A Shabbos Wedding Anniversary…and Sad Memories

This past Shabbos was our 5th wedding anniversary.  I made my husband his favorite pie and, before Shabbos, his mother and stepfather called and sang us a "happy anniversary" song.  Beyond that, that was all that marked the occasion.  I found myself sadly transported back to 5 years ago in my heart and mind, again … Continue reading A Shabbos Wedding Anniversary…and Sad Memories

Lessons Learned from Rhubarb and Bleeding Hearts for Shabbos

We're full into summer here in the subarctic and nearing the summer solstice.  In other places, that's not really a big deal, but here each solstice is an event because it means either the sun is coming back or it is finally going to wane.  This far north, the sun behaves so much more like … Continue reading Lessons Learned from Rhubarb and Bleeding Hearts for Shabbos

What I Wish More People Knew About Conversion Candidates

It occurred to me that this might be a good post to write.  Despite the fact that converts have always been a part of Judaism and that most communities have many, in most communities I've lived in, conversion remains for most people a kind of secretive process and there's a lot of misconceptions about it. … Continue reading What I Wish More People Knew About Conversion Candidates

Healing My Relationship With Wigs

Two weeks ago, I got a package in the mail that I had been anxiously awaiting.  I took a deep breath before unwrapping it, nervous, hopeful.  It was like I was carefully measuring hope, not wanting to get TOO hopeful and be disappointed, but still really hoping. That package was a wig and I have … Continue reading Healing My Relationship With Wigs

A Shabbos to Bottle Up Time

The best laid plans can all be upended by a single plaintive cry from someone smaller than myself.  Her eyes had that glazed over look and her cheeks were flushed in that way every mother is familiar with and I knew, in an instant, down to my gut that despite all the carefully packed Shabbos … Continue reading A Shabbos to Bottle Up Time