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My Three Words: Courage, Kindness, Joy

Posted on: January 14th, 2014 by

I’ve committed to the words Courage, Kindness, and Joy as my mantra for 2014 and beyond. These words are a pilot test for 2014 and, if I allow them to be, will serve as a compass to guide me this year and through the rest of my life. Courage Last year hit me with hard realities: my dad’s dementia and a friend’s being diagnosed with Stage Continue reading the story "My Three Words: Courage, Kindness, Joy"

Enter 2014: It’s All About the Mind

Posted on: January 3rd, 2014 by

I always come up with my next-year goals in November (I’m not sure why), and I’m particularly good at following through with them because they are tangible and not specific. Rather than having a goal to write a page a day for 365 days, for example, I have a goal to have fun with my writing. It seems the latter is more realistic -- although Continue reading the story "Enter 2014: It’s All About the Mind"

Happy New Year from Calling the Shots

Posted on: December 30th, 2013 by

Truth be told, I’m a killjoy when it comes to New Year’s events. Partying it up in wall-to-wall crowds just isn’t my cup of champagne. I’d rather be home – Ari asleep – snuggling with my cats, eating pizza, and watching a DVD. But, many others, including my parents, enjoy going out with friends and celebrating. Come to think of it, my mom and Continue reading the story "Happy New Year from Calling the Shots"

Teacher Love

Posted on: October 25th, 2013 by

It’s amazing how fast things change. In my area of the US, leaves turn a vast array of colors seemingly overnight. And it’s getting pretty chilly pretty fast. As the seasons change, so has my daughter, who’s been in kindergarten for only two months now. A lot can happen in a couple of months. Due to the heavy homework load and her initial tantrums, I’d strongly Continue reading the story "Teacher Love"

A Sweet New Year

Posted on: September 6th, 2013 by

A new year has begun, according to Jewish custom. Rosh Hashanah – which literally means “head of the year” – has arrived. This is a time for self-reflection and for making peace with ourselves. We consume apple pieces dipped into honey to ensure a sweet upcoming year. And we throw pieces of bread in a body of water to symbolize the casting away of our sins. This Continue reading the story "A Sweet New Year"

Locker Room Talk

Posted on: August 23rd, 2013 by

I love my gym’s pool, but I detest the locker room. Too many people see me naked there. I’ve always been modest and shy about my body. Still, since breast cancer socked it to me good – stealing my physical and emotional health… and my body parts – I’ve been excessively paranoid about being naked in front of others. The conversation between my paranoid self and Continue reading the story "Locker Room Talk"

No More Magic Lanterns, Please

Posted on: June 28th, 2013 by

“But as if a magic lantern threw the nerves in patterns on a screen…” -- T.S. Eliot, “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” I’ve been at it again. Doing what I do so well. Postponing visits to my doctors. I have no excuse – except that I’m scared shitless. Adding insult to injury, because of my procrastination, my medical appointments will now pile up like a multicar wreck. I’m Continue reading the story "No More Magic Lanterns, Please"

Graduation Day

Posted on: June 21st, 2013 by

Arielle and her classmates are heading for kindergarten. But for now, they are participating in their pre-K graduation ceremony. Amid applause, they head toward their seats that face the audience of their biggest fans – their loved ones. As I watch the ceremony, my eyes fill with sad-happy awe. My eyes brim with sadness, as I know these very special children – whom Ari has known since Continue reading the story "Graduation Day"

Menagerie Mondays: Ari and the Big City

Posted on: June 3rd, 2013 by

Ari stares in wonderment at beautiful Chicago. She was amazed to be so high up among the tops of skyscrapers. 20130417085310-1

Book Review: Getting Past the Fear

Posted on: May 22nd, 2013 by

Getting Past the Fear Before undergoing chemotherapy, I was understandably terrified. The nurse gave me some written materials on chemotherapy in advance of the first treatment. But these readings only provided facts; they didn’t prepare me emotionally for what was to come, nor did they address my fears or calm me down. This is the case for many, Continue reading the story "Book Review: Getting Past the Fear"