Category Archives: the world around me

The Only People at the Hotel

Sunday morning, Tsfat, Villa Galilee Hotel. We are the only guests left. Sunday is a weekday, a workday, for Israelis, and they left in droves yesterday. So our table is the only one in the dining room, set with my … Continue reading »

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My Favorite Place on Earth

There was steep security just entering the gate for our flight in Newark. Passports and bags checked, boarding passes verified, once, then again after we waited in line to board the plane. Full flight, and every minute was filled with … Continue reading »

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Going to Israel

When you land, the whole plane erupts in applause. Some people kiss the tarmac, tears dotting their cheeks. The first time I stepped off a plane onto the land of Israel, I felt oddly as if I had come home … Continue reading »

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Listen to the Words

The wind brushed against trees and woke the house. In the morning dark, it was clear that the day would only get colder, that fall was upon us, that long sleeves and rain boots were necessary. On the speakers, the … Continue reading »

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In that In-Between Space

As the morning dawned, the dewy grass lifted the air into view. Warm meets cold, the nights of fall arising to the mornings of Indian summer. Today proves to be a bit warmer, and tomorrow too. Just in time for … Continue reading »

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The Magic of Downton Abbey

I’ve never been one to be so devoted to a TV show that I must drop everything and watch. In fact, I missed all the fervor on Facebook and elsewhere during the first four seasons of Downton Abbey. But I … Continue reading »

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Move On

Life is short. Too short for being petty. Too short for holding onto grudges and ill will. Too short to worry about tomorrow. So that person you hate? Turn it around. Look at them through a different lens. Are they … Continue reading »

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The Story of the Place

When we moved into this house, a dear friend gave us as a housewarming gift a book about the history of Huntington Woods. It was amazing to see the dirt roads and old farmhouses that began our little enclave. Our … Continue reading »

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The Power of the Word: Writers Workshop

You mean to say what you mean to say. But somehow, it doesn’t come out the way you intended. Miscommunication swirls all around us – in text messages, in tone of voice, in email, in the spoken word. And mostly, … Continue reading »

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Capturing the Stories of our Lives

Have you interviewed your grandparents? Parents? Aunts and uncles? Cousins three times removed? Childhood best friends? The mayor of your hometown? Not that you need to spend your time sitting with all these people, but consider that you might have … Continue reading »

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