One thing I’ve learned about protest

It’s been a challenging time for those who value compassion and inclusion. If you're distraught, I understand. On Facebook, I've seen people name coping mechanisms, including: exercise, mac and cheese, time on the beach, therapy, and protest. I suspect others are coping by staying off Facebook altogether, maybe turning to community or prayer. I think all of those [...]

June 29th, 2018|Uncategorized|

What Do We Remember?

I once heard of a study that compared how people from the United States and people from Japan remembered two key events of World War II: the bombing of Pearl Harbor and the bombing of Hiroshima. Not surprisingly, the two groups remembered history differently. The Americans studied knew much more about Pearl Harbor and felt [...]

September 11th, 2011|Uncategorized|

Long Story Short

I haven’t posted in nearly two months, partly because I’m still in the waiting and trusting phase that I wrote about last post. Here’s a little update. We thought our short sale deal was approved, and so we started packing. We got approved for a mortgage and told our kids to pack their books and [...]

August 14th, 2011|Uncategorized|


Google image from my grandfather's birthplace in IrelandFor years my husband and I felt that we’d like a bigger house and garden, but we pushed those feelings aside in the name of simplicity and loyalty to our neighbors, whom we love. But this spring several things happened that shifted our assumptions. First, our neighbors had [...]

June 29th, 2011|Uncategorized|

Family Secrets

Tomorrow will be the sixth Mother’s Day that involves visiting my mother’s grave, rather than cooking for her. It comes at a time when I’ve been thinking about my ancestors, her family in particular, and boy have I got some questions. I had always wanted to learn more about my roots, so when a little [...]

May 7th, 2011|Uncategorized|

Me and My Middle Class Taxes

I tried to post a long comment in response to Liz's comment on my last blog post as well as her spouse Jeanne's blog post that referenced it, but putting several links in a comment did not go well, so I'll just make this a new post. I agree with what I understand to be Jeanne [...]

March 1st, 2011|Uncategorized|

Fallow Period for the Blog

I’ve been posting less frequently, as faithful readers may have noticed. It’s connected to my last post about clearing space, which I’m still trying to do. The papers are finally graded, and though there are always little things that need doing, I’m trying to make inner nurture the priority this month, if not this season. [...]

November 3rd, 2010|Uncategorized|

Taking in the Good

I’ve been hit with a cold and with a pile of high school applications for my eighth grade daughter, so it’s going to be short this week (though I do have a blog post on the Huffington Post today, if you want to check that out). I’ve been listening to a series on “integral spirituality” called [...]

October 8th, 2010|Uncategorized|


The night before my kids went back to school this year, my eleven-year-old son sliced off the very tip of his left index finger while finishing a back-to-school project. His dad and I took turns holding pressure on it for 3 ½ hours, until the blood finally stopped bubbling to the skinless surface, which was [...]

September 30th, 2010|Uncategorized|

Dramatic Social Change

In honor of the California Supreme Court decision on marriage equality, here's an excerpt from my interview with a Rabbi from the Reconstructionist tradition: “I guess I haven’t really found an issue that I believe I couldn’t change if I found like minded people and worked with them,” says Rabbi Erin Hirsh, who describes herself [...]

August 5th, 2010|Uncategorized|
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