Category: Personal Experience

From Distant to BFF

Can you imagine going from a distant relationship with your dad to having him as your BFF? I would say this is the dream of many a boy and man and many a girl and woman. My housemate’s father lives in far-away Hawaii and dreams this dream. Many of the clients I have seen over… Read the full article

Valentines in Quarantine

LOVE DURING LOCKDOWN This article was published by the North West Local in February 2021. Among many other things, such as Black History month and President’s Day, February is the month of love, of Valentine’s Day!This year Valentine’s Day will be unlike any other in our known histories.Some of us will venture out to restaurants… Read the full article

Kings and Queens for a day

This article was published by the Northwest Local in December 2020. My sisters and I are constantly vying for queendom. It’s something we have been doing since we were little, undoubtedly because we did not get enough love and attention from our mother. She was actually the queen. She was beautiful, vivacious and desirous and… Read the full article

The Blue Balloon

Yesterday, I was canoeing on my favorite stream in the Pine Barrens in New Jersey with my family. As we paddled, keeping our eyes pealed for turtles, I saw a scintillating blue object floating on the water. Getting closer, it became obvious that this object was a star-shaped, metallic balloon. While its color was completely… Read the full article

In the time of Covid-19

This article was first published in the Chestnut Hill Local on April 29th and online on May 4th 2020. In the time of Covid-19, something good is happening, despite the tremendous social, physical, mental and financial costs. The “something good” is that we humans are having time. It is true that having so much time… Read the full article


I was boiling hot and my brain was no longer willing to work. I left my house, put some mail in the mailbox and continued down the street to my friend Scott’s house. I yelled to the third floor to let him know I was there.  Soon his head appeared in the window and then… Read the full article

Canoeing and Connection

A few weeks ago, my daughter and I went canoeing in the Pine Barrens. Keeping the boat moving straight ahead was no easy task.   We needed to work together to keep the boat moving. My daughter was in the stern, thus directing the boat, and I was in the bow, seeing the way ahead…. Read the full article

Belonging (or not) – Being my kind of Jew at Passover

This article was published in the Jewish Exponent on April 19th, 2019. Passover is the big Jewish community event each year. Yes, there is also the gathering at the break-fast at Yom Kippur and there are gatherings under the Sukkah and other gatherings here and there throughout the year. But the Passover meal is a… Read the full article

Rain Story

All day today it has been raining. What did I do? I did not read a book or watch television. I did not sew or paint. I went outside and planted. I planted lupine and Echinacea and I created a circular design in my front yard with pieces of brick. I got wet and muddy…. Read the full article

Staying True to Oneself

One of the hardest things in life is staying true to oneself. So much of our early training teaches us to be good, to not demand, not want, not complain, not say our true feelings. Some of this is, of course, good. It helps us to be cooperative, tuned in to others and not overly… Read the full article