Saturday, December 04, 2021

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I Don’t Understand

Never did I claim to be a political columnist, nor did I ever pride myself on my knowledge of government. Yet I have difficulty understanding the latest most talked about current events.

(even beating out COVID). Who can explain to me what the Afghanistan situation is all about?


Permission Without Guilt

Many years ago, when Oprah Winfrey had a daily afternoon talk show, I happened to catch an episode about giving ourselves permission to use our best, most precious items ,without feeling any guilt. Oprah pointed out how people are unable to use things like fine china, their nicest tablecloths, their most expensive


Learn to Read, and Then Read to Learn

The past year has been challenging for all of us—children, parents and grandparents alike. However, any parent whose child has spent a significant time at home and out of school will testify that the challenge of trying to keep a child up to date with their education has proven particularly demanding. Parents were expected to be teachers


Everything You Never, Ever Wanted to Know About Lice

I bet you are getting itchy just reading the headline.

But since September is Lice Awareness Month, it seems only right to address the issue now.

Lice are parasitic insects that are generally found on people’s heads (but also, very rarely,


Don’t Waste an Opportunity

If my column was an episode of the sitcom “Friends,” this one would be called “The one about the organizer who collected a carful of hazardous waste.” What? Do my readers want to read about hazardous waste? Let’s define hazardous waste and you’ll understand why we do not want to toss it in with our


The Impact of Smartphone Use on Our Children

I was in the mood for a big, juicy burger, and talked my husband into taking me to an upscale hamburger joint for dinner. While we were enjoying our appetizers and drinks, a young family of four sat down at the table next to us. From the moment they sat down, the young boys, approximately 6 and 8 years old, pulled out their electronic


From the Mothering Archives

The kids climbed into my van, chatty and glad to be out of school for the day. I checked to make sure my book was still in the console next to me. My daughter Maddy, age 9, usually held her own with my friend’s two boys, Jordan, 11; and Jeffrey, 7. The 25-minute ride began and the volume of their banter gradually increased until genuine


Make Space for Blessings

I am a curious person by nature and love to learn more about people’s stories. I found myself wondering about my friend Gayle Gruenberg, CEO of Let’s Get Organized, LGO for short, a multi-person professional organizing company. I admire her courage in expanding her business from a solopreneurship to a business with an


Insights From the Outside: My YU Experience

Having lived in New York for three years, I have been blessed with experiences, opportunities, disappointments and achievements that have taught me more about myself and the world around me than I could have ever dreamed of. I came to New York unaware of how many lessons my time here would teach me. I leave it still trying


A Special Graduation From a Unique School

On June 15, The Springboard School held a beautiful graduation. As each graduating student put on their cap and accepted their diploma, and as each returning student clapped for their friends, the staff and parents were filled with enormous pride. Each of these students has come a long way during a difficult time.


How Much Is Your Child Worth to You?

(Courtesy of PUAH) If you’re a parent, you’ve probably had this conversation at some point:

Child: How much am I worth to you?

You: Sweetie, more than all the money in the world.

Child: You mean you wouldn’t even


Making the Golden Years Count

In the June 3, 2021 issue of the Star-Ledger, there were two news items of interest:

—Felix Breedy, age 76, has a part-time job of umpiring baseball games that take place all over Northern New Jersey. The games are usually on a high school level. On the week in question, Mr. Breedy had already umpired

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