1940s couple on a picnic

How the American Dream Grew

If the seed of the American Dream was planted during the dark days of the Depression, germinated at the New York Worlds Fair of 1939, it was nurtured and cultivated during the sacrifices and deprivations of WWII. By wars end

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1940s couple on a picnic

How the American Dream Grew

If the seed of the American Dream was planted during the dark days of the Depression, germinated at the New York Worlds Fair of 1939, it was nurtured and cultivated during the sacrifices and deprivations of WWII. By wars end

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Inherited Dreams

Though it would be my parents generation, those who lived through the Great Depression and later rolled up their   collective sleeves, pitched in and sacrificed for the greater good in their fight against tyranny-who would be knighted by Tom Brokaw

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Inherited Dreams

Though it would be my parents generation, those who lived through the Great Depression and later rolled up their   collective sleeves, pitched in and sacrificed for the greater good in their fight against tyranny-who would be knighted by Tom Brokaw

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Introduction

For over half a century, Americans soaring confidence had always promised a sugar-frosted future filled with frost free fun and abundance and economic prosperity. But that Buoyant bubble of optimism has since gone bust. Along with our jobs, retirement funds

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Introduction

For over half a century, Americans soaring confidence had always promised a sugar-frosted future filled with frost free fun and abundance and economic prosperity. But that Buoyant bubble of optimism has since gone bust. Along with our jobs, retirement funds

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Suburbia For Sale

American Dream Foreclosed Whether a split level or a McMansion, the American Home has been the very embodiment of the American Dream. Once the mark of achievement, the suburban home was a solid investment, the guarantee of a secure future.

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Suburbia For Sale

American Dream Foreclosed Whether a split level or a McMansion, the American Home has been the very embodiment of the American Dream. Once the mark of achievement, the suburban home was a solid investment, the guarantee of a secure future.

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Hello From the Long Goodbye

  Donald Trump may have abandoned the world of blogging but despite my recent absence, I have not. My attention has been shifted momentarily out of necessity because of my soon-to-be move to a new home but my heart remains

Hello From the Long Goodbye

  Donald Trump may have abandoned the world of blogging but despite my recent absence, I have not. My attention has been shifted momentarily out of necessity because of my soon-to-be move to a new home but my heart remains

Pesticides Belong- to the Fun of Living!

Mid-Century America was the golden age of pesticides and it was love at first sight. Any thoughts about Earth Day and the environment lay far in the future. Thousands of new chemicals were put to use in new and amazing

Pesticides Belong- to the Fun of Living!

Mid-Century America was the golden age of pesticides and it was love at first sight. Any thoughts about Earth Day and the environment lay far in the future. Thousands of new chemicals were put to use in new and amazing

Hands Tied

After George Floyd the Fight For Justice Continues

The image of disgraced former police officer Derek Chauvin’s hands cuffed behind his back is an indelible image. America did right yesterday. At least for George Floyd. Yesterday, in Minneapolis truth and justice were truly the American way. A 17-year-old

Hands Tied

After George Floyd the Fight For Justice Continues

The image of disgraced former police officer Derek Chauvin’s hands cuffed behind his back is an indelible image. America did right yesterday. At least for George Floyd. Yesterday, in Minneapolis truth and justice were truly the American way. A 17-year-old

Betty Edelstein

A Daughter’s Homage to Her Mother

It feels unfathomable that it will be13 years on Sunday since my beloved mother Betty passed away. The same number of years it took to come of age and be Bat Mitzvah ( or Hebrew Recognition as my very Reform

Betty Edelstein

A Daughter’s Homage to Her Mother

It feels unfathomable that it will be13 years on Sunday since my beloved mother Betty passed away. The same number of years it took to come of age and be Bat Mitzvah ( or Hebrew Recognition as my very Reform

Driving While Black. Facing the Facts of Life Again

A killing. Again. Once more, another shooting of a Black man by the police. How many more times can I keep writing that. How many times can we keep saying that, reading that, living that? How many times can we

Driving While Black. Facing the Facts of Life Again

A killing. Again. Once more, another shooting of a Black man by the police. How many more times can I keep writing that. How many times can we keep saying that, reading that, living that? How many times can we

Asian American Hate- It’s Up to US to Stop it

We can’t keep turning away. We can’t keep shutting the door to what we know is going on. Literally and figuratively. On Monday a Manhattan luxury building security guard was caught on a security camera closing the door on a

Asian American Hate- It’s Up to US to Stop it

We can’t keep turning away. We can’t keep shutting the door to what we know is going on. Literally and figuratively. On Monday a Manhattan luxury building security guard was caught on a security camera closing the door on a

Beverly Cleary And Henry Huggins Book

Beverly Cleary, An Ageless Appeal  

  It was clear to anyone who knew me as a child that Beverly Cleary was my favorite author. Browsing the shelves of my local suburban library was an adored childhood activity in the 1960s. With my yellow paper library

Beverly Cleary And Henry Huggins Book

Beverly Cleary, An Ageless Appeal  

  It was clear to anyone who knew me as a child that Beverly Cleary was my favorite author. Browsing the shelves of my local suburban library was an adored childhood activity in the 1960s. With my yellow paper library

A Passover Tradition in an Nontraditional Time

Neither packing nor a pandemic can stop Pesach for me. The wine-stained,, dog-eared Maxwell House Haggadahs I have used for 60 years sit on my table like always, but things are not like always. Setting my Passover table for the

A Passover Tradition in an Nontraditional Time

Neither packing nor a pandemic can stop Pesach for me. The wine-stained,, dog-eared Maxwell House Haggadahs I have used for 60 years sit on my table like always, but things are not like always. Setting my Passover table for the

Active Shooter…Only in America

This is an illness in our country more virulent than the coronavirus which is killing our citizens. The unregulated, fetishized gun culture, the very symbol to many as the essence of freedom. Oh, how Americans cherish their freedoms. Under the

Active Shooter…Only in America

This is an illness in our country more virulent than the coronavirus which is killing our citizens. The unregulated, fetishized gun culture, the very symbol to many as the essence of freedom. Oh, how Americans cherish their freedoms. Under the

Artist’s Talk Deadlocked and Loaded:Disarming America

I am honored to be included in a really powerful show called “Deadlocked and Loaded: Disarming America.” It is a feminist POV on gun violence, curated by activist/curator Karen Gutfreund. Join me tonight March 10 from 7- 8:30pm EST on

Artist’s Talk Deadlocked and Loaded:Disarming America

I am honored to be included in a really powerful show called “Deadlocked and Loaded: Disarming America.” It is a feminist POV on gun violence, curated by activist/curator Karen Gutfreund. Join me tonight March 10 from 7- 8:30pm EST on