Jewish Journal

Caroline Cobrin

  • Goodbye, my almost

    April 3, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    In a moment of pure feminine guilty pleasure I bought the entire first season of "Felicity" at a used DVD store.

    "Felicity" was the anthem of my early college years, and I've always had a soft spot for the show. I started watching episode after episode, savoring it like a rare find...

  • Almost . . .

    November 22, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    As Thanksgiving approaches, I can't help but stop and think about what I'm thankful for.

    So much has happened since last year, relationship-wise, and it struck me that as thankful as I am for what has happened, I'm equally thankful for everything that didn't.

    That's right, I'm...

  • Delilah drives me wild

    October 11, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Hello, my name is Caroline, and I am in love with my car ... there I've said it.

    Until recently, I had never really understood why men fawned over their cars, why they gave them female names and washed and polished them to a shine. I had a friend in college who treated his truck...

  • Let’s play horsie!

    March 1, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    It was a strange series of events that led me to being on a horse, too early in the morning, while I was on vacation in Hawaii. I had only been horseback riding once before, during the one summer I worked at a sleep-away camp. The experience had not left a positive memory, as...
  • I’ll try it!

    October 5, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    If you tell anyone I know that I was awake at 7 a.m. on a Saturday morning, on purpose, they wouldn't believe you. If you added that I didn't immediately turn over and go back to sleep, they would start laughing. If you told them that the reason I was awake at the crack of dawn on a...
  • A Phone Call from our Late Tante Mina

    August 17, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    The words "Message from Tante Mina" showed up on my Aunt Tova's cellphone. Normally this wouldn't be such a big deal, as Tova got messages all the time, but there were several peculiar things about this one.
    1. Tante Mina wasn't programmed into Tova's phone, so how did her name pop...
  • To Tell the Truth

    July 6, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Harry Potter's Mirror of Erised, tucked into a secret room in the dark corridors of Hogwarts, allows the person who looks into it to see what they most desire to be. There seems to be a similar notion in the world of online dating.

    A computer becomes a tool to create a "new and...

  • The Aftermath

    April 27, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    "Are you sure we won't scare him off?" my aunt asked when I called to formally ask whether my boyfriend could come to our crazy seder.

    That question echoed through my head as I introduced him to the gaggle of cousins and family members who greeted us at the door. Most of them had...

  • Not Supposed to Be This Way

    April 6, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    "I really loved your story," Tante Mina said to me in a nearly inaudible gasp.

    She looked at me and it gave me hope, for her eyes still held that sparkle, that fight, that desire to live. As I walked out of the critical care unit of the hospital to let the next family member into...

  • Then Came the Boyfriend

    March 23, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    With Passover around the corner, singletons everywhere are faced with a tough choice. Do you bring the person you're dating to the family seder? Or do you simply wish him or her a "chag sameach" and go off to your separate family celebrations. At the beginning of relationships we all...

  • The Leah Doll

    March 16, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Tante Mina sat on her couch and slowly tore away the wrapping. When the paper fell and she saw the porcelain doll her nieces had molded, painted and dressed for her, her breath caught in her throat and she let out a little gasp. As Tante Mina continued to stare at the doll, Mali, my...