11Sep, 2017

Remembering 9/11

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It's been my custom to commemorate 9/11 by taking my Portraits 9/11/01 off the shelf and opening it at random to read some of the obituaries the New York Times so admirably collected of those who died on 9/11. Monuments are great markers of tragedy, but only obituaries provide a glimpse of the lives that were lost. As always, I am struck [...]

10Aug, 2017

I Always Wanted To…

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...visit the Montfort Castle in northern Israel. As my contribution to the Field Guide to Everyday Magic Blog Hop, I'm sharing how I finally did so because I have found that making magic happen is often a matter of following through and actually doing what I said I wanted to do. I'm thrilled to be participating in this blog hop [...]

19Jul, 2017

My Book and I in Jerusalem

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My book and I just had the great fortune of spending time in Jerusalem. For me it was an "again," and, while my book per se had not been to the City of Gold before, some of its content does take place there, almost 30 years ago! In Jerusalem I took Hebrew classes (again!) for two weeks, and on my [...]

12Jun, 2017

Snail Mail Art

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I adore snail mail art. As a kid, I loved to draw. That pastime, along with several others, has remained in my childhood. Over the past few years, however, I've noticed that drawn illustrations always catch my eye, more so than photographs, perhaps because we live in such a photographically saturated world. I fell in love with Naomi Bulger's work [...]

22May, 2017

Book Companion Post: Filling in the Blanks on Family History

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These past few days I have been able to do what I love best in my writing life: rummage around in family history. I've been rewriting an essay that O - The Oprah Magazine has expressed an interest in. It's about the visit my sister and I paid to our great-great-grandparents' former mill in the Czech countryside last September. To [...]

10May, 2017

The Flying Dutchman Comes Home

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Train station in Liberec (formerly Reichenberg) - the train in "The Flying Dutchman" left from here I owe the metaphor of the Flying Dutchman, title of one of the pivotal chapters in Jumping Over Shadows, to my grandfather, who's also the protagonist of that story. In his letter to friends that described what had happened to the family from May 1945 [...]

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