40 in 40 · Mesorah (Jewish stuff)

Fail To Plan, Plan To Fail

“One who exerts himself on Erev Shabbos will be able to eat on Shabbos. But if not, what will he eat?” (Avodah Zara 3a, Rashi) Every week, we make Shabbos. We’re supposed to plan for it the whole week long, in some small way each day. Washing the tablecloth, the napkins, planning a menu, shopping, making the food.… Continue reading Fail To Plan, Plan To Fail

40 in 40 · Mesorah (Jewish stuff)

Difficulty and Opportunity

Every life is full of difficult moments and less difficult moments. We tend to remember the hard times, the disappointments, the embarrassments. They loom large in our memories. That’s normal. But when I look back at those hard times, the ones where I cried so hard and thought that things would never get better, that… Continue reading Difficulty and Opportunity

Miscellany · Motherhood

A Breath Of Fresh Air

School has been officially closed since March 17. Here in Ohio, we’ve been staying at home and social distancing since March 23. Not surprisingly, we’re all a little tired of it. But, of course, we are all doing our best to make the best of it, and we take our social responsibility seriously. The kids… Continue reading A Breath Of Fresh Air

Miscellany

On Endings and Beginnings

Seventeen days That’s all the time we have left in Charm City. The movers are coming on the 24th to pack all our possessions into boxes, and they will return on the 25th to load those boxes, and our furniture, into a big, probably enormous, truck. We’ll pack our children and immediately needed possessions into… Continue reading On Endings and Beginnings

Miscellany

Maybe I Shouldn’t Have Internet in My Home

So, it’s Elul.  It’s that time of year for introspection, and thoughts of self-improvement, and taking a good, hard look at what’s been working for us and what hasn’t been.  Rosh Chodesh came and went, and amid the hubbub of moving and having all my kids home with me all day, I was feeling kind… Continue reading Maybe I Shouldn’t Have Internet in My Home