Oh the Humanity! On Anger and Forgiveness in the Jewish Tradition

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Tbird is the guest author of this post about anger and forgiveness. She recently completed her conversion to Judaism after years of study. Originally from New York, she now lives outside Denver Colorado and has a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology from Colorado State University in Fort Collins. She has also been my friend for many years and is a constant inspiration to me. I hope you find her as inspiring as I do.  Many belief systems call on us to seek out one another’s humanity, even in the darkness of people. We are asked to find a spark in…

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The Nature of Hope and Fear

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I have been at my new job for six months now, and I do love it. It doesn’t pay ‘enough’, and by ‘enough’, I mean, ‘enough that I pay something on all my debts, put money in savings, and have a little spending money each month’, but compared to a lot of jobs out there, it’s not bad. But, see. Since I’ve been there, Husband’s chronic pain has gotten steadily and rapidly worse, to the point that it is rare that he works a full day any longer. So far his employer has worked with him very well, but we…

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‘Make Something For Me’: Home Crafting and the Inevitable Plea

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Image via Wikipedia If you’ve been sewing or knitting or quilting or crocheting for more than a week or so, you’ve heard the request – ‘Hey, could you please make something for me?’ Sometimes followed by the assurance, ‘I’ll pay you.’ We’re not talking about gifting here, we’re talking about folks who see you making something beautiful and think nothing of asking (sometimes demanding) that you do it for them – sometimes for free. Friends, co-workers, family members all see that nifty new whatsamacallit you’re wearing or showing off and want a piece of that action. After all, hand made…

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Dear Self: Reminders for Life (You are Responsible…)

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You are Responsible for… Dear Self: I know that there are a bunch of things on your ‘do not want to do’ list that really need to be done. I hate to break it to you, but some of those things simply can’t be delegated to someone else. You are responsible for them, whether you’re depressed, or tired, or sick, or simply don’t want to. But don’t worry. You have the strength you need to get them done.

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