22 May, 2017

Book Companion Post: Filling in the Blanks on Family History

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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

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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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