• Beasts get blessings

    Special to the Chronicle

  • From ‘limo’ to ‘lightning’

    Editor’s note: Nancy Kennedy is on vacation this week. Her husband requested this column from 2004 about his 1968 Ford Falcon station wagon be rerun. He still misses that car. Nancy doesn’t.

    Although a brand new Ford F-150 “Lightning” pickup truck tops my husband’s list of dream vehicles, his eyes still mist whenever anyone mentions “the limo.”

  • Moms in waiting, still praying

    Years ago, my friend Becky in Texas excitedly announced that her son was “only” smoking pot.

  • Turning: 2014 High Holiday message

    For Jewish people all over the world, the High Holiday season of Rosh Hashanah (New Year) and Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) is a time of special introspection and repentance. While sin can be confessed any time of the year, Jews feels especially close to God during this holy time of the year.

  • Bringing lost lambs home

    I  remember the first time one of my children got lost.

    She was maybe 2 and we were in a department store when I blinked or sneezed, and in that nanosecond when my eyes were closed, she disappeared.

    She was only gone for a few minutes, which was long enough for me to imagine the worst. So, I did what all mothers who think their kids are lost do, I panicked.

    But she wasn’t lost. She had ducked underneath a rack of clothes to hide from me.

  • JUDI'S JOURNAL 9/6/2014: A look at Jewish education traditions

    While many of the students in our Southern states have been in school for a few weeks now, across the country, September is “back to school” time. For Jewish parents, sending their children off to school is an important function of being a good parent, and it is a value instilled in Judaism itself. Wherever Jews have lived and wherever they were permitted, Jews always sent their children to local schools. Where this was prohibited, there were Jewish schools to fill the void.

  • GRACE NOTES 9/6/2014: Learning to fling our cares away

    When we moved to Florida from California 23 years ago, we did so with only the things we could fit into two vehicles.

    That meant getting rid of 15 years’ worth of possessions to start over, which was both sad and exciting.

  • The laughter of the redeemed

    In 1998, I had a bad week.

        It began when my neighbor, Sandy, had asked me to feed her dogs, let them outside in the fenced-in yard during the day and put them in their kennels for the night while she was out of town.

    Any idiot can do that, I thought. Except one day I forgot the part about letting them outside and only remembered later when I discovered one of the dogs had eaten Sandy’s couch that was on the porch. 

  • GRACE NOTES 8/16/14: Every church needs a red door

    One day last week I heard some people on a podcast talking about celebrities’ lifestyle websites, like Gwenyth Paltrow’s “Goop.” 

    Not being interested in what celebrities think I should buy/eat/wear/read, mostly all I heard was a bunch of blah blah blah — until someone said that in the 1990s Cher had a lifestyle catalog.

  • JUDI'S JOURNAL 8/16/14: Our daily bread

    It has been called the Staff of Life, and for good reason. It nourishes our bodies, as well as our souls, and is a staple in the diet of cultures all over the world. It can take many forms: rolls, crescents, loaves and can be soft or crusty, white or dark — but whatever form it takes, bread remains an important part of our daily food habits.