New Year, New You?

Welcome to 2021. It’s the first week of the new year, and already national events have incited anger, division, confusion and the feeling of the 2020 status-quo. The pandemic is on the surge, the capitol has been stormed, and the president-elect is set to be inaugurated in just a few short weeks. Meanwhile, many ofContinue reading “New Year, New You?”

Happy Hanukkah and Merry Christmas!

You may have seen a menorah, heard a song about a dreidel, seen golden chocolate coins for sale, or have heard bits and pieces about the holiday of Hanukkah.   I grew up celebrating both Hanukkah and Christmas since my mother and stepdad adhere to Reform Judaism. Most of what I remember is losing a lotContinue reading “Happy Hanukkah and Merry Christmas!”

Another Happy Ending

It’s Christmas time. It’s that time of year where we appreciate our families, our friends, and avoid stepping on the scale to avoid seeing the consequences of holiday sweets and feasts. It’s the time of lights, food, festivities, snow in some places and nostalgic movies. Now, be honest, how many Hallmark or ultra-cheesy Christmas moviesContinue reading “Another Happy Ending”

Choosing Redemption

I don’t think it is wrong to assume many people dream about receiving a proposal of marriage. In our day and time, it’s culturally normal for the man (and sometimes woman like Monica to Chandler in Friends), to get down on one knee and ask the person they have all the feelings for to spendContinue reading “Choosing Redemption”

The Story Behind Silent Night

I love singing Christmas songs. Some have gotten old, some have become annoying yet I still find myself humming, “I want a hippopotamus for Christmas,” while doing the dishes, and some are enchanting like the hymn Silent Night. The text below comes from the third stanza and has been sung to celebrate the birth ofContinue reading “The Story Behind Silent Night”

Giving Thanks

Family, friends, food, shopping… These are the Thanksgiving norms in America. But, as some gatherings are cancelled or online due to the ongoing pandemic, this holiday may look different this year – like everything else. I think, eight months ago, we were convinced COVID-19 would be “temporary.” A shut down here, no toilet paper there, and maybeContinue reading “Giving Thanks”

Hakuna Matata Lie

Whether you have or have not watched The Lion King, you probably have heard the phrase Hakuna Matata, which means no worries. The movie begins with Simba being presented to the animal kingdom as the future king. For the first half hour or so, Simba is growing up while Scar, the king’s brother, schemes to rip itContinue reading “Hakuna Matata Lie”

Living Victorious – Part Three

In the game of RISK, the player wins by taking over the world. Now, usually this game can be played with a handful of people and at the beginning, most people will agree to “no alliances”. However, three hours into the game, people may begin to change their tune as it becomes strategic to alignContinue reading “Living Victorious – Part Three”

Living Victorious – Part Two

I won, and lost, in games of Dominoes last night. It had been ages since I had played the “normal” version (not Dominican-style, not 42, not Mexican train, but plain-old Dominoes). There’s actually quite a bit of strategy involved in this timeless competition, but my head was so consumed by adding for points, I struggledContinue reading “Living Victorious – Part Two”