Susan Lapin

Tacking to Success

Has a five year old ever told you that he is going to be a fireman, doctor and president of the U.S.? I bet that you didn’t begin to lecture him on the realities of life. Likewise when a little girl says that she plans to be a ballerina, lawyer, surgeon and mommy we don’t...

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Optimism for All Seasons – first posted May 19, 2009

When our daughter, Rena, was in her late teens our family watched the video, A Man for All Seasons, based on the life of Sir Thomas More. To put it mildly, Rena was highly agitated by the movie. “I can’t believe they ended it that way,” she kept on saying, referring to his beheading at...

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Vindication!

Like so many couples, my husband and I sometimes see the same things in completely different ways. For example, other than on Shabbat and holydays, my husband feels out of touch without his cell phone and blackberry within reach. I, on the other hand, dislike having my cell phone near. If I’m home, I prefer...

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Outdoor Luxury – first posted Oct. 7, 2009

Around the world, Jews are in the middle of celebrating the holyday of Sukkot, known in English as Tabernacles. For one week, we move out of the house as much as possible and into Sukkot or temporary dwellings constructed exclusively for this holyday. Various specifications, such as a roof made solely of branches, mean that...

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Good without God?

Can you be a good person without being God-fearing? The immediate and obvious answer seems to be yes. There are self-described irreligious individuals, agnostics and atheists who live upstanding lives filled with hard work, strong marriages, volunteer activities and other honorable undertakings. But recently, I began to wonder about the validity of my question. What...

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A Week of Bliss – originally posted Nov. 27, 2008

Since we finally got the CD mentioned in this post finished, I’ve linked to it so you can read more about it. I gather from news reports that a pastor in California has called on his married congregants to commit to seven straight days of sex. As an attention getting device, both for his members...

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Bookstore Battlefields – originally posted Dec. 11, 2008

What do you think of when you remember Charlotte’s Web? Perhaps images of pigs and spiders come to mind, or maybe you picture yourself huddled under a blanket reading on the couch. That book might have been the first time you recognized a relationship between the food on your plate and the animal world. (As...

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Who Wants to Get Hurt?

Don’t you love synchronicity? God places different things in our path at the same time so that we can view them together. The recent headline, “Workplace Injuries Down” coincided with my reading a fascinating book. In the early 1970’s Jan Wong was a nineteen year old Canadian student of Chinese descent. Like so many of...

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The Emperor’s New Twitter – originally posted April 7, 2009

Considering that I wrote this just over a year ago, I’m amazed at how dated it sounds.     But my initial reservations about Twitter still stand, so I’m posting it again. Three of our children celebrated birthdays last month, which prompted one of them to inquire (with great tact and diplomacy) whether I was feeling...

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A Little Less Library

Sandy is a generous tipper. After a restaurant meal, you can count on her to leave not only money for the waiter but also a smile and a word of appreciation. Her sensitivity was developed the summer that she waited tables earning money for college. When my own children attend a lecture or class at...

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