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 Does That Sign Say?

Posted by on Mar 5, 2016 in Musings

  When you open up my new book, Lily of the Valley—An American Jewish Journey, the first thing you see are the endpapers, or fly sheets. As with all hard covered books, these are the folded sheets with one half glued to the inside of the front cover and the other forming the first free […]

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 […]

Tribute to My Father

Posted by on Jul 19, 2015 in Musings

My father passed away at the age of 94 on July 4th weekend. He was a sweet, smart, kind man who adored my mother and all his family, and we all knew it. He had a wonderful sense of humor and loved to make people laugh. He also had a rock solid sense of integrity […]

Get Caught Reading Month 2015

Posted by on May 25, 2015 in Musings

May is Get Caught Reading Month 2015, so I thought I’d share a bit of my current reading list. I just finished a best- selling book called: the life-changing magic of tidying up – The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing, by Marie Kondo (translated from the Japanese.) Self-improvement books, though often edifying, are sometimes […]