Success Without The Tsuris

Life coaching-in-a-column from Deborah Grayson Riegel.

The High Cost of Judging How Other People Spend their Money

09/28/2012
Jewish Week Online Columnist

If we’re not already Facebook friends, please come find me. You’ll get updated on what my son Jacob is baking for Shabbat, what sports victory my daughter Sophie is celebrating this week, and how patient my husband Michael is in managing all of our personalities and schedules without losing his sanity.

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What Does THAT Mean? Powerful Words We Barely Understand

08/29/2012
Jewish Week Online Columnist

When it comes to Hebrew, I have mastered a single phrase, ani lo m’daberet ivrit, which means “I don’t speak Hebrew.” The problem is that, while my command of the Hebrew language is severely limited (read: previous sentence), my Israeli accent is pretty impressive, if I do say so myself. It leads to a significant amount of confusion on the part of the listener – that disconnect between what I am saying and how I am saying it. I see people look at me with confusion, wondering, “Does she really not speak Hebrew?

Deborah Grayson Riegel

“Buddy, Can You Spare a Grand?” Why Fundraisers Get Nervous Asking for Money

08/15/2012
Jewish Week Online Columnist

 My 11 year old son Jacob has no problem asking for me for money. Whether it’s for a new Star Wars Legos set that is priced above rubies or for a new video game so that he can learn to snowboard like Shaun White (in the warmth of our basement), he easily and eagerly asks for cash to meet his ever-changing wants and needs. No embarrassment, no hesitation.

Deborah Grayson Riegel

Bad Behavior that Transcends Tax Brackets

08/01/2012
Jewish Week Online Columnist

I loved the new "Spiderman" movie that opened this past June, and I am equally as excited for the new "Bourne Legacy" flick that will close out my summer. However, it was another film that I saw mid-summer, “The Queen of Versailles”, that will stick in my memory for a long, long time, as the frequently unlikeable real-life stars act out in ways that are a little too familiar for comfort.

Deborah Grayson Riegel

What if the Best Happens? How to Go From Strength to Strength in Work and Life

07/18/2012
Jewish Week Online Columnist

 

Every time I come home from a business trip or vacation, there’s one bag that never gets unpacked: my emergency supply kit. Unlike my regular toiletry bag filled with daily essentials such as contact lens solution, my toothbrush, and Chapstick, this is my “worse-case scenario” gear – for when the you-know-what figuratively or literally threatens to hit the fan.

Deborah Grayson Riegel

Chinese-Jewish Relations: The Mitzvah of Saving Face

07/03/2012
Jewish Week Online Columnist

I am writing this at 5 a.m. from my hotel room in the Haidian District of Beijing, steps from the West Gate of China’s most famed institution of higher learning, Peking University (“The Harvard of China”) —and I am completely exhausted. It’s not from jet lag — as this is my fourth trip in as many years, I’ve figured out how to adapt to the new a new schedule quickly.

Deborah Grayson Riegel

Jewish, Beyond Belief: Why Behavior Matters

06/21/2012
Jewish Week Online Columnist
As a native New Yorker, I know that my hometown is famous for many things, ranging from bagels to Broadway. But earlier this summer, our city made national news for a novel, awesome phenomenon:
Deborah Grayson Riegel

Passes, Rebounds and Assists: Recognizing Those Who Help us Reach Our Goals

06/06/2012
Jewish Week Online Columnist

This spring, I was not just a soccer mom: I was also a basketball mom and a hockey mom. (What can I say? Some seasons are busier than others.) And as one parent on the bench or bleachers among a gaggle of other moms and dad, I observed adult behavior that was, I hate to say, mostly detestable. I witnessed parents shouting at the refs for making what were, in their subjective opinions, bad calls that favored the other team. I heard adults making derogatory comments about players' skills and appearances. I saw countless parents who clearly believed that the coach needed their help.

Deborah Grayson Riegel

How Covert Are Your 10 Commandments?

05/23/2012
Jewish Week Online Columnist

At the recent Special Person’s Day at my twins’ Solomon Schechter school, my mother-in-law and aunt sat down with the kids to work with them on the project of the morning: drafting the “10 Commandments” of our family. Based on their understanding that the 10 Commandments provided a rule book – a behavioral code of conduct – 11 year old Jacob and Sophie got to work:

Deborah Grayson Riegel

H.A.L.T. Before You Pass Go

05/10/2012
Jewish Week Online Columnist

A month after we met, my future husband Michael and I took our first camping vacation near New Hope, PA. The flower, the trees and yes, the romance, were all in full bloom. We walked the quaint town's shop-lined streets, hiked some local mountains (fine, hills) and told one another our dreams for the future.

That is, until suddenly and without warning, I became utterly uncommunicative.

Deborah Grayson Riegel
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