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Farewell to Challah: An Open Letter


Dear Challah, After many weeks of deliberating on my relationship with you, I’ve decided to say good-bye to you. I am putting this letter on a public forum in the hopes that others may also gain insight in what works for them.  I think it’s crucial that I finally address our co-dependent relationship. Hopefully, this will be the first step toward my recovery. First, let me say that I appreciate all you have done for me over the years. Every Friday night at our Shabbat table, since my childhood, you’ve provided me with comfort, warmth and excellent taste. As my father would make the blessing on the bread with our entire family around the table, then cut you into even slices, and pass around a piece to each one of us, I’d wait with my mouth watering and eyes glazed with love. Then, invariably, after everyone took their first bite, the compliments would flow. First my father would praise my mother for baking you so perfectly. … Continue reading


My Expression of Gramma-Tude


Life is hard and complicated and I find myself complaining about stuff to my husband,  friend or two, relative, my mom,  sister(s), my husband (oh, did I mention him already?) or anyone who will listen. But other times, I just feel a surge of gratitude for the blessings in my life. And at those times I write. This happened a few weeks ago when I wrote an article for Binah Magazine about my gratitude or “Gramma-tude” for my life as a grandmother. And a special shout out to Ruchi Koval of  Outoftheorthobox.com, whose insight constantly inspires me, and whose anecdote is part of this article. Please click on the photos below to view the article. Or print them out for easier reading… Share PostTwitterFacebookGoogle +1Email


Too Much Toddler Cuteness


My two-year old grandson, also known as The Toddler is too cute these days and it’s driving me crazy. Terrible Twos should be renamed Too-Twos, because they are too-too cute. I look at my grandson who is 2 and I melt. Then I stop doing whatever I’m doing such as working, cleaning, cooking, shopping, writing. And I simply stare at him and marvel at the cuteness that is in that miniature man. Seriously, it should be illegal for kids to be so darn cute and funny. And this is NOT a humble bragging post. This is real. How is anyone supposed to get anything done when grandchildren are around? Actions of my toddler grandson that melt my heart. Why do I love you? Let me count… The way he mispronounce words and phrases. No one bothers to correct them because we love it. Jackie his teacher is Gackie. Chocolate milk is Goka-milk. This is Dis. The way he toddles around, runs, … Continue reading


Fidget Spinners and Other Fun Grandchildren Bonding Activities


  One of the reasons I love being a grandmother is that I think of every interaction with them as fun. Just having a silly conversation and making funny faces with my two and a half year old grandson is a blast but that’s another article! A few weeks ago, reader Leah Hastings of Pure Flix media, wrote in to suggest I post some ideas for grandmothers to do with their grandchildren. Thanks, Leah! So….Here are 10 fun ideas which are a mixture of culturally Jewish ideas and general population ideas. All are good, but since I’m a Jewish Bubby or grandmother, I veer towards the Jewish stuff! So come along with me and explore these ideas…. Listen to CD’s of a  funny tape: My grandchildren love to listen to funny tapes which are usually educational stories and songs acted out by professional writers and actors and sold in Judaica stores. Really fun tapes filled with lessons on good character traits  are “When Zaidy … Continue reading


Is Busy the New Lazy?


Hello everyone! I’ve been so busy lately that I haven’t had a chance to post on my beloved blog for the last two months. Excuses. Excuses. Busy. Busy. Busy.  The truth? I kept procrastinating. I told myself I was “Busy,” but I knew there was more going on that I wasn’t admitting to myself. And so, I wrote an article, which was published in this past week’s Binah Magazine and  the title of the article is “Busy No More.” This Sunday is Purim when many of us get so busy preparing food packages for our myriad friends and acquaintances, cooking the food for the holiday, and dressing the kids up in the sharpest costumes ever. Do we miss the points of the holiday (joy, gratitude, friendship) with all our busy-ness? Can we just relax and live in the moment? Can we be present in the here and now and not worry about all the things we have to do in the future? Since … Continue reading


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