And Simply Drinks

Posted by on Apr 13, 2017 in Stories, Xoem

We all experience difficulty in our lives. I wrote this Xoem® as part of The Alchemy of Illuminated Poetry® process in the midst of pain. It reminded me that there is always another way of seeing things. And though I may not be able to change the pain itself, I can change my experience of […]

Happy National Poetry Month!

Posted by on Apr 2, 2017 in Stories, Uncategorized

April is National Poetry Month, which to me is wonderful because it brings the joys of poetry into more people’s awareness and experience. For me reading as well as writing poetry has been a daily lifelong practice. From the time I wrote my first poem at the age of eight, poetry has been my primary […]

“A World to Light:” Pointilla’s song from Mindel and the Misfit Dragons

Posted by on Mar 27, 2017 in Stories, Uncategorized

On Sunday March 26th I had the pleasure of hearing the LA Valley Girls’ Choir sing the song “A World to Light” for which I wrote the lyrics, adapted from my book Mindel and the Misfit Dragons. It comes from the plea of the dragoness Pointilla to her parents that she must leave home now because she […]

Lily of the Valley is a Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Award Finalist!

Posted by on Mar 20, 2017 in Stories

I have some very special news to share: My book, Lily of the Valley—An American Jewish Journey, has been named a finalist for the Foreword Indies Book of the Year Award in the Religious (Adult Fiction) category for 2016! As many of you know, this story touches something deep inside of me, and it is […]

Happy Chanukah!

Posted by on Dec 29, 2016 in Stories

Here’s a Chanukah poem I wrote when I was 9 years old. Happy Chanukah to everyone!  

San Francisco Book Review calls Lily “A Beautiful Tribute.”

Posted by on Jun 16, 2016 in Lily of the Valley Reviews, Reviews

This heartfelt saga in verse form is about five generations of women’s journeys from Russia’s persecuting pogroms of the 1890s to America during the 2000s, including Ellis Island and New York’s Lower East Side sweatshops. The story is broken up into five parts, one for each of the women’s generation. The story begins and ends […]

History, Symbol and Whimsy: The Story Behind the Artwork of Lily of the Valley

Posted by on May 11, 2016 in Musings

One of the great joys for me in creating my new book, Lily of the Valley—An American Jewish Journey, was doing the artwork. This allowed me to explore my love of history—particularly as it pertains to the gradual changes in everyday life—and the symbolism that Lily holds for me, as well as to indulge a bit […]

What I’m Thinking About This Mother’s Day

Posted by on May 1, 2016 in Journal, Musings

As Mother’s Day approaches, I’m thinking about my new book, Lily of the Valley—An American Jewish Journey, just published in March. It’s about five generations of women pursuing the American Dream and what happens to their connection to observant Judaism as they do so. The book is dedicated in memory of my father and in […]

What do Thomas Jefferson, Oscar Hammerstein II and My High School Chemistry Class Have in Common?

Posted by on Apr 3, 2016 in Stories, Uncategorized

  So what do Thomas Jefferson, Oscar Hammerstein II and my high school chemistry class have in common? As it turns out, something rather significant, though it took me many years to figure it out. And it’s not just our third president and the lyricist half of the Rodgers and Hammerstein team that brought us […]