A Memorial Tribute to My Grandmother

One of the finest women I’ve ever met is my paternal grandmother, Gertrude Singer. She was a truly amazing woman and although I’m saddened that she’s not with us now, I am fortunate to have the fond memories made during the 21 years that she was in my life. Today is Memorial Day. And although […]

What Literary Characters Can You Most Relate To?

Weekly Geeks is a wonderful blog devoted to us nerds who love nothing more than reading and writing. Each week, this blog asks bloggers to respond to the subject at hand. This week’s topic: What literary characters can you most relate to; are opposite of; or admire. I can think of two characters that could […]

Embracing Our Collective Past: The California Nisei College Diploma Project

In February 1942, Japanese-Americans had their lives changed in an instant. President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, which ordered the forced internment of 120,000 Japanese-Americans living in the United Sates. Those individuals were taken from their homes, forced to leave jobs and their education behind. It’s a dark period in our nation’s history, […]

The Interfaith Family and the Mother-in-Law

One of the Web sites I frequent is InterfaithFaily.com. This online publication provides an abundance of articles and resources for interfaith families, especially ones that are exploring Jewish life. They recently published my piece, What a Fabulous Mother-in-Law. The text that follows is the article that appears on their Web site. What a Fabulous Mother-in-Law When most people hear […]

Am I Going Crazy?! Tales from My Personal Twilight Zone

So I really think I must be going crazy. Why else would I be experiencing such disconnects with various situations in my world right now? How else can I explain these situations where I’m feeling it’s impossible to relate to certain people? Let me tell about two such situations. Disconnect #1 I’m an avid 60 […]

A Mother’s Day Ode to the “Bad” Mother

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With Mother’s Day upon us, I know there are many of us mothers who think our actions have probably precluded us from the “mother of the year” award. So here are a few reassurances for us “bad” mothers who’ve wondered time and time again if if we’re screwing up our kids for life. And yes, […]

What I Wish I Knew Then: Buying a Home

We’ve all heard the phrase, “If I’d known then what I know now…” I’m not a person that lives with regret. I tend to make decisions based on how I feel and the facts at hand. And 99% of the time, I usually feel good about what I decide. Still, there have been a few […]