In the After…


So much pain, fear, and for some–absolute agony and despair. Surprisingly, I’m almost glad that I am not trying to raise children in an environment that’s become so fraught with divisive and negative language and actions. Years and years of watching news reports about political violence following elections in other countries, I could not have imagined it might happen in the United States. Yet, here I am watching the news reports from around the U.S., of peaceful protests turned on a dime because its participants are consumed, in a moment, by that very fear, pain, and agony from the last few days.

I can’t see in my mind’s eye, participating in such a protest; or being so angry at the result of an election that I would resort to violating someone else’s rights or space. Is it because I don’t have children whose future hangs in the balance of decisions made by the current grown-ups of the world? What do we tell them? How can we explain, if possible, to the bi-racial, special needs, and Jewish children in our family that everything will be okay, when we’re so unsure about the future?  I don’t know if I would have the words.

Earlier this week one of my sisters forwarded to me the email sent out from the rabbis at the temple where her two beautiful boys are growing their faith. It is one of very few pieces I’ve read this week that spoke to me in a very personal way. And while I didn’t seek their permission to include this here, I hope they’ll be okay that I have. I am grateful today for the faith leaders in our communities who provide us with the support and guidance to get through difficult times.

Lastly, as we take next steps forward towards an uncertain future….a word of prayer…..
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O Guardian of life and liberty,
may our nation always merit blessing.
Teach us to give thanks for what we have
by sharing it with those who are in need.
Keep open our eyes to the wonders of creation,
and alert to the care of the earth.
May we never be lazy in the work of peace;
may we honor those who have died in defense of our ideals.
Grant our leaders wisdom and forbearance.
May they govern with justice and compassion.
Help us to appreciate one another,
and to respect the many ways the people serve You.
May our homes be safe from affliction and strife,
and our country be sound in body and spirit.  Amen.

Warmly and with Shalom,

Jay & Todd

Temple Beth Shalom, Needham MA

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Bugs on Flowers


“If your photographs aren’t good enough, you’re not close enough.” — Robert Capa

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I’ve been completely enamored by our garden this year.  Because my husband, who normally takes care of our garden–from seed to supper–was having his hip replaced, I took over.  I planted everything that he’d started under the lights in the garage in March.  I don’t necessarily enjoy gardening, but I will admit that the peaceful, cool mornings before the sun hits the flowers, is an amazing thing. This is one of the pictures I took recently and am grateful my the camera on my phone can get so up close and personal!  It is presumably a cucumber bug, but it was in the pumpkin flower!

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Early morning busy work!

Liam Love — Sunday June 19th 2016


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Every day during the month of May, my father, Liam’s Grampa, made bowls in his pottery.Like children, these bowls are one of a kind, made with love and in the moment. Rough around the edges these handmade stoneware bowls will be smooth and food safe inside. On June 19th, Father’s Day, My father and I hope that you can join us in the ISB Gallery of Rhode Island School of Design (55 Canal Walk, Providence RI) for Liam Love, a pottery sale to benefit the Liam the Lion Fund.

In addition to dozens of handmade unique stoneware bowls, the event will feature the unveiling of this year’s limited edition Olson & Son Hopyard t-shirt available for purchase in some sizes and orders for others, and also our brand new branded 12oz belgian beer glasses will be for sale.

Attendeeswill be treated to a retrospective exhibition of the wonderful paintings of

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What to do?


We all have things we need to do to keep an even keel — blogging, exercising, reading, cooking. What’s yours?

I have a variety of go-to activities to keep me on an even keel.  Reading (a most favored activity particularly with the Kindle I got for Christmas), baking and watching television.

When I lived alone the tv kept me company.  I’d turn it on when I got up in the morning or home from work, and then go about my business around the house.  The sound of the news or a rerun of Star Trek The Next Generation, MASH or Mad About You, provided a feeling of security–there was someone nearby and I wasn’t alone.

Now, television is a way for my husband and I to decompress, escaping into first run or reruns of the Big Bang Theory, Mike and Molly or Elementary. Our newest favorite is Grace and Frankie on Netflix.  The brilliant writing and acting has us laughing hard enough to cry!  Lily Tomlin (75) and Jane Fonda (77) have me believing that aging is nothing really to be afraid of. The fact that we have to wait until 2016 for the second season is a drag!

Today’s thanks goes out to the reruns that kept me company on days now long gone, and the ones that keep me laughing today!

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Vivid…Color


I’m going to work on posting more over the next several weeks.  Have been out of the groove for months, this is easy way to post.  This picture for the Weekly Photo Challenge was taken in my yard before these plants made their way into the ground.  I’m amazed at the shots my little phone can get and love this one!  To me it looked as if little diamonds had found a home on the leaves of the lupines.

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Good Morning Sunshine


I’m not an early bird by nature.  I like sleeping in on the weekends, or any day for that matter.  When I do have to get up early I walk by the window next to my bed, peek out to see what’s-what, then make my way to the bathroom.  I got this shot two weeks ago, I was so grateful that my phone was next to my bed, and turned on, so I can submit this for consideration in the weekly photo challenge.  A few minutes earlier or later it wouldn’t be the same.  I was excited by the color and knew it was going to be a beautiful early spring day!

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Other Early (or not so) Birds:

Liam the Ninja and his new Belt. 


Thank you goes out to all the home care nurses who dedicate themselves to families like my nephew Liam’s. Most especially to Walter!

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Editors note: Look I didn’t mean to take nearly 6 months off of regular blogging. It just kind of happened. But I’m back now. I mean it, but before I get to any of the cool new stuff I want to blog about I have to tell you this story first. Because it is an awesome story, and also because I should have posted it last October right when it happened. So let’s just move past the fact that I haven’t yet posted in 2015 mmmkay? thanks.

We almost didn’t make it to see Walter at all. (You’ve heard me talk about Walter in my speech here) The President was visiting Rhode Island for the first time in a generation that night, and with most of the exits off the highway between providence and the airport in Warwick manned by state troopers, and traffic at a near stand still for…

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