6Mar, 2020

A Favorite Recipe for the Jewish Holiday of Purim: Chocolate-Poppy Seed-Filled Hamantashen

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It's the time of year again! The Jewish holiday of Purim is around the corner. I have shared why it took me a while to get into giving Mishloach Manot for Purim, a custom that first struck me as rather odd. How I got into that is captured in my Kveller article Why Jews Need This Silly Purim Tradition. Baking [...]

14Feb, 2020

How to Get Started Writing your Family History in an Engaging Way

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The pile of letters Donna's father sent to his sister in Chicago while he was stationed in India during WWII, including the silk he sent her to make herself a dress. Welcome to installment two of my advice column where I answer readers' questions about writing compelling stories from family history: Donna, who lives in Israel, asks: "I [...]

31Jan, 2020

The Three Toughest Challenges in Writing Compelling Stories from Family History and Other Insights

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My ever handsome friend Larry Palmer (on the left) with his niece and younger brother. I'm very proud that his excellent family memoir Scholarship Boy is coming out in May because I saw its beginnings when I served as a teaching assistant at the Kenyon Review Writers Workshop in 2013. Barbara Krasner from The Whole Megillah recently interviewed [...]

24Jan, 2020

10 Unusual Prompts to Help You Start Writing Your Family History

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If you want to write your family history and are floundering with where to start, look no further! Sign up here to receive my booklet 10 Unusual Prompts to Start Writing Your Family History! I promise you will get something down on paper if you follow at least one of these prompts. Chances are, you'll end up with a lot [...]

17Jan, 2020

Ode to My Hiking Boots: Saying Farewell to My Feet’s Best Friends

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This summer, I finally had to give you up. I embarked on my trip to Peru with a new version of you, Just as comfortable and snug, but water tight. It felt odd not to have you along, My hiking boots who have been with me on every trip since 2004, When I bought you for a shooting class in [...]

31Dec, 2019

Sharing a Tried-and-True Writer’s Tool to Review the Old Year and Plan for the New One: the Writer’s Workbook

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The new edition of my Writer's Workbook is here! All you gotta do to receive it is subscribe to my newsletter. If you are a subscriber, you will have received it already. This is my 7th year of sharing my end-of-the-year review process with the Writer’s Workbook. I hope it helps you review this past year, take a close look [...]

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