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Dear That’s Life: Enjoy the Silence? I Don’t Think So

Dear That’s Life: Enjoy the Silence? I Don’t Think So

Enjoy The Silence? I Don’t Think So. While there are plenty of people who can only work in sterile and silent conditions that make libraries look like carnivals, I flourish amidst noise and chaos. The noisier, the better. Music blaring in my ears, I cannot concentrate unless life is going on around me, with an [...]

Hurricane Miriam. Literally.

Hurricane Miriam. Literally.

Hurricane Miriam. Literally. By Miriam L. Wallach There is much preparation done for Yom Kippur, despite the fact that the holiday is food-free.  Getting in the correct mind-set to face one’s Maker on the holiest day of the year is not something to take lightly. Entering the sanctuary, with people dressed in white and the [...]

Dear That’s Life

Dear That’s Life

The Shy and Petite Elf By Miriam L. Wallach I have been called a lot of things over the years, some of which I can put in print and some of which I cannot. Either way, no matter what someone has said, I have never been referred to as “shy” nor have I been called [...]

Dear That’s Life

Dear That’s Life

By Miriam Wallach I have been convinced for years that my birthday brought with it very bad karma. If something bad didn’t occur on the actual date, it happened near or around it. This kept up for a while and culminated with the tragic events of 9/11. Although I knew none of this was actually [...]

Dear That’s Life: Being Bold

Dear That’s Life: Being Bold

By Miriam L. Wallach With Rosh Hashanah approaching, the time for self introspection and review of the past year is very much upon us. And as I consider the last 12 months, I lose count of the blessings and opportunities I have been given because there are many. Someone recently told me that G-d must [...]

Animal People

Animal People

Dear That’s Life By Miriam L. Wallach As a child, I had always wanted a pet. Not looking for a fish or anything else I could not take for a walk, I asked my parents for a dog. “When you move out,” they said, insinuating that as long as I was living under their roof, [...]

Dear That’s Life: Bang Your Head Here

Dear That’s Life: Bang Your Head Here

Dear That’s Life – Bang Your Head Here By Miriam L. Wallach Sunday’s events would have made for a great column. I had adamantly and furiously insisted my husband wear a tuxedo to a wedding I was convinced was “black tie,” only to arrive at the hall and see that only he, and the wait [...]

Dear That’s Life

Dear That’s Life

Once in a Lifetime? Not. By Miriam L. Wallach It is official: the summer is over. It might sound harsh, and you may not have wanted to hear it, but it is the truth. Do not let the humidity or the heat fool you. All the plans I had for my summer are over and [...]

Smoking Gun…or Knife

Smoking Gun…or Knife

By Miriam L. Wallach In the interest of full disclosure, I would like to reassure everyone — including members of the TSA — that I have no additional travel plans for months. The longest journey I expect to take for a while is from Long Island to my office in Jersey City, and even that [...]

Is This Bag Yours?

Is This Bag Yours?

Dear That’s Life By Miriam L. Wallach A friend of mine who travels often has a firm belief when it comes to going through security at the airport. Whatever they ask of him, he does. Though it might make no sense and may be an inconvenience, he knows that it is ultimately for his own [...]

Keeping My Eyes on the Prize

Keeping My Eyes on the Prize

-DEAR THAT’S LIFE- By Miriam L. Wallach     There is something about landing in Tel Aviv with a group of 35 Jews who have never been to Israel before and having them welcomed in German because we flew Lufthansa. There is also something to landing in Munich on a stopover to Tel Aviv with [...]

It’s Not Over Yet

It’s Not Over Yet

-DEAR THAT’S LIFE- By Miriam L. Wallach     With my oldest three children in sleep away camp, our home is quite different during the summer. I would say it is quieter, but that would be an exaggeration. I will say that the house settles down earlier in the day than it usually does, as [...]

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