Monthly Archive: February 2012

Happy Days are Here Again!


One thing I love about my job is that special people are never far away. Besides those with whom I work, there are hundreds of you who carry the girls in your thoughts and express this heartfelt connection in so many ways: There’s the man who momentarily left his wife’s labor room to add merit …

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Perspire to be Inspired


  Say what you will, but there are two factors that rock my world. Well, maybe more than two, but let’s start with these: Swim and Sweat Nothing compares with detaching from everything electronic and diving in, using each muscle to propel myself through water. Stress, anxiety, doubt – everything vanishes with rhythmic kicking and …

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A Mother’s Love

A young Rachel with her Mom

Last week was my mother’s birthday. Or it wasn’t. You see, in the Jewish section of Rabat, Morocco, during the 1930s, annual celebrations of birthdays occurred way under the radar. After all, as my grandmother would often point out, there was an infamous ‘evil eye’ that spoiled any good in the world when it was …

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Tu B’shvat: Celebrating the Very Best of You


Happy New Year! New Year for trees, that is. Today, Wednesday, February 8, 2012, is the 15th day of the month of Shvat, Tu B’shvat, which commemorates the sap of new growth that has begun to flow in the innermost chambers of the dormant tree. Just when all vegetation seems frozen or dead, the tiniest …

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