Like for many of us, last year had its bittersweet moments. In my family, we lost my mother-in-law, but we also enjoyed extra time as a family, including my son, who graduated college in 2020 and would have been off to Los Angeles to pursue his dreams of becoming an actor had it not been for the pandemic.
Instead, I treasured my long walks with him and my daughter, discussing life, present and future. They both departed recently to pursue their dreams – my son to LA and my daughter back to UGA – as I turn the page in my own life to pursue my next chapter.
While I lost the publisher of my first novel last year, six months later, in May, I gained a new and better one, with the book set for release in mid-2022.
In my role at the AJT my co-workers, readers and sources became my extended family. My personal Jewish community, including members of my synagogue, offered feedback, encouragement and story ideas. For those who have reached out upon hearing of my achievements over the years, I am so very grateful.
Roni Robbins is an editor and writer at medscape.com and the primary usher at Congregation Etz Chaim.