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St. Louis Jewish Light

It’s a good thing journals are private; oh, wait

It’s a good thing journals are private; oh, wait

AMY FENSTER BROWN, Special to the Jewish LightPublished April 3, 2022

As an homage to the great Marcia Brady, I’ve been keeping a diary, or as the cool kids call it, a journal. Articles and podcasts aplenty tout the benefits of journaling. Apparently, it’s good for you.  Plain journals come with blank pages,...

black silhouettes of three groups of different teen people standing and talking to each other

Keep it 100: Your teenspeak glossary, part two

AMY FENSTER BROWNPublished March 17, 2022

Recently, I created a makeshift glossary of trendy teen lingo for you, and you’ve made it clear you want more. The tremendous feedback I’ve gotten from so many of you proves I’m not the only one who doesn’t understand what the kids these days...

These are my kind of clubs. Wanna join?

These are my kind of clubs. Wanna join?

AMY FENSTER BROWN, Special to the Jewish LightPublished March 9, 2022

Not long ago I told you about book clubs I’d attended that didn’t exactly work out for me because reading the assigned book by the deadline was too much like homework. Homework was never really my strong suit. It probably was just the club part that...

black silhouettes of three groups of different teen people standing and talking to each other

Think going ham on teenspeak makes me tucked? Bet!

AMY FENSTER BROWNPublished February 18, 2022

Just days ago, my older kid turned 16. Sixteen! That means in addition to driving us crazy, he’s driving himself and his little brother all over town. Said little brother will be 15 pretty soon.  These two above-average mensches are full of thoughts...

Warning: I’m venting, and it’s no laughing matter

Warning: I’m venting, and it’s no laughing matter

AMY FENSTER BROWNPublished February 8, 2022

Everyone has pet peeves. Everyone has things that annoy them to no end. And everyone has to let those things out to free the space in their mind being taken up by negativity.  Because you and I have built this relationship of acceptance and trust,...

Here’s some collected wisdom, and you can quote me

Here’s some collected wisdom, and you can quote me

AMY FENSTER BROWNPublished January 21, 2022

It’s time for a mid-January check-in. How are you doing on your New Year’s resolutions? I have a perfect track record for the first time in my life. That’s because my 2022 resolution was to no longer make New Year’s resolutions. I outsmarted the...

Meet the new year, hopefully not like the old year

Meet the new year, hopefully not like the old year

By Amy Fenster Brown, Special For The Jewish LightPublished January 4, 2022

Well, hello there, 2022! We are so happy to see you, but we need to welcome you at arm’s length. You can understand that we are a little hesitant because last year we rolled out the red carpet for 2021, and it kind of did us wrong. It started off...

Amy Fenster Browns 2021 in the rear view - Masks, rodents, Oreos … and Britney!

Amy Fenster Brown’s ‘2021 in the rear view’ – Masks, rodents, Oreos … and Britney!

Amy Fenster Brown, Special For The Jewish LightPublished December 14, 2021

Remember a year ago, as 2020 came to a close, so many of us thought 2021 would usher in all the positive changes we needed and wanted? A new president. The end of COVID. The promise of sticking to a New Year’s resolution to lose those last few, or 20,...

8 fun ‘facts’ for Hannu- … Chana- … whatever

8 fun ‘facts’ for Hannu- … Chana- … whatever

Amy Fenster Brown, Special For The Jewish LightPublished December 2, 2021

Thanksgiving came to a close last week and just as we finished our leftovers, Chanukah showed up. So did Hanukkah, Hannuka and the other dozen or so ways the holiday gets spelled. I especially like the rare and elusive spelling Xanukah, because it...

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

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

AMY FENSTER BROWNPublished 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 BROWNPublished 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 LIGHTPublished 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...

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