Month: June 2020

FRIWAFTT or Still Writing

On one of our family boat trips in the Pacific Northwest, we were deciding whether or not to travel a passage that was described as stunning but needing cautious navigation, when my husband blurted out, “F.R.I.W.A.F.T.T.” Responding to questioning looks, he explained to our family, “Fools rush in where angels fear to tread.” That pretty...

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I’m being asked to contribute to ‘Black Lives Matter’

I have listened and read your postings for quite some time and I am extremely grateful to G-d for the wisdom. I volunteer at the [name of organization removed to protect the writer] and received a troubling communication about the [organization] supporting Black Lives Matter, and asking all employees and volunteers to participate. This goes...

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Talking to Our Children

I admit to being so disturbed by an article in the Wall Street Journal entitled, “How to Talk to Your Children About the Protests,” (June 8, 2020) that I put the piece away for a day before finishing it. While I don’t disagree with all the advice per se (though I did disagree with quite...

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Peace or Pandemonium

Boating without a chart and a compass is quite unthinkable.  Even on land, maps help me make sense of otherwise confusing environments that can feel almost unknowable.  Before the advent of the Global Positioning System, otherwise known as GPS, roadmaps were ubiquitous.  I have heard that (before my time), gas stations used to hand them...

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The Ignored, Honorable Majority

Lord Acton’s words, “All power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely,” are often quoted. The sentences that precede that one are less known. Here they are: “And remember, where you have a concentration of power in few hands, all too frequently men with the mentality of gangsters get control. History has proven that.” Since Lord...

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Devotion on Steroids

A ‘Your Mother’s Guidance’ Post by Rebecca Masinter Numbers 7:1 says, “And it was on the day that Moses finished erecting the Tabernacle…” Ancient Jewish wisdom asks why Moses is credited with the Tabernacle when we know that Betzalel, Ahaliav, and a team of others actually did the work.  The answer is that Moses is...

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Three Wise Men

What if I told you that you could change how intelligent you are – or your children will be? Perhaps you’re saying, “That’s ridiculous. IQ is immutable and unlikely to be altered by one’s behavior. Or maybe you’re saying, “I don’t know, but if it’s true sign me up!” However you may have reacted, I...

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