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KENNEBUNK, MAINE – Shirley Kessler, an inspiration who lived her life as the embodiment of kindness and empathy, passed away in Kennebunk on Aug. 15. A passionate educator, wife, mother, and … more
Ever since I was a kid, I’ve been a worrywart. I would often redo my homework in a bid for perfection, and I’d repeatedly study for tests. (Although this resulted in reasonably good grades, it was no help when it came to getting a decent score on the math SAT.) Excessive worrying followed me into adulthood – which is why I started going gray in my 20s. And with that kind of a track record, it’s easy to imagine how being in the midst of a pandemic has intensified my worrying. more
As we head into a summer without many of our favorite activities and events, it might seem a strange time to count our blessings – but it’s worth doing as we strive to maintain a sense of … more
So much has changed since I wrote my first column on the coronavirus pandemic, in mid-March. Back then, we were neophytes at this social-distancing stuff, and we were naively hopeful that this would … more
While the Jewish New Year often sets us on a soul-searching mission to become more spiritual and to improve our relationships with others, as well as with God, the turn of the secular calendar to … more
Hanukkah and Christmas overlap this year, with the first night of Hanukkah falling on Sunday, Dec. 22, two days before Christmas Eve. This proximity will bring more attention to the Jewish … more
After 30-plus years of marriage, it’s easy to take your spouse for granted – not in a negative way, but in a manner that suggests that you’re so comfortable with each other that you … more
Later this month, my wife, Lynne, and I will officially become empty nesters, for the most part, as the younger of our two daughters heads off to Johnson & Wales University. The next few … more
“We’ve worked hard to push back against anti-Semitism, and succeeded in improving hate crime laws, and yet we continue to experience an alarmingly high number of anti-Semitic … more
There are close to 90 million dogs living in the country’s households, according to a 2017 survey by the American Pet Products Association, and 86 million domestic cats, according to the … more
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