Posts Tagged ‘Dear Debra’

We Are Jewish Faces is a picture book about Jewish Diversity.

Faces Of All Places And Races

Local author Debra Darvick celebrates Jewish diversity in a new children’s picture book. Debra Darvick celebrates diversity in the Jewish community and wants children to do the same. Years ago, while waiting for her own two youngsters during Hillel Day School dismissal, she looked closely at the different Jewish faces, and the experience inspired a…

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Dear Debra: A Lonely Mom

Send your questions to Dear Debra, My daughter graduated college last year and moved to California. She enjoys her work, shares a cute apartment with friends and has a new boyfriend. I know I should be happy, but I am miserable. When we talk, I battle not to make her feel guilty for leaving.…

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Little girl choosing dresses in white bedroom. Child watching mirror reflection holding pink dress choosing outfit. Girls nursery. Shopping clothing for kids. Dressing room interior for children.

Dress-Up Dilemma

Send your questions to Dear Debra, Whenever a friend’s daughter visits, she asks if she can try on our daughter’s clothes. This isn’t playing with our dress-up clothes, but actually going into our daughter’s closet and chest of drawers and taking things out to put on. It’s bizarre, yes?  I have told her no…

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When To Speak Up

Send your questions to Dear Debra, Recently I had lunch with someone and during nearly the entire meal, she had some food stuck in her teeth. I didn’t want to say anything and embarrass her. I stayed quiet, but then felt bad because what if she went through the day like that and found…

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Thorny Shrubs Make For Better Neighbors

Send your questions to Dear Debra, My neighbor’s children use my backyard as their thoroughfare. And if that is not bad enough, recently the daughter came up and knocked on my window while I was watching TV. She scared the heck out of me. I have asked the mother to speak to her children…

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No Shoes Allowed – Dear Debra

Send your questions to Dear Debra, My husband and I recently bought a new home and, because we have a young child, we have decided to be a “shoe-free” household. We do not want our child crawling around on carpet laden with street dirt and germs. My parents visit often and because they do…

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Where’s The Ring?

Send your questions to Dear Debra, My boyfriend and I have been living together for three years. Whenever I bring up getting married, he shifts the conversation to another topic. Or says he’s not ready. He is a wonderful man. He is kind, patient, has a good job and is loving to my daughter…

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Tired Vacationer

Send your questions to or look for an anonymous question submission form on Debra’s online column at Dear Debra, My husband and I have just returned from a visit to my sister’s home out of state. I love my sister, and we enjoy spending time with her. The problem is her insistence that…

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Dear Debra: Strengthen Those Jewish Ties

Send your questions to or use this anonymous question submission form. Dear Debra, After reading last month’s article about Jewish families decorating trees, I began to think about having one in our house next year. Our son has been asking for a tree and, like one of the moms in the article, I don’t…

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Dear Debra: Out Of Line

Send your questions to or use this anonymous question submission form. Dear Debra, I’ve attended several funerals this year and remain stymied by the “receiving lines.” I am new to the community and have never seen this custom of people lining up to greet and ostensibly comfort the mourners. It doesn’t seem fair to…

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