19 Oct, 2017

Jewish Encounters in a Non-Jewish Land

October 19th, 2017|Tags: , |

  Today I'm happy to share my essay "Jewish Encounters in a Non-Jewish Land," published recently in the brand-spanking new Sasson Magazine. Please head on over [...]

10 Aug, 2017

I Always Wanted To…

August 10th, 2017|Tags: , , |

...visit the Montfort Castle in northern Israel. As my contribution to the Field Guide to Everyday Magic Blog Hop, I'm sharing how I finally did so because I have found [...]

19 Jul, 2017

My Book and I in Jerusalem

July 19th, 2017|Tags: , , |

My book and I just had the great fortune of spending time in Jerusalem. For me it was an "again," and, while my book per se had not been to [...]

16 Apr, 2017

Book Companion Post – Chapter: Israel – At the Church of the Holy Sepulchre

April 16th, 2017|Tags: , , |

In time for Easter, my essay "At the Church of the Holy Sepulchre" appeared on Jerusalem Moments. With it, I thought I'd share a few photos from and around this [...]

4 Apr, 2017

Book Companion Post – Chapter: Fait Accompli I – My Grandfather’s Staircase

April 4th, 2017|Tags: , , , , , |

  Today is the publication date of my memoir Jumping Over Shadows! Hurray! And thus I offer you my very first book companion post, a series I plan to run every [...]

18 Nov, 2016

Photo of the Week: Saguaro Cacti

November 18th, 2016|Tags: , |

I've been traveling nonstop for the past two weeks, first to Arizona to attend my publisher's author retreat, then to Israel to attend my son's graduating ceremony from IDF advanced [...]

1 Nov, 2016

My Artful Blogging Story

November 1st, 2016|Tags: , , , |

Scottish Highlands, August 2015 Today the winter issue of Artful Blogging hits newsstands, and it features my photo essay "The Accidental Travel Blogger." This is a dream come true for [...]

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 [...]

20 Oct, 2016

A Visit to the Warsaw Jewish Cemetery

October 20th, 2016|Tags: , , |

The Warsaw Jewish Cemetery is a forest of its own. (Photo by Rivka Schiller) I have a certain fascination for cemeteries, and when my friend Rivka Schiller recently shared her [...]

14 Sep, 2016

Old World Travels

September 14th, 2016|Tags: |

I am currently traveling in the Old Country, specifically in my grandparents' hometown of Liberec in the Czech Republic, gathering photos to go along with my book, Jumping Over Shadows, [...]

6 Sep, 2016

Ireland – The Giant’s Causeway, Then and Now

September 6th, 2016|Tags: , , , , |

My favorite place in Ireland is the Giant's Causeway on the coast of Antrim in Northern Ireland. I love the mystery of it, i.e. the fact that even geologists are [...]

12 Aug, 2016

Ireland – How Green It Is

August 12th, 2016|Tags: , , , , |

Dunluce Castle, Northern Ireland {August Break 8/11: Green} Today's August Break prompt of "green" is the perfect kick in the behind for me to share some of my photos from [...]

11 Aug, 2016

Yellow

August 11th, 2016|Tags: |

{August Break 8/10: Yellow} So there I was thinking, "What am I going to do for today? I am not really a yellow kind of gal." And then I looked [...]

28 Jun, 2016

Xi’an Muslim Quarter

June 28th, 2016|Tags: , , , , |

Perhaps because, unlike sites like the Terracotta Warriors (which had been my number one China bucket list item--photos soon!), I had no preconceptions, no one else's images in my head [...]

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 [...]

14 Mar, 2016

When a Friend Dies

March 14th, 2016|Tags: , |

Today I found out by happenstance, via Facebook, that a friend of mine passed away. We weren't close friends or I would have known that her battle with cancer had [...]

29 Dec, 2015

The Best of Jerusalem 2015

December 29th, 2015|Tags: , , , |

To summarize my stay in Jerusalem this summer in one blog post? It's a tall order, but here goes. We spent an inordinate amount of time on an exceedingly hot [...]

28 Dec, 2015

The Best of London 2015

December 28th, 2015|Tags: , , |

We took a weekend "side" trip to London from Scotland to visit relatives and tour a little. Here are my best shots from that sojourn. We did the touristy thing [...]

26 Dec, 2015

The Best of Scotland 2015

December 26th, 2015|Tags: , , |

For the last few days of this year I decided to run a "Best of..." series to pay homage to some of the best times this year, i.e. travels and [...]

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 [...]

12 Aug, 2015

Shuk Mahane Yehuda, Jerusalem

August 12th, 2015|Tags: , , , , |

Any market is a feast for the eyes, and a shuk (= Middle Eastern market, pronounced "shook") is especially so. It is also a photographer's paradise. All those colors, shapes, [...]

13 Feb, 2015

Off the Beaten Path in Israel: Zohar Stronghold

February 13th, 2015|Tags: , , , , , , |

The cold is getting to me (Chicago's high is 17F today), so it's time for memories of warmer days and an entirely different landscape than winter's bleak outside. I haven't [...]

25 Sep, 2014

Wandering the Streets of Akko

September 25th, 2014|Tags: , , , |

Today is Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year, so I thought I'd share another glimpse of Israel, from a day trip my daughter and I took to Akko in July. [...]

14 Sep, 2014

Manaus Journal (4): The Amazon is a Mirror

September 14th, 2014|Tags: , |

I'd seen photographs of the mirror-like quality of the Amazon in National Geographic, but to find myself floating on it was a whole other experience. I spent the better part [...]

25 Aug, 2014

Tel Aviv Street Scenes

August 25th, 2014|Tags: , , |

Since I'm still preoccupied with my daughter being in Israel, I thought I'd share some of my photos taken while walking around or sitting in cafés in Tel Aviv, providing [...]

8 Aug, 2014

Manaus Journal (3) – The Ideal State of Being – a Hammock

August 8th, 2014|Tags: |

On our two-day Amazon adventure in between attending World Cup games in Manaus, Brazil, we stayed overnight in a floating lodge, the Tauari Inn. I will share more photos from [...]

7 Aug, 2014

Manaus Journal (2) – Tie your House to a Tree

August 7th, 2014|Tags: , |

In between attending two World Cup games in Manaus, the capital city of the Amazon, we had time to explore the river and the rain forest. When we were visiting [...]

7 Jul, 2014

Manaus Journal (1) – Terrific Games, Horrific Travel

July 7th, 2014|Tags: |

A snippet of what it was like to be in the stadium during a World Cup game I had the good fortune to travel with two of my children to [...]

13 Mar, 2014

Greetings from the Blue Ridge Mountains

March 13th, 2014|Tags: , |

This photo is from one of my jaunts during my time at the VCCA. Since I'm bummed by all the snow we've had, yet again, here at home in Chicago, [...]

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 [...]

20 Dec, 2013

Looking Back: Trips 2013

December 20th, 2013|Tags: , , |

New York - January Beacon Theatre on Broadway - the announcement of the Groenemeyer Concert caught my eye and led to a wonderful concert experience later in Chicago. {related blog [...]

30 Sep, 2013

Bemelmans Bar

September 30th, 2013|Tags: , , |

Note to self: Next time I'm in New York, I must visit Bemelmans Bar. Sadly, up until a recent issue of the Wall Street Journal magazine, I wasn't aware of [...]

29 Aug, 2013

When in Boston, Make Way for Ducklings

August 29th, 2013|Tags: , , |

The Make Way for Ducklings sculpture in the Public Garden in Boston, created by Nancy Schön Oh, the power of fiction! Especially children's fiction! It had my kids and me retracing [...]

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, [...]

4 Jul, 2013

Happy 4th from Mount Vernon!

July 4th, 2013|Tags: , , |

 Mount Vernon - the main house as seen from the East - you can see it's early spring as the big tree hasn't budded yet. Yesterday I was hunting [...]

21 Jun, 2013

Solstice Fires

June 21st, 2013|Tags: , |

Sunset as seen from the Geisberg near Salzburg, June 21, 2005 While I am here at the Kenyon Writers Workshop where the sun shines with abandon, I am reminded that [...]

23 Apr, 2013

Returning from “Writing Camp”

April 23rd, 2013|Tags: |

Now I know how my kids feel when they come home from summer camp because that's how I'm feeling having returned home from what my kids call "writing camp:" exhausted, [...]

19 Apr, 2013

Serenity at Mount Vernon

April 19th, 2013|Tags: , , |

This photo of the kitchen garden at Mount Vernon captures the serene and peaceful week I am having amidst my friends at the conference my former writing group puts on [...]

22 Mar, 2013

A Walk through the Master of Nets Garden in Suzhou

March 22nd, 2013|Tags: , , , |

Moon gate at the Master of the Nets Garden in Suzhou, China - If you remember my earlier photo essay about the Blue Waves Pavilion - moon gates like this [...]

17 Dec, 2012

Favorite View of 2012

December 17th, 2012|Tags: , , , |

Mono Lake, California, August 2012 In following Rebecca Murphy's Relish12 challenge, the 12.14 prompt asked about my favorite view of 2012. I instantly knew which picture I would choose. Even though [...]

30 Nov, 2012

The Garden of the Cang Lang Ting (Blue Waves Pavilion) in Suzhou, China

November 30th, 2012|Tags: , , , , |

Walkway along the canal outside of the Garden, as seen from The Fish Watching Spot For a long time I have been meaning to share pictures from my visit to [...]

12 Sep, 2012

Photo Essay: Alcatraz

September 12th, 2012|Tags: , , |

  Pulling out of the dock, Alcatraz comes into view.   We had the perfect slightly gloomy day when we visited Alcatraz on our family vacation to California in August. [...]

7 Sep, 2012

The Library at Alcatraz

September 7th, 2012|Tags: , , , |

In the library at Alcatraz From all my pictures of our recent visit to Alcatraz, this one has stuck in my mind, and so, since I was on the topic [...]

26 Aug, 2012

Vacation Serenity

August 26th, 2012|Tags: , , |

I've been quiet on this blog because we have been on vacation, including four rather blissful days without Internet access while we were staying at a beach house in Marin [...]

23 Jul, 2012

A Spanish Colonial House in Shanghai

July 23rd, 2012|Tags: , , , |

After featuring a renovated Shanghai lane house, I want to give you another insight into living in contemporary Shanghai with a few shots of the home of Patricia Lambert, which [...]

14 Jun, 2012

Photo Essay: Tiger Hill, Suzhou, China

June 14th, 2012|Tags: , , |

These days I am craving some serenity (Our kids' school year is over and the summer chaos of camps, summer school and entertainment has begun.), so I thought I'd put [...]

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 [...]

22 May, 2012

Photo Essay: Bikes in Shanghai

May 22nd, 2012|Tags: , , , |

Just as the laundry hung out to dry on eletrical cables, parking signs and telephone booths, the prevalence of bikes in the streets of Shanghai struck me as so very [...]

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