Memorial Day Musings

Posted by on May 20, 2015 in Musings

Spring is here and the stores are already full of beach towels, pool toys and picnic baskets. The days are long, the SoCal nights are balmy, and thoughts turn to Memorial Day and backyard barbecues. This year, as it happens, Memorial Day falls on the second day of the Jewish holiday of Shavous, so the […]

Happy Chanukah 2014-5775

Posted by on Dec 15, 2014 in Musings

A Sukkot Family Tradition

Posted by on Oct 5, 2014 in Musings

October 8th, in addition to being the birthday of one of my daughters, this year begins the weeklong Jewish holiday of Sukkot. On Sukkot we eat in a temporary dwelling, a sukkah. Some people (one of my sons-in-law and assorted grandchildren included) even sleep there! Our Sukkah is a wooden pergola with fabric walls and […]

My Grandmother Mindel, Otherwise Known as Minnie

Posted by on Sep 5, 2014 in Musings

September 7th is Grandparents Day. I’ve already written about my maternal grandmother, who got off the boat and literally kissed the ground (Echoes of Emma Lazarus, read it here). She managed to transmit to me her reverence for this country and what it stood for. My paternal grandmother also had a story. In many ways […]

Beloved English Poet – Alfred, Lord Tennyson

Posted by on Aug 5, 2014 in Musings

August 6th is the birthday of Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809-1892), who was the Poet Laureate of Great Britain for more than 40 years during the reign of Queen Victoria. One of Britain’s most beloved poets, he was made a baron in 1883 and thus added “Lord” to his name. He is the author of Idylls […]

Echoes of Emma Lazarus

Posted by on Jul 20, 2014 in Musings

July 22nd is the birthday of American poet Emma Lazarus (1849-1887). She was the fourth of seven children in a Sephardic Jewish family whose New York roots went back to the colonial period. She was related to Benjamin Cardozo, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, and was a correspondent of Ralph Waldo Emerson. After the […]

The Chocolate Gene

Posted by on Jul 7, 2014 in Musings

The exact nature/nurture divide is still being debated, but when it comes to chocolate, I have it from both sides. I was raised in a household with a father who loved chocolate and a mother who loved to bake. It was considered normal to have chocolate cake or cookies for dessert after breakfast and essential […]

July 4th : A Legacy of Independence

Posted by on Jul 3, 2014 in Musings

Independence Day is the birthday of our country, the day the Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence in 1776. The first one to sign the Declaration was John Hancock, in a script said to be large enough that the British King George III could read it without his spectacles. Thomas Jefferson wrote most of […]

4th of July: The Ultimate Birthday Celebration

Posted by on Jul 2, 2014 in Musings

A day that is observed worldwide but only celebrated here. Let the festivities begin! I did a little fact-finding mission gathering a handful of “did you knows” just in time for your ultimate 4th of July birthday celebration. Enjoy! The idea of fireworks (illuminations) to celebrate Independence Day came from John Adams. He wrote to […]

Migraine: What If I’ve Been Wrong – Part 7

Posted by on Jun 30, 2014 in Musings

Migraine: What If I’ve Been Wrong– Part 7 June is Migraine Awareness Month. Throughout the month, I’m sharing parts of my journey and some things I’ve learned along the way. I was well into my 50’s when I begin releasing the idea of migraine-as-nemesis and began meditating on the “what ifs”: What if, as I first […]