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Month: September 2018

My Husband’s Not a Mind Reader… And That’s Okay | Being a Partner
Marriage
Partnership

My Husband’s Not a Mind Reader… And That’s Okay

There are a million unique experiences about being married to someone in the clergy. (My husband is a cantor.) One of the sweetest for me so far has been witnessing him officiating weddings. I love a good wedding. But when it’s one of those weddings when it’s a great couple and everyone is excited for […]

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Parenting and Embracing Chaos | Find Order in the Chaotic
Parenting

Parenting and Embracing Chaos

Each year, we take one week and head to the shore. It’s our happy place. I look forward to this week the entire year. In Ocean City, everything is family-friendly. There are a ridiculous number of affordable activities to entertain children and parents alike. A fun boardwalk, beautiful beaches, boat rides, an adorable downtown, and […]

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The Secret Sauce of Great Work | How a Boss Can Make a Job Great
Career

The Secret Sauce of Great Work

A few years ago, I was helping a close friend who was having a terrible time at work. I was really struggling to figure out how to help him other than the obvious of sitting and listening. It didn’t make sense really. He had an amazing job, one he had dreamed about and was really […]

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Love is a Gamble | Science Behind a Long Lasting Relationship
Marriage

Love is a Gamble

For your enjoyment, a few ridiculous vignettes from my everyday life: Setting: Kitchen.Context: Absolutely nothing happening.Anna: “You know what’s really so true about Harry Potter?”Jamie: (Looks up and without missing a beat, replies.) “Tell me all about it.” Setting: Living Room.Context: Anna is watching television. Jamie walks in from the other room.Jamie: “Honey, I’m a […]

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The World Got Bigger | Summer Camp and Independence
Parenting
Perspective

The World Got Bigger

For twelve days, I fretted over my daughter’s first summer camp experience. I couldn’t help it; I felt a minor panic the whole time she was away. During the time she was at camp, I went on a trip with my mom and sister. We had an incredible trip, but there was this constant underlying […]

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Life
Perspective

Love Fall

A number of colleagues have recently told me they’re sad to see that fall is clearly beginning. “It means winter is coming,” they’ve all said with a disappointed and resigned tones. It’s such a strange thing to me, the idea that fall could symbolize something sad. Fall is a time of wonder and promise to […]

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How a Boring Commute Became Moments of Amazement
Career
Life

How a Boring Commute Became Moments of Amazement

I spend at least an hour and a half in the car every day. Forty-five minutes to work and forty-five more minutes home. Unless the traffic is bad. And then it’s so much worse. Commuting is the worst. I drive on the same route and stop at the same stoplights and pass the same buildings […]

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A Love Warrior | Saying Goodbye to Grandma, the Kindest Person I Knew
Life

A Love Warrior

In the spring of 2017, my maternal grandmother passed away, leaving a deep hole in hundreds of hearts and lives. I’m not sure how to explain to people who never met her just how special and important she truly was. The day of her funeral, as I was milling about in the entrance of the […]

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Walking Through a Broken World | A Personal Mission for Parenting
Parenting
Parenting Mission

Walking Through a Broken World

To my sweet children, I brought you into this world with love and courage. The truth is, the world is such a terrible place, full of violence and disaster. The truth also is, the world is such a beautiful place, full of heroes and miracles. There is a Jewish teaching that conception happens in the union […]

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