Posted in December 2014

giving, part two

{image is a photo of two hands, offering a heart} This morning, I awoke to an email from one of my favorite people in all the world, Rafael Castro. He said that he’d written something that he wanted to share and asked if I might have time to give it a look. Honored and thrilled by the request, … Continue reading

giving

giving

On December 31st, my inbox fills with last-minute pleas from every Tom, Dick and Harry looking for money before the end of the year. It’s understandable, given that there are obvious financial benefits to maxing out one’s tax-credit allowance within the calendar year, but, let’s be honest, it’s gotten to the point where requests are … Continue reading

sesame memories

sesame memories

When my dad told me that he was gifting each of the girls a trip this Christmas (Brooke to Sesame Place with the family and Katie to NYC with just Mama next month), I told him it was too much for him to spend. His response was, “This is what I want to do. Now … Continue reading

christmas 2014

christmas 2014

{image is a photo of the fireplace on Christmas morning, above which are hanging our now-full stockings. If you look reeeeeally carefully, you can see the cookie crumbs that Luau sprinkled on the nutcracker’s tray after we completely forgot the whole cookie thing before bed. Oops.} I tried to keep it simple and lean. Not … Continue reading

As many of you know, Brooke has a thing for birthday parties. She loves them. And more than anything, she loves planning them. She told Luau days ago that she would be throwing him a surprise party. (I’ll give you a minute.) She told him that he’d have to wait outside until we told him to … Continue reading

dear suzanne – again

dear suzanne – again

Dear Suzanne, It seems we’re here again. I don’t want to be here. I don’t want to be having a different version of the same old tired conversation. But I don’t know what else to do. I don’t know how else to counter the harm that you continue to do in the name of some … Continue reading

luau

luau

Friends, This morning’s post will be up later today. In the meantime, I hope you’ll indulge me for a moment.  To my husband, I want to surprise you. To call you in the middle of the day and tell you to pack a bag and meet me at the airport. To assure you that the kids … Continue reading

light the @#!%ing candle – a chanukah story

light the @#!%ing candle – a chanukah story

{Image is a photo of a row of snow-dusted Christmas trees for sale on the sidewalk in Manhattan} 2006 “But aren’t you Jewish?” he asked, as we headed out into the city night to find the perfect sidewalk Christmas tree to bring back to my apartment. “Yup,” I said, smiling. “So, um, is one of your … Continue reading

sending love

sending love

  {image is a photo of Brooke playing Santa’s helper in 2009} I’ve got a Christmas mission for us, my friends. Editor’s note: Please know that I am well aware of how tight money is for many, if not most of us this, time of year, so I want to promise you before you read … Continue reading