In Hansel and Gretel’s Oven

Hot flashes are Mother Nature’s catty epilogue to pregnancy. And all I want to know is, Why? Hasn’t she messed enough with me and my body? When I began telling people I was pregnant last year, women kept warning me that I would feel warmer than usual while pregnant. All that extra poundage and swirling … Continue reading

Quitting Coffee

The end of summer is nigh. Labor Day beckons. In the secular world, that’s the signal to squeeze in a few more beach days. For Jews, this is the cue that the High Holidays are right around the corner. And for me, it was always the reminder to start tapering down my caffeine intake. You … Continue reading

Theory of Relativity (or Red Fish, Pink Fish)

Albert Einstein may have authored the Theory of Relativity, but this German Jew has lived it. I have concluded that everything is relative. While I have changed and grown over the years, much about me has remained constant. I tend to be fairly steadfast in my beliefs. When my views change, the process is gradual. … Continue reading

Tiananmen Square Changed My Life

Reagan speechwriter Peggy Noonan, my role model growing up, has written about four-foot Americans. While other pundits yammered on about adult reactions to President Obama’s inauguration, Noonan pondered what it meant to America’s children. As a former four-foot American, whose life was shaped by presidential forces, I think Noonan’s focus was the right one. When … Continue reading

The 49 States of America

Do you remember the last time you were at a football game? Close your eyes for a moment and picture yourself there – in that football stadium. See yourself in the bleachers, smell the hot dogs, hear the referee’s whistle . . . Are you there? Now, imagine that you are sinking. Sinking deep into … Continue reading

The Newborn Diet

“Has your weight changed in the last six months? If so, please explain.” Oh, life insurance companies, how I long to answer your intrusive questions, as I apply for your services. But since I would like life insurance to protect my daughter should the worst ever happen (puh, puh, Evil Eye!), yes, my weight has … Continue reading