7Dec, 2018

Easy Cut-Out Cookies for Chanukah or Christmas

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I baked cookies for Chanukah on Monday, all by myself. It was odd to cut out cookies without my kids, but I missed nibbling on our traditional cookies when my husband and I lit our first Chanukah candle on Sunday. It has also felt weird to light the Chanukah candles without a child present. Alas, they have all flown the nest. [...]

30Nov, 2018

Are You Creating Assets?

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Once in a while, one of Seth Godin's daily missives sticks in my mind, such as his idea of focusing on creating assets. That's how I understood his post The Daily. He focused on encouraging a daily habit of creating an asset, but I zeroed in on the very idea of creating assets. Godin published it on September 28, when I [...]

16Nov, 2018

A Vintage Children’s Book Illuminates a Visit to Plymouth Plantation

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On our recent trip to Boston, we visited Plimouth Plantation. As often happens when traveling, you go out to see one thing and discover another. Plimouth Plantation hadn't been the main destination that day, a cranberry farm had been. But since it was on the way, we stopped by on our drive back. Turns out the historical village was the [...]

9Nov, 2018

Eyewitness Accounts for Today’s 80th Anniversary of Kristallnacht

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The destruction of the synagogue in Reichenberg (Liberec), November 9-10, 1938 Last year I wrote about Remembering Kristallnacht in Liberec, which is featured in my book Jumping Over Shadows. I didn't want today's 80th anniversary of the Kristallnacht pogrom go by without honoring it. Especially since I've made a new friend, thanks to my book, who grew up Jewish [...]

2Nov, 2018

Creative Nonfiction and Memoir: What’s the Difference?

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A new student asked me to explain the difference between creative nonfiction and memoir, and so I thought I'd clarify this here today. If one person asks, I figure, more are probably wondering. The answer is really quite simple: Memoir is a form of creative nonfiction. Let's define creative nonfiction. I actually dislike the term, as do many writers in [...]

26Oct, 2018

Recipe for a Perfect Day in Solitude

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"...when [you] remember feeling joyfully bound to the whole earth or even universe -- [those moments] are most likely to be associated with being alone, and often alone outside." found on p. 109 under "Explore Reverie" in How to Be Alone by Sara Maitland How true, how true. I stumbled across this observation recently reading Sara Maitland's How to Be [...]

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