Dreams of My Grandfather

My grandfather and me at my high school graduation.

This is the third post in an interfaith series on remembrance of ancestors. I've partnered with Yvonne Aburrow, a Wiccan who writes for Sermons from the Mound, to explore remembrance traditions in each of our faiths.I can think of at least three important dreamers in the Old Testament: Joseph, Pharaoh and Tevye. (HAHAHA - KIDDING!  I may not know how to bake challah, but I know Tevye wasn't in the Bible...)In exploring the remembrance of my grandfather in the context of my religion (Ju … [Read more...]

The Favor


I'll keep this short.My son had rehearsal at 6. My friend is going to meet me to hang out, but she can't get here until 7:30 or so. Anywho, she asked me to pick something up for her from  a store in Hampden, a block or so from the restaurant. The store closes at 7, and she couldn't get there in time. Of course, I would, of course.So after dropping my son at rehearsal, I saw a parking spot outside the restaurant (a rare commodity) so I took it, figuring I could walk a couple of blocks to … [Read more...]

Grandpa’s Stories

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This is the second post in an interfaith series on remembrance of ancestors. I've partnered with Yvonne Aburrow, a Wiccan who writes for Sermons from the Mound, to explore remembrance traditions in each of our faiths."In the year 1908, an octopus named Diogenes lived in a lake."This is the first line in the first story of the typed and mimeographed copy of magical stories my grandfather made up for me and my sister. My grandparents had small bungalow in upstate New York. They also … [Read more...]

Remembering Grandpa

Grandpa's birthday

The most recent time I visited my sister, we were sitting in chairs in front of her house, eyes closed, faces turned up to the sun while her kids played. One of us said that it reminded us of visiting our grandparents in Florida when all we did was lie in the sun. I said, "All we need is Grandpa. He'd be sitting next to us and our eyes would be closed and the only sound would be the sound of him turning the pages of the newspaper." She said, with what may have been equal parts annoyance and … [Read more...]

Anti-Semitism – To Ignore or Not To Ignore

When Joan Rivers died a couple of weeks ago, one of my friends wrote a tribute to her on her blog. Up popped an anti-semite in the comments. Still shocking, but no longer surprising. Anyhow, the question of how to react was the topic of some discussion among us friends, and sparked further questions worth exploration. I wrote about what we decided, and when, in general, it's time to start worrying about assholes like that instead of ignoring them.I hope you'll head over to The Broad Side to … [Read more...]

Is MSNBC Guilty of Tragedy Porn?


  A friend posed the following question on Facebook. I was the first one to answer, and I said I appreciated it. Others answered - many answered - with the opposite reaction, calling it tragedy porn, "gorification," fear-mongering, and cruel. While I completely understand those feelings, for my part, I must respectfully disagree. I always do SOMETHING on 9/11. From the minute I wake up, it's in my head, and I spend a good amount of emotional energy remembering.  In fact, in two of the years si … [Read more...]

Color Me…Something

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First, I saw this video posted on Facebook.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MDQoczDfMqA#action=shareAnd I tried really hard to enjoy it. I DID enjoy it. What's not to love? Teachers, principals, students, getting together to make a hilarious and corny video about going back to school! Everybody was making fun of themselves and completely losing themselves in the geeked-out way that makes it impossible not to love them. Teenagers reading books - actual BOOKS, high school football players … [Read more...]

The Five Stages (of Going to the Bathroom in the Middle of the Night)


This has become my life at night. Whether it’s because I am 45, or because I’ve had three pregnancies and birthed three kids, or both, 3 a.m. has become my enemy. Apologies to Elisabeth Kubler-Ross.DENIAL - This takes the form of, “I don’t REALLY have to go. I can make it a few more hours.” Then my 13-pound cat does a one-pawed handstand directly in the middle of my lower abdomen. This leads to the next stage...ANGER - Fucking cat. Get the hell off my belly. Damn it. I really DO hav … [Read more...]

Sweet Baby Jesus Frog

Rely on God! Don't forget the Gummy Bears!

So I took the youngest school supply shopping, and afterwards we went to Sweet Frog. My head was down, as I was thinking hard about whether I should put more chocolate sprinkles on my frozen yogurt. (Answer: Of COURSE I should...) I look up to see a sweet teenaged girl chirping at me from behind the counter, ready to ring up my order.I tried really hard not to stare at her torso.  Really hard. But I was trying to make sure her shirt said what I thought it said. It was a Sweet Frog shirt - … [Read more...]

My Afternoon as a Hobby Lobby Sidewalk Counselor

My Sidewalk Counseling Operation has doubled in size!!!

Back in June, I was inspired by a Supreme Court decision to take up Sidewalk "Counseling." Since SCOTUS declared the buffer zone around Massachusetts' health clinics unconstitutional, I decided it was time for me to provide those seeking treatments to which I object with counseling of my own. Here, in my post, "My Morning as a Viagra Sidewalk Counselor" I explain why this made perfect sense to me. Eleanor McCullen, lead plaintiff in that Supreme Court case, had been vindicated. Because she … [Read more...]