If you grow up in a traditional Jewish home, Friday night dinners are a special time for family and friends to connect and literally ‘break bread’ together. The bread I’m talking about is challah (egg bread).
According to Ellen Schwartz, “It’s a nice opportunity once a week to do things differently and start off your meal with something sweet.” I couldn’t agree more! Until now, I would NEVER have contemplated making it. Mind you, I’ve NEVER made bread before. Too intimidating!
Now YOU AND I are going to learn how to make it together from one of the most experienced challah makers I know! A few weeks ago, I kicked off a new theme called “Silver Linings” where I shine the light on inspiring people and then… we cook together. (I can’t help myself, it always boils down to food) Bestselling author, Ellen Schwartz was my first feature. You can read about her and her AMAZING new book “Without One Word Spoken” here.
“WE ONLY HAVE CONTROL OF ONE THING – OUR ATTITUDE- HOW WE THINK AND HOW WE BEHAVE”
“…I had a choice: To accept the life sentence and give up on my dreams or to open up to the possibility of letting new dreams unfold.”
Wise words spoken by Ellen Schwartz who has just written a beautiful book called ‘Without One Word Spoken; 18 Life Lessons from Jacob’. Jacob is her beautiful first born son who has a rare, fatal, neurodegenerative illness that attacks the central nervous system. It’s called Canavan disease, a disease for which there is no known treatment or cure. Fighting to live and smile each day as he does is a challenge and that is why Jacob is a hero to everyone including myself.
“Living with someone who has a life threatening disease is beyond difficult. It can sometimes feel impossible. But in many ways, it is also a gift. It challenges your perspective on life, pushing you to think and act beyond the ordinary into the extraordinary. And that’s what this book will do in your times of need. The life lessons in ‘Without One Word Spoken’ are based on the ripple effects of an extremely precious life – a life that could have been tragic and yet has somehow managed to fill so many lives with hope, joy and merit. These lessons are the result of the choices we make and the mindfulness of our thoughts and actions as we live each day.”
Ellen is my inspiration. In the process of caring for Jacob who is now miraculously 19 years old, and their two other kids Bevy and Ben, Ellen and her amazing husband Jeff Schwartz have managed to give so much to others on SO many levels. It literally boggles my mind. Continue Reading
At one time or another, we all experience setbacks, disappointments, even devastations and trauma. When life takes those unexpected turns, you can recoil and crumble, OR you can look at them as sacred moments for inner exploration. Times of crisis offer fertile ground for anyone to explore and express themselves differently. It’s an opportunity to change your life, to be more authentic to who you want to be.
Stories of people overcoming adversity FASCINATES and FUELS me! I’m interested in exploring that and shining the light on those everyday heroes who make the world a better place – people who have mastered life’s most difficult challenges. So, I’m adding a new strand on my blog called “Silver Linings”. Basically it’s about turning what initially seems ‘bad’ into ‘good’. I want to share inspiring stories of strength, fight and what the human spirit is capable of in the face of adversity.
I’m kicking off this new strand with news about an amazing book written by my friend Ellen Schwartz called “Without One Word Spoken”. It’s coming out at the end of October so I will be writing to tell you more about that very soon.
In the meantime, if you are going through a rough patch, I leave you with words that I find profound and comfortingfrom 2 very wise and very different men.