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July 10th, 2012
06:02 am

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Happy Birthday!
to my beloved eldest niece, judyrose1390! I hope it's a great day.

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May 22nd, 2012
06:53 am

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Our City Council Speaker Got Married
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/20/nyregion/christine-quinn-new-york-city-council-speaker-marries-partner.html?_r=3&hp

Are there people who can read about how they wanted to get married in time for their elderly fathers to be able to dance at their wedding and still be against marriage equality? I guess so, but I can't understand it at all. Anyway, I'm glad to be a New Yorker.

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March 8th, 2012
06:54 am

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Happy Birthday to You
Happy Birthday to You!
Happy Birthday, dear talktooloose
Happy Birthday to You!

Here's hoping for a great birthday and an even greater year!

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March 5th, 2012
03:38 pm

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Rebbitzin for a Weekend
I spent Friday through Sunday in Ottawa, Ontario. As recounted elsewhere, my partner is a final year rabbinical student. She has a once-a-month gig as the spiritual leader of the Reconstructionist Congregation there. She usually flies up on Friday and back Sunday night, but this time we went together.Read more...Collapse ) We should have gotten home between 10 and 11 even with stopping for dinner and getting slightly lost, but there was a bad accident somewhere in the middle of PA and we were stopped for a long time. And then when we got to Brooklyn it took close to an hour to find parking. So I'm a bit of a zombie today, but I'm glad I went.

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January 24th, 2012
02:22 pm

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Long Time, No Post and Relationship Milestones
So, I haven't been on lj much. Sometimes I read, but not consistently and I haven't posted in a long time. I've been busy. My health is much, much better. As a result I've ramped up and am back participating in all my regular activities after trying to do the bare minimum (which is still full time job, part time job, parenting and volunteer work) while my energy was particularly low. I've been more social - had a couple of dinner parties, hosted a luncheon for my shul, and a couple of smaller get togethers as well in the past couple of months. I've gone to some good lectures, read a bunch of good books, volunteered for the Con Com for a work related conference. And I've fallen in love :-). Fallen hard.

I'm involved with a woman named Amy, who is a sixth (final) year rabbinical student at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, which is in Philadelphia. So she will be a rabbi in June. I think she's totally wonderful! I truly thought I didn't have the capacity to feel like this about anyone again. We've been seeing each other since November, and have been through the following relationship milestones:


• Amy and I are "in a relationship" on facebook.
• We've survived some conflict.
• We've met a lot of each other's friends.
• I've talked about her at work, at shul, to my extended family.
• She's met Zara and the Boomerangs.
• I'm meeting her parents tomorrow (kind of nervous about that).
• She has a congregation in Ottawa that she works for one weekend a month, and she's bringing me with her for the March weekend.
• I invited my rabbi and her family over so they could get to know Amy a little better than one can at shul.
• I've roped her into doing a few things for my shul: leyning, leading services, and teaching.
• I'm planning on going to her graduation in June.
• We're mostly managing to spend weekends together and sometimes nights in between. We've had to miss a couple of weekends and we've spent a full week together (i.e. in the same place - we were both working some of the time) as the longest time. I was with her Friday evening through Monday mid-day, and she's arriving tonight and staying until Sunday.
• I've attended a therapy session with her.
• We're in negotiations on how to refer to each other :-).
• We generally speak - in some fashion - every day.

So this feels like a lot has happened in a short time. We're both really happy, although also anxious about the future. It's really unclear whether we can sustain a relationship when she leaves Philadelphia. And at this point she has no idea where she'll end up, which is scary in general and scary for the relationship possibilities. But it sure is nice that we are together now.

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November 10th, 2011
07:02 pm

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A Discussion Question
If Brett Ratner had said "Rehearsing is for pussies" instead of "Rehearsing is for fags" would he still be producing the Oscars? Why or why not?

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October 30th, 2011
09:31 pm

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In Honor of this Week's Parasha (Noach)
I present this lovely little poem based on part of the Noah story. It's by Emily Dickinson and it has the lovely lyrical title of "Poem 48":

Once more, my now bewildered Dove
Bestirs her puzzled wings
Once more her mistress, on the deep
Her troubled question flings—

Thrice to the floating casement
The Patriarch's bird returned,
Courage! My brave Columba!
There may yet be Land!

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October 17th, 2011
11:40 am

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Update on Health and Hag Sameach
A Happy Sukkot to all who are celebrating. I've had a lovely holiday so far. A lot of folks - online and off - have been asking how I'm doing, so I figured it's time for an update. I'll link to this from facebook, too.
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I have been so bowled over by all of this. I could never have anticipated this and feel completely blessed in the friends and family I have. I opened up one gift a couple of weeks ago and started crying and Zara asked me what's wrong. I told her nothing was wrong and showed her the gift. She asked, "Why do you always cry when people are nice to you?" I don't really have an answer to that, but there have been a lot of happy tears around my house lately.

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October 15th, 2011
09:41 pm

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Financial Aid for Gay and Lesbian Students and Children of Same Sex Couples
An article in today's New York Times, "For Children of Same Sex Couples A Student Aid Maze" talks about financial aid both for children of same sex couples and for gay/lesbian kids disowned when they come out, in spite of the title referring only to the former. Since my kids are children of same sex couples and I was disowned when I came out during college, I read it with interest.
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Here and now I think it's pretty much impossible for kids to put themselves through school without loans, financial aid, or parental help unless they're going to school part time and working full time. I feel very lucky that, difficult as it was, that I was able to graduate from college with no debt and from grad school with minimal debt.

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October 9th, 2011
08:54 am

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The Not Ready for Prime Time Dvar
Every year my synagogue, the Park Slope Jewish Center, has two Kol Nidre Services on Erev Yom Kippur. The main service is held upstairs and is attended by members and those who bought tickets. But a few of our members give of their time and effort (and miss the main service) every year in order to give an opportunity to anyone who shows up to hear Kol Nidre in our lower sanctuary. It's a lovely thing they do. I'd never been to the downstairs service, but this year I was asked to give the Dvar for it. I've been referring to it as the Not Ready for Prime Time Dvar.

I went through my usual routine when asked to write something or speak somewhere. First I was flattered to be asked and agreed happily. Then I gave some thought to what I wanted to talk about and did some research. Then, as it approached, I cursed myself and the person who asked me and kept repeating my mantra: Why do I get myself into these things? By Wednesday (i.e. two days before) I'd done a lot of research and had an idea of what I wanted to say, but still hadn't written a word. A friend asked me to read and offer suggestions on his Yom Kippur speech (he's President of his Temple) and as I was doing it I kept saying to myself "I really should be writing mine." Anyway, I got it done in time; it was very well received; I'm back to being glad I accepted.

I decided to speak about Kol Nidre - what its appeal is to Jews of all stripes - and about Jewish community, and try to tie those two topics together. It's, of course, better when spoken, since the delivery is part of it. But for anyone who's interested in reading it, here it is:

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