Category Archives: Personal Memories

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

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

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

AOC

AOC – We Will Not Move On – Keep Speaking Up Survivors. It Matters.

Like AOC, I’ve been told to “Move On. To forget.” “Move on, forget about it.” I was told when I was 19 and viciously sexually assaulted on a warm summer night in the balsam-scented woods of suburban N.J. “Put it

AOC

AOC – We Will Not Move On – Keep Speaking Up Survivors. It Matters.

Like AOC, I’ve been told to “Move On. To forget.” “Move on, forget about it.” I was told when I was 19 and viciously sexually assaulted on a warm summer night in the balsam-scented woods of suburban N.J. “Put it

When COVID, Chaos, and Cognitive Decline Collide…Who Could Imagine That

I’ve always had a fertile imagination. For nearly six decades I’ve imagined my life unfolding in the form of a TV show always playing to an imaginary studio audience and their reactions. Its genesis was the late-night imaginings of a

When COVID, Chaos, and Cognitive Decline Collide…Who Could Imagine That

I’ve always had a fertile imagination. For nearly six decades I’ve imagined my life unfolding in the form of a TV show always playing to an imaginary studio audience and their reactions. Its genesis was the late-night imaginings of a

Witness to the Best of Us and the Worst of Us

Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? It’s not only The Shadow who knows. Along with that famous 1930’s radio character,  Donald Trump knows the darkness that resides in the hearts of many of our fellow Americans.

Witness to the Best of Us and the Worst of Us

Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? It’s not only The Shadow who knows. Along with that famous 1930’s radio character,  Donald Trump knows the darkness that resides in the hearts of many of our fellow Americans.

hand and paw

In A Crazy Year of Pandemics and Pandemonium My Dog Gave Me Hope

In a year filled with unprecedented tumult and loss, it also became a year of unexpected gratitude and hope. Against the tragic backdrop of a pandemic and political and personal calamity 2020 will be remembered by me as the year

hand and paw

In A Crazy Year of Pandemics and Pandemonium My Dog Gave Me Hope

In a year filled with unprecedented tumult and loss, it also became a year of unexpected gratitude and hope. Against the tragic backdrop of a pandemic and political and personal calamity 2020 will be remembered by me as the year

Hanukkah and Christmas

In My Jewish Home I Grew Up Celebrating Christmas

  Sometimes it can feel like Hanukkah doesn’t hold a candle to Christmas. Eight skinny, little Hanukkah candles can’t even begin to compete with vibrating LED Christmas lights pulsating in sequence to the sound of everything from “Let it Snow”

Hanukkah and Christmas

In My Jewish Home I Grew Up Celebrating Christmas

  Sometimes it can feel like Hanukkah doesn’t hold a candle to Christmas. Eight skinny, little Hanukkah candles can’t even begin to compete with vibrating LED Christmas lights pulsating in sequence to the sound of everything from “Let it Snow”

pilgrim TV dinner

Talking Turkey -TV Dinners and Thanksgiving

After 67 years, Swanson’s TV dinners may finally be making their rightful appearance as a place of honor at the 2020 Thanksgiving holiday table. For most of us, this year’s Thanksgiving dinner will be a first. The first Thanksgiving without

pilgrim TV dinner

Talking Turkey -TV Dinners and Thanksgiving

After 67 years, Swanson’s TV dinners may finally be making their rightful appearance as a place of honor at the 2020 Thanksgiving holiday table. For most of us, this year’s Thanksgiving dinner will be a first. The first Thanksgiving without