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Dad I Am

DAD I AM By John Jericiau “I cheerfully answered with one hand as I draped my new diaper bag over the stroller with the other (new dads must multitask, I’d been warned).” My brand newborn son Ryan already had me twisted around his little pinky after the first twenty-four hours of the feeding/changing/sleeping cycle. As a single guy, I’d spent the previous seven months supporting (emotionally and financially) the out-of-town birthmother in the adoption process, but all of that didn’t matter after I first held my new son. I was drained but ecstatic. I was crying but content. And this...

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Kids’ Birthday Party Madness

KIDS’ BIRTHDAY PARTY MADNESS When the pressure to fulfill our child’s birthday wishes becomes too much. By Libby Hudson Lydecker My daughter and I walked into to the Peninsula Hotel in Beverly Hills and were escorted to one of the private event rooms. The room was overflowing with floral designs worthy of a society wedding and intricate centerpieces made to look like crowns and tiaras. A long table was set for high tea, with bone china and silver tea services. Champagne was served in lead glass crystal flutes to the mothers as waiters passed food out to the guests....

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Why I Celebrate Passover

Why I Observe Passover By Debra Lewin “ Many people worldwide  (non-Jews and Jews alike) are being persecuted today!” I’m not religious. I grew up in an observant Jewish family, but carry on traditions more for a tie to my heritage than for religious reasons. I don’t keep Kosher, I drive on the Sabbath and basically, I am living a secular lifestyle. But Passover, I observe. Why? I’ll tell you. Many of the Jewish holidays celebrate a common theme, 1. They tried to kill us (the Jewish People). 2. They didn’t succeed. 3. Let’s celebrate. With Passover, the theme is...

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The Woman Next to the Man- Helena Chavez

The Woman Next to the Man By: Real Mom Daily Staff “Because we all know what it takes to be the strong woman behind a movement, we prefer to call it- Chavez Day. ” Helena Fabela Chavez; born January 21, 1928, was in her own right an American labor activist for the United Farm Workers Of America. She was a first generation American Chicana with a simple upbringing and minimal education. Both of her parents were migrant farm workers and as a child she too would work in the fields. The eldest of 6 children, when she was fifteen,...

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Happy Nowruz! It’s the First Day of Spring!

Happy Nowruz! It’s a NEW day! By Fiora Aston Nowruz (NO-ROOZ) is a Persian word that means “NEW DAY”. It is a centuries old non-religious celebration of the New Year. It starts every year on the first day of spring. Part of the celebration is to create an alter. Items which are usually included are: Wheat : Rebirth Red Apple : Health Garlic : Medicine Vinegar : Patience Sweet Pudding : Affluence Dried Fruit: Love Sumac Berries : Sunrise   These items are sometimes included as well: Lit Candles : Enlightenment/Happiness Decorated Eggs : Fertility Bowl of Water with...

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