Fran Ostendorf
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I always looked forward to the end-of-the-year wrap-up stories and lists in the newspaper and on television. I relish those looks back on the year that was. They remind me what an event-filled year … more
I’m a lifelong learner. I really hope that this will keep my mind sharp for many years to come. And it doesn’t hurt my ability to do my job as editor, either. I don’t think you can … more
Do you look at today’s changing technology and feel overwhelmed? You’re not alone. No matter your age, any new technology involves a learning curve. Unfortunately, in the case of … more
Each Thanksgiving, my family uses our time around the dinner table to say a few words about gratitude. There are only a couple of times each year that the extended family comes together so it’s … more
How do you relax? We all have hobbies – activities that make us forget the stress and strain of everyday life. Perhaps we need them now more than ever. Our 24/7, connected lives seem very … more
This may be our annual Bar Mitzvah issue, but my mind is on another life cycle event right now. This week, I am the proud mother of the groom. By the time some of you read this, the wedding … more
I spent the holidays in several different places this year. This is what happens when your family is scattered. I am thankful that I can visit them now since my home has been the base … more
Connectivity is a fact of modern life. We have our televisions, our computers and, most of all, we have our cellphones. Surely you have noticed as you walk down Hope Street or Elmgrove Avenue … more
The temperatures have started to drop already. The last few days of August were unusually cool. Clearly summer is on the wane. In the Jewish calendar, we’ve reached Elul, which is the month of … more
It’s hard to know what to make of national and world events since the last Jewish Voice was published. Barcelona, Charlottesville, Turku, Boston. How can I lump these together? Taken … more
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