I’ve been collecting data for about four years in the ever evolving quest to figure out how to get stuff done with a baby. Things seem to come in waves. Sometimes my children will play nicely on their own for a while. Sometimes they will all want to be held all day. At the same time. All yelling or crying. And usually it’s a combination of these extremes, but different things like eating or sleeping, or what have you, will be hard or easy for a stretch.
I get a regular amount of guest post requests from various blogs/companies, and usually it’s pretty “meh.” Form emails and spammy and all that. Robots, maybe (not the cool kind, though).
But the other week, I got a very pleasant email from Anabelle Harari, and I took notice. She proposed a guest post on food and mesorah. Sounded good to me! After I checked out her fabulous blog, Local Belle, I knew I wanted to collaborate with her. Her guest post is on a topic that I’ve become much more interested in lately – Eco-kosher. Enjoy! Continue reading
In the comments section of a juicy leaving-my-religion article, a commenter shared his opinion that it isn’t “fair” that religious people raise their children in a strict environment like Orthodox Judaism. It’s child abuse to brainwash them the way we do! Why don’t we just raise them without religion and then let them choose what works for them when they are adults?
Setting aside the impracticality of that idea in the context of Orthodox Judaism, which is basically a full-day full-body life experience, I would like to propose that everyone indoctrinates their child. Even if they don’t mean to. Continue reading
I haven’t been reading much of the news from the bombing; it was making me far too sad. My heart is aching for everyone in Boston, and for our country. I mean, yeah. It’s just heartbreaking. But sometimes the best way to combat the evil and to show our enemies that our spirit will not be crushed is to go on with the mundanities of life. We can infuse the routine of our life with purpose and holiness, and that is a victory.
This is a post I started last week. I’ve been so busy (In Harmony concert in May! May 26th! Cleveland!) that I haven’t had a minute to finish it. But I’m making a minute tonight. Because this is my little act of defiance in the face of terrorism. I won’t let it make me so sad that I can’t do anything. May we all have the strength and willpower to make our lives beautiful and full, despite attempts to make the world unbearable. And may everyone touched by yesterday’s tragedy be comforted.
Clutter. It’s a sneaky thing. No matter how small my living space or how vigilantly I try to keep on top of it, it creeps it and settles down until every available surface is covered with stuff. And really, it’s just “stuff” that’s covering my nice, clean surfaces. Stuff that needs to be put in its proper place. Stuff that needs to be thrown out but for whatever reason (I might use it later!), has be spared the trash bin for one day more. Stuff that doesn’t have a place. Stuff that has a place but said place has been covered by other stuff.
You know? Continue reading
Before I get into this post, there are two points of business:
First, I’m happy to announce that Rochel, who commented
“My least favorite room is the kitchen. However, I do enjoy the workout that cleaning it entails!”
is the winner of the “Let My RV Go” novel giveaway. Yay! I’ve emailed you to let you know, so I hope to hear back from you soon! Congrats!
Second, the lovely, inspirational and very talented Andrea Grinberg has featured me as a “Lady Wrap Star” over on her fabulous blog, Wrapunzel. When I “met” Andrea through the interwebz, it was clear to me that we needed to be friends. She’s a musician (cello), has a couple of blogs where she has inspirational, honest content, and was also nicknamed Spock. She has this page called “Music That Changed my Life,” and links to seriously great music. I was blown away. Recently, I had the opportunity to meet her in real life (yay!), when she and her husband were in town, and it was just a pleasure. Anyways, I answer questions about covering my hair and there are some pictures of me in tichels over on her site, so check it out.
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Okay, so what makes Jewish music “Jewish?” Continue reading