The Best and Worst of 2012

The best and worst of 2012 from

Best Memory: Surprising my uncle on College Avenue in Oakland while he was shopping for bread for his party. I was his unexpected, unannounced 70th birthday present!

Worst Memory: Waking in the middle of the night with a parched mouth haunted by how my mother may have suffered during her last days of life.

Second Worst Memory: Seeing my husband writhing in unspeakable pain from gallstones.

Sweetest Memory: Reading poetry together around the kitchen table by the lights of our menorah. For Hanukah our family exchanges poetry instead of gifts.

Second Sweetest Memory: Making a special hardbound book for my 13-year-old daughter filled with photographs and words of wisdom from all the women in her life.

The 6 Books I Enjoyed Reading Most This Year:
1. King Lear
2. Starters
3. Far From the Tree (A read-in-progress … this astounding nonfiction achievement is over 900 pages long.)
4. NurtureShock
5. The Price of Privilege
6. The Girl Who Fell From the Sky

Trips to Disneyland: 1
(Times my kids have been to Disneyland prior to 2012: 0)
Best summer activity: Cornell Camp
Visits to the Emergency Room for the kids: 0
Doctor visits for the kids: 0
Visits to the Emergency Room for my husband: 2
Gallstones inside his gallbladder, removed by emergency surgery: 5
Size of the largest gallstone: as big as a jawbreaker

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We ate apples dipped in honey to usher in a sweet new year back in September. By the Jewish calendar, January 1, 2013 is really the year 5,773. But 13 is my luckiest number and I am hoping that 2013 will be a good year.

Our plan for tonight is to have what my father always suggested to me in high school (I ignored him): a nice quiet evening at home.

For those who celebrate it, HAPPY NEW YEAR!

May 2013 bring good health, kindness, generosity, prosperity, lightness, and, above all, peace, to you, yours, and every sentient being on Earth.

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  1. debra zaslow

    Happy New year, Dear woman. I hope it’s great new year for you, especially with the publication of your new book!

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