Fear and Love

Take a Few Sensitive Hours

About halfway through the film Broken English: “What are you thinking?” Nora is laying her head back on Julian’s chest. The bath suds cover their nakedness. His arms intertwine with hers and wrap around her torso. He waits for a response, but she simply stares into space from behind blank eyes. “Hey.” He splashes some […]

What Are You Selling?

Monday is Rosh Hashanah, so no blogging then. (I don’t expect to be online.) However, I wanted to mention a brief but important thought before the holiday begins. Rosh Hashanah, one of the major Jewish holidays, kicks off the 10 Days of Repentance (also called the Days of Awe). During this time, from Rosh Hashanah […]

Accidents Will Happen: Picking Up and Moving On with Integrity

When I wrote this piece, I was not sure I was ready to talk about it. I had not even told the story to my Beloved yet. But, I thought, maybe writing about it would make it easier. That was over 5 months ago. Since then, I’ve told my Beloved part of the story, but […]

Don’t Sell the Harlot Short

“I’m not a traitor. I just want to live.” I wrote those words about two years ago. Around this time each year, in synagogue, we read from Joshua chapter 2, the story of Rahab the harlot. It inspired a short-short story, “The Confidant of Jericho,” which concluded with the line above. The story of Rahab […]

Whipped into a Feeling Frenzy

Sharks are infamous for the feeding frenzy. They smell blood, and they lose control. All their instincts go on high alert. They turn into a finely tuned hunting machine, with one goal, to eat the kill. Other animals, too, have their frenzies. The predator hunts, and the prey runs. Instinct tells them to panic, and […]

The Great Water Panic of 2010

“Always bet on stupidity.” I heard that quote last week on a classic episode of Babylon 5, “Ceremonies of Light and Dark.” Fascinating that it should be so apropos. I first heard about the water emergency Saturday afternoon when my daughter’s school phoned us with a pre-recorded message. They said there had been a break […]

Looking Forward to 9/11

I’m about to do something in extremely poor taste; and I’m going to explain to you the reason why; and I’m not going to apologize. And you’re going to understand. And more than that, you’re also going to support me. You see, while 9/11 for most other people holds memories of dread and of grief, […]

True Stories of Painless Births

A few issues ago, the Human Givens Journal published an interview with Sheila Barratt-Smith, of GentleBirth birth courses (in the UK). In this interview, she tells us about normal, pain-free births. Now, I’m not a woman, and I’ve never given birth, and both of my daughters experienced complications while being born (so not “normal” births). […]

Stories to Evoke Fear; Stories to Inspire Love

This is part 2 of my story of being subjected to the “texting while driving” video making the rounds, the kind of unintended effects videos like this can have, and why the alternative is so much more satisfying. To sum up from yesterday, a friend of mine posted on Facebook the “texting while driving” video, […]

WARNING: Be Inspired Rather than Subjected to the “Texting while Driving” Video

I was going to write about something else today, but now I’ve forgotten what it is. Instead, I’m going to talk about a personally traumatic experience. Because I was one of the people today subjected to the “texting while driving” video that’s been making the rounds. I say “subjected to,” because I had not heard […]