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Agnus Dei

There’s something hauntingly beautiful about this song. I’ve always loved it. I thought I’d share it with you, if you’ve not heard it. When I’m driving Liliana to Montessori each day, she asks for her window to be rolled down. Then she says, “Fast, Mama.” I put down the front passenger’s window, too, so that […]

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Validation

Okay, if you want to smile today…or chuckle…or feel good, you have to see this film.  It’s about 16 minutes long (okay, don’t groan; hang with me here!), and you might think it’s a tad schmaltzy and forced (indeed, the compliments and validations in the film might be a bit overboard), but I’m a fan.  […]

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Calm and Compassionate Children

Our babysitter arrived at our house yesterday with a sudden bloody nose.  She was highly embarrassed, of course (which there was no reason to be) but as she sat on our couch with her head back, Liliana hovered.  “Are you okay?” she said.  “Are you okay?”  Then Liliana went into the pantry where we keep […]

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Yogurt Granita

This is the next recipe I’m going to try.  Doesn’t it sound perfect for a sunny, breezy day? Yogurt Granita (from Cookie Magazine, July 2009)…[Update on 10.11.10: Cookie Magazine is no longer being published.  This recipe can be found on Epicurious instead.] Serves 6 | 10 minutes active time | 3 hours total time The best […]

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Childhood Reading

Do you remember Bread and Jam for Frances?  How about Sydney Taylor’s All-of-a-Kind Family, about a Jewish immigrant family of five mischievous girls living with their parents on the upper east side of New York on the eve of World War I?  That book made me want to be Jewish.  I distinctly remember the part […]

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