Susan’s Musings

A Frindle Distraction

As the media sowed frenzied fear during COVID, and the government imposed isolation on citizens, destroying relationships and the economy in one draconian move, people turned to mashed potatoes. Just as had happened after 9/11, comfort food and comfort reading proliferated. Quite frankly, I do not want to be comforted right now. As the hostages...

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Guest Musing: A Word from Our President

This seems a good time to bring this Musing back. This Musing may not be what you expect. Abraham Lincoln is my guest, but I am not reprinting his proclamation setting the precedent for a national observance of Thanksgiving. That proclamation is well worth reading, with its call, “…to set apart and observe the last...

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Angry, and Showing It

A piece of advice I try to take to heart is, “Don’t get furious, get curious.” That is wonderful advice when a parent, spouse, child, or friend disappoints you. If someone breaks into your home and points a gun, curiosity might need to take second place to a different reaction. Speaking or writing while amid...

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Testing Accommodation

Though I am more than a few years removed from high school, I still receive—via email—copies of my alma mater’s student newspaper. A recent edition gave me pause. It contained an article describing changes to the school’s policies about how examinations were to be administered. My school was highly academic, a feature that I didn’t...

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Connect the Dots

Have you seen the connect-the-dots pages meant for adults? As five-year-olds, we may have done a simple page of that type, moving from the dot placed next to the number 1 until we reached the dot next to the number 20. Perhaps a clown or a truck greeted us if we did everything in the...

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Choose Life – Too Many Don’t

The newborn hovered between life and death. His father, accustomed to being in control and wielding power, refused food as he lay on the ground and did the only thing he could — cry out to God for his child’s life. When the baby died, this man’s staff were afraid to tell him the news....

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What I Didn’t Say

How many times have you replayed a conversation in your mind, knowing exactly what you should have said, but didn’t? Alternatively, you might fixate on what you did say and shouldn’t have. When I occasionally subbed for my husband on his radio show, and then when we co-hosted our Ancient Jewish Wisdom TV show, it...

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Resilient Israeli Teenagers

Resilience: the capacity to withstand or recover quickly from difficulties. We wish this quality for our children, especially because in America and Europe we have a front-row seat viewing the anxious, fragile, angry, and self-aggrandizing university students who have never met a challenge that cannot beat them. I have been witnessing resilience daily since the...

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Trumping Patton

A few years ago, I began comparing President Trump to General Patton. Other than learning about the World War II leader as a part of overall history, my first closer look at him came when I started to watch the movie Patton starring George C. Scott. Very shortly into the film, I turned it off,...

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Lewis and Thompson

Don’t you love reading something so true or so beautifully expressed that you simply must re-read it and maybe even write it down so you will come across it again? Reading the news nowadays provides a series of heartbreaking stories. For example, on the day I am writing this, I came across articles on the...

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