Posts by Leslie Rott

A man and woman couple stand silhouetted in front of a sunset at golden hour.

The Balancing Act Of Marriage And Family

Because of the onslaught of holidays in the fall, we haven’t had the opportunity to meet with our rabbi on a weekly basis. This time has given us the opportunity to navigate some very difficult aspects of relationships, including balancing our relationship with family issues and other responsibilities. As our schedule and lives have somewhat…

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Books I Keep Coming Back To

Sponsored by The Lash Lounge They say that life doesn’t give you more than you can handle. But sometimes, it seems like everything goes wrong all at once. And sometimes, when that happens, you can’t concentrate on reading or don’t have time to read. That’s where I’m at right now.  I’ve started several books, but haven’t…

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illness memoirs, “Sick” and “Ask Me About My Uterus”

Women In Pain: “Sick” And “Ask Me About My Uterus”

This month, I am presenting you with a two-fer. I traveled a lot in the last two months and had the opportunity to catch up on, what is to me, pleasure reading. As someone with multiple chronic illnesses (lupus and rheumatoid arthritis), I devour illness memoirs. I know this may not be the genre of…

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Getting Married At Other Peoples’ Weddings

Well, not exactly. But, being at other peoples’ weddings certainly makes me think about my own wedding. And June, July and definitely August are shaping up to be very busy nuptial seasons. This August, my best friend and my sister are getting married within two weeks of each other, and I am in both weddings.…

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"Every Note Played" by Lisa Genova

Book Chat – “Every Note Played”

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) or Lou Gehrig’s Disease affects the motor neurons to the brain and spinal cord. It is progressive and ultimately leads to loss of speech, the ability to eat and move, and the ability to breathe. In “Every Note Played,” Lisa Genova chronicles the story of Richard, a world-class pianist, who has…

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We Were Asked To Draw G-d

Through the conversion process thus far, while I’ve enjoyed learning about Judaism, the parts that have been the most meaningful to my fiancé and me are the aspects that go into our personal views about faith, in general, and Judaism, in particular. In our last session, we were supposed to talk about the High Holidays,…

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Love & War: An Alex and Eliza Story

Book Chat – “Love & War”

I have never been a big fan of historical fiction, but I am a big fan of “Hamilton.” So, that fascination led me to Alex & Eliza (Penguin Young Readers Group, 2017) by Melissa De La Cruz. When I heard that a second book was coming out this spring, I knew I had to read it.…

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Learning About Judaism: Six Degrees of Separation

We’ve started the conversion process and are several weeks in at this point. And, as it turns out, there are connections everywhere. [similar id=43974 type=all] We were out to dinner with my fiancé’s family to celebrate his grandmother’s 90th birthday and they were asking about the conversion process. We were talking, and my fiancé’s cousin…

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Leslie Rott. “The Plant-Based Solution” Joel Kahn vegetarian life. vegetarian food. cooking.

Book Chat – “The Plant-Based Solution”

“The Plant Based Solution” by Joel Kahn I have been a vegetarian for about 15 years. At almost 33, that sounds crazy, but it’s true. I gave up meat because I simply didn’t enjoy it anymore, and I was trying to focus on a healthier lifestyle. More recently, as my lupus and rheumatoid arthritis have…

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