Mesorah (Jewish stuff) · Motherhood

Learning Through Painful Experiences

I was commenting last night to my husband how so many of my pieces over the years have come about because I’ve been finding some way to deal with, manage and grow through painful personal experiences. It’s actually one of the things I like best about Judaism, that there are just so many tools to… Continue reading Learning Through Painful Experiences

Miscellany · musings

Snooze Alarm Queen

For as long as I can remember, I have been a masterful snooze-alarm hitter. My current alarm clock snoozes every five minutes, a short interval, and yet I am capable of hitting snooze, falling back asleep and even dreaming in that small period of time before the BEEP BEEP BEEP filters back into my consciousness.… Continue reading Snooze Alarm Queen

Miscellany

When A Piece Is Too Private

What a couple of weeks, you guys. I performed La Traviata with the Cleveland Women’s Orchestra and the Cleveland Opera, that was great, and now we’re prepping for our Severance Hall Concert, which is going to be spectacular. I also spent much of this week writing a very difficult piece which, ultimately, I scrapped. After… Continue reading When A Piece Is Too Private

Music

It’s Not Easy Being Creative

Yeah, I’m channeling the original lyrics of Kermit singing “It’s not easy being green,” just adjusting it to my own needs. I was so close to posting three weeks in a row, but, alas, I was pretty sick last week (totally overdid it the week before and suffered the consequences) and did not have the… Continue reading It’s Not Easy Being Creative

Miscellany

Why Expectations Are The Worst

We’ve all been there, right? Starting a new job, marking a major life event (marriage, children, making aliyah), or even pursuing a hobby more seriously. We have ideas of how it might go. And then reality steps in and things are, well, different than we thought they might be. While sometimes these unmet expectations can… Continue reading Why Expectations Are The Worst

Miscellany

Invasion of the Stink Bugs!

About three-and-a-half years ago, we were dealing with a serious stink bug infestation. I posted about it (and other fun homeownership stuff) here. It was such a memorable experience that it’s been on my to-do list to write about for all those years, but it was never quite the right time, and I could never… Continue reading Invasion of the Stink Bugs!

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 hadĀ 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

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 becauseĀ it presents these concepts to kids in… Continue reading You Are Doing Just Fine