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Kitchen Heat at Hanukkah

I get it, I really do. Hanukkah, the Feast of Dedication, celebrates the cleansing of the Temple in Jerusalem after foreign occupation. When it came time to light the menorah, oil that should have lasted one day lasted eight until more holy oil could be produced. So most every food during the eight days of…

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Fave Family Photos

Holidays often bring photos. I love it, I love seeing families gathered together. Even when they all look pained by the thought of it, lol. Growing up, I don’t remember our family taking any group shots, but there are many of us as individuals. We also went to a professional studio where we took solo…

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Holiday Performance Panic

I have no problem with my kids being in holiday choirs, singing “O Little Town of Bethlehem” or “My Dreidl, Dreidl, Dreidl”. For our family, the festival of Hanukkah and the celebration of Christmas are what this season is all about. Decorating the home, giving gifts, enjoying special foods—it’s all icing on the cake—and a…

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Where Have All Our Old Haunts Gone?

It’s the holidays and I’m feeling nostalgic. My kids are teens and old enough to understand that I had youthful traditions with my own mother once upon a time. I call a local department store that’s had an in-store café since the 1950s known for sky-high club sandwiches, delicate tea sandwiches, and luscious pies and…

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Monday Mottoes – #67

December, the final month of the year. What have we accomplished, what dreams have come to fruition, what lasting results have we lassoed into our lives? In a sense, it’s a time of reckoning, which makes most people nervous and leads to partying and revelry, as though absolving any accountability. Not so fast, not so…

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Black, Black Friday

With a name like that, this is one shopping day when I’m generally opted-out. Well, silly me, we happened to be up and out, travelling between homes on Friday at 6:00 am, so I figured…. Wrong move. I thought I was being smart. I’m generally smart. It’s not like I had too much turkey and…

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Holidays from Hell

Yes, the e-mails are flooding in. As though I need e-mails to understand. Come birthdays, holidays, or any happy event, there will be some adoptee throwing a wrench in your happiness. They cannot stand happiness. Cannot stomach it. Tolerance level for love, joy and peace is zero. Not all adopted children, of course. But many….

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Our Second Son Turns 18

We now have two 18-year-old boys and two younger teen girls. Makes for an interesting household. Our second son from Russia expresses his joy over turning 18 and we’re here to celebrate with him. However, at times, our hearts are heavy. What will his future be like? He has Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. In everyday English,…

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Cultivating a Sense of Culture

Washington, DC, is no New York City in terms of theatre. However, our nation’s capital has more to offer than normally imagined. Home to the National Symphony Orchestra, the Washington National Opera, and the Suzanne Farrell Ballet, it’s got a few things happening. Yesterday, we took advantage of a free performance at The John F….

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FootGolf: Who Knew?

One of the latest trends sweeping America and other nations: FootGolf. If our son had not been working on a golf course, we might never have known. I’m not sure exactly how it works, but on their course if I’m understanding this correctly, the powers that be will cover over the normal golf holes on…

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