Category Archives: Personal Memories

Depression is Deceptive

Depression is deceptive to those on the outside. Depression doesn’t care if you are gifted or beautiful. It trumps talent.  Naomi Judd tragically showed us that. And we need to listen. Hard. Depression is an equal opportunist. It inflicts its

Depression is Deceptive

Depression is deceptive to those on the outside. Depression doesn’t care if you are gifted or beautiful. It trumps talent.  Naomi Judd tragically showed us that. And we need to listen. Hard. Depression is an equal opportunist. It inflicts its

A Bitter Sweet Passover Remembering My Mother

It was another bittersweet Passover. Just like the holiday itself, the period around Passover is forever tied in with my mother Betty not only for the beautiful Jewish rituals lovingly passed down but because she passed away Erev Pesach on

A Bitter Sweet Passover Remembering My Mother

It was another bittersweet Passover. Just like the holiday itself, the period around Passover is forever tied in with my mother Betty not only for the beautiful Jewish rituals lovingly passed down but because she passed away Erev Pesach on

My Own Grey Gardens

Late last Monday, my American Dream was auctioned off. On the cold granite steps in front of town hall, my house of twenty-one years was sold in a foreclosure sale. As the late afternoon sun cast a golden haze on

My Own Grey Gardens

Late last Monday, my American Dream was auctioned off. On the cold granite steps in front of town hall, my house of twenty-one years was sold in a foreclosure sale. As the late afternoon sun cast a golden haze on

Entenmanns- Let Them Eat Cake. And Cookies

Cake consumption in my childhood home revolved around the classic Jewish bakery triumvirate – Ebinger’s, Sara Lee, and Entenmanns. While I don’t come from a family of bakers, I do come from a family who loves their cakes. And danish,

Entenmanns- Let Them Eat Cake. And Cookies

Cake consumption in my childhood home revolved around the classic Jewish bakery triumvirate – Ebinger’s, Sara Lee, and Entenmanns. While I don’t come from a family of bakers, I do come from a family who loves their cakes. And danish,

Celebrating Female Spirit

Today on International Women’s Day along with the bravery of the Ukrainian women I would be remiss if I didn’t also honor my mother-in-law Eva Katz. When I look in the faces of the young Ukrainian women walking through the

Celebrating Female Spirit

Today on International Women’s Day along with the bravery of the Ukrainian women I would be remiss if I didn’t also honor my mother-in-law Eva Katz. When I look in the faces of the young Ukrainian women walking through the

Art Appreciation It’s All In The Family 

I’ve been in hundreds of art shows over the years. It is always a thrill. But this most recent one, “Agency: Feminist Art and Power” at the Museum of Sonoma County is especially satisfying. Meaningful in ways no other has

Art Appreciation It’s All In The Family 

I’ve been in hundreds of art shows over the years. It is always a thrill. But this most recent one, “Agency: Feminist Art and Power” at the Museum of Sonoma County is especially satisfying. Meaningful in ways no other has

Collecting Our Uncomfortable Past  

It should come as no surprise to those familiar with my work that I am an avid collector of all things connected to popular culture. My home is filled from top to bottom with remnants of American history over the

Collecting Our Uncomfortable Past  

It should come as no surprise to those familiar with my work that I am an avid collector of all things connected to popular culture. My home is filled from top to bottom with remnants of American history over the

The Beatles, Ed Sullivan, and Me

Anniversary Edition From the Vault Can it really be over half a century since the Beatles burst into our lives on an ordinary Sunday night after which nothing would be the same again? There are few of my generation who

The Beatles, Ed Sullivan, and Me

Anniversary Edition From the Vault Can it really be over half a century since the Beatles burst into our lives on an ordinary Sunday night after which nothing would be the same again? There are few of my generation who

Testing 1-2-3-

I have always been an overachiever when it comes to taking tests. I over-study, over-prepare, and generally over worry. Yesterday I had an appointment for a stress test at my doctor’s office. After the year I’ve had, there was no

Testing 1-2-3-

I have always been an overachiever when it comes to taking tests. I over-study, over-prepare, and generally over worry. Yesterday I had an appointment for a stress test at my doctor’s office. After the year I’ve had, there was no

Women’s March on Washington- Five Years Later

The first Women’s March was five years ago -half a decade of women fighting to defeat Trumpism. It was historical. The largest single-day demonstration in recorded US history. That March felt like democracy at its best. Who could have imagined

Women’s March on Washington- Five Years Later

The first Women’s March was five years ago -half a decade of women fighting to defeat Trumpism. It was historical. The largest single-day demonstration in recorded US history. That March felt like democracy at its best. Who could have imagined