21Mar, 2024

My Blog Has Moved to Substack!

Dear Readers, I've moved my blog to Substack. Please follow me there, check out my Substack home page and subscribe: I look forward to seeing you there, every Friday! Annette

30Jun, 2023

Book Design Tour of a Children’s Picture Book: A Peek Behind the Scenes

On her Instagram account, my wonderful book designer Melinda Martin put together this short tour of how we did the book design for Natalie and the Nazi Soldiers. This deserves a blog post, particularly here, where readers might look for a glimpse behind the scenes of this children's book. So here goes: First came the character development, particularly that [...]

23Jun, 2023

Easy Recipe for a Tasty Summer Treat: Chewy Tahini Blondies

I have a weakness for chewy treats, and I love the taste of tahini. It's no wonder this recipe has become a favorite treat of mine. The sesame seeds in this recipe provide just the right amount of chewiness, and the tahini an interesting taste. To boot, these blondies keep well; I recently brought a box of them along [...]

16Jun, 2023

Who Moves from the Cultural Mecca of 1920s Berlin to Fledgling Jerusalem? A Fascinating Memoir Explains.

I first learned about Gershom Scholem when I read Thomas Sparr’s excellent portrait of German Jerusalem: The Remarkable Life of a German-Jewish Neighborhood in the Holy City.  (If you’re interested in how modern Jerusalem came about and the group of German intellectuals who made the neighborhood of Rehavia their home, I highly recommend that book.) Gershom Scholem was not [...]

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