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A nonprofit, independent news source to inform, inspire, educate and connect the St. Louis Jewish community.

St. Louis Jewish Light

A nonprofit, independent news source to inform, inspire, educate and connect the St. Louis Jewish community.

St. Louis Jewish Light

How to mark happy, stressful & sad occasions

How to mark happy, stressful & sad occasions

Barbara Ballinger and Margaret Crane, Special To The Jewish LightPublished January 31, 2023

When Margaret was little, she had an uncle who always held court at holiday time, receiving endless praise from relatives gathered around the table. He was a major philanthropist to many political, cultural and social causes. Having an audience was one...

Huh? What? Could you repeat that? Hearing loss sucks.

Huh? What? Could you repeat that? Hearing loss sucks.

Barbara Ballinger and Margaret Crane, Special To The Jewish LightPublished January 24, 2023

We know you’ve heard us loud and clear talking about the delicate matter of hearing loss. We each have our own way of dealing with this deficit. Most of us are in complete denial. We avoid dealing with it because: We despise the look of hearing...

A simple bagel recipe with an oh-so-good cheesy twist

A simple bagel recipe with an “oh-so-good” cheesy twist

Barbara Ballinger and Margaret Crane, Special To The Jewish LightPublished January 17, 2023

This blog will be short, simple and delicious in honor of national bagel week. Yes, food is not the be-all-and-end-all in the scheme of world peace, but a great melt-in-your-mouth cheese bagel can do wonders for your mood and others’ outlook as well. So,...

Resolutions in Reverse: We turn the tables as we enter 2023 this week

Resolutions in Reverse: We turn the tables as we enter 2023 this week

Barbara Ballinger and Margaret Crane, Special For The Jewish LightPublished January 3, 2023

We've written about a new year as a time to make obligatory resolutions in a quest to be better people. We know that resolutions can be about almost anything and even now, a few days past Jan. 1, you may already have broken one, two or a few of yours....

Pretty as a picture? How to eliminate the pressure to look good

Pretty as a picture? How to eliminate the pressure to look good

Barbara Ballinger and Margaret Crane, Special For The Jewish LightPublished December 20, 2022

As the year ends and some of us make resolutions, looks often come up in what we can change. We suggest a different strategy. Looks have never been topmost, though we like to look good. We have our reasons. Growing up, Margaret's mother preached: "Pretty...

Cooking for comfort means knowing how to eat, drink & be mellow

Cooking for comfort means knowing how to eat, drink & be mellow

Barbara Ballinger and Margaret CranePublished December 13, 2022

Baby, it's cold outside and we're busy working, wrapping gifts, writing holiday notes and cooking to avoid heading out as temperatures dip and snow flurries swirl. But what we cook and how has changed as we've aged. In today's world, especially during...

Never say never to lessening your guilt

Never say ‘never’ to lessening your guilt

BARBARA BALLINGER AND MARGARET CRANEPublished December 6, 2022

A year ago, we spent New Year's Eve together and with a few others. Before the clock struck Midnight, we decided as a group not to share our resolutions since we often break the vows, setting ourselves up for failure. We adhere to the atavistic adage:...

Why people ghost on social media and what to do if it happens to you

Why people ghost on social media and what to do if it happens to you

BARBARA BALLINGER AND MARGARET CRANE, Special For The Jewish LightPublished November 29, 2022

It happens to most of us and can be a gut-punch. You have a strong relationship with someone and suddenly they disappear. Poof. It's called ghosting and occurs when a person stops communicating with another without warning. They disappear into thin...

Secrets to eating out that wont take too big a bite of your budget

Secrets to eating out that won’t take too big a bite of your budget

BARBARA BALLINGER AND MARGARET CRANE, Special To The Jewish LightPublished November 22, 2022

It's almost the start of the big holiday whirl. We're busy shopping and spending money on gifts, gathering with friends and relatives at home and out and about to toast our togetherness. We feel we're hemorrhaging money while spending almost $4 a gallon...

How to find an alternative job @ 70+

How to find an alternative job @ 70+

BARBARA BALLINGER AND MARGARET CRANE, Special For The Jewish LightPublished November 15, 2022

At some point we each have thought, we wish we were richer. Maybe, have another income stream as prices continue to rise, especially if our writing dries up. Our co-mingled anxiety has led us to wonder how easy or hard it would be to retrain ourselves...

Be a good host: Its the menschy thing to do

Be a good host: It’s the menschy thing to do

BARBARA BALLINGER AND MARGARET CRANE, Special To The Jewish LightPublished November 8, 2022

Friends and family are starting to plan for the Thanksgiving holiday-making their shopping lists, finetuning who will be invited, thinking about polishing the silverware and readying the air mattresses for extras who will sleep over. Are you the host...

Rent or buy? When youre getting up in years its a very good question

Rent or buy? When you’re getting up in years it’s a very good question

BARBARA BALLINGER AND MARGARET CRANE, Special For The Jewish LightPublished November 1, 2022

The desire to own fewer things in our lives can be seen with the current decline in luxury spending or spending in general, and the cult success of listening to the decluttering superstar author Marie Kondo. Whether we buy fewer possessions or just...

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