oh! oy? christmas

I never feel ready for it. I am often baffled by it. I am uncomfortable with certain aspects of it. I am also fascinated by it. It? Christmas. In Key West this year, Christmas manifests itself with over the top displays of lights, displayed on the unquestioned assumption that more is better, particularly if it's … Continue reading oh! oy? christmas

The Way Things Were

Father's Day becomes bittersweet once your father has passed away.  Sweet memories are combined with the ache of deep loss. This morning I watched a CBS Sunday Morning segment with the ever-smiling Jane Pauly about a young father who's committed to splitting half the parenting time of his two-year old daughter with his wife.  That … Continue reading The Way Things Were

My History of Eating, Part One

Disclosure:  I'm Jewish. Food and its consumption are a part of my culture. That might have something to with the attention I've paid to food most of my life.  Taking it to another level, I married a Jewish man whose Jewish Mother wanted to know when we visited, what we wanted her to cook for dinner. … Continue reading My History of Eating, Part One

The Second Most Challenging Holiday for a Nice Jewish Girl

Hard on the heels of Passover, Easter would arrive. The window of our downtown Woolworths would herald the holiday's arrival by placing a few dozen pastel downy baby chicks inside the store's front window to spend their early and most likely final days milling about with their doomed brethren. I was too young to understand the long term implications of this tradition,