Being Brave Enough to Break My Own Heart

In March 2019, I went to the Power of Narrative conference in Boston with my close friend, Ann marie. She and I had been attending this conference for the last three years together and all year looked forward to those four days together to reconnect, talk, laugh, drink, eat, shop, write and think. But last […]

Will Santa Claus Be Coming to Town?

The other night, Sophie asked me the question. … The question I managed to avoid for the past five years. “Mommy, is Santa Claus coming to our house this year? He didn’t come last year and I really want him to come. Will he come to our house?” As many of you know, Bryan and […]

Never Plan a Trip to Ikea on Your “Day of Fun”

I have a love/hate relationship with Ikea. I love all the fun things you never knew you needed until you see them in front of you. I love to browse the marketplace when I’m in the mood just to look or to find something simple, like a lamp shade, picture frame or spatula. But at […]

Reflecting on the “Wonder Years”

Recently I was lounging on my couch, reading blogs and Facebook, while trying to find something to watch on our abundance of television channels. I landed on the TV Land Channel and settled on an episode of The Wonder Years. How many of you remember The Wonder Years? The show that introduced us to Kevin […]

The Date Night Out

With a Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse gift card collecting dust on a shelf, Bryan and I decided to have a long-overdue night out during our December winter break. A date night, we thought. We’ll get dressed up, enjoy a delicious and leisurely meal, and take a jaunt to the bookstore. Yes, this would be our child- […]

Thumbtacks vs. Nails (Or Marriage and Home Décor)

Everyone has heard the expression, “Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus.” Well, I’ve come to the conclusion that this same sentiment can be said about Bryan (my husband) and my approach to home improvement projects. But with us, it’s more about thumbtacks versus nails. Let me start with my approach. I’m a simple […]

If I Knew Then What I Know Now…

I love that expression. It’s the basis for such great movies. A recent WordPress blog challenge was: What would you tell yourself 10 years ago? I wasn’t going to write on this topic. But then I read a post on Balance Overload and her writing inspired me to think about my own words of wisdom […]

What’s in a Name?

We young Jews have quite a dilemma these days. I’m not talking about the economic crisis or whether to buy an iPad now or wait until later. I’m talking about – quite simply – how we honor our Jewish heritage with the name. Ever since I became engaged ten years ago, the concept of the […]

One Marriage: Two Checking Accounts and Varrying Bedtime Routines

When my co-workers and I go to lunch every so often, the conversation eventually ends up on an issue related to our spouse or significant other (probably because that’s something we all have in common). I’m always fascinated to learn how similar or different our relationships are from each other. Let me give you an […]