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The things we do…

Two weeks ago, a Sunday strip ran that readers seemed to like. Here it is:

SUN_MomsDo_sampleI realized in hindsight I should have saved it for Mother’s Day. But that’s okay, I came up with another one I like (stay tuned).

Anyway, it was fun creating the scenarios in this strip. I just thought of little things I do that my husband definitely doesn’t. The original idea came from a moment of breathing in and sneezing out t.p. dust. Why no one else ever bothers to un-stick that first square is beyond me. Maybe because I’m the only one who changes the roll.

Bat-zilla, Round 2

So, the Kaplan family is gearing up for a Bat Mitzvah this fall. Wait — didn’t they just do that? Why, yes they did. Well, Amy did. Now she gets to sit back and gloat help while Jess embarks on her own religious milestone.


This time, there is a marked difference in Jill’s attitude as a Mitzvah Mom. She’s almost — could it be — laid-back? Well, perhaps 60% laid-back, 40% in denial. Either way, she is no longer a big old stress bucket.

The Prohibition

Drinking_Drain_c So this is an interesting experiment. Hands up – how many people have tried to abstain from alcohol purely as examples to your kids?

Me! Me!

Yep, I’ve been there. More than once. It’s what inspired this series, of course.

Each time I’ve tried, I’ve failed miserably.

Let me set the record straight. I’m no alcoholic. I have one small glass or bottle of something maybe every other night. And I mean one. I’m a total lightweight (or cheap date, as my husband calls me).

The Glossary (Part Deux)

If you follow Pajama Diaries, you’ve probably noticed that once a month I like to throw in a “Parents’ Glossary of Terms.” What started as a little novelty strip idea 9 years ago is now a regular feature. I’ve even added a whole section of Glossary strips at the end of my book collections.

Need a speaker? Oh, and a nice review.


It’s a new year, and that often comes with new goals. One of mine is to extend my speaking opportunities. I’ve done many gigs over the years, and I’ve really come to enjoy them. I’ve spoken to general audiences about my card and comics career, and I’ve also spoken for Jewish organizations. I love doing both. Plus, I really need to get out of the house more.

New Momentum

Whether it’s the whitish-grey curtain (sky) hanging over our frozen city, the medical issues I’ve been grappling with recently, or the latest work aspirations I’ve thrown into the mix…I’ve been feeling pretty darn reflective and melancholy lately.

I don’t think this is a bad thing. Notice I didn’t say “malaise” or “depressed.” I’m actually oddly excited and enthused on top of everything. Let me provide some context.

In-house editors

Recently, a reader asked me how my family reacts to my strips and their opinion of my work. I get asked this a lot.

Here it is in a nutshell:

I run every strip by my family. My husband helps me select the strongest ideas. He also offers suggestions sometimes.

My kids read them, too. They’ll only offer feedback if there’s something they strongly object to. Also, my younger daughter has a good eye — she’s actually caught quite a few mistakes that have slipped by us.

JCC Local Author Day



I’m very excited to be part of the Cleveland Mandel JCC Jewish Book Festival’s “Local Author Day” on Sunday, November 16, 2:00 pm -3:30 pm. You can purchase tickets here. I’ll speak briefly about my two latest books, “The Pajama Diaries: Having It All” and “The Pajama Diaries: Bat-Zilla.” There will also be a book signing following the panel (psst, great gifts for the holidays!)

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