Category Archives: PUBLISHED

The Art of Christmas Avoidance

Thirteen years ago, I attended a welcome meeting for incoming students at the University of Toronto, where I was about to start my graduate studies in linguistics. The conversation turned toward Jews and Israel and kosher food. One of my … Continue reading

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As a non-Indigenous student of Oji-Cree, I learned much more than a language

“You want to go where?” The travel agent’s eyes slowly widened as his finger traced the map north, north, north … until the map ended and his finger was on the bare wall. The northern Ontario community I wanted to … Continue reading

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How Doing This 1 Thing Helped Me Truly Enjoy Spending Time With My Kid

As a parent today I feel as if I’m constantly inundated with fervent, well-meaning, parenting advice coming at me from all angles: in person, in magazines, on the phone, and all over social media. Read full story on Rodale’s Organic … Continue reading

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The Silent Vampire Goes Trick-or-Treating

As my little six-year-old vampire approaches a stranger’s door, my heart shrinks with worry. How will it go?  I know he can’t yell “trick-or-treat” like he’s expected to, or even whisper it. Will people give candies to a silent little … Continue reading

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As A Soviet Jew, Yom Kippur Makes Me Feel Like An Outsider

For many years, I had my own personal tradition that I would observe on Yom Kippur. The day before, I would go to the big supermarket in our neighborhood in Southern Jerusalem and buy myself a watermelon. On the morning … Continue reading

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Endangered Languages of Canada

Shekoli! k̓alhwá7acw! Gwetaʔaghunt’i! Hadih! Not sure what those words mean? That’s because, sadly, they’re not spoken widely today. These are ways to say “hello!” in Oneida, St’át’imcets, Chilcotin and Babine-Witsuwit’en, four Indigenous languages of Canada that are all severely endangered. … Continue reading

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I’m Still Co-Sleeping With My 8-year-old

I didn’t ever plan to co-sleep with my first baby. When I gave birth, we had a crib waiting for him at home, complete with Winnie the Pooh-themed sheets. But the thing was used for at most a couple of … Continue reading

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