(This page was last updated on September 2, 2020.)
Hello! Thank you for visiting my blog and swinging by my “About Me” page. So… about me….
My name is Rachel. I’ve been married to Tim since 2005. I’m a dog mom to a five-year-old, recently rescued (adopted on July 22, 2020) Pit Bull named Jaxx.
I’m an employee relations professional who works remotely from my home. We live in the beautiful Puget Sound region, 15 miles west of Seattle on the Kitsap Peninsula (which is attached to the Olympic Peninsula) in a little, nearly 100-year-old house about a quarter-mile from the saltwater shores of Sinclair Inlet. The Olympic mountains tower over our town and there is a beautiful view of Mt. Rainier and the Cascade mountains nearby.
I am a progressive Jew. I’m active in my synagogue and my Sisterhood organization (affiliated with Women of Reform Judaism) on the local and district levels. Social justice, women’s issues, and preserving the beauty of Judaism are all very important to me. While I am not nearly as observant as I desire to be, I’m working hard to become more religiously observant. I find myself aligned with the Conservative stream of Judaism (which has nothing to do with conservative politics), but there are no Conservative shuls in my area.
I am currently in a weird transition in my life that is the result of my father dying in July 2017, my mother-in-law dying in September 2017, and my younger brother dying in August 2018. These deaths have rocked me to my core and changed me in ways with which I’m still coming to terms. I wear grief like a cloak – it’s become part of who I am.
I am, for the most part, pretty liberal, although I consider myself a left-leaning Independent. I was raised in the Midwest and grew up Republican, but time, experience, and education changed me (in more ways than just my political views). There are several areas in which I am more conservative than other liberals, but I’m passionate about equality for all.
We are avid RVers and nature nuts, but we don’t “rough it.” We keep a beautiful little travel trailer at a private campsite in the next county over and we spend frequent time there amongst the quiet of the tall trees.
My favorite place on earth is in the woods of the Pacific Northwest, wherever I can find them. Those tall trees are my chapel, and the wind blowing through them is the voice of the Divine.
Links to things that matter in my life (which will be continually updated):
- Reform Judaism – the “stream” or movement of Judaism with which I belong.
- The defining belief system associated with Reform Judaism
- Conservative Judaism – this is the “stream” or movement of Judaism with which I am most aligned from a beliefs and practices perspective, but there is not a Conservative shul (synagogue) in my area that I can attend.
- Ohel Sara – an Orthodox Jewish women’s website with lots of great lessons
- Torah Anytime – my go-to for D’Var Torah (sermons) on the latest Torah portion and a myriad of other topics important in Jewish life.
- Where I buy headcoverings: