Yom Kippur: Variations on a theme

Family photo taken at Mass MoCA (artist – Sol LeWitt photographer – me) This year, as I do every year, I am fasting for Yom Kippur.  Isabelle asks why we fast.  I explain that we fast to feel discomfort and do something hard.  Then reflect on how, in our particular lives, we rarely have discomfort…

Valentine’s day with the Kids

I have never been a fan of Valentine’s day…well, I did always look forward to those little red hot Valetine’s heart candies.  The ones that make your tongue tingle and scream “CINAMMON” in your mouth.  Then there was the year abroad in college in the UK when I discovered they had candy hearts with mean…