tu Bishvat and finishes up with tons of Purim fun and delicious hamantaschen. In between the two holiday celebrations, there are loads of storytimes, Shabbat celebrations, sing-alongs and other ways to keep the winter blues at bay all month long. Purim 2018 begins the evening of Wednesday, February 28 and concludes at sundown on Thursday,… >> Read More
Last night at 2:12 a.m., I was laying on my back in my daughter’s twin bed, my knees up to the ceiling. Her arm was around my neck, her monkey lovey affectionately placed across my face. I was wide…awake — and so was she. We’d been in a version of that position for 45 minutes. She had clearly had a bad dream and had woken me up at 1:30 a.m., crying, telling me she was never going to sleep again. After we spent an hour and a half lying awake together, I was… >> Read More