What Will You Do With Your Last “Teachable Moment”?

As a parent, it is our job to model for our kids how to be caring, self-sufficient and contributing members of society. We work hard. We volunteer our time. We donate to causes. We bake for the school fundraisers. We are polite to the people who wait on us in stores and restaurants. All of these little details of our everyday lives add up to a strong lesson for our children in how to become a moral adult…

What Will Your Paper Trail Say About You?

As with many people of their generation, my Great-Uncle Marcus managed the family finances, thinking he was doing my Aunt Bobbie a favor by leaving her out of this chore entirely. When he died last year, she was left with the problem of having to reconstruct their financial lives based on random pieces of paper stuffed in drawers, buried beneath 40 years’ worth of miscellany…

Because, “You Just Never Know”

We go about our daily lives rushing from project to project, checking things off our to-do lists and assuming that what we didn’t get to today we will be able to tackle tomorrow. But every now and then something happens to remind me how fleeting life really is. It is these events that help me remember to slow down and focus on the things I care most about…

My “Uncle Bud” Earrings

My Uncle Bud was one of the sweetest men you could ever hope to meet. He had a huge heart and a generous spirit. He died of a stroke at the much too young age of 71.

In keeping with Jewish tradition, my family gathered for the unveiling of his headstone a year after he died. I learned many wonderful new things about my uncle at this event…