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As I have done for the past 20 years since my husband took his final breath in this incarnation, I use 12/21 as a day of recollection. Not to remain entrenched in the past, but to see how far I […]

Sitting in the waiting area of Meineke while my car is in the shop to receive new brakes. Doing it in anticipation of winter weather, I want to safely traverse the roads here on the East Coast where snow and […]

Easing my way into the day. Listening to a special Sleepy Hollow on my favorite Philadelphia based member-supported radio station WXPN on Thanksgiving morning. Usually, the program is on Saturday and Sunday mornings. At noon, I will enjoy another holiday tradition, the […]

I am sitting cross-legged in bed on a morning set aside from others in the Jewish religion in which I was raised. As a child, at this point in the day, I would be in synagogue, wearing a dress, knee socks […]

Just returned from a lovely evening at the home of my friends Deva and Stan Troy. The occasion was Erev Rosh Hashanah; meaning the eve of Rosh Hashanah. In the tradition in which I was raised, this night ushers in what […]

As I am writing this, I am at the end of a long day that began with teaching mindfulness for four to eleven- year -olds at a summer camp that is part of a day care center. We laughed, stretched, […]

Today is National Honesty Day. What if we told the truth about ourselves, our lives, our feelings, our intentions, but delivered it with love, diplomacy, and compassion? I endeavor to do that each day. Sometimes I have to put my […]

Take a deep breath and then let loose with a deep belly laugh. Then another and another. I’ll wait. I bet that felt good. I know it does when I do it. We are born to laugh, hardwired for it. Watch […]

Christmas Eve morning found me at Circle of Miracles which is an interfaith community that has been a spiritual home for me since I walked through the door of Hannelore and Bob Goodwin’s home in Wycombe, PA in 2001. Many changes […]

Last night brought with it the last candle of Hanukkah for 2017. As I kindled each one over the past 8 nights, using the menorah that I inherited from my parents when they passed,  I offered a prayer for peace, […]