Foreword Reviews gives Lily of the Valley a five star review

Posted by on Feb 14, 2016 in Lily of the Valley Reviews

Lily of the Valley is an elegantly bound poetic volume that celebrates the varied inheritances of Jewish American women with poignancy. Lily of the Valley is Xianna Michaels’s graceful and affecting poetic saga, the story of five generations of Jewish American women navigating the promises of the New World. The volume opens on a pogrom […]

New York Fashion Week Past and Present

Posted by on Feb 1, 2016 in Musings

New York Fashion Week 2016 for the Fall fashion preview takes place in New York City from February 11th through the 18th and is one of the major fashion events in the world. From New York it will move on to London, Milan and Paris. During Fashion Week international fashion collections are presented — often […]

Celebrating a Writing Rite of Passage – National Handwriting Day

Posted by on Jan 6, 2016 in Musings

January 22nd is National Handwriting Day. Now, I am well aware that many people might consider such a day a relic in the age of the iPhone and the ubiquitous keyboard. Who actually picks up a pen anymore, or connects their letters in what used to be called penmanship? Well, it turns out plenty of […]

National Clear Off Your Desk Day

Posted by on Jan 1, 2016 in Musings

January 11th is apparently National Clear Off Your Desk Day. Who knew? When I think about desk-clearing, I immediately think of the creative process, and how idiosyncratic it is for each individual. I know people who cannot stand a clear, empty desk. It’s as if they find it too sterile, that it somehow paralyzes their […]

I’m Glad There’s a Pledge of Allegiance Day

Posted by on Dec 26, 2015 in Musings

Did you know that December 28th is Pledge of Allegiance Day? Did you know there was such a thing? Well, neither did I, but I’m glad there is. That’s because, as adults, we don’t get much opportunity to think about — let alone recite — the Pledge, do we? We get to sing the national […]

Happy Birthday Emily Dickinson

Posted by on Nov 30, 2015 in Musings

People often ask me if I have a favorite poet, and I usually say that I have favorite poems rather than one favorite poet. But if I had to choose, then I’d say that besides Shakespeare, who is in a class by himself, it would be Emily Dickinson. As a sixth grader I remember learning […]

Thanksgiving 2015

Posted by on Nov 20, 2015 in Stories

I have always loved Thanksgiving. I love gathering with family and friends, decorating my autumnal table, and serving the turkey and all the trimmings. And I’ve always thought of Thanksgiving as a special opportunity to thank G-d for America, for the miracle that it is, and for all that it has done for the Jews. I […]

Technology and the Youngest Generation

Posted by on Sep 20, 2015 in Stories

Conversations with my grandchildren about technology are occasionally a bit lowering, but more often than not are delightful and illuminating. For example, when I tell my teenage grandkids that when their grandfather (Zaidy) and I went to college, there was exactly one computer on campus and it was the size of half my house, they […]

Cocoon – A Poem by Xianna Michaels

Posted by on Sep 2, 2015 in Poetry

Circuits shorting; ceilings falling; Chaos doesn’t cease! Dimly I hear Spirit calling – I’ll write when I have peace. Or is it just the opposite, Distractions sent to me Until I write in spite of it, This lesson meant for me: To be impervious, cocooned, With pen in hand and soul attuned.

Another Kind of OCD

Posted by on Aug 9, 2015 in Stories

Those of us who took Abnormal Psych back in the day learned about Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. As such, the wry observation that someone is OCD gets bandied about a bit too casually these days. But I submit that there is a new kind of OCD afoot, one that didn’t exist when we Boomers were in college. […]