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On the Corner of Optimistic and Jaded

Anger was the topic of discussion in adult study at my temple. The timing was excellent because I had been feeling incredibly angry lately. There were many reasons why, and isn’t that how anger works? One thing sets you off, and that makes you irritable about something else, and something else, and so on. Certainly…

First Post of the Year

Happy New Year! We’re almost a full month into 2020 and I am still trying to find my bearings. I feel like I hit the new year running and didn’t stop until I ran smack dab into MLK weekend and caught something that knocked me out for a good week. Lying in bed for three…

What is This Teaching Me?

I’ve been uninspired to write lately, partly because I have been swamped with work, single mothering, holidays, and I started my master’s in September…finally. Life is hectic, per the usual. But mostly I think the gears in my head have just been sort of spinning. And spinning. And spinning. Sometimes these gears feel stuck, and…

The Waiting

The waiting is the hardest part Every day you see one more card You take it on faith, you take it to the heart The waiting is the hardest part -Tom Petty Last Wednesday was my late husband’s birthday. I woke up at 3AM fully alert, my body aware before my brain was cognizant of…

Spectacularly Ordinary

A few weeks ago, I found out that a neighbor from my childhood street (where my parents have lived for the past 40+ years) was found dead. Not just dead. Unrecognizably dead. Melted-into-the-carpet-dead. As in, nobody-knew-he-was-dead-for-a-week kind of dead. He was 76-years-old. Six years older than my dad. I did the math and texted my…

Handling Uncertainty

I wish someone had told me in kindergarten that the key to handling life is found in how we react to uncertainty. How we handle our anxiety about an unknown future. It would have also been helpful if they taught us that there is no such thing as happily-ever-after, uncertainty will never stop happening, and…