Marking Juneteenth

Marking Juneteenth

Juneteenth—or Jubilee Day, Black Independence Day, Emancipation Day—has been marked since June 19, 1866; the first anniversary of General Order No. 3 that Union General Gordon Granger issued on June 19, 1865. The Order conveyed the news of the Emancipation...

Summer Newsletter 2021

Summer Newsletter 2021

Spring passes and one remembers one's innocence. Summer passes and one remembers one's exuberance. Autumn passes and one remembers one's reverence. Winter passes and one remembers one's perseverance. ― Yoko Ono Fun Fact: Yoko Ono became a permanent resident of the...

Immigrants: What We Carry With Us

Immigrants: What We Carry With Us

      What a gift to hear someone else read your words—especially when that someone else has a voice like Jon Shorr. Thank you, Passager Books, for sharing my words! Please click on play below.    

Spring Newsletter

Spring Newsletter

Spring Newsletter   I enjoy the spring more than the autumn now. One does, I think, as one gets older. ― Virginia Woolf I hope you're continuing to keep safe and sane as we look forward to a change of season. During the months of quarantining—that are about to...

Winter Newsletter

Winter Newsletter

“History says don’t hope On this side of the grave. But then, once in a lifetime The longed for tidal wave Of justice can rise up And hope and history rhyme.” — Seamus Heaney And so, we find ourselves in the final month of this annus horribilis—and since we've just...

The long slow lazy days of summer

The long slow lazy days of summer

Fall Newsletter Her pleasure in the walk must arise from the exercise and the day, from the view of the last smiles of the year upon the tawny leaves and withered hedges, and from repeating to herself some few of the thousand poetical descriptions extant of...

A Happy Hour both Old & New

A Happy Hour both Old & New

Ben Tanzer is all bookish things to all book people and Lori Hettler likes to use numerous alternative channels to spread the word about small press and self-publishing communities. I couldn't be more thrilled to have been invited to join them for this live Instagram...

A Twofer!

A Twofer!

  As deliciously surprising as it was be named a 2020 Next Generation Indie Books Awards Finalist for Memoirs it was astounding to find out that the wondrous Ben Tanzer had also entered me in the NGIBA Regional category. Huge congratulations to the winners and my...

An overshadowed musical life

An overshadowed musical life

The close sibling relationship between Fanny and Felix Mendelssohn intrigues me—because of the close relationship I had with my own brother, Peter. For WBJC, I put together an 8-minute reflection on her overshadowed musical life. You can listen here.   

Outside In is a series of feature articles about the immigrant experience.


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