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Karen Paul-Stern
Writing at the still point of the turning world.
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I just came back from a long business trip to Israel last week, and have begun to catch up on my reading. As I skimmed through weeks of magazines and newspapers, I was overwhelmed by the sadness I felt around Ferugson and the fiery explosion of what feels like a... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2014 at Dwelling in Possibility
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A number of years ago, early into my professional life but not so early that I was a novice, I had a phone conversation with a powerful man in our community. He treated me horribly on the phone, talking down to me, almost yelling, and making me feel as though... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2014 at Dwelling in Possibility
Tonight and tomorrow, Jews around the world will be fasting, praying, and delving deep to understand their deepest selves, their motivations, their innermost desires and their wish to improve and move into a new year with a refreshed sense of personal duty, dedication to community and hope for the future.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2014 at Dwelling in Possibility
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I had a Bad Mother moment late last spring. My youngest son’s baseball game was almost over. His team had taken a big lead in the beginning of the game, but the other team persevered and closed the gap until his team slipped to having only a one-run lead going... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2014 at Dwelling in Possibility
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Blues Several years ago, I took my children on a tour of NBC studios in New York. Each one got a souvenir. My youngest son, 9 or 10 at the time, took home a soft plush pillow in the shape of the NBC peacock logo. He loved that pillow, to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2014 at Dwelling in Possibility
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The leaves on the dogwoods are always the first to go. Early August, you start to see the brilliant red burst out on the trees, and you know that it’s soon going to be over. Kids start coming home from a long summer at camp, with bites and scratches and... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2014 at Dwelling in Possibility
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Each day, the news changes. Each day, it gets worse. The tiny sliver of land – contested for millennia – that is known as Israel is under siege. I remember when I was a little girl, my mother would challenge me to try to find Israel on my huge round... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2014 at Dwelling in Possibility
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As my friends who are Facebook addicts (as I am) know, I wound up in the emergency room with my youngest son this weekend. He woke up around 2:30 am Friday night, writhing in abdominal pain. My husband was out of the country, and I had to decide immediately what... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2014 at Dwelling in Possibility
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Apparently, tonight’s full moon is something called a “honey moon”, referring to its color and not its intent to shine upon the newly married. It arrives once every 100 years or so, so this will be our one shot to see it. It comes at a moment of the year... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2014 at Dwelling in Possibility
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The first full-length movie ever made about the issue of stillbirth premiered on Lifetime television this past weekend. “Return to Zero” starred Minnie Driver and Paul Adelstein, and it followed a couple, Maggie and Aaron, who learned late in Maggie’s first pregnancy that the baby she was carrying had died... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2014 at Dwelling in Possibility
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I spent some time this morning talking with my daughter’s high school guidance counselor. She told me my assumptions about my daughter’s class choices need to be adjusted because my daughter is both a different kind of student than her older brother, and because what constitutes a college-track high school... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2014 at Dwelling in Possibility
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My mother-in-law has often told me a story about a bullfighter, who, when he was a young child, would hide in the folds of his mother’s long skirts. A bullfighter who was shy as a child, I would ask. How is that? And she would say, well, if you knew... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2014 at Dwelling in Possibility
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I just voted in quite possibly the smallest election I’ve ever voted in – my neighborhood's Ward 3 special election to replace a council member. Not since Mrs. Morrison’s fourth grade class election pitting Nixon against McGovern have I been part of something so localized. (And McGovern won by a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2014 at Dwelling in Possibility
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I learned the most lovely new word last weekend, from an article in the travel section about Lisbon (as in, take the last plane out of Casablanca to Lisbon to support your husband the leader of the French resistance and leave Rick, your true love, behind.) Saudade. A deep emotional... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2014 at Dwelling in Possibility
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This is a story of a diamond earring. It was an exquisite diamond pave earring, shaped like a flattened oval, with a larger diamond piece in the middle, surrounded by smaller chips around the perimeter. It was set in white gold, which of course, appears silver, and dangled perfectly on... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2014 at Dwelling in Possibility
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When I was blogging for Current Mom, in order to optimize our site, I felt obliged to post something on all the major family-related holidays – Thanksgiving, Christmas, Chanukah, Halloween, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, etc. After a few years, this became a bit of a chore, for how many times... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2014 at Dwelling in Possibility
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I took the challenge from a fellow Facebook poet to write a sonnet this week, which happens to be one of my favorite poetic forms. I like the iambic pentameter, I like the structure of the rhyme, when so much of contemporary poetry is free verse. I like the feel... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2014 at Dwelling in Possibility
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I am living in a Facebook moment this morning. Many of my friends are posting tributes to the lion of the folk world, Pete Seeger, who died last night. It is clear that my FB friends and I are cut from the same cloth – a cloth in which we... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2014 at Dwelling in Possibility
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(Yes, another paean to that discount designer clothing mecca in the sky.) My first Loehmann’s memory is of the scary communal dressing room – isn’t everyone’s? Florescent lights highlighting every lump and bump of the enormous Russian ladies from Brighton Beach tugging themselves into skintight dresses, with their tummies overhanging... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2014 at Dwelling in Possibility
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I’m no philosopher, but I’ve found myself pondering questions of great consequence of late. Not sure if it’s middle age agita, which, while a lifetime away from teenage angst, is still rife with questions that seemingly have no answer (you’re just not as likely to write maudlin poems about them.)... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2014 at Dwelling in Possibility
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It was a dark and stormy night … No, really, it was. The waves crashed over the retaining wall at the North Tel Aviv port. The storm had been hanging over Israel for days, making usually sunny Tel Aviv chilled and cloudy and feeling more like Seattle. Snow was already... Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2013 at Dwelling in Possibility
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Truth Thursday 24 trees. I just counted 24 beautiful maple saplings adorning the street I used to travel down with my youngest son on our morning walks to school. Two years ago, when they were first planted, and he was... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2013 at CurrentMom
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Truth Thursday (a little bit late) So, my daughter made the high school JV (that’s Junior Varsity, for those of you, like me, who didn’t know) field hockey team. Yay. And she wants to try out for lacrosse in the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2013 at CurrentMom
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Truth Thursday (published a day early) I just finished an early Saturday morning drive to my daughter’s field hockey practice – called for 7:00 am, which meant leaving the house at 6:45 with a teen who has been getting up... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2013 at CurrentMom
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Truth Thursday I remember the very first carpool I was in. My oldest son, two years old, was entering half-day pre-school. We were very pleased with our choice of pre-school, but we were stumped as to how we were going... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2013 at CurrentMom