I am a deeply spiritual, happy, successful woman. My faith has always been both my roots and my wings. My culture--traditions and extended family, celebration and sorrow, the sounds and smells of childhood AND TIKKUN OLAM have been comfort and joy. Like my spirituality, my religion is an eclectic mixture of most of the tenets of Judaism and who I am. I have no expectations that anybody else's will be exactly the same. I've earned my share of firsts and applause. They've been delightful rewards in a life made wonderful and wondrous by the huge love for nature and humanity with which I've been gifted. Indulging in moments of childlike silliness and fun are rainbows on even the darkest days.
I was a penultimately precocious little kid who not only was well-educated in opera, classical music and dance, but also tried to make aliyah with the WWII war orphans. I've been an inveterate supporter of Israel ever since.
Though my values have always been well tested, I've also been profoundly blessed. I've learned that we cannot keep a lock on happiness. It is a brief reward for a job well done. As human beings, we are then propelled to seek again and hopefully to find new happiness.