Monday night and Tuesday, the Jewish community commemorated the 9th of Av, the date associated with the destruction of both Temples, as well as other traumatic events suffered by the our people. Late Monday night, I made an appearance on Jew In The City, Allison Josephs’s outstanding blog about Judaism in the modern world. My post, “A Tisha B’Av of Joy?” described the way my family “celebrated” the 9th of Av last year. You can find my guest post here, if you haven’t read it already. Comments and sharing are appreciated, as always!
I haven’t gotten much writing done on my “major” projects this summer, but I’ve gotten lots of reading done (like, up to 7 books a week) and have been spending a lot of time with the family. Some of my favorite moments so far this summer: seeing my nonagenarian grandmother; showing the beauty of Red Rock Canyon, Nevada, to my husband; birding with my eldest kid in the Ballona Wetlands; watching my kids study Torah together; seeing all the training wheels come off the kids’ bikes; and tons of time in the pool.
Also: I scored 10 books for $4.50 at a used book sale at a library! Wahoo! And we’ve started swapping books with a Little Library that someone installed at their house a few blocks away. The kids get a real kick out of that.
I’m anxious to resume a more regular writing schedule and polish off my novel at last. But I’m also trying to exercise mindfulness and enjoy the summer. Hopefully, I’ll read all those books I bought (and borrowed!) before it’s over.