About a month ago, I finished reading Alice Hoffman's The Dovekeepers. I was riveted by this tale of four indomitable women, who were bound together through loss during the Roman siege of Masada. Women, who under different circumstances would have ostracized one another, instead protected one another. For me, the beauty of this historical fiction was in … Continue reading Thank you is not enough, but thank you.
An elderly woman was sitting quietly at a small table. Her thinning, snow-white hair was perfectly coiffed, her face was tastefully made up, and her pantsuit had been meticulously pieced together. Her hands shook ever so slightly as she methodically broke off pieces from a hefty glazed donut and chewed carefully. As I sat myself in the … Continue reading Never Forget
In the last month of my pregnancy I watched Thomas Balmes' documentary, Babies. This uplifting film chronicles the first year of life of four babies from different parts of the world, and helped calm my new mom jitters. Each joyful, healthy baby reached the same developmental milestones, from Namibia, to Mongolia, to Tokyo, to San Francisco, despite drastic … Continue reading Baked Eggplant Rolls
My little bookworm has fallen in love with The Three Billy Goats Fluff by Rachael Mortimer. We've been reading this colorfully illustrated tale of fluffy goats and a grumpy troll since she was a baby, but in recent weeks my love has taken over the telling of this story with gusto. At any given time, … Continue reading The Rosie Project, Going Clear, and The Three Billy Goats Fluff
We had just moved from Tel Aviv to Yafo, meaning we had essentially moved from one end of the beach to the other. The difference being however, that instead of living in a two room box in the center of one of the mediterranean's most trendy cities, we were living in a spacious flat in a … Continue reading Running in Yafo
Identity. It's the word of the hour in our household. My little one has staunchly claimed ownership of hers. Her sweet voice belts out "It's mine!" in clear tones that vibrate between the walls of our home. During a tickle-war timeout she'll softly repeat after me "pretty girl" with a shy smile. When after several … Continue reading Tofu’s Identity Crisis
The past two weeks have been hectic and crazy. As friends in Israel sent messages of rocket explosions, I was taken out by a virus, while my sweet daughter happily spent five days bossing her Gigi and Pop Pop around. Now with a ceasefire in place, a clean house, and baby back on board, it … Continue reading Crock Pots and Crack Pots