Category Archives: American Way

Watching News of D Day

D Day on the Homefront

It was June 1944. It was wartime. While my father Marvin was spit-polishing his regulation army boots in the jungles of New Guinea, on the other side of the globe my teenage bobby soxer mother Betty polished up her saddles

Watching News of D Day

D Day on the Homefront

It was June 1944. It was wartime. While my father Marvin was spit-polishing his regulation army boots in the jungles of New Guinea, on the other side of the globe my teenage bobby soxer mother Betty polished up her saddles

RFK campaign poster at home sally Karen 1968

Bobby Kennedy and Me

Bobby was about hope. 1968 was no ordinary time and Robert Kennedy was no ordinary candidate. Over fifty years later, the wave of young, earnest activists today feels similar to that infamous year when Bobby had fired up Americas youth.

RFK campaign poster at home sally Karen 1968

Bobby Kennedy and Me

Bobby was about hope. 1968 was no ordinary time and Robert Kennedy was no ordinary candidate. Over fifty years later, the wave of young, earnest activists today feels similar to that infamous year when Bobby had fired up Americas youth.

Trump and Handmaiden Tale

Abortion Before Roe v Wade Risky Business

I came late to the game watching Handmaid’s Tale, having only recently begun binging it. A totalitarian society that strips away a woman’s physical autonomy and reproductive rights in the former United States originally seemed too darkly dystopian for my

Trump and Handmaiden Tale

Abortion Before Roe v Wade Risky Business

I came late to the game watching Handmaid’s Tale, having only recently begun binging it. A totalitarian society that strips away a woman’s physical autonomy and reproductive rights in the former United States originally seemed too darkly dystopian for my

Life Magazine Kent State

Kent State Shots Are Fired

Shots fired. In the spring of 1970, nearly 50 years before the tragic school shootings at  Parkland, Sandy Hook, Virginia Tech, and now Highlands Ranch, the country had been shaken to its core by the senseless shootings  that took place

Life Magazine Kent State

Kent State Shots Are Fired

Shots fired. In the spring of 1970, nearly 50 years before the tragic school shootings at  Parkland, Sandy Hook, Virginia Tech, and now Highlands Ranch, the country had been shaken to its core by the senseless shootings  that took place

Kate Smiths America

Kate Smith’s America

It was the 1930’s. While a rotund and darn proud of it Kate Smith was belting out “God Bless America” causing a lump to form in our throats, and  our antiseptic kitchens were tastefully adorned with ceramic mammy and pappy

Kate Smiths America

Kate Smith’s America

It was the 1930’s. While a rotund and darn proud of it Kate Smith was belting out “God Bless America” causing a lump to form in our throats, and  our antiseptic kitchens were tastefully adorned with ceramic mammy and pappy

child holocaust DP Camp swastika

Never Forget

Never Forget. Those words were seared into me as a child.   As Jews gathered in N.Y.C. on Sunday for the annual Gathering of Remembrance at the Museum of Jewish Heritage, they came together as community to say we will never

child holocaust DP Camp swastika

Never Forget

Never Forget. Those words were seared into me as a child.   As Jews gathered in N.Y.C. on Sunday for the annual Gathering of Remembrance at the Museum of Jewish Heritage, they came together as community to say we will never

yarzeit memorial candle

Anti-Semitism Again

Again. Again another place of worship in America reverberates with the hateful sound of bullets. Again the ugliness of anti-Semitism that has been unleashed under Donald Trump has been given expression. As Jews do every year on the last day

yarzeit memorial candle

Anti-Semitism Again

Again. Again another place of worship in America reverberates with the hateful sound of bullets. Again the ugliness of anti-Semitism that has been unleashed under Donald Trump has been given expression. As Jews do every year on the last day

Whitewashing the Civil War

Color history whitewashed. The revisionist history of the Civil War continues today as Trump tries to defend his vile Charlottesville remark by praising Robert E Lee, a slave owner who led the fight against his own country to preserve slavery.

Whitewashing the Civil War

Color history whitewashed. The revisionist history of the Civil War continues today as Trump tries to defend his vile Charlottesville remark by praising Robert E Lee, a slave owner who led the fight against his own country to preserve slavery.

Matzo Ball Soup

Passover Preparation

I just finished my Passover shopping at Fairway and I feel very Farklempt. Preparing for Passover brings up a multitude of feelings and like most daughters, the holiday is deeply tied in with my mother. With the loss of my

Matzo Ball Soup

Passover Preparation

I just finished my Passover shopping at Fairway and I feel very Farklempt. Preparing for Passover brings up a multitude of feelings and like most daughters, the holiday is deeply tied in with my mother. With the loss of my

Kenneth Clark Notre Dame

Notre Dame Cathedral Burns and Civilization Weeps

Centuries of history have disappeared before our disbelieving eyes. An unspeakable tragedy as we watch the past burn away. Like everyone who gathered around screens big and small to watch this terrible loss for humanity, I felt united in our

Kenneth Clark Notre Dame

Notre Dame Cathedral Burns and Civilization Weeps

Centuries of history have disappeared before our disbelieving eyes. An unspeakable tragedy as we watch the past burn away. Like everyone who gathered around screens big and small to watch this terrible loss for humanity, I felt united in our