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 Oct, 2016

Photo of the Week: Firing a Musket

October 28th, 2016|Tags: , |

I didn't realize firing a musket generates that much smoke! Well I guess I did when I think about images from movies like Glory, but to see it happen for [...]

28 Mar, 2016

The Power of Keeping a Promise to Yourself

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, [...]

8 Mar, 2015

Sunday Sentence

March 8th, 2015|Tags: , , , , |

Another Sunday in which I participate in the Sunday Sentence Project(#SundaySentence on Twitter): "I held my breath at the miracle of my mother forgetting herself." from Sheymes, A Family Album [...]

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 [...]

23 Nov, 2014

Sunday Sentence

November 23rd, 2014|Tags: , , , |

Another Sunday in which I participate in the Sunday Sentence Project (#SundaySentence on Twitter): "There is no collection that documents a person's life from moment of birth to moment of death. [...]

27 Feb, 2014

Monticello in Winter

February 27th, 2014|Tags: , , |

While I was at the VCCA, I visited Monticello, President Thomas Jefferson's estate. It is near Charlottesville, a good hour's drive from the VCCA. I happened to go on one [...]

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

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

Last Thursday evening I participated in the #StoryDam chat (lots of fun if you're a writer and on Twitter), and one participant pointed out Rebecca Murphy's Relish12 challenge as a [...]

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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