Calendrical Conundrums

February 8, 2016

I am a stickler for tradition. That being said, I am not unpliable. *** The Jewish calendar gives shape and momentum to my life. Each week gears up and moves towards Shabbat. Fifty-two times a year, I think about eighteen minutes prior to sundown on Friday and work my way backwards. What shall I serve […]

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Forty-Five Rotations

February 3, 2016

Forty-five. 4.5 miles on the treadmill. That’s 18 laps. Eighteen. Life. Birthday call from child #1. Birthday cake from child #2. Birthday hugs from child #3. Photos from the beach from Husband #1. (Just kidding — I meant to say my #1 Husband) Who happens to be in the BAHAMAS. FOR WORK. I have loved […]

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A Positive Bureaucratic Experience: A True Story

January 13, 2016

No one likes going to the DMV (Department of Motor Vehicles)…or the DOT (Department of Transportation), as it is called here. Even the most basic task becomes onerous when faced with a lengthy wait while crammed into narrow rows of uncomfortable chairs. Now imagine that you have autism. And sensory issues. Ben is fifteen. At […]

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Weekly Roundup: Evian, but not the water

September 4, 2015

The note reads: Make sure Mrs. Barkawi teaches about “Evian Conference” pg 307. I had never heard of the Evian Conference until I was at the Alexander Muss High School in Israel during my junior year of high school. It was then that I learned that the world had had the opportunity to prevent the […]

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On My Nightstand: Hiroshima

September 2, 2015

Along with the books I read of my own choosing, I also read the required books that are assigned to Ben. I started doing this when we first noticed he was struggling with reading way back in elementary school. Some of the titles are ones I’d read long ago, but most of them are new […]

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