I am changing how we celebrate Hanukkah.

Pretty audacious, right? well, i am tired of tiptoeing around what is right & wrong with how to celebrate Hanukkah. i grew up in Vermont with two parents, my father is Jewish & my mother converted. We grew up celebrating both Christmas & Hanukkah. we got a Christmas tree. perhaps a day or two before Christmas….

how to keep your heating bills LOWER this winter

I’ve posted about this before. I hate opening my heating bill & seeing most of my money disappear. I spend a great deal of time in my art studio, most of us spend most of our time in one room. If that one room has no fireplace. Make a portable one. I went to the…

when my daughter left the nest…

…i made sure she landed into her own. her college, in Mobile, Alabama, had dorm room walls, built with cement block. i suppose, to prevent the building from being ripped apart by a hurricane. they tend to grow in the Gulf of Mexico. she is somewhat safe from the violent elements that plague the region….

my Bat Mitzvah speech to my daughter

  Most people fall into categories to define who they are. I believe it is my nature to try to simplify my life by putting labels on things and on people. I tried to do so with you. When you were 2, I once watched you stack your wooden blocks into towers, red up, animals…

a little frayed around the edges

I guess this is what happens to us after the first bloom of youth has passed. If it is our appearance that we are most concerned with-it is because society wants us to believe it is important to continue to look young. Corporations sell ‘snake-oil’ formulas & injections to keep us blooming, the more expensive,…

imagine if war could be settled this way

It would mean, instead of men marking their territory like dogs, the smartest humans would settle wars. Men & women could use with their brains. But, that’s silly, right? We like it when men behave as beasts pounding their chests, bellowing, “I’m right & you should die” I would think God is shaking his head…

Art is Magic…

This was an idea I had for of the days of Creation. Sun & Moon. I have it wrong however, because the Moon is female & the Sun is male…forgive me. I started with the Sun, we used a coffee can top as the template for the circle. We used black oil pastel for the…

How I outwit the blinding, overexposed noon day sun…

I dislike taking pictures during the brightest time of day, if I do I seek solid shadows, but I wanted this rose two toned rose. To outwit the sun, I got on my belly & took the photograph from below. There is nothing glaring, the vibrant colors can be seen & a huge bonus, I…

My Bat Mitzvah speech or how we conquered Dragons

I was asked by my Rabbi if I wished to say something wonderful about my daughter for her Bat Mitzvah. For him to ask me, was a standard question. But for me, it was akin to asking me to fight dragons.  I told him I would think about it.  I used this delaying tactic for…

saved evidence

if you don’t send them to camp…this is evidence of my daughter & I, playing. the photo was taken about 9 years ago. I have been informed that I don’t do anything with my children. I love when I am able to come up with examples of me doing exactly that. Summer vacation is very…