Author Archives: Sharon Greenthal

The Night I Became a Teenager – the Beatles and Saturday Night Live

In the fall of 1975 I went to a birthday party.  It was a time when we were quite impressed with ourselves, my friends and I. We had the right clothes – overalls and carpenter pants, Frye boots and Huck-a-Poo shirts, and we were, for the most part, unsupervised most of the time, free to…

What Defines Success?

Amy Chua, the author of the book Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother and her husband, Jed Rubenfeld, wrote an op-ed piece in the New York Times on Sunday, January 26 titled “What Drives Success?”  The core of the article focuses on how some racial and ethnic groups in the United States are more driven to…

Zya – the App for Music Lovers of All Ages

  I have a niece and nephew who are 9 year old twins. Most of the time when they come to my house to visit they end up on some sort of electronic device or another. Often I’ll return to my desktop to find it on guest user and some random game that they’ve been…

Blessed Over Stressed

I didn’t make any resolutions this year – I know better than that. They don’t work for me. What I posted on Facebook about my New Year’s resolutions (because everyone else was doing it) was this tongue-in-cheek statement: For 2014 I resolve to do everything better, faster, with less calories, less money, in the moment,…

9 Reasons My Marriage Shouldn’t Work – and One Reason it Does

  Last month, my husband and I celebrated the 26th anniversary of the day we met. By celebrate I mean we completely forgot about it. Since we’ve known each other for 26 years,  I’ve known him  for more of my life than I haven’t. It didn’t take long after we met for us to decide…

Phil Robertson – a Jewish Perspective

I’ve never watched an episode of Duck Dynasty. I wouldn’t know one brother from the other. I generally don’t enjoy reality shows, and something about their long, scraggly beards kind of turns me off. So when the big to-do erupted yesterday about Phil Robertson and his remarks in the GQ interview (GQ and Duck Dynasty???) I…

The Best Gift I Ever Gave – and Received

This is a post written for the Midlife Boulevard blog hop. Check out other great posts at the bottom of this page, or click over to Midlife Boulevard to see more.   When I was a child, I thought of myself as an artist. This was not surprising, as my family was filled with creative,…

Is it Worth the Money?

This post is co-written with  my good friend Lisa Heffernan of Grown and Flown, where she writes with Mary Dell Harrington.    In the weeks between tossing out the turkey carcass and dragging the Christmas tree to the curb, the average American family is expected to spend $740 on gifts in this brief, intense shopping period….

Why Housework Matters

An op-ed piece in the Sunday, December 8, 2013 edition of The New York Times entitled “The Case for Living in Filth”  about the role men and women play in the management of the home is most certainly going to be the trigger for many discussions among groups of women and married or cohabiting couples….

Why the Opinions of Others Don’t Matter

One of the greatest things about being older (ish) is not much caring anymore about what other people think about me. I don’t mean my husband or my kids, or especially my mother – I still need her approval more than anyone’s, and I’m ok with that – I mean the rest of the world….