→  October 25, 2009

It is a well known fact that Leigh-Anne makes a killer chicken soup. And her matzo balls are not too shabby either. Today was the day the chicken remains came out of the freezer and went into the pot to stew for a few hours. The house was filled with the familiar aroma of chicken soup. At [...]

→  October 23, 2009

Skating on Thursday has become very difficult. The first week was painful. Ben and Ella fell so many times that their knees were black and blue. For the second week, I had upgraded the skates and got kneepads. They fell almost as often. No one was having fun. So, when we arrived at skating yesterday there [...]

→  October 16, 2009

The morning started early today. Maddy had a field trip to the Calgary Zoo. The bus left her school at 6:00 am sharp, so we were up at 5:20 am and at school by 5:55 am. (I will not go into any of the details surrounding her alarm not going off, me making her lunch [...]

Lucky to just have you →  October 10, 2009

Today was the day that Benny wanted to cash in on our deal. See, he agreed to eat all of his lunch for a week (particularly the vegetables), if I would let him get a Pokemon keychain. So, off we went to find a Pokemon keychain. First stop – Toys’R'us. Unfortunately, no keychains. The staff dude, a [...]

→  October 7, 2009

Today I went to Talmud Torah and read to Ben and Ella’s class as part of Read-In Week. The Edmonton Public School Board is celebrating the 20th year of Read-In Week. Originally spearheaded by prominent local resident Esther Starkman, the Read-In program now extends across the province. At Talmud Torah, parents are encouraged to bring books into [...]

→  September 24, 2009

I’m looking for a way of describing what I do. Every person I meet in Edmonton – and we meet a lot of new people these days – asks the natural question: “So, what do you do?” But that question is sometimes pre-empted by the assumptions: What do you do that brings you to Edmonton? Or, Are [...]

→  September 18, 2009

I will try to make a long story short…well, shorter. When we moved to Edmonton, we rehomed our two cats (Sam Pellegrino and Gwendolynne). Then we met Heather’s dwarf hamsters. They were so cute and Ben and Ella AND Maddy were pleading for one. In a moment of genuine weakness, I agreed (and then I made [...]

Lullabye for Maddy →  August 26, 2009

This is Maddy – a long time ago. Her song is Lullabye by Billy Joel. Leigh-Anne picked this song for Maddy many years ago and it could not be a better choice. It never fails to make us cry when we listen to it. I used this song in her Bat Mitzvah slide show, but it is [...]

→  August 26, 2009

This is Ella. She was the most beautiful girl in the kindergarden, inside and out. Hayalda Hachi Yafa Bagan. Now she is in grade 1 – but the song will be hers forever. This song brings back many memories. While living in Israel in 1984, long before I had children, I fell in love with this song [...]

Rhode Island is famous for Ben →  August 26, 2009

This is Ben. To me, he just sounded like the song Rhode Island is Famous for You, performed, in this case, by Blossom Dearie. The song is cheeky and clever and sweet – all wrapped into one. Kinda like Ben. (By the way, there is nothing about our lives that relates to Rhode Island. We’ve never even been [...]