“It is like a tornado that sort up lifts you up,throws you around bit, and sets you down right back in your favorite chair. By the time it is over you feel a bit dizzy and a lot amazed.”
That is definitely how I feel. When I made dinner last night, it was like, “Oh yeah. Dinner on Monday night. I make that. Huh.” Getting back in the saddle after the holidays is both familiar and unnatural. It’s been erev something for about a month, so a plain old Monday night dinner seems unusual, exotic even. But I feel all charged up from the spiritual whirlwind that is the High Holidays.
And now we’re in the month of Cheshvan, otherwise known as MarCheshvan. There are no holidays this month. Zero. Zilch. Nada. As the Facebuker Rebbe put it (I’m paraphrasing here): There is such a rush from the High Holidays that it is enough to keep us spiritually charged until Chanukah. Amazing.
So hopefully I will be able to blog more regularly again. My schedule has exploded a bit. I’m now blogging and vlogging over at Partners in Torah, an amazing, amazing organization which matches people up to learn anything Jewish. Any topic. If you haven’t ever checked them out, you really should. I didn’t think I would have time to do a weekly learning session, but a couple of friends nudged me to do it, and I am so grateful! Really, check it out.
Also, I’m thrilled to be doing things musically (again). No, I’m not teaching piano lessons any more, but I am getting to play with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra next month. What? This. Also, I’m writing music (and soon, soon, my friend, that clarinet sonata will be done! Soon!!!!) and playing. I practiced for an hour today, and my lip hurts. But it was so worth it. I played this and this. It was great.
Something else that has picked back up is my Women Who Inspire Us Series. I love this series. We, as women, are pretty much amazing. Sometimes, in all the hubbub of daily life, this detail can get lost in the shuffle. So let’s share different tales of inspirational women, to help keep us going, to inspire us to grow more, do our best, make our best even better. To give us a smile and some hope for the world. If you want to participate, and I hope you do, just contact me, and I’ll give you the info.
Last week’s post was shared by Antonia Murphy, who is quite an inspiring and accomplished woman herself. Much to my delight, she gave me the One Lovely Blog award. Isn’t that sweet? Thanks, Antonia! As part of the award, I get to nominate 5 other bloggers, and then say 7 Random Things about myself. Ready? Okay.
Five Bloggers You Should Know
My friend and former band sistah Ruchi Koval has a blog called Out of the Ortho Box. She talks about Orthodoxy in a fresh and intriguing way, and her blog comments are not to be missed. There are people from all walks, all streams, and no one is being mean. There is actual dialogue with people who disagree, sometimes quite strongly, but everyone is doing it respectfully. When does that ever happen? You have to see it to believe it.
Alisheva at My Shtub is one very talented lady. She’s crafty, funny, insightful, deep, and her photographs are beyond beyond beyond gorgeous. You need to see them. Right now.
Renee A. Schuls-Jacobson has one of the most consistently interesting blogs I’ve seen. I really, really wish that I had more time to read her blog. A former teacher and excellent mother, she asks great questions and has great answers, and always entertains.
Nina Badzin is another super blogger. She just fancied up her site, and it is quite attractive. She is, among other things, a total Twitter maven, so if you ever have any questions about Twitter etiquette, she is your go-to gal. She’s written about parenting stuff, Jewish stuff, writing stuff, and more all over the web. She’s funny, real, and worth a visit.
Mara Strom has helped countless women and families with her amazing blog, Kosher on a Budget. I’m still learning how to coupon (I think I’m missing that gene, for real), but Mara has saving money down to a science, and she kindly and graciously and expertly shares her wisdom with the rest of us. The community she has developed around her blog is like a big helpful family.
Seven Random Things About Me
I’m a Gemini with Gemini rising, which makes me something like a super Gemini. Whatever that means.
In college, I was in a band called Johnny Comrade and the Soviettes. I was a Soviette.
I was born on Father’s Day.
I once played a piece for clarinet and piano, where I played both the clarinet and the piano.
I was born in Orange County, CA
When I was in kindergarten, my dream was to become a giraffe. I don’t know where that came from.
I played jazz bass clarinet in a combo in college. It was awesome.
So, now tell me something random about you!