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St. Louis Jewish Light

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St. Louis Jewish Light

Amy Fenster Brown: It’s that time of year again. #backtoschool

Amy Fenster Brown: It’s that time of year again. #backtoschool

AMY FENSTER BROWN August 29, 2021

It’s back to school time! Kids look forward to seeing their friends and … well, that’s about it. For the most part, kids aren’t excited to get up early, sit in classrooms all day and have homework at night. They will rarely admit to liking...

Summer makes me sweaty, especially around my brains

Summer makes me sweaty, especially around my brains

AMY FENSTER BROWN July 30, 2021

We are smack dab in the middle of summer, a time we’ve looked forward to since summer 2020. Dude, it’s hot.  I’m a huge baby in the summertime, always schvitzing like a vilda chaya. I’m a head sweater, and I don’t like how it feels or how...

Freed from the mask, I’m all lip gloss and smiles

Freed from the mask, I’m all lip gloss and smiles

AMY FENSTER BROWN, SPECIAL TO THE JEWISH LIGHT May 20, 2021

The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last week announced that people who are fully vaccinated no longer have to wear masks in many public places. Some states, stores and other businesses may continue to enforce mask mandates.  But...

Lights! Action! No, wait, too much action

Lights! Action! No, wait, too much action

Amy Fenster Brown, Special to the Jewish Light April 21, 2021

It's not raining at my house right now, it's pouring. Don't even ask me if the old man is snoring. I've got two teenage boys and between them there are three broken bones, two separate jacked up dental issues and puberty hormones I'd rather not discuss.  Our...

Monthly columnist Amy Fenster Brown is married to Jeff and has two teenage sons, Davis and Leo. She volunteers for several Jewish not-for-profit groups. Fenster Brown is an Emmy Award-winning TV news writer and counts time with family and friends, talking and eating peanut butter among her hobbies.

Menschen galore, and Jewish just like me

Amy Fenster Brown, Special to the Jewish Light March 24, 2021

When Kamala Harris was sworn in as the 49th vice president of the United States, tears welled in the eyes of many women, some of color, some not. It was moving to  finally see a woman taking her spot in the White House. We’ve never before seen a woman...

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Bye-bye, 2020: No, seriously. Leave.

By Amy Fenster Brown December 31, 2020

We’ve all heard people saying, “I can’t wait until 2020 is over,” as if the changing of the calendar is going to magically erase everything. No question, 2020 has been a – your choice of  bad word goes here – of a year. Bleep that bleep....

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It’s great to be grateful: Counting my blessings

By Amy Fenster Brown November 19, 2020

Thank you. I’m thankful for you reading my essays month after month. What a coincidence that here I am, publicly thankful, and it happens to be Thanksgiving. We can each make a list, from the serious to the silly, as a reminder of positivity during...

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Be flexible, take it slow for Yom Kippur fast at home

By Amy Fenster Brown September 24, 2020

It’s the Super Bowl of Jewish holidays: Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, our holiest day of the year.  We repent for our wrongdoings while praying and fasting. I think the year 2020 should repent. I think 2020 should go sit in a corner for a long...

Amy Fenster Brown with her son, Leo, at his bar mitzvah earlier this month. 

More ‘mitzvah,’ less ‘bar’: A lesson in silver linings

By Amy Fenster Brown August 27, 2020

Raise your hand if you’re tired of the phrase “the new normal.” Keep your hand up if you realize you’re actually adapting to the new normal, even though the term annoys you. I see lots of hands.  The world has changed plans with regard to work,...

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A self-care exercise: Imagining the imperfections

By Amy Fenster Brown July 30, 2020

Sometimes I feel like I’m the only mom who yells at her kids. Are you with me? Few things bring me as much pure joy and happiness as hearing another mom yell at her kid, especially a “perfect” mom. That sounds mean. It’s not. It’s self-care. Every...

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Random thoughts from quarantine

By Amy Fenster Brown, Special to the Jewish Light May 21, 2020

We’ve had a lot of time to think lately. A lot. Sometimes when I’m just waking up and lying in bed for a few minutes, or when I’m about to drift off to sleep, or when I’m stumped trying to figure out what to do next while stuck in my house, I...

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Take a deep breath: The pressure to relax

By Amy Fenster Brown April 23, 2020

All of the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19 is causing many of us anxiety, sadness and worry. Articles on how to deal with those feelings are everywhere. Surprisingly, not one expert has suggested the cure-all I’ve known for years – eating...

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