Saying Goodbye to My Childhood Home

Sunday, July 24th, 2016

House This is the house my parents built in Hofit, Israel, in 1970. (more…)

On Sending a Child to Summer Camp

Sunday, July 17th, 2016

Camp girlI never went to summer camp – that is not something that people do in Israel.

When I was little, I went to day camp in the next village over, and I remember making crafts and singing songs and going to the beach. Fun, but hardly life-changing. (more…)

About Batteries

Friday, December 20th, 2013


Batteries by Jamie McCall, on Flickr

The theme of my life this week seems to have been about batteries. It’s connected to the fact that it’s been very cold here, but as my coach Berni so astutely pointed out, there’s a metaphor there I need to consider. (more…)

The Superman Passes

Saturday, December 14th, 2013

superman sam

Superman Sam

I am so sad. The beautiful, courageous, wonderful Sam Sommer is no longer with us. (more…)

Sorry for Phubbing

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

Untitled by Leon Fishman, on Flickr

I learned a new word the other day. It really brought home to me some anti-social behaviours I’ve been exhibiting lately, and I want to apologise in public to all who have been affected by them, especially my family. (more…)

Why My Girl Is Not Vaccinated Against HPV

Wednesday, October 9th, 2013
HPV/LSIL On Pap Smear

HPV/LSIL On Pap Smear by euthman, on Flickr

In Manitoba, the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccine is offered to all Grade 6 girls. I had to do some serious soul-searching, as well as some research, before I decided against having my daughter vaccinated, and here’s why. (more…)

Please Pray for Superman Sam

Saturday, March 30th, 2013

superman! by tuli nishimura, on Flickr

If you’ve been following this blog at all for the past couple of weeks, you’ve noticed the #blogExodus series, which took over in the time just before Passover. The inspiration for that series came from Rabbi Phyllis Sommer. She writes an interesting blog on Jewish parenting, by a Reform rabbi who is also a mother of four. But Rabbi Sommer has another blog, devoted to the journey of her seven-year-old son, who is fighting leukemia. (more…)

Review – Your Teen for parents Magazine

Sunday, October 7th, 2012

One of the perks of being a blogger, even as small a fish as I am, is that sometimes people will send you things to review. I was fortunate that the lovely and accomplished Susan Rubin Borison, publisher and editor-in-chief of Your Teen for parents magazine, sent me a copy of their fall issue. I read it with great interest. I should have blogged about this earlier, but yeah, I got distracted by Elul and all the stuff that followed it. Sorry, Susan, here is your review! (more…)