Why Is This Night Different?

Posted April 4, 2010 by Jane Rubinsky
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For Jews without close family ties, the approach of Passover can elicit the same gnawing anxiety that Thanksgiving does: While the rest of humanity gathers around tables laden with a home-cooked feast and lifts glasses of wine, you’ll be dining at home alone on leftovers in front of the TV. Read the rest of this post »

If At First You Don’t Succeed …

Posted March 20, 2010 by Jane Rubinsky
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This is about cats. But really, it’s about one of those “life lessons”: If you make the wrong choice, just cut your losses and move forward. Don’t lose sight of your goal.

Anyone who’s talked to me for more than five minutes knows that I adopted a cat last summer, my first in 15 years. My previous cat had been put to sleep at age 21; what with a new job, two moves and two kitchen renovations, and a long-distance relationship, it never seemed like the right time to get another. Read the rest of this post »

A Job Interview Opens My Eyes

Posted March 17, 2010 by Jane Rubinsky
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Yesterday, I was sent by a temp agency for a job interview in lower Manhattan for a part-time position: as a proofreader and reader for someone whose daily dealings involve some of the most complex and impenetrable agencies both within and outside the government. He happens to be legally blind. (No, it’s not who you think.) Read the rest of this post »

Launching Into the Blogosphere

Posted March 14, 2010 by Jane Rubinsky
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I’m unemployed. This is something new for me, after having been at my last job for 15 years. I’m a writer. This is not new; I’ve been a writer ever since I submitted a story about the arrival of our rambunctious Irish terrier puppy to one of my mother’s magazines (probably Ladies’ Home Journal or McCalls) and received a sweetly encouraging rejection letter. (Did they know I was a teenager? I had not yet learned most rejection letters were perfunctory.) Read the rest of this post »