Living Arts Weekly: Do You Bake?

Living Arts Weekly: Do You Bake?

January 19, 2020 Jack’s wise, readable book is a breath of fresh air in a crowded field of hyper-parenting manuals.” – Katrina Kenison, author of Mitten Strings for God “Do you bake?” This is the question Jack Petrash asked one of the mothers in the live workshop he did with Cynthia Aldinger last year in …

Living Arts Weekly: Traditions

Living Arts Weekly: Traditions

January 12, 2020 Family traditions counter alienation and confusion. They help us define who we are; they provide something steady, reliable and safe in a confusing world.   -Susan Lieberman The winter holidays have come and gone. We now have time to reflect a little bit.  Did our holiday live up to our expectations?  Did it …

Living Arts Weekly: Protection

Living Arts Weekly: Protection

January 5, 2020 We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.  – Albert Einstein Dear friends, I am sorry this week’s Living Arts Weekly blog post is late.  For some reason, even though I created the post early last week and took care to save it as always, …

Living Arts Weekly: A Strong Foundation

Living Arts Weekly: A Strong Foundation

December 29, 2019 The loftier the building, the deeper must the foundation be laid. – Thomas Kempis We know that the strength of a building lies in its foundation. With high-rise buildings touching the sky these days, it has become all the more important to have powerful foundations. When we expect great things from a …

Living Arts Weekly: The Light Returns

Living Arts Weekly: The Light Returns

December 22, 2019 That’s what Hanukkah is about: trying to survive the darkness on the far-fetched hope there’s still some life and light left in the universe. It’s more than just a religious story. The days have been growing shorter, imperceptibly but inescapably darker…. Heading into the night of the winter solstice, every spiritual tradition …

Living Arts Weekly: The Darkest Time of Year

Living Arts Weekly: The Darkest Time of Year

December 15, 2019 In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer.  – Albert Camus The darkest nights of the year approach, and people all across the northern hemisphere enter into a time of waiting for the light to return. Jews, Christians, and pagan and earth-centered faiths all mark in …

Living Arts Weekly: Watching

Living Arts Weekly: Watching

December 8, 2019 In today’s Living Arts Weekly post, we are sharing Sharifa’s second story for December, “The Fig Tree.”  This second story in a series of four features the plant kingdom in the form of a watchful little fig tree.  The theme of waiting and watching is a great one to share with children …

Living Arts Weekly: SPECIAL REQUEST!

Living Arts Weekly: SPECIAL REQUEST!

December 3, 2019 There are three ways to ultimate success: The first way is to be kind. The second way is to be kind. The third way is to be kind. Fred Rogers   Dear Friends, It seems plausible that the most quoted person this year might be the late Fred Rogers of Mister Rogers Neighborhood. …

Living Arts Weekly: Advent

Living Arts Weekly: Advent

December 1, 2019 In the silence of a midwinter dusk, there is a sound so faint that for all you can tell it may be only the sound of the silence itself. You hold your breath to listen. You are aware of the beating of your heart. The extraordinary thing that is about to happen …

Living Arts Weekly: Gratitude and Thanksgiving

Living Arts Weekly: Gratitude and Thanksgiving

November 24, 2019 Some of our readers are choosing to no longer celebrate Thanksgiving.  It certainly has a contentious history and is steeped with cultural appropriation.  If you have decided to ignore the holiday, I wish you a nice, restful long weekend with your family, and I hope you have a chance to connect in …