Archives for December 19, 2011

It is Almost Time To Celebrate Chanukah

Dear Jews of the blogosphere,

This time of year it is impossible to surf the net without being caught up in and covered in tinsel and mistletoe. Every other post is a tale about Christmas past, present and future. There is nothing wrong with that and I don’t begrudge a post or ten for those who celebrate the day.

But I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t make an effort to reach out to my fellow MOTs to let you know that this year the blogosphere is going to be rocked by a special blogging event we’ll call #HanukkahHoopla. It is going to be a festival of blog posts about Chanukah. It was organized by my friend Renee and I am very happy to be a part of it.

Here is what you need to know:

Writers Line Up:

Candle 1:

12/20 Leah’s Thoughts @leahs_thoughts21

12/20 Ima On (and Off)The Bima @imabima31

Candle 2:

12/21 Nina Badzin’s Blog @ninabadzin25

12/21 Diary of a Paper Princess @RishonaMyers11

Candle 3:

12/22 The Monster in Your Closet @deb_bryan12

12/22 Kvetchmom @jlweinberg

Candle 4:

12/23 Lessons From Teachers and Twits @rasjacobson11

12/23 My Life in The Married Lane @rivkisilver11

Candle 5:

12/24 TheJackB @thejackb57

12/24 Erin Margolin @erinmargolin62

Candle 6:

12/25 These Little Waves @galitbreen38

12/25 CiaoMom @ciaomom46

Candle 7:

12/26 The Culture Mom @theculturemom49

12/26 I wish my mom @sharistein11

Candle 8:

12/27 Frume Sarah’s World @frumesarah38

12/27 Aprons & Blazers @OpenRoadMama28

But wait, there is more. As part of the festivities we are going to have a little giveaway for you to partake of:

We are fortunate to have sponsorship for our series! Streit’s and Mama Doni, the lead singer/songwriter of The Mama Doni Band, have provided each of us with a little #HanukkahHoopla gift pack including:

Mama Doni’s 2011 Parents’ Choice Award-winning CD, Shabbat Shaboom
a Mama Doni poster
a Download card for free Mama Doni songs (1 Chanukah song and 1 Passover song)
a Bag of Streit’s chocolate Hanukkah gelt.


And now if you will excuse me I have to run buy more potatoes and a brisket. Ooh, my mouth is watering at the thought of it all.


Join The Rolling Stones Pajama Party

My grandfather once told me that he didn’t understand why some bands insisted on performing in pajamas. I don’t remember the context of the conversation or whether I showed him pictures of Kiss or Motley Crue. Can’t tell you what prompted this or where it ended up but I can tell you that it is tied into why I love listening the ‘Stones.

It is because they bring power, passion and personality. It is because their live show sounds as good or better than the studio version. It is because they could play in their pajamas and I would still get caught up and lost in the music.

You can’t duplicate it. I am a big fan of U2 but I think that without Mick they would fall flat in the video below. Doesn’t matter if Fergie joins them or not, Mick makes it work.

Some might argue that Mick is the engine that makes their music move but I’ll save that discussion for a different day. Right now I am focused on other areas. Busy thinking about a discussion I had with my son about how old you have to be before you are considered a ‘real grownup.’

I told him that there wasn’t one particular age that it happened at. Said that there wasn’t one moment or time that he could look at that would transform him from child to adult and that he had plenty of time to enjoy being a kid.

But perception is a funny thing. Perception isn’t always uniform and that affects how we view and respond to the things we see. Perception influences or decisions and our choices. Watch that video above and it is hard to see the ‘Stones, but not if you close your eyes. Close your eyes and you might think that it is a clip from this show.

“Success is like anything worthwhile. It has a price. You have to pay the price to win and you have to pay the price to get to the point where success is possible. Most important, you must pay the price to stay there.” Vince Lombardi

His perception is that the move to middle school will leave him a hop, skip and a jump away from college. And college, good old college will mean that he is a grownup and will have to get a job.

I told him that it doesn’t happen that quickly and that sometimes you graduate from college not knowing exactly what you want to do. I told him that things can change even when you know what you want to do.

He asked me for an example so I told him about how I wanted to play baseball for the Dodgers and how that changed. I told him about how he  helped me become a dad blogger and how blogging influenced my future goals.

We looked at Lombardi’s quote and I said that life is a journey and that success is measured in a number of ways. When I think of paying a price I think about education and life experience. I think about what I had to do to become the person I am today. I suppose that what I am trying to get across to him is that life is rarely black and white and never stagnant.

I didn’t always want to become a writer. I have told the story about how my preschool teachers told my mother that I had one of the most active imaginations they had ever encountered. It is fair to say that from the time I was three some people thought I might become a writer, but that didn’t mean that I was ready or willing.

Don’t get me wrong, I never looked at writing with contempt or disdain. It just wasn’t something that I thought of as a career. But now, well now I view it very differently.

Now it is something that I am focused upon and actively working on. That change and focus is a big part of why I told him to remember that being an adult offers responsibility and freedom.

Of course I didn’t mention that sometimes I want freedom from my responsibilities to work on my writing. 😉

“Mental toughness is many things and rather difficult to explain. Its qualities are sacrifice and self-denial. Also, most importantly, it is combined with a perfectly disciplined will that refuses to give in. It’s a state of mind – you could call it character in action.”- Vince Lombardi

What do you think?