Author Archives: lucidgal

About lucidgal

Marketer, artist, blogger, entrepreneur, teacher. Helping people connect.

Obama and Jesus

Today, I’m taking a break from my usually sunny, optimistic stance to comment on the mid-term elections. There may be some sarcasm, snark, and more than a few bad words. Let’s begin… What the fuck is Tennessee thinking? The only … Continue reading

Posted in socially lucid | Tagged , , , , , , | 29 Comments

A Convert’s Bill of Rights Version 2

Reading Bethany Mandel’s article in The Times of Israel, I felt so badly for her. Her betrayal by Rabbi Barry Freundal, who presided over her conversion to Judaism, feels like the ultimate lie: the very clergy responsible for advancing the … Continue reading

Posted in spiritually lucid | Tagged , , , , , | 3 Comments

Teshuvah, and other people’s flowers.

When I was about four or five years old, there was a neighbor down the block that had a huge swath of yellow daffodils in her yard. I sashayed down there and picked them, almost all of them, armloads of them, … Continue reading

Posted in spiritually lucid | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

#WhySheStayed

The current flap about football player Ray Rice’s beating of his now-wife, Janay, may not help her but it may save other women. In a HuffPo article, writer Rachel Leibrock has a problem with the shaming of domestic violence victims who felt compelled to … Continue reading

Posted in personally lucid | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

I’m gonna love y’all.

A friend of mine, a committed Methodist, was telling me about her new preacher. The Methodists usually assign ordained ministers to their posts, and those ministers are pretty well educated: bachelors degree and seminary, at a minimum. So when my … Continue reading

Posted in spiritually lucid | Tagged , | 3 Comments

Gone.

  CLARIFICATION: In the 24 hours since I wrote this post, I have heard and read two mental health care professionals say that articles should take care not to glorify suicide or offer it as a “way out.” This article … Continue reading

Posted in personally lucid | Tagged , | 2 Comments

Counting

It’s been a rough month. On June 12, three Israeli teenagers were kidnapped and murdered by Palestinians, probably Hamas operatives. In what was certainly an act of revenge, a Palestinian teenager was burned alive in a forest near Jerusalem. What … Continue reading

Posted in socially lucid | Leave a comment

Girlfriend, can we talk?

Just not about your vagina. Lady bloggers, I’m tired of hearing about it. Here’s why. Growing up in the South, there was an unwritten rule: if it happens below the waist, we don’t talk about it in polite company. There were … Continue reading

Posted in personally lucid | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Mini-Mitzvahs, and Miracles

Editor’s Note: there’s a glossary at the end of this article. Photo used with permission: http://www.collive.com In the Tel Aviv airport, at the end of my first trip to Israel, I was looking for a tzedakah box to put my remaining … Continue reading

Posted in personally lucid | Tagged | Leave a comment

This Passover, let ’em eat cake.

We Jews, especially Reform Jews, have a complicated relationship with food. You might think in the Orthodox tradition it would be cut and dried—do this, don’t do that—but not so. At Passover, the holiday most fraught with food issues, even … Continue reading

Posted in personally lucid | Tagged , | 3 Comments