Editing and Yom Kippur

I mentioned that Yom Kippur is the day of atonement in Judaism, a deeply spiritual day for Jews around the world. But at the same time it has a core of pragmatism to it because we Jews are deeply pragmatic people. When we atone, we are not just trying to “get right with God” as…

RBG, My Father, and the Future

This is the final Rosh Hashanah post for the year and it deals with the future, particularly a spiritual take on my future. I’ve thought about death all weekend. First, because Ruth Bader Ginsburg, one of my heroes and a truly good person, died at the beginning of the holiday. Second, because this is my…

Sweetness in the Present Moment

I have so many friends who are published authors these days. I wish I could go back in time and tell Past Carolyn that she would not only have a lot of friends, but that a lot of them would be published authors. She would absolutely swoon. There are times I would like to just…

Erev Rosh Hashanah

This is a pre-written, scheduled Rosh Hashanah post. This Rosh Hashanah I’ll be doing a series of posts on the past, present, and future. Today’s post is about the past. I’ll be back in the (virtual) flesh on Sunday night. Whenever Rosh Hashanah arrives, I can’t help but think of my father whose birthday often…