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…

What do you say at a funeral?

“Rabbi Jonathan Miller of Temple Emanu-El in Birmingham, Alabama shares a recollection of ordinary people and his eulogies for them at the time of their death.  The people remembered here were not famous. They were ordinary folks, like most of us.  Brought together in a small Southern Jewish community, these ordinary people paint a pictures…

the coolest secret paint around

it is enamel paint. it adheres to almost EVERYTHING & comes in amazing colors. AND it’s usually about $1.00 for each color. this was a plain wooden dreidel (I’m Jewish). Should i share my secret? it is cheap nail polish. before you put your nose in the air because you think it isn’t real art…give…

decorating for Hanukkah or Chanukah…

without having a good camera. art studio table (Kettler Woodworks bowl from Vermont) the dinosaur is always there, so i’m not making an evolution statement, he holds my toothpicks for art projects.  Kitchen table…somebody has been stealing my (gelt)gold!found this bowl in an antique store, the snow ‘ball’ is from my mom, as are the…

why WORDS hurt more

Do you ever wonder why…when a compliment is given, we deflect it? as in “you are so beautiful” “oh, gosh, i didn’t do my hair today, my clothes are old, these old bags under my eyes, i haven’t slept in a week, etc.” and sometimes compliments feel as if they float away, as though tangible, like…

what you can paint with…

with matt board & nail polish. The Hebrew word is Shalom-Peace. That one is my favorite because i would think it more precious then any treasure. I am still trying to perfect the technique so that i can teach others. It is pure magic to make anything.

a Jew sits down with an Arab

that Jew was me. one of my best friends lived in this building & i moved in with him (as a friend)  while i earned enough money to live on my own. his father lived in Egypt & rented this apartment for his son. His father flew in from time to time on business. When…

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…

why my heart aches for Vermont

I grew up in Montpelier & Burlington Vermont. I am living my life in Alabama. I married an Alabama man. I love my husband’s family & I am grateful to every single one of them for welcoming a Vermont Yankee, a foodie, a farmer @ heart, Jewish, politically opposite woman into their large Catholic family….

the children’s (Passover) table

  My children’s table for ages 4-9. I decorate with frogs, but no water in the finger bowls (they would become ponds for said frogs in which to swim). I put inexpensive wine glasses for their grape juice. A Seder can last hours. But not when you have young children. The Passover Seder is a…