10 Aug, 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 [...]

24 Jan, 2017

How I Feel About Blogging

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"How do you feel about blogging?" Barbara Bos asked yesterday in the Facebook group Women Writers, Women's Books that I belong to. That got me thinking. Then it occurred to me that [...]

7 Dec, 2016

Artful Blogging Giveaway

December 7th, 2016|Tags: |

Today is St. Nikolaus, a day I remember fondly from my childhood (see my essay Giving Up Christmas in Tablet, which, incidentally, is an excerpt from my book Jumping Over Shadows.) [...]

1 Sep, 2016

August Was…

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{August Break 8/31: August was...} ...long! And not as peaceful as this photo, taken from the Rogers Park beach pier on the northside of Chicago. But there were peaceful moments, [...]

19 Aug, 2016

5 Years Ago

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Canyonlands National Park, Utah {August Break 8/18: 5 Years Ago} Five years ago I was taking a road trip with my family: five weeks, Chicago to California and back. It [...]

22 Feb, 2015

My First Newsletter

February 22nd, 2015|Tags: |

I just clicked the Send button for my very first newsletter, and I have to say it is like skating out on a pond, not quite knowing if the ice [...]

12 Jan, 2015

Four Years of Blogging

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My four year blogging anniversary came and went, and I didn't even notice until I was looking for something else in my Morning Pages book from a year ago and [...]

12 Dec, 2014

12/12/14 – Time Capsule

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I am keeping with my tradition of creating a time capsule of the 12th of December, begun as a project on 12/12/12. One day, way in the future, it might [...]

23 Sep, 2014

Blog Post No. 500

September 23rd, 2014|Tags: |

My post with a detailed recipe (including step-by-step photos) on how to make Zwetschgendatschi remains one of my most popular posts. Who would have thought? Not me. 500 blog posts! [...]

18 Jun, 2014

My Writing Process – A Blog Hop

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Writing on the couch I've been tagged by my friend Gillian Marchenko, a former student of mine and author of the memoir Sun Shine Down, to participate in the #MyWritingProcess [...]

20 Feb, 2014

Reflections on Three Years of Blogging

February 20th, 2014|Tags: |

Library at Alcatraz I started this blog more than three years ago, and since I reflected on two years of blogging last year, it's high time to share my insights from three [...]

17 Dec, 2013

12/12/13 – A Busy Day

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My weekdays begin with coffee and Morning Pages; in the background are the iced-over windows of winter. I decided to make another time capsule of December 12, based on last [...]

6 Oct, 2013

To All My Dear Commenters

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Dear Commenters, This morning I had over 50 spam comment notifications from "Anonymous" in my email inbox, and that is simply too much. I don't know why sites in Russia, [...]

30 Aug, 2013

August Break Wasn’t for Me

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I jumped into August Break without thinking twice, but agonized for weeks over whether I would have the stamina in June to do the Blogathon. Turns out I had no problem [...]

31 Jul, 2013

August Break

July 31st, 2013|Tags: |

I've decided to participate in August Break, hosted by Susannah Conway (see my take on her book This I Know). After 30 days of straight blogging for the Blogathon in [...]

29 Jul, 2013

How I Found a Most Meaningful Book

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Sometimes it is interesting to retrace where something began, when a meaningful connection was made. My interview with Susannah Conway appeared in the Washington Independent Review of Books last week, and [...]

2 Jul, 2013

My Blogathon 2013 Experience

July 2nd, 2013|Tags: |

First of all: I did it! I posted to this blog every day for the month of June and completed the Blogathon challenge. Looking back, I shouldn't have doubted myself, [...]

30 Jun, 2013

Blogathon 2013 World Cloud

June 30th, 2013|Tags: |

Today is word cloud day at the Blogathon; this one captures my most frequently used words on this blog over the past month.

20 Jun, 2013

Meeting a Blog Reader in Person

June 20th, 2013|Tags: |

Allison and I after her reading last night - photo taken by Dinty W. Moore. "So, you're Annette Gendler!" a bubbly voice says right behind me as I'm leaving the [...]

12 Jun, 2013

How a Master Commenter Does It

June 12th, 2013|Tags: |

Today is guest blogger day at the Blogathon, and I am happy to be hosting William Kendall. Regular readers will recognize him as this blog's most steadfast commenter. His dedication to [...]

2 Jun, 2013

A Lamp Facade

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Continuing yesterday's lamp theme - here's a facade in the former French Connection area of Shanghai that I thought was really cool. And above it, the ever hazy grey sky [...]

31 May, 2013

Blogathon 2013

May 31st, 2013|Tags: |

After sitting on the fence until the last day to sign up, I have decided to join the Blogathon again this year, mainly because it is plain fun. The Blogathon is [...]

22 May, 2013

Banner Update

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It's time to switch out that blog banner again! I've discovered I am pretty consistent about doing this every six months; my last update was December 7. So here's what's [...]

8 Feb, 2013

A Blog Thank You

February 8th, 2013|Tags: , |

Article in the French Jewish magazine Tenou'a featuring the same art work by Michael Thompson I featured last May. Coming on the heels of my damp review of hosting guest [...]

4 Feb, 2013

Reflections on Two Years of Blogging

February 4th, 2013|Tags: |

Shaker Village Bonnet - as featured on shuttersisters I've been blogging for two years now, and since I reflected on my first year of blogging a year ago, it's time [...]

13 Dec, 2012

12/12/12 – A Quiet Day

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Inspired by Xanthe Berkeley's challenge on Shuttersisters to create a time capsule of 12/12/12, I decided to capture this ordinary day so that sometime in the future, maybe 20 years from [...]

7 Dec, 2012

A New Blog Banner

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About every six months, I get the urge to change my blog banner. I grow tired of the old one, and I feel it doesn't represent me anymore. Thanks to [...]

1 Jun, 2012

Blogathon 2012

June 1st, 2012|Tags: |

Need I say more? Yet again it was fun to participate in the Blogathon, and while I'll miss it, I also have to admit I'm a little tired of posting [...]

30 May, 2012

A Big Thank You to all my Commenters

May 30th, 2012|Tags: |

Thank you notes by Man vs. George Design I'm under a writing deadline today, so first I was going to post a poem, but then I saw in my summary [...]

28 May, 2012


May 28th, 2012|Tags: |

Today is Memorial Day in the U.S., one of the few federal holidays, and thus Michelle of the Blogathon has given us participants an easy theme day: Create a Wordle [...]

23 May, 2012

“If I started blogging today I would….”

May 23rd, 2012|Tags: |

"...customize my blog's design right away." Completing this sentence is today's Blogathon topic, asking participants to reflect on what we would do differently if we were starting out blogging, given [...]

2 May, 2012

A Finite Number of Words

May 2nd, 2012|Tags: , |

"I'm convinced that there are only so many words per day in the human body: If you do some longish emails and a few tweets, you feel done." Anna Quindlen [...]

30 Apr, 2012

Blogathon Coming Up!

April 30th, 2012|Tags: |

Just a little warning that my dribble of posts this past month is about to turn into more of a flood as I will be participating in the Blogathon, hosted [...]

18 Apr, 2012

Returning Home to Myself

April 18th, 2012|Tags: |

One open door leads to the rabbit hole, and then what is to be discovered? I often think of my forays into all the connections of the blogging world as [...]

9 Feb, 2012

Reflections on a Year of Blogging

February 9th, 2012|Tags: |

Nevada Road - see corresponding photo essay on wild horses What a ride it has been! I started this blog in January last year because I wanted to have a [...]

30 Aug, 2011

Blog Mash Up: Spreading a Little Blogging Warmth

August 30th, 2011|Tags: |

I received a Liebster award yesterday, thanks to my blogging and real-life writing friend Nancy, and I've been following the thread to find out where it came from and why [...]

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