Category Archives: History

Consumed With the Past

For nearly a year, I have been on an archeological dig of mid-century middle-class domesticity. The study was done in a post-war suburban setting; the dig was my parent’s home of six decades. After examining, dating, cataloging, and yes, crying,

Consumed With the Past

For nearly a year, I have been on an archeological dig of mid-century middle-class domesticity. The study was done in a post-war suburban setting; the dig was my parent’s home of six decades. After examining, dating, cataloging, and yes, crying,

Another September 11… Miss America

September 11th is a date indelible in America’s collective consciousness. But the date shares another less remembered benchmark, one whose impact is still felt today. In 1954, September 11th was the very first live nationally broadcast Miss America Contest. For

Another September 11… Miss America

September 11th is a date indelible in America’s collective consciousness. But the date shares another less remembered benchmark, one whose impact is still felt today. In 1954, September 11th was the very first live nationally broadcast Miss America Contest. For

Neil Simon A Scandal Remembered

Thanks to Neil Simon I made the front page of my High School newspaper in the spring of 1973. My one and only brush with the prolific playwright involved a scandal. In my senior year of  High School, I was

Neil Simon A Scandal Remembered

Thanks to Neil Simon I made the front page of my High School newspaper in the spring of 1973. My one and only brush with the prolific playwright involved a scandal. In my senior year of  High School, I was

Refugees- A Moral Obligation and a Call to Action

Just like my own Jewish family, White House senior advisor Steven Miller’s family was the beneficiary of immigration policies  that his own administration is working so hard to undo. Trump may be unhinged but Steven Miller is clearly unmoored, especially

Refugees- A Moral Obligation and a Call to Action

Just like my own Jewish family, White House senior advisor Steven Miller’s family was the beneficiary of immigration policies  that his own administration is working so hard to undo. Trump may be unhinged but Steven Miller is clearly unmoored, especially

Is Trump Putin’s Puppet? Not So Comical

  Joseph Stalin must be grinning in his grave. Putin has done what the Soviets long dreamed of accomplishing. Once the stuff of cold war paranoia, spy novels and movies, the Russians have infiltrated our democracy and put a puppet

Is Trump Putin’s Puppet? Not So Comical

  Joseph Stalin must be grinning in his grave. Putin has done what the Soviets long dreamed of accomplishing. Once the stuff of cold war paranoia, spy novels and movies, the Russians have infiltrated our democracy and put a puppet

Rise:Empower, Change and Action!

Collage Detail from Womens Lib- A Storms Approachin’ collage by Sally Edelstein Nearly 50 years after the women’s liberation movement stormed onto the scene opening a floodgate of discourse about women’s rights, it’s déjà vu all over again. Once again

Rise:Empower, Change and Action!

Collage Detail from Womens Lib- A Storms Approachin’ collage by Sally Edelstein Nearly 50 years after the women’s liberation movement stormed onto the scene opening a floodgate of discourse about women’s rights, it’s déjà vu all over again. Once again

Vintage Illustration Immigrants Coming to America

Who Says Trump Doesn’t Love Immigrants?

Donald trump loves immigrants. And he is generously willing to acknowledge the contributions immigrants have made to this great country, that is if they hew to the immigrants portrayal of his youth. Like his wives, Trump likes his immigrants to

Vintage Illustration Immigrants Coming to America

Who Says Trump Doesn’t Love Immigrants?

Donald trump loves immigrants. And he is generously willing to acknowledge the contributions immigrants have made to this great country, that is if they hew to the immigrants portrayal of his youth. Like his wives, Trump likes his immigrants to

Cold War July 4th

It was  July 4, 1955. The cold war was frozen solid. Never were American dreams more potent or more seductive than in Cold War America when the USA stood united and confident in our role as leader of the Free

Cold War July 4th

It was  July 4, 1955. The cold war was frozen solid. Never were American dreams more potent or more seductive than in Cold War America when the USA stood united and confident in our role as leader of the Free

I Married a Refugee

  I married a refugee who as a little boy was perceived as a threat to Cold War America and not as a survivor of the Holocaust. While my childhood was a sugar frosted world of frost-free fun living out

I Married a Refugee

  I married a refugee who as a little boy was perceived as a threat to Cold War America and not as a survivor of the Holocaust. While my childhood was a sugar frosted world of frost-free fun living out

Vintage ad Suburban couple and house 1950s

Embracing My Roots

I would grow up living my parents post war American dreams. Nothing personified that dream more than our suburban home where they lived for nearly 62 years. My foundation was entrenched in that home so it should be no surprise

Vintage ad Suburban couple and house 1950s

Embracing My Roots

I would grow up living my parents post war American dreams. Nothing personified that dream more than our suburban home where they lived for nearly 62 years. My foundation was entrenched in that home so it should be no surprise