The Day I Decided

Do you know what happened, that year I decided that keeping up with grading wasn’t crucial? Do you know what happened, that time I decided that having faults was OK, and I started admitting to students I couldn’t spell chrysanthemums – and only learned after writing it so many times on the board during lectures […]

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The Month of Hurricanes

My husband and I got married in the month of hurricanes; that is, we married in September, ten years ago. I’ve always had a an aversion to stormy weather, but the Jewish New Year and the beginning of fall, with its early leaves that turn colors and drop, have special places in my heart. Of […]

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Freedom, Authenticity, and Writing

Sometimes inspiration comes to us in rather unexpected and funny ways. I was reading an article this morning entitled “8 Reasons to Walk Away from a Successful Blog” and felt relief that someone had given me a reason to stop blogging. In fact, someone had given me eight. Anyhoo, I am a restless writer. I am […]

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Breaking the Mold of Shame

It’s the Saturday before the fall semester begins. And I sit here typing as I listen to the late summer music: cicadas chanting, lawn mowers buzzing, neighborhood children faintly laughing. Eric and Asher are out at their newfound parent-child karate class, so I have time alone to process the upcoming weeks and months ahead. As […]

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I am a Fish, and You are My People

I haven’t quite known which way to go this summer. I am a fish swimming both up and downstream, and I am not a Pisces. I am in fact a Sag, the half-man, half-horse archer person. I am Lady Godiva. The green goddess on the Starbucks logo. I am meant to be grounded and glamorous. […]

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Things That Break in Summer

I am not sure what it is, but in summer, things tend to break. When we were young, it was often the season of break-ups and departures. Friends headed to college or moved to new towns. Hearts were packed in boxes and left to yellow and curl inside closets. We were always in-between boyfriends and […]

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Wanting it NOW and the Law of Attraction

“I want it now, Daddy!” wailed Veruca Salt of Charlie and The Chocolate Factory, again and again and again. I sooo know how she feels. It came to my attention recently how slouchy my posture has become. I have never had much upper body strength, and my attempts to build muscle in this area have […]

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