Sunday, May 3, 2015

A Glimpse Into History: An Anecdote from One Family's BRCA Story

Kate, Karen's grandmother
As depicted in Joanna Rudnick’s documentary In the Family and Decoding Annie Parker, a feature film directed by Steve Bernstein and starring Helen Hunt and Samantha Morton, every BRCA family has a story.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

#RhodiaPaperProject: Sweet 16 for Week 16

Week #16 of the #RhodiaPaperProject turned out to be “Sweet 16” when I received three different sized Exacompta 205 g index cards in colors that remind me of creamy birthday cake frosting:
  • One 3x5” card in a pretty muted baby pink
  • One 4x6 card in a matching baby blue
  • One 5x7 card in a buttery pale yellow

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Switching Sneakers

As I was helping my sister get out of her clothes into the standard-issue hospital gown and robe, I commented on her sneakers -- cobalt blue Under Armours with florescent salmon laces and trim.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

#RhodiaPaperProject: Game Show Winner!


Remember the game show, "The $10,000 Pyramid" in which one contestant (sometimes the celebrity, sometimes not), facing the game board would tick off words that fit into a certain category and the other, sitting with his or her back to the board attempted to guess the category -- with the tick-tick-tick of the game clock audible in the background?

Friday, April 3, 2015

#BlogExodus: Praise

In her Pesach message, emailed to the Shaaray Tefila community this morning, Rabbi Deborah Hirsch urges us to “…remember the promise and hope for a better world….feel God’s redemptive power….[and] ever treasure God's blessings of freedom and life.”

Thursday, April 2, 2015

#BlogExodus: Welcome

Too tired to create with words tonight, I welcomed the opportunity to swap the laptop for the counter top, to channel my mother, my grandmother, and the generations of women who came before them, and to create a piece of our family’s (non) seder.


Inspired by Ima on (and off) the Bima, this post is one in a series marking the days of the Jewish month of Nisan leading up to Passover, which begins at sundown on Friday, April 3, corresponding to 15 Nisan. If you want to play along, check out this year's #BlogExodus and #ExodusGram prompts. This series of posts also is priming my heart, mind, and spirit to participate in a six-day summer writing seminar, Beyond Walls: Spiritual Writing at Kenyon.