A history of profile pictures

I recently had to take a new profile photo, and was thinking about the ones I’ve used over the past 10 years or so.

The above pictures were taken in 2009 by Frederic Chorier. Someone in the WWNG knew him and got us a group rate. Some of my favorite pictures of the kids were taken in a 10 minute session in a super cramped studio in downtown Grenoble. I love the black and white laughing picture of me laughing, and used it for a long time. Fun fact: I still have the glasses and the jacket.

I had just gotten home from a great haircut and the boys were feeling silly. I was also feeling super photogenic, because I had lost about 30 pounds. This photo was taken while we were still living at my mother’s house, I think in 2013. I use this on Instagram and it’s fun to see how small the boys were. I still have this sweater too.

This photo was taken in 2014 or thereabouts, while at the dog park. I like how we all have pops of pink, and how clearly we are related! I use this profile photo on Facebook. Notice the different glasses; I quickly went back to the French ones.

I had to take a new photo when Microsoft updated their badges. This was a selfie in my office on the Advanta campus. I used this as a profile picture on LinkedIn for a long time. I’m pretty sure it was fall 2015.

I was asked to join the board at Temple Beth Am, and all my previous pictures seemed just a little too out of date. I’d also just gotten some new make-up, a fancy new phone and a nice haircut. I took this photo (another selfie) in our living room, about five minutes before I had to run out the door to take Penelope to the vet. Some built-in filters, and voila, a new profile picture!

Family Blessings for Kate’s Bat Mitzvah

We each wrote blessings for Kate’s bat mitzvah, and only cried a little while reading them.


Kate Dolores, you are named after two very strong women: your step-grandmother Kathleen, and your great-grandmother Dolores, and have the blessing of being surrounded by many other strong women in your life: friends and family. When I look at you, I see your past and your future, your curiosity and friendliness, your storytelling and strong will. I see the capabilities of who you are, and the potential of who you will become. I’m incredibly proud of you, and especially your Jewish identity and knowledge that we are witnessing today. Kate Dolores, my wish for you today is that you continue to grow into the person you already are today: a strong, smart, stubborn, sweet person who I love very much.

Kate Dolores, tu portes le nom de deux femmes très fortes de caractère : ta belle-grand-mère Kathleen et ton arrière-grand-mère Dolores, et tu as la chance d’être entourée de nombreuses autres femmes fortes dans ta vie : des amies et de la famille. Quand je te regarde, je vois ton passé et ton avenir, ta curiosité et ta convivialité, les histoires que tu crées et ta forte volonté. Je te les capacités de qui tu es et le potentiel de qui tu deviendras. Tu me rends extrêmement fier, surtout ton identité juive et de tes connaissances de la Judaïsme dont nous sommes témoins aujourd’hui. Kate Dolores, mon souhait pour toi aujourd’hui est que tu continues à devenir la personne que tu es déjà aujourd’hui : une personne forte, intelligente, têtue et douce que j’aime plus que tout.


Ta venue au monde a rempli ma vie de joie dès le premier instant. Tes premiers mots, alors que tu n’étais encore qu’un bebe m’a rendu si fière de voir comme tu étais si intelligente. Ta joie de vivre et ta facilité de parler aux gens m’ont souvent fait beaucoup rire. J’ai des souvenirs vraiment drôles quand tu racontais ta vie à n’importe qui tu pouvais rencontrer. Notre vie en France était très spéciale, et tu n’as jamais caché avec fierté que ton papa était français et ta maman américaine ; tu parlais les deux langues sans aucune difficulté. Ton gout pour la musique m’a toujours rendu heureux, et plus tard j’ai été agréablement surpris de t’entendre chanter avec une si belle voix. Bon, c’est vrai que tu chantes beaucoup, le matin, l’après-midi, sous la douche, et quelquefois j’ai même été obligé pendant la nuit de te demander de dormir parce que tu chantais dans ton lit. Tu deviens une très jolie jeune fille maintenant, très intelligente et sensible, avec beaucoup de caractère. Mon souhait pour toi aujourd’hui est que tu sois toujours aussi joyeuse, intelligente et sensible, que tu restes la même bonne personne que tu l’es déjà. Je suis très fière de toi et je t’aime très fort.

Your birth filled my life with joy from the very first moment. Your first words, when you were still a baby, made me so proud to see how smart you were. Your zest for life, and your ease of talking to people have often made me laugh. I have very funny memories from when you would tell your life story to anyone you met. Our life in France was very special, and you were very proud that your dad was French, and your mom was American; you spoke both languages easily. Your taste for music has always made me happy, and I was pleasantly surprised to hear you sing with such a beautiful voice. It is true that you sing a lot: in the morning, in the afternoon, in the shower, and sometimes I even have to tell you to go to sleep at night because you’re singing in your bed. You are turning into a very pretty young girl, very intelligent and sensitive, with a lot of personality. My wish for you today is that you will continue to be as happy, intelligent and sensitive as you are now, that you will remain the same good person as you already are. I am very proud of you and I love you very much.