Everyday Miracles

August 17, 2016

In 2014, my cat Lani had a stroke, rendering her blind and deaf. In addition, she was suffering with dementia. So on the advice of my vet, I made the difficult decision to have her euthanized. Lani’s death was one among a sea of losses, which seemed to arrive at the same time. That year, due to mounting expenses, I felt compelled to sell my home. This came on the heels of closing my business, which was a dream I’d worked thirteen years to bu...

April 21, 2016

With so many people changing their names these days, it makes you wonder whether a name is just a name or whether their is a deeper significance to the names we are given.

Judaism places great importance on the naming of a child, as it is believed that one’s name represents both their connection to previous generations and to their destiny. Among Eastern European Jews, it is customary to name a child after a deceased relative as a way of ho...

January 16, 2016

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I was eating at a local restaurant one evening and noticed a young woman starring intensely at her laptop. Out of concern, I introduced myself and asked her if she was having difficulty concentrating.

She immediately said yes and asked how I knew. I told her that I was a retired optometrist who had dealt with similar issues with many patients. She asked me if I knew what was causing her problem. I told her that she was probably having di...

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