19 Aug, 2016

5 Years Ago

2021-01-03T17:26:27-06:00August 19th, 2016|Tags: , |

Canyonlands National Park, Utah {August Break 8/18: 5 Years Ago} Five years ago I was taking a road trip with my family: five weeks, Chicago to California and back. It [...]

27 Apr, 2016

Building Update

2021-01-03T17:26:45-06:00April 27th, 2016|Tags: , |

It's been way too long since I've shared an update of our building project, the barn with built-in apartment on our country property in Indiana. This is partly due to [...]

14 Mar, 2016

When a Friend Dies

2021-01-03T17:26:47-06:00March 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 [...]

21 Jan, 2016

Life without my Laptop

2021-01-03T17:26:49-06:00January 21st, 2016|Tags: |

My laptop died a week ago. It was six years old, and I can't really blame the thing. It held up pretty well being logged around the world. Nevertheless, I have [...]

14 Jan, 2016

Looking Up at the Snow

2021-01-03T17:26:50-06:00January 14th, 2016|Tags: |

It snowed in thick flakes the other day. As I looked up at the sky from my window, with ever more fluffs of white tumbling towards me, I felt that [...]

25 Dec, 2015

From the Christkindlmarket

2021-01-03T17:26:59-06:00December 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 [...]

24 Nov, 2015

Winter Break In

2021-01-03T17:27:04-06:00November 24th, 2015|Tags: , |

    We had a winter break in this past weekend. I know this is not the proper use of the English term "break in;" rather, it is a literal [...]

18 Nov, 2015

A Building Rises

2021-01-03T17:27:05-06:00November 18th, 2015|Tags: , |

  I am quite behind on chronicling the progress of building our country barn/apartment. Needless to say, by now it's a recognizable and quite formidable building. But back to where [...]

2 Nov, 2015

Study in Concrete

2021-01-03T17:27:06-06:00November 2nd, 2015|Tags: |

I didn't get to see the pouring of these foundation walls (sadly, I don't make it out to the construction site way as often as I would like). So when [...]

29 Oct, 2015

Happy Pumpkin Time!

2021-01-03T17:27:07-06:00October 29th, 2015|Tags: , , |

  Isn't this the cutest potholder ever? A knitted pumpkin? I fell in love with this pattern in the KnitPicks newsletter. Fall is my favorite season, and I love pumpkins [...]

22 Sep, 2015

Kol Nidre

2021-01-03T17:27:08-06:00September 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 [...]

11 Sep, 2015

Remembering 9/11

2021-01-03T17:27:12-06:00September 11th, 2015|Tags: |

Every year, to commemorate 9/11, I take my Portraits 9/11/01 off the shelf and open it at random to read some of the obituaries the New York Times collected so [...]

14 Aug, 2015

On Learning a New Language

2021-01-03T17:27:13-06:00August 14th, 2015|Tags: |

Learning a new language means frantically running around in my mind snatching at the coat tails of words I might now, hoping to catch a consonant-vowel combination that hopefully means [...]

22 Jun, 2015

Eventually It All Gets Done

2021-01-03T17:27:17-06:00June 22nd, 2015|Tags: |

I have often have to remind myself that eventually, it all gets done. Such as sewing that button onto my son's polo shirt. It's an old Lacoste he inherited from [...]

5 Feb, 2015

Today and Tomorrow

2021-01-03T17:27:25-06:00February 5th, 2015|Tags: , |

  Today is... ... the undulating blue of the mountains against the bright of the sky ... the dusting of snow on the summits ... the road swinging up the [...]

5 Jan, 2015

Those Who Trod Before Me

2021-01-03T17:27:31-06:00January 5th, 2015|Tags: , |

A freshly snowed-on sidewalk reveals who has walked before us. I never quite appreciated that until yesterday morning, when I took my daily walk while it was snowing softly. I [...]

17 Dec, 2014

Happy Chanukah!

2021-01-03T17:27:33-06:00December 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 [...]

4 Dec, 2014

Farewell to an Old Pot

2021-01-03T17:27:36-06:00December 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 [...]

14 Oct, 2014

Paper Pumpkin to the Rescue

2021-01-03T17:27:54-06:00October 14th, 2014|Tags: |

My daughter who's been in Israel for a while now misses pumpkins. It's fall but there ain't any pumpkins to be found in that desert land. She's been on the [...]

3 Oct, 2014

In Awe of Kol Nidre

2021-01-03T17:27:54-06:00October 3rd, 2014|Tags: , |

Stained glass window front at Chicago Loop Synagogue My essay on Kol Nidre was published a year ago, and on the eve of another Yom Kippur it is as relevant [...]

18 Sep, 2014

My List for Celebrating Fall

2021-10-21T14:45:09-05:00September 18th, 2014|Tags: , |

Temperatures have been unseasonably nippy here in Chicago; clearly, fall is in the air. It's been a while since I've done a seasonal list, but I am so looking [...]

11 Sep, 2014

Remembering 9/11

2021-01-03T17:27:57-06:00September 11th, 2014|Tags: |

For my generation, today's date will live in infamy. It will simply never again be another day. 9/11 will always make me shiver, and I will always have second thoughts [...]

19 Jun, 2014

Joy is…

2021-01-03T17:28:14-06:00June 19th, 2014|Tags: |

...when the team you're rooting for in the World Cup 2014 not only shoots a goal, but wins! That picture is joy captured, right? My daughter took it as a [...]

4 Jun, 2014

Joy is…

2021-01-03T17:28:26-06:00June 4th, 2014|Tags: |

...hearing that one of my best friends got a job. She's been dealt a heavy blow of fate this year and so, after 14 years out of the workforce as [...]

19 May, 2014

Eyeing the Emptying Nest

2021-01-03T17:28:28-06:00May 19th, 2014|Tags: |

I've been in a blogging slump, and I figure it's better to admit that than to publish lackluster posts. There are books I want to write about, photo essays I want [...]

24 Apr, 2014

Joy is…

2021-01-03T17:28:31-06:00April 24th, 2014|Tags: , , |

Detail of our Passover Seder table before the festivities begin ...singing the traditional silly folk songs with my kids at the end of the Passover Seder. We have our own [...]

3 Apr, 2014

When Guests Come…

2021-01-03T17:28:33-06:00April 3rd, 2014|Tags: |

...you clean up. It's really one of the great benefits of having overnight guests or even just throwing a party: Suddenly you're compelled to tackle all those "construction sites" around [...]

28 Mar, 2014

Joy is…

2021-01-03T17:28:34-06:00March 28th, 2014|Tags: , |

...discovering that the parsley I sowed ten days ago is sprouting! PS: Because "joy" is my word of the year, I've decided to record moments of joy. I hope that [...]

6 Mar, 2014

What Makes Winter Bearable

2020-08-12T13:02:29-05:00March 6th, 2014|Tags: |

Starting a fire at 10:00 a.m. Ordering a hyacinth garden for a friend recovering from surgery Stocking up on sandalwood lotion and Dead Sea bath salts Hot chocolate for morning break Red [...]

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