a goose, the gas station & time

My kids gave me flowers & a card this morning. They were really beautiful  (and what they’ve always gotten me, a tradition) I didn’t expect anything else. The hugs that came with them were the best part. My daughter started making lunch while i was reading in the living room.  My daughter loves to cook…

The Gift

In a packed Sanctuary, Destin was bar mitzvahed. Destin blew us all away. Near the end of the service, he read his speech, that he had written by himself, to all of us. Personally, I had no idea that this 13 year old was so brilliant & so far more mature than any 13 year…

single moms need selfies…

with their children Before the divorce, there was a spouse that could photograph the everyday things. Single moms need to take photos of themselves with their offspring. Selfies are such a kid/teenager thing…which is perfect! Grab a kid & ask them to take a photo with you. I promise you- you need these images, because life may…

last night changed everything.

  i’ve tried, countless times, to explain what it is like to be a mom to my teenager daughters. i try to tell them what it feels like when they walk out the front door. i tell them they are taking a part of my heart with them when they walk out that door. nothing…

there is no such thing as Domestic Violence.

Did the title get your attention? I hope so, i hope it felt like a punch to the gut to women & men who have been abused. The title is to catch attention of mothers, daughters, sisters, friends…we all have women in our lives, but we don’t know what goes on behind closed doors, but…

i am TAKING over 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….

a fun way of seeing your child grow…

The jump from 11 years old to 12 is astonishing. Puberty does a number on our children.  i would recommend to all parents…enjoy them (even when they are annoying us with babble about a video game or something)  before puberty makes them no longer yours. I mean, they would prefer hanging out with friends to…

a Husky, a creek & two swat team agents

doing what boys & dogs are meant to do… Nala, my Husky, has never been down to the creek, it seemed too steep for her to climb down. I brought a long lead, tied her to a steal bench on the embankment above the creek. As soon as she saw her boy down there, she…

Joy, delivered

Meet Anaïs Joy. The first two images were taken at 7 days old, as is the last one. Mom looks so peaceful & calm. The image of her close up was taken at the hospital, i couldn’t believe how alert & bright eyed she was…must be smart, no doubt she inherited this from her two…

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…

what to do with my kids over summer break

i have an 11 year old son & a 13 year old daughter. if they had their way, they would be hermits…hermits hiding their rooms, with their brains dripping out their ears from too much internet. i made up a schedule of things that GOING TO HAPPEN everyday. one hour at least outside (yes, a…