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A Father’s Day Letter – in memory of my father

  Dear Dad, This is the 10th Father's Day since you died in 2006. I can't believe how much you have taught me since your death. To put it bluntly, I think I have learned more since your death than perhaps I did in all the years previously. I hope that doesn't...

College Decision Day – Financial Aid Office Speaks with Kindness

Thankfully we are now a few weeks past May 1st College Decision Day, and I can honestly say I am happy we survived that experience. As this was our first time through the college decision making process with our kids, I have to admit, it was an emotional roller...

Hugs Are The New Handshake

When I saw this photo posted on FB after an event at the Chopra Center, I knew I wanted to blog about this. In the 1970’s, my dad had a bumper sticker on his car that said, “Have you hugged your kids today?” My dad was a bit of a hippie and had moved from the the big...

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...

Afraid to be called Fearless? Don’t be!

Plunge boldly into the thick of life, and seize it where you will, it is always interesting. --- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe While many of my closest friends the past twenty years have been working at their day jobs, I have often wondered what my “job” in this world...

A Word of the Year

In late December, I decided to pick a word for the new year. I opted for "choose". As in, for every situation I can choose how to feel, act or react. It has been an interesting word and one I have considered almost every day during the month of January. I expect as...

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...

“Oh my aching back” — Just might be an opportunity

We use the term, a pain in the neck, to say that something is causing us trouble or is the source of our unhappiness. Sometimes a pain in the neck or a pain in the back in my case or even a terrible cold can teach us something important. I am not sure if this is true...

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