On Writing: Letting Go of What’s Next, January 2018


Challah Back: Braiding, Baking, and the Mitzvah of Opportunity, March 2016


The Book That Finds a Healing Message In The Seder, April 2017


Call Me Mrs. Badzin, June 2016


A Writer’s Frenzied Attempt to Capture Ideas February 2017


Losing Grandma Twice, January 2015


The Only Way to Keep a Resolution is to Begin, December 2015

Late Night Readers, April 2016

The Real Prize of Summer Reading June 2016


Blessing of a Botched Piano Recital, June 2013

The Case Against Party Favors, August 2013

Losing the Handle on Treats, August 2013

The Importance of Couple Friends, September 2013

I Enable My Kids’ Helplessness, September 2013

The Making of a Broadway Fanatic, October 2013

Writer Interview (of me!), October 2013

The Costumes of my Adult Life, October 2013

In Search of a Non-Exaggerated Compliment, November 2013

Discovering the Day-Cation, November 2013

The Society of Late Night Readers, December 2013

Reflect, Resolve, Then Keep it Small, January 2014

How to Ruin a Hobby, January 2014

In Praise of the Timer, January 2014

The Perfect Double Stroller and Gaining Perspective, January 2014

The Lost Love Language of the Mixtape, February 2014

The Adult in the House, February 2014

A Journal of One’s Own, March 2014

Lessons From New Friends, March 2014

Finding Joy in Activities We Dislike, April 2014

Where I’m From, April 2014

On Wearing Makeup, May 2014

The Books of Summers Past, June 2014

The Summer I Rediscovered the Virtues of a Walk, July 2014

This Is What The Last Child Gets, August 2014

Do You Encourage Your Children to Believe in the Tooth Fairy?, December 2015


All posts are listed here. (From September 2014 – present)


My War on Toys, January 2013

Help! My iPhone Has Taken Over My Life, April 2013

Why is Unplugging So Hard to Do?, April 2013

The Spanx Effect of my iPhone Addiction, May 2013

The First World Problem of Prepping for Camp, June 2013

Stop and Smell . . . The Boredom, August 2013

The Benefit of the Doubt for the New Year, September 2013

Back to Square One With B’nei Mitzvah, September 2013

Santa and the Tooth Fairy in a Jewish Home, December 2013


Friday Night: Committing to This Shabbat Thing, August 2012

My 3-Year-Old is Sexy and She Knows It, September 2012

Name the next Kveller Baby, October 2012

A Birthday Party Without Presents?, November 2012

How to Do Hanukkah Without Creating Spoiled Brats, November 2012

How to Lose the Chip on Your Shoulder During Christmas, December 2012

From the Department of Rude: A Memo on Smart Phone Use at Shul, February 2013

Let’s All Stop “Replying All” to Every Email, February 2013

My Four Problems with Passover, March 2013

Stop Taking So Many Pictures of Your Kids, June 2013

How I Become a Sukkot Evangelist, September 2013

Name the Next Keller Baby Again, October 2013

Let My Hanukkah Go, December 2013

Purim and the G-Word, March 2014

When You’re Already Gluten-Free, Experiencing Passover Is Not About the Food, April 2014

Are Jews Too Concerned With Looking For Fellow Jews?, May 2014

There’s a Difference Between Saying You’re Welcoming & Being Welcoming, June 2014

Waiting For An Apology That Will Never Come, September 2014

No More Hanukkah Downer, December 2014

Expensive Dues Aren’t the Only Reason People Don’t Go to Synagogues, February 2015

5 Ways to Connect to Judaism Between Holidays, March 2015

6 Jewish Books to Give As High School Graduation Gifts, May 2015

Why I Think Tisha B’Av is The Yoga of Jewish Holidays, July 2015

This Rosh Hashanah, I Challenge You to Focus on the Positive, August 2015

Why Moms Deserve a Trip To Israel, Too, November 2015

This Year Hanukkah is Going to be Different, November 2015

The Ten Commandments of Texting, January 2016

10 Hosting Hacks to Make Shabbat Dinner Easier April 2016

I Am Jewish For Me, Not For My Kids May 2016

Naming Your Third Jewish Child July 2016

Looking for an Italian and Jewish Baby Name August 2016

Help a Convert Find The Perfect Jewish Name October 2016

JTA (Jewish Telegraph Agency)

Are Voluntary Dues Enough to Get People to Join Synagogues?, February 2015


The Rise of Reformadox Judaism, February 2011

Spicing Up a Jewish Marriage, May 2011

On Jewish Ethics: Don’t be a Schnorrer, July 2011

Stop Blaming Hebrew School, September 2011

Jewish Superstition, Babies, and a Baby’s Name, October 2011

The Secret to One Balebusta’s Success, February 2012

The Token Jew of My Book Club, May 2012

Living Jewishly: Book Review, October 2012

Gratitude For America on the 4th of July, July 2014

Things I Don’t Write About on the Internet, August 2014

Three Ways to Fix a High Holiday Rut, September 2014

The Real Jewish Christmas, October 2014

Reconsidering Jewish Day School, November 2014

An Unexpected Improvement to My Marriage, December 2014

Creating a New Path For a Bar Mitzvah, January 2015

Bar Mitzvah Options: No Easy Answers, February 2015

How We Spend Our Days is How We Spend Our Lives, March 2015

Why Has the Seder Survived?, April 2015

Why I Love My MahJongg Group, May 2015

Can Jewish Culture Exist Without Religion?, June 2015

Honey Cake, Old Friends, and Defending Facebook September 2016


The Code Between Childhood Friends Made Before the Age of 21, March 2015

The Search For The Perfect Stroller is Really a Search For Control, April 2015

The Books of Summers Past, June 2015

What I Accomplished This Summer While Binge-Watching Friday Night Lights, August 2015


Wedded Bliss and Vacation Compatibility, January 2015

How Spending Time With Other Couples Helps a Marriage, March 2015


(Clips from parents, books, technology, healthy living, & religion sections.)

The Success Story of a Failed Novelist, January 2014

Goal Doing Instead of Goal Setting, December 2013

This is Three, February 2013

Extracurricular Crackdown, April 2012

The Marriage First Household, April 2012

Simultaneously Sad & Shallow in Tragic Times, December 2012

The Pressure to Attend Every Game, July 2012

The Trouble With Mr. & Mrs, March 2012

Is the Reading Public Excessively Cheap, November 2012

What Makes a Character Midwestern?, August 2013

Why I Don’t Trust Book Reviews Online, August 2012

Blogging Friendship Leads to Weight Loss, December 2012

Stop Thanking Everyone on Twitter, May 2012

Calling Out the Facebook Lurkers, August 2012

Waiting to Annonce Your Jewish Baby’s Name, January 2013

On Jewish Ethics: Don’t be a Schnorrer, June 2012


10 Ways Jews Can Lose the Christmas Blues, December 2014

8 Nights, No Spoiled Brats, December 2014

This Rosh Hashanah, Focus on the Positive, September 2016


On Writer Unboxed I wrote a monthly no-nonsense Twitter series for writers.

The Art & Science of Twitter: Part One (the science), August 2011

The Art & Science of Twitter: Part Two (the art), August 2011

Simplifying Twitter: Be a Person, Not a Brand, October 2011

How to Tweet so People Will Listen, October 2012

7 Ways Twitter is a Writer’s Endless Holiday Party, December 2012

Resolve to Tweet Better in 2013, January 2013

Twitter Lists to the Rescue, February 2013


Mother Knows Best: A Formal Apology to My Mother, November 2010

Extra-curricular Crackdown, January 2011

The Code Between Childhood Friends, February 2014


Losing the Handle on Treats, September 2014


Help my Husband Name Our Baby, August 2011

Would You Let This Woman Name Your Baby?, February 2011


All book reviews at Great New Books are listed here. January 2013 – current


The Last Days of 39 and Coming Home to 40 40 Lunches

How Will Family and Friends Respond to My Writing? Beyond Your Blog

This Rosh Hashanah, I Challenge You to Focus on the Positive Arizona Jewish Post

Various Articles in Heritage Florida Jewish News

Are Voluntary Dues Enough? The Jewish Chronicle

Six Books to Give a High School Graduate The Jewish Exponent

If You Build it They Will Come New Jersey Jewish News

The Cover Letter Does Not Matter and Other Bits of Advice from a Contest Judge The Review Review

The Best Change I Made in 2014 Midlife Blvd.

Lose the Chip on Your Shoulder During Christmas San Diego Jewish Journal

Writers on Writing Series: Letting Go of What Comes Next First Day Press

Interview (including Submission Advice) Beyond Your Blog

Thinking Outside the Book: When a Writing Dead End Becomes a Detour to Success Anne R Allen’s Blog

The Society of Late Night Readers

Becoming a Morning Writer Gretchen Rubin’s The Happiness Project

The Perfect Double Stroller and Gaining Perspective

When Friendships and Book Clubs Do Not Mix

No Such Thing as a 50/50 Marriage Mamapedia

Why You Need to Say “No” to Your Kids Mamapedia

I’m Grateful that My Novels Failed True Stories-Jessica Vealitzek’s blog

Why Couples Should Have At Least Some Couple Friends Role/Reboot

The Problem of Focusing Too Much on Mementos Featured on BlogHer

Building Reader Engagement on Your Blog Write Now Coach

I Need to Write That Down The Hatchery Series for Lisa Ahn

The Case for a Friendship Break The HerStories Project

Shine and Let Others Shine 3 Things For Mom

Do as I Say, Not as I Do

A New Year, A New Opportunity for Jewish Learning,

My Road to Clean Eating Hallie Sawyer’s Blog

Acquaintance is Not a Dirty Word Lessons From Teachers & Twits

How to Get More Comments on Your Blog Shari Lopatin’s Blog

Excuse Me Ma’am, What Manners? Mommy Words

Do Your Kids Say Mr. and Mrs? a Belle, a Bean & a Chicago Dog

Please Let me Name Your Baby

Confessions of a Former Query Letter Addict Write it Sideways


“Nobody Knows: Exposing The Best Kept Secret in Jewish Marriage” CJ: Voices of Conservative/Masorti Judaism, September 2010 (Later online)

Tooth Fairy Debate Brain, Child Magazine Summer 2014 Issue

Make Over Your Exercise Routine Edina Magazine, October 2014

What is Purim? Edina Magazine, March 2015

Edina Experts Help You Loosen Up Edina Magazine, January 2017

Studio Savvy St. Louis Park Magazine, May 2017

Syndicated articles in Jewish newspapers around the country.