I love an anniversary. I am a sucker for any chance to stop and review where I am and the path that got me here. Lucky for me my first "Jewish Birthday" is this week, so I don't have to work very hard to find an anniversary to think about. What that means is I'm spending a lot of time this week thinking about my journey to Judaism.
I was originally attracted to Judaism because a lot of my very best friends are Jewish. When I was coming out, my Jewish friends were the most supportive people in my life. They took me in and became my family. They gave me love and acceptance in a way that I had not known. Then I met and fell in love with my Jewish husband and that basically set the whole thing in stone. We were living a Jewish life, so why not make it official? (Read more ...)
I recently indulged in a guilty pleasure of mine and read an article entitled "How to Date a Jewish Sorority Girl." I'm sure many of you saw the article floating around Twitter. As a recent college graduate, East Coast native and Jewish sorority girl, I naturally could not refrain. (There are probably more appropriate ways to introduce myself, but they are probably not as fitting.) The article was frighteningly accurate giving advice along the lines of "when in doubt Camp Ramah" and "you studied abroad in Florence? I was in Rome!" It gave all the essential tools and shortcuts to the heart of every Jewish sorority girl.
But how do you date that girl once she has left the sorority, left college? In fact, now that we're in the real world, how do you date at all? (Read more ...)
Ten years ago in April 2003, I was 130 pounds heavier, desperate for love, working the wrong job and financially unstable. One year later, I had tried hard to take a few steps forward, but in actuality had taken several steps back. Now, 10 years later, I am grateful for the monumental and positive changes in all four of those areas. I weigh less today than when I graduated high school; I eat and live healthier, having completed over a dozen distance races, including a marathon; I am married and very much in love with my beautiful wife; I healed and improved relationships with many friends and family members over the years; what I accumulated in debt by 2003, I not only paid off, but have managed to save the equivalent amount for retirement. I worked with coaches to win at the game of health, relationships and career. (Read more ...)
It's raining, it's pouring, and my little guy is in the back seat snoring. We were out running errands before nap time, and of course, less than a mile away from our house, his eyes, already droopy, collapsed shut.
Parents out there know the conundrum I'm facing: waking him now will spoil his regular nap for the day, but staying in the car means...I'm stuck in the car. Oy! indeed, Chicago. (Read more ...)