Remembering my brother, Phillip Wintrob z’l

Phillip Wintrob z’l was just 17 when his life was cut short by a tragic car accident. At the time, he was in Grade 12 at a public high school and was co-leader of Shaarei Shomayim Youth together with his best friend, Danny Scherer.  The accident occurred while they were driving back from Rochester, having picked up kosher chocolates for the Shaarei Shomayim kids. Since no original eulogy from Phillip’s funeral is available, his family has put together this tribute: … Continue reading

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Going outside? Take ID!

Morning rush hour traffic snarled last Friday near my house as police investigated yet another person struck and killed by a car before sunrise. This time it was a woman in her 20s, the fourth pedestrian killed since the clocks went back an hour on November 1. Hours later, that’s still all police knew about her because she wasn’t carrying any ID. Regrettably, she wasn’t alone. An informal Facebook poll shows that so many people walk, jog or cycle around the city … Continue reading

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Hug the one you’re with

This afternoon I stood in a cemetery and watched my high school classmate bury her child.  Shane was in his early 20s. He had a twin sister and a younger brother. Just a few weeks ago his parents were thrilled to watch him graduate from medical school, and the Facebook photos show his Mom and Dad beaming with pride, arms draped around their handsome boy. But today their arms were draped around each other, their faces blank, their eyes puffy. … Continue reading

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Fashion PR score: Jill Biden 1, Michelle Obama 0

Earlier this week, Washington partied as Barack Obama was sworn in for a second term as President of the United States. His PR team put on three top-notch shows – one in the White House for the official swearing-in ceremony, an outdoor shindig for the Obamas’ neighbours, and a star-studded Inauguration Ball for the privileged few. Though all eyes were supposed to be on the President, it was – as always – a place for his wife Michelle to shine. … Continue reading

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Cheers to a new age and stage!

My birthday and New Years Eve are just one day apart. Because of that, I spend the last two days of every year looking backwards and forwards – not so much on my accomplishments or lack thereof, but wondering where the New Year will take me. I don’t ever remember having big dreams about things that I wanted to achieve by a certain age. Perhaps it’s the pessimist in me, or perhaps it stemmed from my brother Phillip’s life cut … Continue reading

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Ouch! Criticism hurts, but I won’t quit my day job over it

A few Thursdays ago I received this disturbing email from a work-at-home writer friend. “I’m majorly bummed out,” wrote this normally-witty guy. “I think I’m ready to check out for good. I think I’ve about had it. Is it me, or have people become even bigger pricks? Or have my skills really deteriorated, which is something I should probably fess up to? Or am I too sensitive? I’m not only not dressed, but haven’t shaved in days.” Oy! Time for coffee.  We … Continue reading

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Working at Home: The PJ Debate

Last week I worked in my pyjamas for the first time in about 15 years. But according to the response my Facebook post received, my friends and colleagues who work from home do it almost daily. For me the experience was purely to save time. But now, having done it once, I can safely say it’s not for me. I’ve been working from home on and off for about 20 years. Sure, I’ve spent some time in offices as a … Continue reading

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Help … I’ve got Early Empty Nester Syndrome!

Welcome to my first blog post ever! You see, I just launched my new website and my web designer, Adina of Napkin Marketing, said I should start blogging. She says it’s the thing to do, that people expect to see it – especially from a writer. As she put it: what writer doesn’t have things to say and stories to tell? When I asked her what I can possibly say that hasn’t already been said, Adina simply said, “Write what’s … Continue reading

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