3 Aug, 2018

Honoring Our Roots

2021-01-03T17:25:42-06:00August 3rd, 2018|Tags: |

At our grandparents' grave - my sister, my brother and I Summer is the time of family reunions. Incidentally, just before my hip surgery, we had a family [...]

7 Dec, 2017

Dead People’s Stuff

2021-01-03T17:26:01-06:00December 7th, 2017|Tags: |

With my brother-in-law's recent death, the topic of dealing with all the things the deceased leave behind has become center stage again for my husband and me. Incidentally, just prior [...]

9 Sep, 2015

The Postcard Tradition

2021-01-03T17:27:13-06:00September 9th, 2015|Tags: , , |

I haven’t been around because I’ve been chilling, and before I was chilling, I was traveling—days crammed with stuffing suitcases, riding taxes and buses, making it to the airport on time, [...]

10 Jul, 2014

Sirens over Tel Aviv

2021-01-03T17:28:10-06:00July 10th, 2014|Tags: , |

This is the Tel Aviv building where we are currently staying on the top floor - the penthouse is set back so you can't see it from the street, plus it's rather [...]

19 May, 2014

Eyeing the Emptying Nest

2021-01-03T17:28:28-06:00May 19th, 2014|Tags: |

I've been in a blogging slump, and I figure it's better to admit that than to publish lackluster posts. There are books I want to write about, photo essays I want [...]

15 Feb, 2013

Chocolate Pudding

2021-01-03T17:29:20-06:00February 15th, 2013|Tags: , |

Isn't chocolate pudding the perfect little comfort food? Easy and quick to make, and good in any season? Yesterday I made some in preparation for tonight's Shabbat dinner. We don't [...]

5 Nov, 2012

Writing About Family

2021-01-03T17:31:45-06:00November 5th, 2012|Tags: , , |

My grandmother and me at my wedding I'm thrilled to be guest blogging on Shirley Showalter's blog today. Topic: Writing About Family. It's the hairiest issue in writing memoir, at least [...]

8 Oct, 2012

On Owning a Story

2021-01-03T17:31:51-06:00October 8th, 2012|Tags: , |

When you write memoir, sooner or later you come upon the issue of, "Is this my story to tell?" - "What about the other people in the story?" As with [...]

21 Sep, 2012

A Plant as a Companion

2021-01-03T17:31:52-06:00September 21st, 2012|Tags: , |

Our asparagus fern rules the sunporch The other day I was reading E.B. White's One Man's Meat again, and in the particular essay I happened upon, he was talking about [...]

4 Sep, 2012

On Easing Separation Anxiety

2021-01-03T17:31:59-06:00September 4th, 2012|Tags: |

I remember those days of handing a screaming child off to a preschool teacher very well. The first time around it was tough to leave my two-year-old son, especially when [...]

27 May, 2012

Bike the Drive

2021-01-03T17:32:15-06:00May 27th, 2012|Tags: , , |

Catching my own shadow biking earlier this year, when I was still wearing a heavy jacket. This morning, as this post is going up, I am biking the Drive. Bike [...]

20 May, 2012

At the Hyde Park Garden Fair

2021-01-03T17:32:18-06:00May 20th, 2012|Tags: , |

It's one of our family traditions to go to the Hyde Park Garden Fair, held in our neighborhood the third Friday and Saturday in May, to buy the plants for our porch. (It's [...]

13 May, 2012

A Momoir for Mother’s Day

2021-01-03T17:32:23-06:00May 13th, 2012|Tags: , |

Picture of me holding my daughter, Summer 1996 I'm reposting my Mother's Day post from last year, mainly because I still like my six-word "momoir"  inspired by SMITH Magazine's project in [...]

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