Shalom from Israel

Shalom from Israel

Our pilgrimage to Israel began four years ago, following a scary diagnosis and a very specific recommendation. “You should take your daughter to the Western Wall,” my mom’s friend Sam, a retired Israeli soldier, told her, after hearing that my sister Kathy had been diagnosed with breast cancer. My mom, who lights candles in almost [...]

The Secret of Life is enjoying the passage of time

The Secret of Life is enjoying the passage of time

You'll have to guess what milestone birthday party my sister in-law Donna hosted this weekend. Like the rest of my nine sisters-in-law, Donna doesn't age. It's ridiculous, really. We have to rely on digital time stamps and context clues to date their family pictures (though sometimes the hairstyles help). She may not age, but the [...]

Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah

Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah

I was joking when I started belting out "Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah" as we made our way through Bluebird Trail Sunday afternoon at Copper Culture State Park. Then, darned if the little buggers didn't start swooping overhead. "Hey look," I said. "Mr. Bluebird's on your shoulder!" We looked up and saw those pretty little birds flying everywhere. My [...]