Friday, June 27, 2014


 שלאּובה בת משה יצחק
נפ' ח' תמוז תשע"ב

DIED JUNE 27, 2012
ת' נ' צ' ב' ה'
Pay Nun means “Here is buried/Po Niftarah”
Sluvah daughter of Moshe Yitzchak
Nun Pay means “Niftarah/Died”
8th day of Tammuz 5772 = June 28 2012 (see
Then the last line means “May her soul be bound up with the bounds of eternal life." 


Thankfully I have a good therapist and a warm, sweet, compassionate Rabbi to help me through this very difficult process. The 'new normal' - living life not in relation to Shirley - part of me died right along with her I realize.  My Rabbi says I am in a different stage of grief now + my therapist. It is very difficult when you don't have anyone to talk to about the death of my mother. She isolated and refused to answer the telephone so ................apparently no one has memories of Shirley except me.

I signed up for Yoga for Trauma Sensitive People at the Trauma Center in Brookline. In 2008, I participated in a research study there for people with PTSD. I was put into the Yoga group fortunately. Over Memorial Day weekend, the New York Times had many articles on PTSD, including a lengthy article about  Dr. Bessel Van der Kolk, A Revolutionary Approach to Treating Trauma. He is the Director of The Trauma Center in Brookline.


Saturday, June 21, 2014


Coming off a sweep of the Minnesota Twins, hoping to turn things around,  we lost the first two games to the Oakland A's, arguably the best team in baseball right now. We should have won last night's game. That we didn't highlights what's wrong with 'our Red Sox', as Bernice put it. The A's starting pitcher, just recently called up from the Minors, lasted just 4 innings; they won the game with their bullpen while Sox reliever Andrew Miller walked two guys in the 8th and then former Red Sox player Coco Crisp hit the winning run in to score. That sums up the disappointing, frustrating, depressing season we are having in Red Sox Nation. I love reading the comments of the sports writers articles - "when are you gonna realize, last year was an anomaly?"

I hate to say it, sad but true. All last year I could not believe how we were winning game after game. Knock me over with a feather, that we beat the Detroit Tigers in the Playoffs and went on to win the World Series! The Marathon Bombing galvanized that team and they became more than the sum of their parts. The Tigers had a better team but we still beat them. I was amazed ........but thrilled as we all were.

The best thing that's happened this year is the discovery of Brock Holt. Look, up in the sky, it's a bird, it's a plane, no, it's Brock Holt!

GAME THREE UPDATE: Another 1 run Loss; the road trip is not going well. 

We woke up to this article in the Boston Globe by Nick Cafardo:
"John Farrell not close to giving up on Red Sox."

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"Alberto Callaspo scored and the Red Sox had lost another one-run game, the 17th already this season. " Peter Abraham on last night's loss....yes that is 17 games we have lost by 1 run!