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Saying Good-byes before the End: Piano style

I have been extremely lucky in the grandparent department. My mom’s parents are still alive at 94 and last December they celebrated their 70th anniversary. However, the last few years, health has declined and the depth of memory has fizzled. But, up until a few years ago, some of my funniest and most drunken moments have been with them by my side. My sister and I committed one Friday a month for over a decade to hop on the New Jersey transit... Read More

Built on Faith

Its been an eventful winter. A Nicaraguan getaway. Skiing in the Rockies. I recently returned from a trip to Japan followed closely by a productive jaunt to Miami. I am passionate about travel. I enjoy getting away; learning about distant cultures and discovering new cuisines… But if you have been following these pages you know that for me it’s not about miles logged or passports stamped. It’s about finding passion and a purpose... Read More

Underrated Simple Pleasures

The pace of life pulsates sometimes at magnum speeds. But secretly, I think it parallels one of my addictions. Mastering multitasking, gracefully. The other day, when I was en route, I started thinking about the small things that create a happy dimple in our day. The underrated pleasures… Here is my recent list (in no particular order): 1) A mug of steamed water with a bundle of fresh mint: In Israel that is how we sipped tea. No bag to dunk.... Read More

Laying this years track…

Conforming isn’t my strength. It really hasn’t been my thing for as long as I can remember. My 6th grade teacher, Mrs. Cooper, detected this right away. I apparently did not like sitting at my desk, confined in one rigid place for extended periods of time. So, she would let me get up. Move to a new desk in the outer row (that is probably why I lean forwards the aisle on any plane or bus ride). And even let me perch on the radiator in... Read More

A Bright Pasta for A Winter Party: Pasta With Preserved Lemon, Pickled Chili and Parmesan

I love entertaining in the beginning of the year. Yes, when the weather is unpredictable and people have minimal plans. A few years ago, I attempting to organize a party in December and it sadly felt more like a chore, to wrangle everyone together, than a celebration. The eve of the year is stuffed with holiday parties, festive family gatherings, and the “I haven’t seen you all year, so let’s do something in the Christmas spirit”... Read More