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Forming Team Norma, in memory of my Mom

Twenty-four years ago, my mom was about to celebrate her 52nd birthday. She spent the day, March 7, in a hospital room, surrounded by cards and flowers. She had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer the previous month and the prognosis wasn’t good. She was given about six months to live, but the cancer spread quickly […]

Did we place too much hope on 2021?

The first week of 2021 sure didn’t live up any expectations of a new optimistic start. The Holderness family summed it up well in their video this week. G-d bless the Holderness family. Their videos have been such a bright spot during the past 10 months. Despite trying to surround myself with positivity, I’m feeling […]

2020 in the rearview mirror

As we reach the end of 2020, we look optimistically to 2021. As my 12-year-old pointed out, it’s not like something magical will happen as we enter 2021, yet it’s still a relief that we made it through this year. Unfortunately, there are way too many people who cannot say that. According to worldometers.info.com, the […]

What I learned from holidays in 2020

During this past year of uncertainty, holiday traditions became more important than ever. Although we observed holidays differently this year, they represented the mileposts on the calendar that helped us navigate through the year as they arrived whether or not other plans were cancelled. The last holiday that resembled past celebrations was Purim, which was […]

A menorah of memory

Each year for Chanukah I typically light an oil menorah and the boys each light their own menorahs with candles. This year, the oil cups we found at the store were not the right size for our oil menorah so we improvised using tealight candle holders. On the seventh night, it occurred to me how […]

A summer like no other

When we welcomed the New Year, certainly nobody anticipated how 2020 would change our lives. We greeted the new year as we had in previous years, with resolutions and plans and with an assumption that our plans would be carried out. Never in our lifetime have plans changed so drastically on such a wide scale. […]

Tisha B’Av in the midst of COVID-19

One thing that always fascinates me about Judaism is the relevance of ancient holidays in modern life. When learning about Jewish history, there’s usually insight that can be applied to today. For instance, we are now in the midst of the three weeks – a period of mourning that commemorates the destruction of both Jerusalem […]

6 ideas for at-home camp

It’s a summer like no other. After weeks of remote learning, the school year unceremoniously blurred into summer and families all around the country are trying to adapt to this new normal. For those looking for some ideas on how to occupy your kids during this COVID-19 pandemic experience, I thought I’d share some of […]

Taking a step back

When 2020 began – about five years ago wasn’t it? – it seemed to bring so much optimism with it. Even more so than most new years because it was the start of a new decade but even the sound of it – 20/20 – made it sound like it would be a year of […]

Sweet Tomatoes buffet

When surreal becomes reality

For me, it was the ads that indicate that face masks are now a fashion accessory and the announcement of the permanent closing of one of our family’s favorite restaurants. As these type of things appear in everyday life, the realization of our new reality is sinking in. We’ve rarely left the house in the […]

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