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 [...]

15 Dec, 2016

Spreading Parcel Magic: Bella Grace Giveaway

December 15th, 2016|Tags: , |

  The winter issue of Bella Grace hits newsstands today, and it features an article by yours truly! Because I am so very happy about my work being in this [...]

4 Dec, 2016

8 Days of Chanukah Emails

December 4th, 2016|Tags: , |

  I've got a new little project--not that I'm lacking for work or busy-ness, but holidays happen if you want them to or not. So this year, since Chanukah is [...]

23 Nov, 2016

A Writing Exercise to Spark Real Thanksgiving Conversations

November 23rd, 2016|Tags: , |

One of my longtime memoir workshop students, David Thoele, MD, is a pediatric cardiologist, but he also serves as the Director of Narrative Medicine at Advocate Children's Hospital because he [...]

25 Jan, 2016

Happy Tu Bishvat!

January 25th, 2016|Tags: , , |

Today is the Jewish festival of Tu Bishvat, the New Year of the Trees, and in honor of this celebration that seems out of place here, my article How My Kids [...]

25 Dec, 2015

From the Christkindlmarket

December 25th, 2015|Tags: , |

From my traditional annual visit to Chicago's downtown Christkindlmarket, Merry Christmas to all who celebrate! It's been unseasonably warm here, no snow flakes and icy cold to company my sipping [...]

22 Sep, 2015

Kol Nidre

September 22nd, 2015|Tags: , |

Women praying at the Wailing WallJerusalem, August 2015 Yom Kippur begins tonight with the Kol Nidre service. My essay on Kol Nidre was published two years ago, and it still captures, probably [...]

2 Apr, 2015

Happy Passover with my German Grandmother’s Hazelnut Torte

April 2nd, 2015|Tags: , , , , |

I'm in the midst of getting ready for Passover, but I wanted to share that my grandmother's signature Torte made it to Tablet Magazine. Story and recipe here.

24 Dec, 2014

Christmas Greetings from the Hemingway Birthplace Home

December 24th, 2014|Tags: , |

Merry Christmas to all who celebrate today and tomorrow! This is my current view when I come down the stairs from my studio in the attic of the Hemingway Birthplace [...]

17 Dec, 2014

Happy Chanukah!

December 17th, 2014|Tags: , , |

Yesterday was the first night of Chanukah, quite appropriate for my family's annual visit to Chicago's Christkindlmarket downtown, thanks to Chabad Lubavitch's giant Menorah. At the Christkindlmarket we stock up [...]

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