He was a dad, spreading cheer and trying to help his family.

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I heard him before I saw him. He was standing in the parking lot of the supermarket and playing his guitar to the small crowd who had stopped to listen to him. …

What do my knitting and writing have in common?

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I finally finished the blue scarf I started two years ago for my husband to wear with his gray wool coat. Yet, it took me so long, he no longer wears that gray coat and the blue doesn’t match his new one.

My stash also includes another scarf I started, yarn and four rows of a shawl, a pattern for a hat and the ten skeins I bought to make an afghan.

Similarly, my draft folder has the beginnings of a number of pieces- a picture book, a middle-grade novel, adult fiction and a memoir. They range from a hundred words to forty-seven thousand words.

None are finished.

Is it that they were not good ideas to start with?

Or am I afraid of finishing something and having to begin again?

Eavesdropping on other people’s lives: Part 3

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I stole away on a beautiful Wednesday in September. I drove up to one of my favorite beaches to enjoy what was probably going to be the last perfect day of the season.

I had come ready to spend the day. I settled into my chair with my journal and…

We inherit the traditions, but we make our own meaning

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I’ve had a confusing relationship with religion for a long time now. I’m not sure what I believe or believe in anymore. Frankly, I’m not sure I ever believed. But I always got something out of the practice, the rituals.

The smell of a brisket cooking could tell me more…

but I only figured that out recently….

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When my mother was my age, she was a grandmother. I, however, am many years away from becoming a grandmother.

And in my mind, I’m still very young. In fact, when I dream, I see myself as looking the way I did when I was in my twenties.

Yet, ten…

If found, no need to return…..

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Recently, dog poop, specifically dog poop not cleaned up by human owners, has become a hot topic in my neighborhood. Angry neighbors are posting pictures of piles left on and near the sidewalks, demanding to know whose dog left an unwelcome present behind.

(I get it is unpleasant, truly I…

Or in other words, “It Would Have Been Enough”

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My emotions can’t handle all that they were put through this weekend. They were up, down and flipped sideways.

Dayenu is a Hebrew word that loosely means “it would have been enough”.

This weekend felt like my own personal “dayenu”. Any one of these heart tugging events I experienced would…

Eavesdropping on other people’s lives … Part 2

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My son and I witnessed the ultimate Manny moment the other day.

“Manny moment” is a phrase my family uses to describe particularly bad behavior on the part of a customer, inflicted on the customer service provider. “Why?” you might be wondering. …

Sandy Gold

I’m an educator, an advocate for inclusion, an avid reader, and a mother struggling to adjust to being an empty nester. IG:@outofturnspeaking

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