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As I thought about what would be involved if we did our own Tu BiShvat seder, it seemed interesting and fun. Tasting lots of fruits? Marking a time to appreciate, mindfully and respectfully, trees and the earth? Drinking wines and grape juices? Yes, please.
Words matter. As kids we learn that sticks and stones can break our bones but words can never hurt us, but we soon realize that this isn’t entirely true. Bruises fade after a few days, but words linger in our minds for much longer.
Cheerleading doesn’t necessarily have a great reputation in popular culture. Movies like Bring It On – and all of its many sequels – portray high school cheerleaders as walking stereotypes of negativity: vapid and ditzy at best, cruel and calculating at worst.
In late January, the Obama Administration released a new rule reforming national forestry policy for the first time in over 30 years.