Yearly Archives: 2004

3 Suggestions For Year End Fine Tuning

I don’t know about you, but around my house, things get pretty hectic this time of year. We’re an interfaith family, which means that compared to most people, we’ve got twice as many holidays to celebrate (thankfully, we don’t have twice as many relatives). This past Tuesday night — while putting away the Hannukah decorations to make room for the Christmas decorations — I made a startling discovery. Stuck to the back of our well worn copy of Herschel and […] Click to read more…

 

Nothing To Laugh About

“Well, who are you? (Who are you? Who, who, who, who?) I really wanna know (Who are you? Who, who, who, who?)” – The Who “We’re not funny.” I have to admit that when it comes to reasons for not launching an E-Newsletter, I thought I’d pretty much heard them all:“We don’t have the time;” “We don’t know what to write about;” “Our list isn’t big enough;” “We need to hire a new marketing manager first;” etc. “Not funny” however, […] Click to read more…

 

Break On Through To The Other Side

If you’re old enough to know your total cholesterol count off the top of your head (217), you may remember a man by the name of Jim Fixx. Fixx gained prominence in 1977 with the publication of his book, The Complete Book of Running, and is widely credited with single-handedly starting the jogging craze in this country. Unfortunately, Fixx died suddenly in 1984. Hearing what had happened, my Aunt Esther — a woman known for sometimes not quite getting her […] Click to read more…

 

Stop The Clock!

For those of you who have never experienced Halloween first hand, I encourage you to plan a trip here for next October — of all the holidays, it’s my favorite. Not just because I get to roam around the neighborhood in a terrifying costume (this year I went as a bald, middle-aged white guy), but because for one day each year, you and your children have permission to walk down any driveway, ring any doorbell and invite yourself into the […] Click to read more…

 

Weapons Of Mass Instruction

I think my 8 year-old daughter Emily is spending way too much time watching the US Presidential debates. The other day I sent her to her room for teasing her younger brother, and she accused me of “playing partisan politics” and of having a “personal vendetta” against her. Later on that evening she issued a press release that denied all wrongdoing on her part, and that included a detailed account of my shortcomings as a father. Despite all that, I […] Click to read more…