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February 28-Day “Loving” Kindness Challenge

It's February 1st! I don't remember loving this month as a kid as much as I do now. Perhaps choosing to get married on February 14th has something to do with it. There is a celebratory mood in the air in February and it's special to have our anniversary coincide with...

Tomorrow is #GivingTuesday

Tomorrow is Giving Tuesday. It's hard for me to believe that the idea of Giving Tuesday is ONLY 4 years old. I feel like it's been around for longer, probably because I got wind of it the first year. Perhaps you have never heard of Giving Tuesday. Don't feel bad, a...

Peace Poles Project and Cultivating Kindness

As September arrives, I am reflecting on an unbelievable summer. It's brought unexpected and magnificent surprises, difficult loss and a whole lot of everything in between. In late July, I attended my first National Speakers Conference with 1,600 other professionals...

Happy Valentine’s Day

Today is my anniversary. I've been married for 23 years. As we celebrate this year, it feels like recently we know both people getting divorced even after the 20 year mark and younger folks  asking us how we are doing it. We think there are a couple of really...

Mitzvahs for Mom

May was always a month that we celebrated my mom. We observed Mother's Day together and my mom's birthday fell on the last day of the month, May 31st. After my father died I was aware that the first year of holidays and birthdays are often particularly  difficult.  On...

Tradition!

This Friday night, we begin our eight-day holiday of Passover. I have written more about this Jewish holiday previously on my blog in this post and this one where I shared a simple recipe for chicken and matzah ball soup. During the Seder we tell the story of...

It’s All Right To Cry

When I hear this phase it immediately brings me back to my adolescence when I listened endlessly to my Free To Be You and Me record and read through the corresponding book. I loved everything about that recording but probably didn't give too much thought to what the...

Finding Joy Everywhere

I am not an Oregon Ducks Fan. To tell you the truth, I am not really even a football fan, but I live in Oregon and today there was a buzz throughout the city. The Oregon Ducks are at the Championship Game tonight in Texas. I attended meetings and appointments today...

Saying Goodbye to an Old Friend

Yesterday, our dear Rebbetzin Elizabeth "Lisl" Geller passed away. I feel blessed to have had her friendship for nearly 20 years of my life. Everyone should have an older friend. I am not talking about someone a few years older than you, I am really talking about...