Mesorah (Jewish stuff)

One Way Purim Improved My Life

It’s t-minus four days (three days?) until Purim! I made a shopping run this morning for some last-minute things. I may or may not need to do another last-last-minute run, but we’ll see. As it stands right now, I’m gearing up to make my shalach manos, to put the finishing touches on some costumes and… Continue reading One Way Purim Improved My Life

Motherhood

Why Going Places With a Toddler Is Actually The Best

I had lunch with a friend today. It was splendid, absolutely something I should do more often. My two-year-old finishes his playgroup around lunchtime, so I picked up him before I went to the bagel shop to meet my friend. He’s a happy, busy little guy, and while we waited for my friend to come, he… Continue reading Why Going Places With a Toddler Is Actually The Best

Miscellany

How To Manage Your Inner Critic

I’ve been writing regularly for long enough now (over a decade!) that you might think I never deal with self-doubt or critical thoughts or insecurities or writer’s block. Bahahahahaha. I deal with all of that, and sometimes (a lot of the time?), the more “successful” pieces I write, the more pressure I put on myself… Continue reading How To Manage Your Inner Critic

Mesorah (Jewish stuff)

Filling Up Our Cardboard Boxes

A couple Shabboses ago my husband and I had a discussion about what it means to fulfill your potential. I always think big REALLY BIG (though, honestly, not so super big) and so if I’m not doing something that’s reaching a lot of people I feel like I’m not doing all I can. But then we… Continue reading Filling Up Our Cardboard Boxes

Motherhood

You Are Doing Just Fine

My kids’ school has this excellent program called “Social Skills.” It teaches them very useful concepts like not interrupting, “friendly talk,” “brave talk,” and other ways of learning how to be in the world, how to deal with their feelings in a healthy way. I love this program because it presents these concepts to kids in… Continue reading You Are Doing Just Fine

Mesorah (Jewish stuff)

Shabbos and Creativity

A lot of my writing lately has been focused on things that I find difficult, or that I have struggled with. I think it’s important to explore these topics, but when it’s gotten to the point where writing about how much I appreciate Shabbos feels subversive, I realize that I need to think about balance!… Continue reading Shabbos and Creativity

Mesorah (Jewish stuff)

It’s Winter, It’s Dark, Don’t Despair

I feel I can tell you guys this – I haven’t been in the mood to write. Not at all. But deadlines come regardless of my desire to create, and so Tuesday night found me sitting at my computer, trying to come up with something hopefully remotely meaningful and not too disjointed. It turned out… Continue reading It’s Winter, It’s Dark, Don’t Despair

Mesorah (Jewish stuff)

Do You Ever Regret Being Religious?

One of the things that I most love about writing for Hevria is the way I am encouraged to constantly push my boundaries, to be more vulnerable, to reach deep within myself and be honest about the complicated emotions that are going on in there. My baseline writing has evolved to become deeper because of… Continue reading Do You Ever Regret Being Religious?