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Huggable Ivy

After a terrible year (I was attacked in my home then suffered through a difficult divorce), my elderly parents visited and helped me pull the ivy that had swallowed my backyard. My father said, “Don’t let that take over again, … Continue reading

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The One

“You’ll know when he’s ‘the one’,” my mother said. She died when I was 20, leaving no further guidance. At 23, I was stale inventory by Jewish matchmaking standards. Despair settled in. Until one Shabbat afternoon when Phil, an old … Continue reading

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Utility Challenge

Take on the great Utility Challenge. Pull out your utility bills and make your older kids an offer. If they’re able to reduce monthly cost by 15 percent, you’ll split the savings with them. You’ll be amazed by how quickly … Continue reading

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Tough Conversations

To be human is to have fears. To be a parent is to have fears. But that doesn’t mean my fear is always well placed. Instead of thinking, I fear having this conversation with my child, I try to think, … Continue reading

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Beautiful Beat

“Do you hear it?” the midwife asked. Holding a stethoscope to my newborn’s heart, I couldn’t hear anything. “Let me try removing my hearing aids,” I said. “Sometimes they get in the way.” I became a parent and learned I … Continue reading

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