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How To Grieve With Challah Bread

My grandfather is dead: I do not know how to grieve. So I make bread.

In the Bible they call bread the staff of life (my grandfather might have liked this: he liked religion), but really it’s the staff of grief. 1,858 more words

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Mary Ann Barton reblogged this on Joyous Paradox: Elders, Care, Love and commented:

"How to Grieve with Challah Bread" struck me as a perfect expression of the complexities of family life. Grief and loss. Rituals and remembrances. New loaves braided and baked and broken at the table. All these are emblems and occasions of belonging to the tribes of our birth. -- MAB

Singing with You Is Our Prayer

singing with you,
singing with you is our prayer.”*

In the lamplight
on a Thursday evening,
we halt the ticking of the old clock… 83 more words

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Jesse and the Typewriter Shop

Editor’s note: I took typing one summer at Schurz High School in Chicago and still remember the class fondly. Mary Maldonado and I used to walk home from class together in the suffocating heat of a Midwestern city. 129 more words

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"Being Mortal" Airs Tonight

“The two big unfixables are aging and dying…you can’t fix those.” — Atul Gawande

Editor’s note: PBS airs a documentary tonight based on Atul Gawande’s book… 604 more words

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How Science Can Help You Stick to Your Goals

Editor’s note: Happify is a light-hearted but science-based online resource for games and activities to boost happiness. You might enjoy playing some of these educational games yourself, or trying them out with your dad, your grandmother, or someone else you love. 22 more words

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New Design for 2015

Today the Joyous Paradox blog is three years old. Around the globe, we’re on the cusp of a new year. I’ve changed to a new design that shows off the beautiful paintings which illustrate many of these posts. 66 more words

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