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At the risk of sounding like a teenager, OMG – it’s been a week since my last blog.

I sit here at virtually the end of the year — the middle of Hannukah, 3 days from Christmas and barely a week left of 2011.

But it is also the day before what would have been my mother’s 84th birthday. Beverly Bloom was taken from us almost 9 years ago, succumbing to the ravages of ALS or Lou Gehrig’s Disease. My mom was my best friend; and not a day goes by without reflection on what Mom might have done in this or that situation. It has been my mom’s dignity, tenacity and sense of humor throughout her life, including in her declining days that have served as an inspiration for me.

From the home page, you know that tomorrow’s edition of The Divorce Hour will address New Years Resolutions. In show prep, I have found many of the popular resolutions. But the one that appears on most every list is the resolution to help others. There are many worthy charities out there that want not merely your money but your time and effort as well.

It is not my place to encourage any particular charity (though I do that on special occasions for special events), but I do encourage everyone to find a good cause and to get outside yourself to help the less fortunate.

Of course, these holidays are times for family, friends and fun.

As the Bloom Blog is related to divorce, I will divulge that this Christmas, this nice Jewish boy will do something he has always wanted to do but was always nixed by a uncooperative partner. What you may remember from your history books is that the famous trip across the Delaware River by General George Washington occurred on Christmas Day in the brutal winter of 1776. Each year, on Christmas Day, there is a reenactment of the crossing. This year, 235 years later, I am going to visit this event for the first time. The only thing better would be to wear a white wig, dress in a continental uniform and stand in the boat myself.

I hope this holiday season brings you new adventures, smiles, laughs and hugs. Don’t delay experiencing life. It goes far too fast.