Shauna After Death

08/30/1998 Dear Diary,  I met the remarkable Shauna Jean Malone today.  And she is remarkable.  I can even prove it, Dear Diary.  Of course she’s remarkable! I’m remarking upon her right now, am I not? Anyhow, today is her birthday.  We were introduced at the Wren...

Road Rage and the Rabbi

After a pause Jon continues:   “Then, I won at road rage a second time.”   I’m at the market shopping for the family Friday night, shabbat dinner.   I respond into my headset:   “A second road rage story? I’m not certain I have space in my psyche...

Tired From Fear

It’s Friday morning. I am sitting in the customer center of my local Honda dealership. There’s been a recall on our 2003 minivan’s passenger side airbag.  I’m waiting.  I’m not going anywhere. Literally.  I don’t have it in me to fight for the promised loaner car. My...

Annoyance 2 OK

I arrived at the 97212 Post Office and there was no line. None. Zero. It was just me and two employees in the large, florescent-lit room. I stood where the line would have ended had there been a line. When Joanna called me up I responded, “Nope. I’m going to wait....

Meanie

  Meanie   I wish she had been nicer. Her comments on my YouTube hurt. And, while I know her petulance made her look bad, it also still really really hurt my feelings.   Let me start with some background.   I am pretty fastidious about quoting my sources. It’s a rabbi...

Acceptance for the holidays

I’ve just intentionally triggered the “not-being-prepared” collective nightmare within a group of adults. I feel their discomfort and defensiveness upon hearing my words: Let’s review our homework from last time. They didn’t have homework. How could they? Many I’ve...