I’m Ariella, and for a long time, I have been undercover as a regular suburban mom, trying to guard the secret that I am bursting with ideas and observations about the world. Recently, a good friend pointed out that I haven’t been very successful at holding it all in, which is admittedly true. So rather than continuing to have things leak out in inconvenient places, I decided to park them all here. 

Some of the things I like to write about are religion, parenting, marriage, and all forms of human connection. I’m especially interested in big collective stories that shape how we see the world, particularly because sometimes, it’s strangely easy to ignore them.

I really Wish that Blogging Were Still "A Thing"

Do you suppose that it’ll ever make a comeback the way that 70’s bellbottoms did? Maybe I’m ahead of the curve. Or maybe behind. Or maybe I just think it’s just fun to romp around the world on intellectual adventures. Join me?

The Distraction of Uncertainty

When I was first pregnant, I drew great comfort from the internet, which supplied an endless virtual cohort. Even though I couldn’t bring myself to

Anti-Semitism on Campus?

We’re just beginning the college exploration process with our high-schooler. There are a staggering number of things to think about to help him figure out

Love, Service, and Choosing a Career

It was in the course of reading Micah Goodman’s essay in the periodical Sources that I first came across the formulation of love by Erich

Throwback: Passover 2020

I recently went back through some archives, and I found a piece that I had written at the very beginning of our county’s Coronavirus shutdown.