Essays

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“All Things Considered” 
Commentaries:

"A Life Apart: Reflections on a Husband's Deployment:"

Part 1: “Deployed,” - June 23, 2003
Part 2: “A Reservist’s Family,” - December 22, 2003
Part 3: “The Box,” -March 9, 2004
Part 4: “Husbands, Reservists in Limbo,” - August 17, 2004
Part 5: “Honorable Discharge,” -January 5, 2005


Additional NPR Commentaries

The Spiritual Spa: Can a seaweed wrap save my soul? - February 24, 2003

Taking Small Claims to Heart: The legal system just got personal. - October 4, 2004

Penetrating the Mystique of the Masons: Writing about this ancient order taught me about my own family. - May 15, 2006

An Airport Gets its Tree Up, but Misses an Opportunity: Why courage didn’t quite prevail at the Seattle-Tacoma airport. - December 12, 2006


More Essays and Commentary

Forget Coloring—Give This Grown-up a Dot-to-Dot

What a relief to sit with a pen and a book and focus on something I can’t possibly do wrong. -JewishBoston.com, April 2016 


How Coloring—Without My Son—Became My Meditation Practice

While my son sleeps, I settle down at my desk with colored pencils and an intricate tangle of shapes. Forget staying inside the lines—for me, coloring is a form of meditation. - Jewish Boston, January 2015


We Took the Family Trip of a Lifetime, and Then We Lost the Camera

One distracted moment lost us a thousand precious photos, but reminded us of what we’re lucky enough to bring home from our trip. Kveller.com, June 17, 2014


Up From the Ashes: A Family Story Unearthed

When my great-grandparents’ cremated remains were disinterred because they’d broken Jewish law, I had to ask myself if I still wanted to be a member of the tribe that was kicking them out. - The Forward, February 2008


Lucky/Cursed: The Mixed Emotions of a Military Wife

Nearing the end of his military commitment, my husband was sent to the Middle East. What’s a wife to feel? Everything. - Beliefnet.com, October 2003


Coming Around to Mister Rogers

I finally see the simple beauty of the man my mother tried to get me to love as a child. And he’s making me look more kindly around my own neighborhood. - Beliefnet.com, May 2005