The Scoop


Happy New Year!

We hope 2014 brings you much love, good health and lots of happiness.

Here’s our last scoop of the year…

Ron Lieber’s article “The Holidays: A Bit More Giving, a Bit Less Getting” from The Motherlode Blog in The New York Times is a great read if you need some new and creative ways to balance out the getting/giving equation within your family. The ideas he offers can be implemented throughout the year and not just during the holiday season.

 Sharing gefilte fish becomes an important family tradition in Jessica Soffer’s “A Feast of Many Fishes” in Martha Stewart Living.

 From Israel 21C…read about how Maor Bar is making mealtimes with kids more fun in “Do Try This At Home: Meals with Kids.”  And check out the new hip e-commerce site based in Tel Aviv that brings together art and design on a global scale in “Artsetters, Setting Global Style Trends.

 I’m a big fan of Dani Shapiro. In addition to writing fiction and non-fiction, she also writes a blog and it’s worth checking out.  In particular, “On Vulnerability” and “On Small, Seismic Shifts” are two of her latest posts that I really like.

What about you?

What have you read that has inspired you?

Let us know! We’d love to hear from you.



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9 Comments on The Scoop

  1. Lillie
    December 29, 2013 at 7:20 pm (8 years ago)

    What has inspired me? You! I loved everything in the December Scoop. Thanks for being an amazing researcher and editor of to find and bring to your followers what’s real, beautiful, important and cool.

    • Julie Levine
      December 30, 2013 at 4:00 pm (8 years ago)

      Thank you!!!! XXXOOO

  2. David
    December 29, 2013 at 11:57 pm (8 years ago)

    I love gefilte!!!!

  3. Janie
    December 30, 2013 at 2:58 am (8 years ago)

    Mazel Tov on getting this blog up and going before 2014. Hopefully u will be able to make it fit into your life and that it gives u the pleasure it gives all of us. Happy NY to you, Florence and Isabel.

    • Julie Levine
      December 30, 2013 at 3:58 pm (8 years ago)

      Thank you! Your support means a lot. All the best for a happy and healthy new year. XO

  4. Kristen
    January 11, 2014 at 1:20 am (8 years ago)

    I haven’t read Dani Shapiro yet, but am intrigued by what I see here. Thanks for bringing a new writer to my attention…I’m going to download onto my new Kindle!

    • Julie Levine
      January 11, 2014 at 3:47 pm (8 years ago)

      I’m glad you’ll check out Dani Shapiro. I love recommendations too so let me know if you’ve read anything great over the holidays.

      • Kristen
        January 20, 2014 at 5:26 pm (8 years ago)

        I am just starting Winter of Our Disconnect which is a memoir about a single mom of three teens who unplugs all gadgets for 6 months… recommended by a friend…will report back.

        • Julie Levine
          January 21, 2014 at 12:13 am (8 years ago)

          Sounds like a great book and an important topic! Keep me posted after you’ve read it.


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