What a roller coaster ride the past year has been! If the COVID pandemic has taught me anything, it’s that it’s necessary to stay flexible in one’s planning. The closure of the MJCC is a great example. When we re-opened in mid-June, we made health and safety a high priority.
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Here we are at the end of January, with snow falling outside, and my roses are blooming. The buds, I
thought, wouldn’t survive last week’s hard frosts, but it seems I underestimated them.
I didn’t hit my fitness goal this year and surprisingly, I am ok with it. Let me back up. Each year I have a fitness goal and generally, I reach it. Chalk it up to my Type A personality or being raised in an environment where if you said you were going to do something, you did it.
“Now, whether or not what we experienced was an "according to Hoyle" miracle is insignificant. What is significant is that I felt the touch of God. God got involved.” Jules Winfield, (Samuel L. Jackson) Pulp Fiction.
Here we are in November again, and I could swear it’s either been ten minutes or ten years (depending on the day) since last November. We’ve seen so many changes in the past year that I don’t think any of us can keep track anymore,
Day 1: A warning flare from New Mexico, my daughter’s beloved WNMU (Western New Mexico University).
Delaney (my daughter): Some girls on the team are not feeling good…
It’s 10:00 am. I’ve got a morning work meeting. My six year-old son is asking for his third snack of the day already and I have to get him set up for his next online class. My two-year old daughter desperately wants to watch a song on my phone.
It’s difficult to find balance in our lives these days, but we must strive to do so for our health and well-being. I’d like to comment on three things that I think are particularly helpful. First, slow your pace. Second, adhere to a schedule. Third, stay active.
One of my oldest friends from Hebrew school at Temple Beth Shalom synagogue in Haddon Heights and Cherry Hill, New Jersey, is Rabbi David Ari Schuck. He now lives on Long Island where he has a congregation at Beth El Synagogue Center in New Rochelle, NY.
As we begin 5781, we know one thing is for certain, this new year will be different than any other years before it. We are fully engaged in digital programming, virtual schooling, and creative outside programs that allow us to be as close as we can be to being physically together.