8 Feb, 2019

In the Footsteps of a Book – A Walk Through the Jerusalem Neighborhood of Musrara

February 8th, 2019|Tags: , , , |

The actual House of Windows as far as we could tell Have you ever traveled in the footsteps of a book? Visited the location where a character lived? [...]

16 Nov, 2018

A Vintage Children’s Book Illuminates a Visit to Plymouth Plantation

November 16th, 2018|Tags: , , |

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 [...]

9 Nov, 2018

Eyewitness Accounts for Today’s 80th Anniversary of Kristallnacht

November 9th, 2018|Tags: , , , |

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. [...]

23 Feb, 2018

Why Returning to Our Roots is so Meaningful

February 23rd, 2018|Tags: , , , , |

Why is it so meaningful to return to your roots? To where your ancestors are from? To visit places you only know from stories and pictures? I’ve asked myself that every [...]

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 [...]

31 Oct, 2016

Gravestone Errors & Corrections

October 31st, 2016|Tags: , , |

While we were visiting Minute Man National Historical Park last weekend, we stopped for lunch in the nearby colonial town of Concord, where I noticed two old graveyards in the [...]

28 Mar, 2016

The Power of Keeping a Promise to Yourself – Visiting the Greek Monasteries of Marsaba and St. George in the Judean Hills

March 28th, 2016|Tags: , , , , |

St. George's Monastery, Wadi Qelt Always, always, I have wanted to see the Greek Orthodox monasteries of Marsaba and St. George, built into the cliffs of the Judean Hills. But [...]

27 Mar, 2015

Sunrise @ Masada

March 27th, 2015|Tags: , , , |

Escapism is in order! I have been frustrated and uninspired after months of querying and not finding a home for my memoir manuscript. In addition, one obligation is following another, [...]

4 Dec, 2014

Farewell to an Old Pot

December 4th, 2014|Tags: , |

Why, I ask myself, is it so hard to say good-bye to an old pot? I know why, actually, but I still keep mulling over it because it strikes me [...]

27 Feb, 2014

Visiting Monticello in Winter

February 27th, 2014|Tags: , , |

President Jefferson's Monticello estate in winter While I was at the VCCA, I visited Monticello, President Thomas Jefferson's estate. It is near Charlottesville, a good hour's drive from [...]

25 Jul, 2013

A Trip to Bishop Hill (2)

July 25th, 2013|Tags: , , , , |

Spinning wheel at the Steeple Building, Bishop Hill, Illinois On our visit to Bishop Hill, my friend Barbara and I spent a considerable amount of time in the Steeple Building, [...]

24 Jul, 2013

A Trip to Bishop Hill (1)

July 24th, 2013|Tags: , , , , |

 Bishop Hill Post Office These days I am itching for some serenity, probably because my family's summer schedule isn't really a schedule. As soon as I'm into a new routine, [...]

17 Jul, 2013

Rebecca McClanahan on Writing about Family

July 17th, 2013|Tags: , , , |

With her memoir The Tribal Knot - A Memoir of Family, Community and a Century of Change, RebeccaMcClanahan did what many of us wish we would do – "do something" [...]

11 Dec, 2012

A Menorah in Karlsruhe, Germany

December 11th, 2012|Tags: , , , |

Chanukah Menorah at the Christkindlmarkt in Karlsruhe, Germany, December 8, 2012 - photo courtesy of Juergen Schlund Today I am extra thrilled to host one of my best longtime and [...]

10 Dec, 2012

My Most Meaningful Read of 2012: Secrets and Spies – The Harbin Files

December 10th, 2012|Tags: , , , |

Of all the books I read this year, the one I have thought most about, talked most about and continue to think about is Mara Moustafine's Secrets and Spies - [...]

9 Nov, 2012

In Memory of Kristallnacht

November 9th, 2012|Tags: , , , |

The "Temple of the Israelite Cultural Community" in Reichenberg, burned down during Kristallnacht November 9-10 marks the anniversary of Kristallnacht, when in 1938 in all the territories controlled by the [...]

28 Sep, 2012

Photo Essay: Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, Kentucky

September 28th, 2012|Tags: , , |

  Bonnet on a peg board at Shaker Village - if only life could be this tidy. Last weekend I stole away from the Kentucky Women Writers Conference and spent [...]

29 May, 2012

Photo Essay: Shanghai – The Bund

May 29th, 2012|Tags: , , , , |

The Bund at night - the clock tower building is the former Customs House, farther along you see the green steepled roof of the Peace Hotel. Typical tourist pictures of [...]

24 May, 2012

Reading: The Hare with Amber Eyes by Edmund de Waal

May 24th, 2012|Tags: , , , , |

Edmund de Waals' memoir The Hare with Amber Eyes was my favorite memoir of 2011, and yet I am still trying to figure out why because it defies so many of the [...]

14 Jan, 2012

Space Camp

January 14th, 2012|Tags: , |

My favorite spot at Space Camp this time was the Davidson Center for Space Exploration, a new hall built to exhibit the Saturn V. When I was a space camp [...]

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