From the category archives:

Navigating a life in between

I became a big believer of transparency about five years ago, as I was going through my divorce. It wasn’t in reaction to any specific lies being told, but rather to lies being lived. At least by me—I can only speak for myself here. I was sick and tired of all the facades, particularly the […]

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Last night, while we were eating dinner, Jason and I suddenly realized we couldn’t just turn on the kitchen radio and listen to Barack Obama’s historic acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention. It’s not 1948, after all. We could see it all, so we had to see it. The sheer size of the crowd, […]

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The sense of possibility and suspense that has entered my life along with my Facebook account is, at times, almost unbearable. I just signed up (ie: caved) at Facebook less than a month ago. Each day since then I find myself marveling at the breadth of information I have access to now, and the joy […]

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Jason and I went to the Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago’s Union Park on Saturday. I could people-watch at a festival like that for hours. Correction: I could simply read people’s t-shirts and check out their tattoos for hours. When I add in my other favorite pastimes—noticing how people interact and overhearing snippets of conversation—I […]

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I think I was a sucker for nostalgia before I was technically old enough to experience it. In retrospect, it seems like I was subconsciously crafting a good portion of my childhood experiences simply as nostalgia fodder. I loved stories as a child—loved embellishing re-tellings of playground dramas and recalling the most perfect aspects of […]

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Two years ago today I moved into my house. I’m a big fan of marking important events other than just birthdays and wedding anniversaries. It’s a way to remind yourself of blessings, and an opportunity to share them with others. The best celebrations involve a deliberate remembering process—of where you were in your life before […]

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This story begins with what you might call a disclaimer/confession combo: I’m not proud that I was a scheming sneak this past Friday night…but I’m not exactly sorry, either. The more I think about it, the more I’m sure that most of us feel this internal conflict—somewhere between feeling pleased with ourselves and ashamed—on a […]

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Last night on “The West Wing” (season six, via DVD), the Republican National Convention was in full tilt, with a clear party nomination for Vinick. The Democrats, on the other hand, were in disarray, with three candidates still battling for a nomination. Today, in real time, Barack Obama, who just announced he’s raised over $32.5 […]

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Today is the last day of sleepover camp for my stepdaughter Havah, and Quillin, my oldest daughter. It’s her first time away from home like this. Jason and I dropped the girls off at Mennohaven camp in Tiskilwa, Illinois, last Sunday, and today I’m catching a ride with R and her partner B to help […]

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Perhaps no one in my life sums up the Halfway to Normal concept better than Dorie and Elie (“Eliezer,” if you happen to be his former Yeshiva teacher or his mother on a bad day). Even before Dorie and Elie moved to that literal halfway geographical location, Farmer City, they were halfway normal in a […]

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