Who Breaks Their Nose Playing Tennis?

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Me. That's who. Running cross court to return a ball with my back hand, I slipped on some pine needles, and landed face first. No, I didn’t put my hands out to break the fall (I was apparently still holding on to that damn racket, hoping to get that damn ball!) and took 100% of the impact on my nose and forehead. Blood everywhere, excruciating pain, nausea. My tennis partners were really good in a crisis. I quickly had cold water and paper towels, and decided not to call 911, but be driven home instead. Thank you, Lois Alter Mark! You know your tennis partner is a blogger, when … [Read more...]

My Dad and My Challah

My first challah.  Looks good, smells good.   How will it taste?

My Dad is not doing too well. So all of us kids and grandkids are visiting him as often as we can, and he's been on my mind a lot. When he was healthier, one of my Dad's passions was cooking for family and friends. But he wasn't a cook with a large repertoire, rather he specialized in a few signature dishes: huge challahs, gravlox, smoked brisket, tea-smoked duck, turkey (brined and roasted or deep fried), and chopped liver with schmaltz. If he made it, it was amazing. Last week, as I was making the gravlax he taught me how to make, I started thinking about his challah. I've … [Read more...]

My 60th Birthday Wish

Me and Dr. Arie Schachner, vice president and co founder of Save a Child’s Heart.

Psst... can I tell you a secret? I'm turning 60 in three weeks. Okay, so maybe it's not such a secret, but it's a big milestone, and one that's been on my mind for about a year. 60? Wow. As many have said before me, it's just a number. But I believe it's a number that deserves some recognition. So I've decided to do something amazing for a child that needs heart surgery, but can't afford it. I am raising money for a group of cardiac surgeons that donate their time and their expertise to help kids (and doctors) in disadvantaged communities all over the world. So far they have … [Read more...]

11 Things Mom Tried to Teach Me

Mom and I circa 1999.

In no particular order, here are eleven things I learned from Mom, along with my own comments on her life lessons. 1) Travel the world. Okay Mom, I'm with you on this one. 2) Gold jewelry is always in style. Yeah, you're probably right. 3) You can never have enough jewelry. Well I might have agreed with you on this, until I found out exactly how much jewelry you actually had. 4) Garage sales are fun. Up to a point. 5) When putting a tip on a restaurant credit card bill, make sure your total has no cents. Mom, your OCD is showing. 6) Don't wear white before … [Read more...]