*Apologies to George Bernard Shaw and Henry Higgins) I am supposed to be on vacation. Actually, I am happily evicted from my house for two weeks while the kiddies moved in. Their house is being remodeled, and the temporary housing wasn’t quite ready. They moved in and I got on a plane. Currently, I am…Keep reading
I just spent the last few years of my life obsessing about medieval underwear. I spent untold hours researching what a 12th century guy in the Maghreb wore for underpants versus what an English knight wore for underpants.Keep reading
Note: This is an excerpt from THE WIFELY PERSON SPEAKS. My intent was never to use WP in this forum, but the events of the past week require addressing. On Saturday, Peyton Gendron, 18, of Conklin, NY had already been on the radar as a danger. He’d already been investigated because of threats he made…Keep reading
I wanted to love this book. From the very beginning, I was intrigued by You. Mr. Nicholas’ language is somewhat stylized, and I was fine with that. It worked. The story moved well, kept my interest, and I cared about the characters. Those are the three biggies for me. I suspect, as he intimates, the…Keep reading
Pamela Braun Cohen decided to change the world. And she did. In her book, HIDDEN HEROES: : One Woman’s Story of Resistance and Rescue in The Soviet Union she provides a play by play history of the Save Soviet Jewry movement. This is not an easy book. Retelling the story of Soviet Jewry is not…Keep reading
A couple of weeks ago, I had the interesting experience of being interviewed by one of the local papers, MyVillager. The interview was, of course, via zoom, but the photographer came to the house. I was so amazed when they contacted me, and, of course, very flattered. MyVillager used to be called The Highland Villager…Keep reading
I had breakfast with a dear friend this week. She asked about what I was working on these days, and I confessed to having 3 under construction: the BIG one, the short one, and the steamy gag one. The BIG one is my main priority. Most of the research is done, I’m about 2/3 of…Keep reading
One of my favorite things about being a writer is that ability to lose oneself in one’s creative world. I count on that experience to make the stories I tell real. The world I am describing becomes, in so many ways, the world I inhabit to the exclusion of the real world. My husband used…Keep reading
This afternoon was spent prepping The Pomegranate for submission to an award scheme. I had been nominated by another author who thought the criteria matched the book perfectly. The FAQ was read and re-read to make sure I had everything lined up according to the guidelines provided. I filled out endless forms, verified the preferred…Keep reading
I usually do not cross post from The Wifely Person Speaks, my current events blog, but because of this week’s topic I would be remiss in not posting a link here. The topic, as you might imagine, is book banning. Banned in Boston used to be a code for salacious literature unfit for young teens.…Keep reading
Heidi Slowinski wrote a terrific blog post about the women of modern Jewish literature: The Next Generation of Matriarch: Feminism in Jewish Literature. Truth be told, I’d not given much thought to this topic, but now that she mentioned it, I find I’m thinking about it more and more. Of course, putting THE POMEGRANATE right…Keep reading
I’d requested a hold for WISH YOU WERE HERE about a week ago, and was prepared for the long wait. However, when I spotted it on the library’s “You R Lucky” shelf, I happily grabbed it for my New Year’s Weekend read. (Hey, when you’re a widow, you don’t go out dancing on NYE, okay?)…Keep reading
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