Category Archives: Rituals & Spirituality

Toddler Time at the Nature Center

In 1916, the wild Cypress Creek wetlands of Coconut Creek, Florida were drained. This morning, I drive to Fern Forest Nature Center to visit the 247 acres of what remains. I want my 22-month-old son and to see our south … Continue reading



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Easter on Bikes

Unlike Christmas, I’ve yet to really formally lay claim to our family traditions for Easter. So far, they’ve changed every year. Some years we travel to my parents’ house — about 6 hours away by car. We still dye eggs … Continue reading



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Two Hands Mama

Boy screams “Two hands, Mama!” whenever I’m driving and both of my hands are not firmly fixed on the steering wheel at 10 and 2 o’clock. The first time this happened was about a year ago. Boy had just turned … Continue reading



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Working Hard to Stay at Home

I wish I had known how much I would love being a mother. How could I have anticipated the depth of this love? My heart opens with wonder when I watch my two-year-old son lift his arms, snap his fingers, … Continue reading



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The Power of One: Honoring Yourself

Last year, in my Huffington Post Valentine’s Day essay, “The Power of One Helps Make a Whole,” I wrote about how important Valentine’s Day is and how I start thinking about the upcoming holiday soon after the last holiday ends!  I … Continue reading



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Winter Moments

I look at the pristine fallen snow and feel somewhat melancholy that there are no little footprints in the yard, no snowman or snow angels. Since I now have adult children, the snow in my yard remains fluffy. Looking at … Continue reading



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Mom, Our Twins and Christmas

The Saturday after Thanksgiving, we decided to decorate our Christmas tree.  It was the earliest we had ever done that.  But we had the twins this year, and I wanted to leap into the holiday season with gusto. For now … Continue reading



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Becoming Jewish

The first time my husband and I (both middle aged) gazed at the photograph we’d been sent of the black haired, ten-day-old baby girl who we were in the process of adopting from Guatemala, we instantly fell head over heels … Continue reading



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Finding Peace in Midlife

Nervously, after my adult daughters were already told what was happening, or more accurately, had figured it out on their own, I sat my 19-year-old son down to have “The Talk.” “Mom, what?” he said with growing anxiety. ”Just tell … Continue reading



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Bat Mitzvah Revisited

Sitting at my computer in my bedroom I can hear an old man screaming at my daughter. He says, “Get back here! You are being very disrespectful!” She is sitting at her father’s desk in the living room, crying and … Continue reading



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