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#MeToo

I was alone in my best friend’s room, sitting at the end of her bed, putting on my shoes.  My mother was on her way to pick me up after a day of visiting.  My friend’s mother’s fiance entered the room and sat beside me on the bed.  He was 30-something.  I was 13.  He grabbed hold of me… Read More #MeToo

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Israel: A Foodie’s Promised Land

Israeli breakfast is a cheese lover’s Canaan.  At the Jerusalem hotel where I arrived mid-morning after a long flight, there were easily two dozen varieties—white, yellow, bleu, hard, soft, semi-soft, creamy. It’s an example of how Kosher restrictions can foster pleasure, the way that structure forces a poet to create literary beauty.  Because of the… Read More Israel: A Foodie’s Promised Land