All Who Are Hungry, Come and Eat

All Who Are Hungry, Come and Eat

My wife and I may be the only family to have designed a home around two consecutive nights each year. We have always taken seriously the declaration of the Passover seder – all who are hungry, come and eat; all who need to do so, come and partake of the Passover...
Why Does Grief Last So Long?

Why Does Grief Last So Long?

I deleted my mom’s contact information from my phone recently. Two Christmases, and a year and a half without her in my life, and a small but important action which needed to be taken was taken. Grief is difficult for most folks and there are good reasons why...
Atmosphere, Schmatmosphere

Atmosphere, Schmatmosphere

I am a lifelong foodie, though not in the snobby gourmet sense. I just love to eat, especially when the food is tasty, and I’m not picky about where it is served. A recent week in Arkansas offered a study in contrasts. It began with a delicious dinner of hot chicken...
Six Dos and Don’ts Surrounding Grief

Six Dos and Don’ts Surrounding Grief

The holiday season following a significant loss is often the hardest. For that reason, compassion, care, kindness and patience need to guide the interactions during this stressful time. Isolating and staying away does not make it easier. In fact, there is great...
This Thanksgiving, Leave a Lasting Message

This Thanksgiving, Leave a Lasting Message

Pass the gravy, the biscuits and the awkward conversations. They’re coming to a dinner table near you this Thanksgiving. But they don’t have to. Rather than make your point, I encourage you to leave a message instead. To be fair, life during the global pandemic caused...