So I made it through three days of Hanukkah gratitude posts before Shabbat hit and then days so packed with unpacking and trips to home goods stores to get our new apartment feeling like home that I never got back to the following days. But it’s never too late for gratitude, right? Here’s what I … Continue reading On Leave (plus some extended Hanukkah gratitude)
A Hanukkah Gratitude Practice – Day Two
I woke this morning to the softly lit glow of freshly fallen snow reflecting into our bedroom (which still doesn't have blinds ... we just moved!). Had it not been 4:45 AM, I might have remembered to say Modeh Ani — the statement of gratitude spoken upon first awakening in Jewish tradition. מוֹדֶה אֲנִי לְפָנֶיךָ … Continue reading A Hanukkah Gratitude Practice – Day Two
The Waiting Game
Alright, so this post has been sitting in my drafts for close on two months ... because in the meantime, something crazy happened. [spoiler alert] We had a baby! It's been amazing, and challenging, and wonderful, and all the things ... much more to come on that. This post already had a couple false starts … Continue reading The Waiting Game
Being a good husband
Sometimes being a good husband means giving your partner emotional support when she's dealing with all the difficulties of pregnancy, or doing the pelvis squeeze thing when her hips hurt. Sometimes it just means being there to pull off all the paper that stuck to her butt from the exam table at the doctor's office … Continue reading Being a good husband
On Baby Names
Among the hardest decisions in the approach to a new baby is, of course, THE NAME. So. Hard. To. Decide.
A Note on Gender and Terminology
In a society entrenched in toxic masculinity, modalities deemed "appropriately" masculine are emphasized while other modalities are either mocked or allowed but only with an ironic wink (see: bromance). What's that about?
On Baby Showers and Things
What a lovely gathering it was for Mama Bear to be supported and celebrate her impending motherhood. It got me thinking: what sort of support do we as male-identified friends give each other when one of us is preparing to be a father?
Egar Keret and his son’s morning walks to school
"Since I am not a creature of habit, those morning walks with Lev became almost the only ritual in my life, a kind of slow, pleasant awakening in an equally sleepy universe, until one evening that spring ... " Etgar Keret - short story author & capturer of the often bizarre and surreal nature of … Continue reading Egar Keret and his son’s morning walks to school
18 Things I’ve Learned From My Jewish Father
Given that it's Fathers Day, what better than to share some of what I've learned from my own Jewish father? Here are 18 things I've learned from my dad.