21Dec, 2018

Writer’s Workbook 2019

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The new edition of the 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 already. I wish you good fun reviewing the old year and planning for the new, as well as all the best for the New Year, especially good success with your writing!

14Dec, 2018

Giving Up Christmas

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Christmas at the Hemingway Birthplace Home where I was fortunate to have been writer-in-residence four years ago! Giving up Christmas is one of the advantages of converting to Judaism, at least in my experience. When people hear that I converted, the first question is often, “Don’t you miss Christmas?” And when I reply that I don’t, they usually look [...]

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 [...]

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