Reflections

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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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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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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Birthdays, Cakes and Celebrations

A subscriber to my newsletter asked if I would post my latest newsletter content on my blog so she could share it. Apologies to those of you have already seen it. And if you haven’t and would like to get the content (usually) specific to my bi-weekly newsletter, you can subscribe at the bottom of my home page here. As winter drags on in the Northeast, and snow seems to fall daily, birthday season has arrived in...

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