22 May, 2017

Book Companion Post: Filling in the Blanks on Family History

May 22nd, 2017|Tags: , , , |

These past few days I have been able to do what I love best in my writing life: rummage around in family history. I've been rewriting an essay that O [...]

10 Mar, 2017

Purim Costumes from Home Depot

March 10th, 2017|Tags: , , |

The mermaid and the astronaut mentioned in the story... This Sunday is the Jewish holiday of Purim. I used to dread the arrival of Purim because that meant I [...]

28 Aug, 2016


August 28th, 2016|Tags: |

{August Break 8/27: Little} This little metal rose in a vase is all but 2.5 inches tall but was made by my son as his mother's day present to me [...]

22 Aug, 2016

Today Is…

August 22nd, 2016|Tags: , |

{August Break 8/21: Today is...} ...a day to hang out with family and friends.

15 Aug, 2016

Love Is…

August 15th, 2016|Tags: |

{August Break 8/14: Love Is...} My grandparents' engagement photo, April 1932; they started us all off with a whole lot of love. I'm currently planning a trip back to their [...]

4 Aug, 2016


August 4th, 2016|Tags: |

{August Break 8/4: Sweetness} Of course "sweetness" makes me think of food but it also makes me think of delicious little people, and so today I am posting a favorite [...]

5 Jun, 2016

Grandpa and the Tractor

June 5th, 2016|Tags: , , |

Father's Day is coming and so it is fitting that my essay about my grandpa, titled The Tractor, should be published this month on Thread, a literary magazine. Writing about [...]

9 Sep, 2015

The Postcard Tradition

September 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 [...]

16 Jul, 2015

Two Turrets: My Grandfather’s and Hemingway’s

July 16th, 2015|Tags: , , , |

Turret of the Hemingway Birthplace Home in Oak Park, Illinois Turret of my grandfather's former apartment in Liberec, Czech Republic The Hemingway Birthplace Home in Oak Park, Illinois has a [...]

13 May, 2015

The Sweetest Little Gift

May 13th, 2015|Tags: , |

I just had to share this: My 17-year-old son gave me this for Mother's Day--a tiny rose he crafted from tin and copper, propped into the cutest little vase, namely [...]

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