Author Archives: Jayne

Mothers and Daughters

Mother-daughter relationships are complex. When I was a kid, I couldn’t stand talking to my mother on the phone because of the thick lump that formed in my throat as I tried to hold back tears. It was easier for me to write letters to my mother from camp than to have her call me. But other times, I missed her terribly and I just wanted to hear her voice. I would call her from...

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Mother’s Day

This week marks fifteen years since my mother’s passing. She died the Friday before Mother’s Day just as the Sabbath started, and we buried her on Mother’s Day, one of her most favorite days of the year. Born in 1926, when radio and newspapers connected the world to individuals at home, she never stopped listening to the radio. She relayed what she heard from her favorite radio personalities, all experts in their fields, all arbiters...

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A Food Revolution

This week I have been listening to the Food Revolution Summit, an online conference put together by John Robbins and his son, Ocean Robbins. For those who are not familiar with John Robbins, he is the son of Irv Robbins, founder of Baskin-Robbins Ice Cream. As he tells his story, years ago he rejected the family business and fortune to seek a simpler life. In 1987, he wrote Diet For A New America launching his...

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Unfinished Business

I haven’t written a blog post in weeks. I took a hiatus from blog writing to take care of unfinished business, to complete something I started a while ago but resolved to finish in the last few weeks. I am like that. I have a tendency to start things and then put them aside, either because they take more time than I anticipated, or they elicit such intense emotions that I need to pull back,...

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When Worlds Collide…

In the spring of her freshman year of college, my youngest daughter, who had spent her life in a Modern Orthodox day school, texted me with exciting news that she had signed up to do “security” for the upcoming Liquid Latex performance. I thought my 5’2” daughter was joking. What did she know about security? What did it mean to “do security”? And what was Liquid Latex? Turns out it’s a club which holds a...

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Spring and the Kindness of Strangers

Today is the first day of spring. Two days ago, we flew to London with our soon to be ten-year-old granddaughter to spend a week exploring the city. Here in London, the city is ablaze in color. Narcissus and tulips are in full bloom, cherry trees are blossoming, and gardens are lush. The weather is balmy, and it feels like the perfect place to be on the first day of spring. Our granddaughter has a...

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Work In Progress

I am a work in progress. I never thought I would be saying this as I approach 60. I thought by now I would have figured everything out. I would have unlocked the mysteries of life to secure a life well-lived, whatever that means. What I have learned this past year is we are all works in progress, life is a journey, and if you are done changing and growing, you are probably dead. Living...

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This Week is MS Awareness Week

I have not written yet on this blog about having MS. This was a deliberate decision, because I felt for years MS defined who I was and how I lived my life. Over the last year, I freed myself from the cognitive and emotional shackles of MS and settled in a place of strength and spiritual calm about living with an unpredictable, chronic illness. Not dwelling on an illness does not mean denying its existence. It...

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The best activity is the one you love to do

I follow a few bloggers in the world of nutrition, health and functional medicine whose articles are well written, thoroughly researched, and informative. One of these bloggers is Mark Sisson, whose website Mark’s Daily Apple is a trove of information, especially for Paleo and Primal enthusiasts, but there are nuggets of wisdom for everyone. Recently he wrote about the best exercise anyone can do which, to no surprise, is whatever exercise you do consistently. What...

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I may not be an activist…

I’ve noticed an alarming increase in the number of emails I have received lately assuming because of my connection and association to wellness and health websites, I must also be a defender of causes, which vary day-to-day. Somehow if I care about my health, I must also be passionate about the fight against big pharmaceutical companies, the fight against big food companies who are tainting our food supply, and the fight against the 2% wealthiest...

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