Category Archives: Marriage

My Thoughts on a “Jewish Christmas”

Bryan building our sukkah

Yes, it’s October, not December. And that is exactly why I have some thoughts on the real “Jewish Christmas.” Hanukkah is for amateurs! You want the real deal? Meet Sukkot. (Feast of the Tabernacles in English.) Still don’t know what I’m talking about? Here’s a quick background on the holiday. You don’t need all the info, however, to understand why I’m calling Sukkot the real…

Forgiveness Without the Apology

I find the easiest part of this time of year in the Jewish calendar to be the commandment to ask others for forgiveness. And that is actually not that easy, but it’s infinitely less hard than letting go of a grudge, especially when the person you are upset with has not apologized. For my Yom…

3 Ideas For a Meaningful Holiday

a meaningful high holiday

Don’t think I’m crazy, but I have some ideas to change my approach (and your approach) to the High Holiday season. Honestly, even if you’re not Jewish, these are methods that could make a difference for other holidays, too. Do you trust me? If we want this year’s holidays to feel different, then we have to try…

Topics I Avoid In My Writing

photo by Carolyn Tiry via flickr

Some people have asked why I’m not writing about the situation in Israel. Fair question. Here’s my August column at Tcjewfolk.com, which will tell you why I’ve avoided that topic as well as four other topics that I purposely avoid in my writing. Please join me at tcjewfolk.com with “Things I Don’t Write About on the Internet.”…

Why I Love Walking for Exercise Again

Reasons I'm walking again

I’ve had episodes of exercise devotion over the years. In the early 90s I tackled Cindy Crawford videos, then Step Aerobics, roller blading, and the Buns of Steel series. Decades later, after my third baby, I got hooked on Pilates. And according to Google, the most popular post on my personal blog is about the…

Meet The Vines: Relativity, Cathedral, Monkey

Meet the Vines on mash stories.com by Nina Badzin

Every so often I take a break from writing true things and return to the original passion that brought me to the writing world–fiction. In other words, sometimes I need to make stuff up. Recently, I entered a short story contest at Mash Stories with the following two rules: The story had to be 500 words or…

How We Celebrate The Fourth of July

July 4th, 2013

The Fourth of July is not a Jewish holiday, but my heritage and my husband’s heavily influences the way we “observe” this particular American celebration. Not everyone will agree with our view, but I hope you’ll read about it anyway. Come see what I mean by “observe” and let me know what you do on The Fourth. I’m…