“May God bless you and keep you. May the Lord shine his Face upon you and be gracious to you; May the Lord lift up His countenance on you, And give you peace.” Aaron’s Blessing, from Numbers 6:25 in the Bible, which my father, named Aaron after the Biblical Aaron, said to my sisters and I every Friday night, as we stood under his raised arms, with bowed heads. I saw an image in my mind’s eye some months ago when I was sick and sitting at my computer doing nothing. It is a yellow circle with the word “Blessed” in the middle, and it came out of “nowhere.” I reflected long about if my life was blessed or not. … Continue reading

Be Stwrong

  by Liv Boldly, Guest Alias, c ShameIntoJoy.com 2015 I f’ed up. Last night I dumped on my kid all my frustration about her mess in the living room where she is “camping out” for six months already, or maybe for three but it seems like six. The coffee table covered with every type of make up and small, round spongey appliers with traces of liquid make-up on them, leave in conditioner and other mysterious feminine cylinders, a basket of safety pins, G-d knows what. Every chair piled with clothes, suitcases on the floor. I can’t stop, am on “a roll”. To each protest or blame she says in response to me, I keep this monotone type, zombie type pronoucement … Continue reading