4Oct, 2017

Finalist! Giveaway!

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It's celebration time! I am thrilled to share that Jumping Over Shadows was named a finalist for the 2017 Book of the Year Award organized by the Chicago Writers Association! Today is the 6-month publication anniversary! And I received my first royalty check today, which a) wasn't too shabby, but b) is just a GREAT feeling. To celebrate, I'm hosting [...]

2Oct, 2017


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On a day like today, when you wake up to such terrible news as the mass shooting in Las Vegas, what is there to do? Of course I'm following the news for updates, but that's so terribly paralyzing and unproductive. Thankfully, I had scheduled a post on my Facebook page for this morning and when that notification popped up it [...]

29Sep, 2017

The Ups and Downs of the Author’s Life

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"So how's it going with your book?" is the question I'm most often asked these days when I meet someone I haven't seen in a while. The truth is I'm never quite sure how to answer because it depends on the latest developments. The author's life is a roller coaster ride, or a ride on the ferris wheel, up and [...]

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 [...]

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