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LET’S TALK RETIREMENT (…because it’s not just about the money!)

Lucky you! In today’s column I’ve decided to offer you The Basics, Part One. We all know that sometimes when we are faced with transition in life, it really helps to get a few handy tips to feel prepared. That said, l…

People of the Books

People of the Books

People of the Books features reviews by Elyce Rae Helford, PhD, a professor of English at Middle Tennessee State University. The column will feature books new and old, fiction and non-fiction, on all things Jewish. Helford, the descendant of Russian Jews on both sides of…


I remember the first time I went to the grocery store after my daughter went off to college. Without much thought, I grabbed my keys and purse and headed out to Whole Foods. The car seemed to know the route despite the haze I found myself in. Ventura Blvd was lined with giant crape myrtle tr…

Dear Esther

Dear Esther,

My son starts middle school this week and is so anxious about the school year. He worries it will be too hard, that none of his friends will be in his class and not having anyone to eat lunch with. He has always been a little anxious and I’m scared he will let his year be con…

Kvetch In the City

Kvetch in the City

By Carrie Mills


My new favorite initials…WJH.

What Just Happened.

I feel like my whole life, and life in general these days can be summarized in those three little words.

Along those lines…stay with me here...I discovered a long time ago, that I am inclined to…

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