Twenty Years

Political Violence (part 1) It took place in an off-the-beaten path classroom, not a modern lecture hall. We were maybe 30 students, and the few times we had met before – maybe it was two? Three? – we had already covered some ‘basics’: what peacebuilding is, Rwanda, a bit of Bosnia. When I registered for... Continue Reading →

Fellow working moms – it gets better.

I came home from the office one day last week and had this realization. It's gotten better. Or... it becomes *different* as the kids get older, and so much becomes more tolerable, doable, and you know what? Also better.  Do my pre-teens still mime at me from behind my laptop while I'm on a Zoom, thinking I can... Continue Reading →

When rockets fly overhead, look down at the grass.

When you're a news junkie, everything sucks all the time. When you're an optimist, you'll never give up reading the news because something good is just around the corner. When you're both... After 1.5 years of our co-directors building the 50:50 Startups tech accelerator against the backdrop of pandemic and evergreen conflict, it was really... Continue Reading →

Sometimes it’s what you don’t say

Like there isn't enough... in what seems like one long endless day since Monday, a single period in a calendar that has been one long endless battle since the beginning of time... ...is how fucking horrible Israeli comms handling has been. Between the IDF spokespeople and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. This has been true... Continue Reading →

This is decades-bad.

It's bad. It's bad on so many levels. Personally, we are ok in our area. A given Israeli's frontline concerns depend on where exactly they are located. For us on this side, the very rare siren in the last 15 years is not much of an issue. That can't be said for every corner of... Continue Reading →

Hi from a new chapter in an old story.

After a year and a half of emotional exhaustion, it's shocking and also not shocking to learn that it's possible to be even more deeply emotionally exhausted. With each passing rocket or gunshot or stabbing or counterstrike, another slice of the next generation loses the chance to grow up not knowing what we know. More... Continue Reading →

Koala update: twelve years

To the boy who is ~5 inches from towering over me, It's getting real. Twelve years of you, of figuring all this out, it's always been real, yes, but now it's puberty real. It's preteen real. It's who is this giant boy in my house real. So we're both navigating it. You have questions, and... Continue Reading →

Zooey update: five years

My youngest turns five today. Zooey, we're full-on into that tug-o-war over getting bigger and staying baby... It's not even day on, day off; it's sometimes in five minute intervals. But I don't begrudge you that; it's been a year of fading boundaries, loose definitions, lost assumptions. Out of everyone, this year might have done... Continue Reading →

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