Thoughtfulness

“The more we learn to recognize other people’s individual physical and emotional needs, the more we come to empathize with them.”  – Rabbi Yisroel Miller, In Search of the Jewish Woman   I gravitate towards personal inner work because I enjoy it very much. But it can be hard to …

Character Sketching

Recently I’ve been going through Journal to the Self, by Kathleen Adams, and learning about different journaling techniques. (This has been an ongoing fascination). I tried one of her ideas and it was so fun and helpful, I wanted to spread the word: character sketching.   A character sketch is …

Vulnerability

I’m dashing off this post because I just read Sara Eisemann’s MatchQuest column in this week’s Family First, and the question and answer were so phenomenally on-target, I had to share. (The entire text is available through the above link.)   I know that most of what I talk about …

How Many Left?

My sister’s classmate recently got engaged. When she shared the news with someone, that person immediately asked, “So, how many left in your class?”   The two of us instinctively looked at each other because that is a question neither of us necessarily appreciate. (And, might I add, I have a …

Maybe There’s Another Way

Over Yom Tov, a friend shared an article with me from Family First. It was an essay called “Sense and Sensitivity,” (scroll for an excerpt), written by a woman who had struggled with infertility. In the essay, she described an experience she had at an A T.I.M.E. Shabbaton, where a speaker …