Amichai

“Here: a present! For you,” she thrusts it into my hands. “See, it’s inscribed – signed by the poet himself!” “Thanks,” I say, smile, set the book aside. Tonight I read a poem in a magazine, and think of her. “I must call her, or send this to her. She would really like this!” Pleased to have something to share, I glance at the poet’s name; I have his autograph. —Published in the Jewish Women’s Read More …

If I am Blessed with a Daughter

I never met my father’s mother. Couldn’t remember her name until I learned my older sister is her namesake I found her picture once Wedged between the Jewish World Atlas and a biography of Moshe Dayan. I asked my sister “Who’s the lady in the picture?” She didn’t know. This grandmother is always smiling in the story In which my father brings my mother home to meet her. I don’t know any other stories. If Read More …

Going Out On A Limb

When I was younger, sometime in grade school, one of my favorite things to do on a late summer afternoon was stick a book in my back pocket and climb up my grandfather’s apple tree. There was a limb just high enough up that I could perch there out of sight and spend the afternoon reading. The trick was getting to it. The best branch for reading on was not easily reached. I would climb Read More …

Potential

For someone who often feels she hasn’t done much I have had a lot of previous lives. I was a classroom teacher. I revamped the recruiting department of an ocean-going educational program and I was a regional rep for a program of a national museum. I was a salesperson for a silk screening company and I have sold ads, popcorn, snow cones and racing programs. As a volunteer I have been board president for a Read More …

Food for Thought – Thoughts on Food

When I was a kid one of my favorite foods was pork chops. I loved when we would have them for supper. I would even request pork chops for my birthday dinner. They are the first meat I can remember learning how to cook. But around the age of thirteen I stopped eating them. Not because I stopped liking the taste but because I decided to stop. Why the change? Because I am Jewish and Read More …