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Blog Hiatus

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For those of you who read my blog regularly, you probably have already realized I’ve been diminishing my blogging. By a lot. Why? There are so many reasons … I don’t feel I have as much to say here in blog format, for one, and I’m just too busy with my business (www.yourppl.com) and my […]

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Finding Balance

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My son’s fifth-grade teacher sent an email to parents this week, explaining that she is moving around the subject blocks from Monday to later in the week because Monday was too packed for learning. There will be changes in the schedule starting Monday to find a more rhythmic breathing balance for specific days. For instance, […]

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At The Joe

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  “And now it’s time for the Mahle Detroit Red Wings Power Play!” Every minute of last night’s hockey game, or so it seemed, was sponsored by a high-paying advertiser. The shovels pushing away the ice shavings had Fifth Third’s logo on them. The power plays were sponsored. There were half a dozen or so […]

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Have an Easy Fast

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For the past few days, people have been wishing me “an easy fast,” and I’ve been saying the same to them. Today is Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement, and it’s common to wish your fellow Jew an easy time with the 25-hour fast mandated on this day. Last night, at the pre-fast dinner, […]

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It’s Just Food

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For the past month or so, I’ve been trying to be mostly vegan, with bouts of vegetarian, and it’s working. Why would I make such a drastic change when I love meat? To be healthier and to lose weight. Poised to undergo bloodwork to check all my levels and make sure I am healthy, I […]

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Jury Duty

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The judge almost danced in his eagerness to welcome those of us in the jury pool, explaining how the building wasn’t intended to be a district court and that he knows the fold-down seats were woefully flat and hard to sit on. Noticing two Orthodox Jews in the audience, he mentioned that the box of […]

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On a Tuesday Morning

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At 1:11 a.m., Shaya skipped into our darkened room, more energetic than he is most days. “My tooth fell out!” he exclaimed. How he noticed it while sleeping, I have no idea, but he was insistent at that late night hour that we must find the tooth fairy pillow with the little pocket big enough […]

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Selling Myself Short

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Eight days since I last posted anything. And every day, I think about the fact that I haven’t written anything, I’ve been quiet. Social media, too, hasn’t captured my attention as it did for so many years. Am I growing tired of the medium, no longer believing in its wisdom or power? Perhaps. Every time […]

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Who Owns Grief?

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On Sunday, I will attend the funeral of a woman I have known for most of my life. I’ve written about how sad it is to lose a young mother, at mid-life, and how I just cannot make sense of a death like this. But some might say that I have no business at her […]

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What Is a Life Worth?

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I learned just a few minutes ago that a childhood friend has passed away. Gone from this life to wherever we go next, and I just can’t believe her time on earth with all of us is over. Yesterday, over lunch with my father, he told me about his 60th high school reunion last week, […]