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August Orchid Revisited

Last year on this day, August 21st, I wrote a blog post titled My August Orchid. The post was written in celebration of my mother-in-law’s birthday. She died almost six years ago so today would have been her 73rd birthday. The orchid she gave me before she died, that was described in last year’s post,...

Other People’s Weddings/My Belated Announcement

I admit it. I’m 44 years old. Married, divorced, remarried and yet, every Sunday, I read the Weddings/Celebrations section in the New York Times. And have been reading it since the late 1980’s when I moved to Manhattan after graduating from college. I left NYC over 12 years ago and get the Times delivered to...

Gone To Carolina In My Rented Minivan

Tomorrow morning, at the early hour of 4:00 am, my family (my husband, son, daughter, stepdaughter and me) will get up, climb into our rented mini-van and drive the 11 hours or so to get to Caswell Beach in North Carolina. Our new version of an old tradition. Family vacation at the beach runs in...

Tidings of Shalom (and Comfort and Joy)

Tonight is the eighth, and last, night of Hanukkah. And what a Hanukkah it’s been. I was ready for it this year and did a lot of my shopping on-line. Eighty percent of the gifts were wrapped and ready to be given before the first candle was lit. I also added a third menorah to...

My August Orchid

My mother-in-law’s birthday is today. She would have been 72 years old but she died from lung cancer almost five years ago. I only got to know her for one short year. I don’t even know if technically she would be considered my mother-in-law since her son and I weren’t married when she died. We...

Guilty Gefilte

I am Jewish. My first husband, the father of my 2 children, is Catholic. When we were dating, and talking abstractly about the future, I decided that it would be okay for our hypothetical children to be baptized and raised primarily Catholic. I knew that to say otherwise would have been a deal-breaker. And I...