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Letting Someone Else Drive

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Let someone else drive, my husband says. Literally and metaphorically. I was going on a bus field trip with my 14-year-old son’s eighth grade class to visit colleges and I had no choice but to sit in the velour-covered seats of the luxury liner and watch the cloud formations out the wide windshield as we cruised […]

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Walking at Cranbrook

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The scent of the forest the silence of it the damp the frequent birds eager in their chirping I am alive today I walk in nature and this begins the best part of a wonderful new day I see beauty everywhere which lets me continue to see beauty all day long and it smells like […]

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Living the Ordinary Life: Post #4

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Only a cup of buttermilk was used to make cupcakes, moist and tender. The gallon jug of buttermilk stood to the side of the fridge, unnoticed, wasting away. The expiry date was still a week away. I hated to see things go unused. Perhaps the greatest sin of the modern world is wasting food. There […]

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An Interview with Rebecca Shimoni Stoil

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One of the first questions I asked Rebecca Shimoni Stoil, a PhD student at Johns Hopkins University and reporter for The Times of Israel, was why there has been a consistent history of world news media in opposition to what I see as the true story of Israel. “There’s some really, really good material written suggesting […]

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Spiritual Competition

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My rabbi mentioned this last week in synagogue. What does it mean to be spiritually competitive? You can pray longer, more fiercely, and adhere to the rules more than the next person? Your sleeves are longer, your hair more covered, your house more kosher? The notion of being more-more-more sort of cancels out the notion […]

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Follow The Path You’re On

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I always said my passion was writing and if I could do anything at all, it would be to sit and write all day, every day. So imagine how perplexing it is that a simple goal of writing one hour each day is hard for me to accomplish. What’s that about? And then…five years ago, […]

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At the End of a Week Like That

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It’s been one of those long weeks, when I’m up before the sun and up until long after it sets and I still have a lot to get done. But it’s all good. Work is bustling so much that my company, Your People LLC, is moving into an office for the first time in my […]

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The Idiocy of the USTA

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Last fall, I picked up my tennis racquet again (which I remember, had bought from tennisracquets.com) after no consistent play for 20-some years and I got back in the game. I love tennis. It’s a be-here-right-now game and I’m meeting great people on the court after my too-long hiatus. So it’s a natural next-step to […]

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Improving the World

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I’ve always told my children that our goal on this earth is to make the world better. But I didn’t really walk the walk until the eve of my 40th birthday, when this midlife turning point made me realize that if what I’m doing every day doesn’t have meaning, I’m wasting my life. So I […]