Category Archives: Family

Resistant Beloveds

There is nothing more frustrating than trying to help people you love when they are oppositional to what you are trying to offer. With all of my resistant beloveds, I find myself torn between wanting to be the loudest, most ardently persuasive and passionate force in their lives and the quietest, most detached and serene…

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Thanksgiving Treasures

On our national day of thanks I have a lot to be grateful for, and never has a day of thanks been needed more than right now. Much of our shared experiences these past few weeks sounds like a bad pitch in a development meeting at Paramount Pictures: large parts of New York in near…

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Create Like a Child

My budding artiste wrote (and recorded, thanks to my honey, the Producer) her first full song. I am truly amazed. Of course I always knew she was musical and yes, I take some credit for her genetic predisposition to being artistically inclined. But this music came from a place that I am unfamiliar with, or…

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Near Death = New Life

[For those who may have missed the news that I was the invited guest blogger on Katie Couric’s new ABC talk show yesterday, below is a reposting of the blog that appears on KatieCouric.com. The follow-up post to the show yesterday will appear later this week. A special shout out to the incredible women at…

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Seasons, Cycles and Sounds

As soon as Labor Day is over, like many, I mourn the end of summer days and begrudgingly readjust my body and alarm clock to a new (and now that my eldest has started middle school) ungodly early wake up time for a fresh school year. For those who are of the Jewish faith tradition,…

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A Mother’s Way on Mother’s Day

Like every Mother’s Day that has gone before, I anticipated lovely handmade gifts and touching cards. What I did not expect was the intimate conversation with my daughter that would once again remind me that the greatest gift of all a Mother can get is the opportunity to show up and be wholly present for…

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Things that go bump in the night. . .

Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot (1796-1875), Mother Protecting Her Child, c 1855-1858, French. Oil on canvas. 37.9 x 46.2 cm. Courtesy of the Philadelphia Museum Art

We all have things that we are afraid of when we’re young. Some of our fears disappear as we grow older, when we analyze with a more mature and rational mind, that in fact the size of our monsters could not realistically fit under our beds or hide in our closets. Some monsters, however, are…

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This changes everything . . .

It’s the darndest thing . . . at times of great joy and expectation the Universe bestows upon us opportunities for growth and advancement when we least expect it. That is true for me right now. In honor of my mother I am announcing the launch of my Diva Mama Aromatherapy Synergy Spray line. I’m…

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Celebrating Traditions

Tantalizing smells wafting from the kitchen, Great-Grandma’s china being carefully laid on the table, wine breathing in a sparkling decanter, children scuffing their new shoes and wriggling out of clip on ties and warring siblings making peace.  The holidays are a great time for us to come together and are also a sublime time to…

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Finding yourself amongst the Masters

I need beauty in my life. I need it for inspiration, for relaxation and for rejuvenation. I need beauty to satisfy my creative soul and soothe the savage Mama’s-over-tired-can-you-please-leave-me-alone-for-more-than-10-minutes beast.  More often than not, I get no such respite. But this weekend with the bizarrely perfect near 60 degree late Winter weather in the East,…

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