Be the Good—Even In an Airplane

Be the Good—Even In an Airplane

When was the last time you traveled in an airplane? I was recently at a comedy show where the comedian said something really interesting. Anytime we see a child that needs help, a child that’s injured, or a crying child, we feel the need to help. We feel sorry for the...
Be Grateful For the Simple Things in Life

Be Grateful For the Simple Things in Life

Being grateful is something we all have to work at. Gratitude is not something that just comes easily to a lot of people. But when we choose to be grateful for the little things, it will help us to find happiness in the big things. Visiting other places helps us to be...
The Positive Power of Acceptance

The Positive Power of Acceptance

Throughout my life, I have learned the power that comes from an attitude of acceptance. Having an attitude of acceptance can change almost any circumstance and neutralize tough situations. For example, when I am sitting in traffic, I can get upset, or I can accept...
Why Grace is My Word of the Year

Why Grace is My Word of the Year

At the end of every year, many word organizations come out with their word of the year. A word of the year generally sums up the past twelve months. Merriam Webster’s word of the year for 2022 was gaslighting. The Oxford English Dictionary’s word of the year was...
The Importance of Receiving—Not Just Giving

The Importance of Receiving—Not Just Giving

This time of year is known as a season of giving for many. Although my family is Jewish, this season is still a time of family, love, connection, and service in our community. It fits very nicely with our Jewish tradition of Tikkun Olam, repairing the world. Giving is...
The Power and Perils of Social Media

The Power and Perils of Social Media

Social media is everywhere. And because social media is everywhere, we are being watched all the time. I’m not saying that in a creepy way—it’s actually truer than we may realize. Social media has become the eyes and ears of everyone. Years ago, when I was in high...
The Strengthening Power of Community

The Strengthening Power of Community

My life has been impacted many times by the power of community. Even as I reflect on my childhood, I realize that I was very fortunate because of the community I had supporting me. Whether it was my friends, the teachers at school, or my Jewish community, I always had...
Every Thanksgiving Should Feel Like Home

Every Thanksgiving Should Feel Like Home

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday of the year. Most people have a favorite holiday. I’m sure that for many, it’s Christmas. For my sister, Halloween is her favorite holiday. She loves everything about Halloween. She decorates her house spectacularly and dresses up...
Words Matter, Especially To Our Children

Words Matter, Especially To Our Children

I’ve always believed words matter. I know you’ve probably heard this a lot. But I especially feel the truth of this statement as a parent. I have made many mistakes over my time as a parent. But the one thing I’ve realized with these mistakes is that it’s important to...

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