Category Archives: writing

To Write or Not To Write Letters

The atmosphere inside the post office was friendly, brisk with business people frequenting the main lobby. It wasn’t a place to stand and chat; like the libraries of that decade; it was quiet. Continue reading

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Persons of Influence

Back when I was a teenager living in Iowa, I read Dale Carnegie’s book, How to Win Friends & Influence People. It was first published in 1937. Today, I know that I needed that book, since I was so shy and … Continue reading

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Identity Crisis Over

Over 35 years ago, I wrote a weekly column entitled, “Etcetera, etc.” As a follow up on my last post, “It’s All About Me, Me, Me…Effie,” I’m including it here. This should prove that the more things change, the more they … Continue reading

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Never In A Million Years

“Life can turn on a dime,” I heard a speaker say recently. How true, I thought, reviewing  my own past experiences. For me, life changed completely ten years ago when my husband passed away quite suddenly. I’ve had to do … Continue reading

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Broken Glass~~Broken People

During  research for my latest novel, Empty Frames, I found a story about Jewish children in an orphanage on the “Night of Broken Glass,” November 9, 1938.  In Germany and throughout Europe, it looked and sounded more like a bad dream than … Continue reading

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The Art of Cursive Writing

At what grade I learned cursive writing, I do not recall. What I do remember is the feeling of making the artistic strokes, taking time to form each letter and then give the words my own little bit of flair. … Continue reading

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The Psychology of Insomnia

Counting sheep? Listening to the clock tick? Drinking warm milk or hot tea? All are potential signs of insomnia. Me? It’s 5:23 a.m. I went to bed at 11:00 p.m. and slept for an hour. When I heard a buzzing … Continue reading

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The Psychology of Writing–A Psalm

Everyone is a writer these days, it seems. Funny, I never wanted to call myself a writer. The word sounded too lofty, too intelligent, too exclusive.  For the longest time, I could rationalize: because I write, I must be a … Continue reading

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Mirrors: Cracking the Case

“Break a mirror and you’ll have seven years of bad luck.” That was one of my father’s silly superstitions.    What is true, I discovered just this morning on the brown and purple envelope of my instant oatmeal: In 1291, a … Continue reading

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The Rabbi’s Fiction

CHAIM POTOCK (1929 – 2002) was an American Jewish writer, rabbi, and army chaplain. His first book of fiction, The Chosen, remained on the 1967 New York Times’ best seller list for 39 weeks and sold nearly 3.5 million copies. When … Continue reading

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