Author Archive | Shifra Glassman

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Do you believe in miracles?

If you happen to be walking around my neighborhood on any of the nights of Chanukah, you will see house after house with the blinds pulled open and menorahs shining bright, one for each member of the household. There is a reason for this. We are taught that when one experiences a miracle, we have […]

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Daddy’s Girl

November is National Grieving Children’s Month. I have watched my daughter grieve for years. She hides it well. She pretends she doesn’t care, that it is not important to her. But, I am her mother, I see what she works to conceal. I am the one to who is there on those rare times when […]

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The Ugly Face of Silent Domestic Abuse

October is Domestic Abuse Awareness month. That’s very fitting for me because it was a crisp, clear morning in October when I finally allowed myself to admit that I was being abused, and my husband was the abuser. You might wonder how it’s possible that I was married for 27 years and never realized I […]

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A Whole New World

[easy-image-collage id=7210]     I have a teenager. That should not come as a huge surprise, my daughter is fourteen, technically she has been a teenager for a year and a half, logically I know that. It just never computed. When I look at her, all I see is my little girl. The one who needs […]

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You’ve Gotta Have Friends

When I learned I was pregnant with my daughter, I did what I always do. I started to pray. Every morning since that day, I have said the same prayers for her. One of the things I request is that she have good friends and that she be a good friend. I want her to […]

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I’m So Tired

Sometimes I go to bed thinking I did not do enough today. I didn’t finish the laundry. I didn’t wash the dishes that were put in to the sink after I already washed the dishes. I didn’t get to Walmart, and Schnucks, and Walgreens, and the library. I didn’t order my daughter’s school uniforms. I […]

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Slow Down, You Move Too Fast

My daughter is graduating the 8th grade this month. I’m not ready. I’ve  spent this year trying so hard to slow down time. I think I have spent her whole life doing that. She certainly took her sweet time getting here, but she’s been playing catch up ever since.  When she was born I promised […]

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Be Our Guest

I was in the midst of a messy divorce with 16 year old autistic daughter and an 8 year old. Passover, one of the biggest holidays on the Jewish calendar, was fast approaching. I was so overwhelmed, nervous and probably more than a little depressed. No matter how you look at it, Passover is expensive […]

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