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Monday Mottoes – #74

Most everything in life involves a risk—whether a relationship, having children, pursuing a new career, trying a new food. On the one hand, same old, same old can be safe. But it won’t get you the corner office with the doubling or tripling of your salary. You need to reach out for something beyond yourself,…


Monday Mottoes – #73

Time to get honest. What do you want in life? I mean, really want? I spoke with a friend today who’s been battling cancer for the last six months, pulled through, and doing quite well. Her grown daughter talked about how the two of them would just sit together and cry some days, not out…


Monday Mottoes – #72

Slogging along in life makes time stand still. At any time we can pick up the pace by cooperation with others. Working together causes things to hum along at a much better clip, as long as everyone can coordinate their efforts. By spelling out each person’s role according to their skills and abilities, we increase…


Happy New Year 2015!

From Alexandra, Misha, Grisha, and all the friends at Destinations, Dreams and Dogs: May this be the most blessed, happy, healthy, loving, and prosperous New Year, yet! “The Lord bless you and keep you; The Lord make His face shine upon you, And be gracious to you; The Lord lift up His countenance upon you,…


Monday Mottoes – #70

Moaning and groaning. Why do some people love to kvetch and complain, whine and say woe-is-me? There are beautiful women who sit at home night after night, nary a date in sight. They’re too pretty, nobody will approach them. Rather than slap a smile on their face and extend their hand in greeting, they bemoan…


A Miraculously Peaceful Holiday

A lovely, relaxed day.   It’s been a while. We smiled, we chatted, we celebrated. The family had started over.  All was calm, all was bright. When you have six people, four of them somewhat-touchy teens, along with two jaded parents, it’s not easy getting everyone on the same page at the same time. But it…


Into the Darkness… Light Has Come!

The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined. (Isaiah 9:2) In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God….


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…


Monday Mottoes – #68

Are you a plotter and a planner? I admit that I am. I want to know going into something how long it’s going to take, how much it’s going to cost, what type of time commitment is needed upfront. No surprises, no shock, no second-guessing. Unfortunately, life doesn’t always follow that pattern. It’s a step…


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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