This is 45

Here I am, equidistant from 15 and 75. Equal parts wonder and “meh.” At 45, I’m now parentless. At 45, I miss my mom more than ever. At 45, I’m preparing for one of my birdies to leave the nest, the other in just two years. At 45, I am loved and supported beyond what I ever expected. At 45, …

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My son, my first child, was born at the end of 1997. Four months later, nearly to the day, my mom died. That same son, now 18, graduated from high school last Saturday. Two days later, my dad died. Bookends: “occur or be positioned at the end or on either side of something” On that Saturday of graduation, I called …

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I like to get things done fast. Like quickly. And efficiently. Without delay. I read fast. I eat fast. I talk fast. I think fast (too fast, sometimes). I understand fast and I explain fast. My way doesn’t embrace the impatient among us. I’m not good at savoring or lolling about or stretching things out. I even relax fast. So …

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As the saying goes, “There are seven days of the week but Someday isn’t one of them.” What are you someday-ing in your life? We will definitely travel there someday. I will forgive her someday. You have to tell me that story someday! I’ll make up with him someday. I will write about that someday. Let’s get together someday soon. …

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Taking A New Path

Lately I have been going out of my way to go out of my way. Going straight when I usually turn right. Saying “yes” to something I may have said “no” to the past eight times in a row. Eating meat for breakfast (that’s a whole other story…). Deciding to laugh instead of be annoyed when my daughter’s plans change …

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A Word About The Past

I try to live in the moment. Connect with my breath. Come back to now. Leave the past behind, let the future unfold on its own. Sometimes I am able to do all of this. I feel peaceful and serene because I’m doing things “right.” And sometimes, I am utterly unable to do any of it. I feel pissy and …

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My Upcoming Book Profiled

Read this profile on my upcoming book on “3Gs,” or grandchildren of Holocaust survivors. Reporter Matt Lebovic did a beautiful job of bringing together all of the components of my story, and of the larger story of my generation and three generations in the aftermath of the Holocaust. 

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Your Miracle

Your miracle. It’s coming. Even when you don’t see it or a hint of its light. It’s on its way. And there isn’t much you have to do to make sure it finds its way to you. That’s part of the miracle, like it knows. It’s hard to remember, when things seem shitty or off-course or very un-miracle-like. And maybe …

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One Little Thing

You cannot do everything today.  Period. You cannot finish it all. You cannot be everything to everyone. And despite what you expect from yourself, you cannot go at a super-human pace without taking a breath. Not today, and probably not tomorrow, either. But you can do one thing today. And then one thing after that, and again after that. One …

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Letting Go and LETTING GO

“By letting it go it all gets done” ~ Lao-Tzu There is letting go. And then there is LETTING GO. The kind that frees you to your soul. The kind that came about from baby steps but feels like the most massive, unimaginable progress. The kind that came about from forgiving, most of all of yourself and from loving, most …

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