4 Jan. 2021

Three Mitzvahs and A Shiva

2021-01-05T08:19:55-05:00January 4th, 2021|Family, Friends, Grief, Parenting|

This is us in 2019 on our most recent college girls trip (to Nashville). We wonder when we will all be together again in person?! Before I could start my video to join the Saturday morning services at a synagogue in Northern California I’ve never been to, and will probably never go to, the group text had already begun. “Show your face, Rach!” texted one of my friends from college. “Coming,” I texted back “only showing waist up [...]

29 Dec. 2020

2020, Outside

2020-12-29T13:29:51-05:00December 29th, 2020|COVID-19, Family, Friends|

We celebrated our next door neighbor's front yard bat mitzvah, outside in 2020. I spent a lot of time outside this year. We all did, right? At the outset of the global pandemic while following the rules (I’m a rule follower!) to flatten the curve and slow the spread of COVID-19, I found myself feeling quite isolated at home. We all felt that way, right? And so in order to keep my sanity and see the people I [...]

17 Aug. 2020

My Summer on the Farm

2020-08-17T07:21:40-04:00August 17th, 2020|Cooking, Family|

On the day this past April when I hit refresh approximately two hundred and thirty seven times on Instacart unable to get a time slot for delivery from my grocery store, I signed up to become a member of my local CSA. CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. I didn’t know that until two weeks ago. A few of my friends have been members of this CSA, or as they call it, the farm, for many years. The regaled me [...]

30 Nov. 2019

This Is Nice. Isn’t It?

2019-12-04T08:23:08-05:00November 30th, 2019|Family, Holidays|

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. I like the Jewish High Holidays in that they provide a chance to be with family and friends and reflect on the past year of life, but fasting and making promises I am not sure I can keep are not really my thing. I also like the Passover Seder and sitting around a family table together, but then there’s the part about the plagues (the slaying of the first born never sat right with me) [...]