Author Archives: advicefrommarta

Mother’s Day Gifts

A few years ago a young man from South Africa stayed with us for a week. During the week he told me the story of how he came to be adopted by his mother and given his name. He was … Continue reading

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Home Again

Some friends of mine bought a house. It was their childhood home. It was not their only childhood home and in reality, they probably did not live in it for that long, but it was the first and last home … Continue reading

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The Stories of My Children

I am conflicted about most of Judaism, but I am the most conflicted about Passover. It is a historical fact that the Hebrews were never slaves in Egypt. So, is the Passover story a story of cultural appropriation, of stealing … Continue reading

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Wide Lawns, Narrow Minds and Lots of Pressure

My uncle once told me a story about a job interview he had in college. Like me, my uncle has a BA in Philosophy from the University of Louisville. At the job interview he was asked “What do you hope … Continue reading

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Tree Hugging

One of my more embarrassing college relationships involved a boy who wrecked my car, while borrowing it to stalk his ex-girlfriend. He was older, having already left one school under dramatic circumstances. We met in a creative writing class and … Continue reading

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End of Season

It happens at every camp, every year. With tools stolen from woodworking or arts and crafts children scratch and scribble their names on bunks, shelves, cabin walls, anywhere they can. The camps try and prevent it, they threaten that any … Continue reading

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Last Night

Last night my 11-year-old hit a baseball. It wasn’t a home run, he was out at first, but he hit the ball. It’s been a struggle for him since he left t-ball for kid pitch. He loves sports, he loves … Continue reading

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