The Closely-Guarded Secret to 2nd Grade Success

The Closely-Guarded Secret to 2nd Grade Success

I just came home from my 8th and final parent-teacher orientation for second grade. At the meeting (which I already heard a few years ago when my oldest son had the same rabbi and teacher that my youngest has now) I was computing how old I was when I attended my very first parent-teacher orientation […]

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The Phone Call From an Angry Teacher

The Phone Call From an Angry Teacher

The blessing of getting criticized for a child’s misbehavior in the month of Elul    

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Joy, Health, and Nachas

Joy, Health, and Nachas

I probably don’t seem like a critical person to you, but that’s only because you’re not inside my head when I walk down the street. And the worst part is I’m especially critical (secretly, silently, as I walk down the street) of other mothers! So for a few months now, every time I pass another […]

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My Queens Cemetery Hop

My Queens Cemetery Hop

Last Thursday, early in the morning, I took a train from Baltimore to New York in order to visit several graves. What prompted this first trip to New York City in 25 years? And what prompted me to visit those specific graves that I’d never visited before? Well, I had a flight out of Newark […]

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Wanted: Cleaning Help

Wanted: Cleaning Help

Here’s how I got a flood of responses to my want ad for cleaning help. Shabbat shalom

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Frum Jews at Lake Roland

Frum Jews at Lake Roland

I went on an hour-long nature walk this morning at beautiful Lake Roland, about a 10-minute drive from my childhood home. And as I walked, every five minutes or so I would receive a friendly “Good Morning” from somebody who reminded me of the parents or grandparents of my old Friends School classmates. By which […]

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