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Trusting Me With Her Words

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I’ve been helping my granddaughter with her mini college essays, two hundred words, two hundred and fifty words, honored that she has chosen to trust me with her words. I praise her strong sentences, her interesting approach to the prompt. … Continue reading

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Re-reading Kafka

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At dinner, I tell my son I am reading or re-reading Kafka, preparing for an upcoming trip to Prague. We are three at the kitchen table, my husband, my son and I. Downstairs, in the family room, my granddaughter and … Continue reading

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My Invisible Cloud

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Dinner tonight at Vins des Pyrenees, a very typical French bistro on a narrow side street near my hotel in the Marais. Dark wooden panels on the walls, dark wooden tables, dark wooden chairs, simple dishes, tasteful and served hot … Continue reading

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Midrash on the Shehecheyanu

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Perhaps this is a prose poem, perhaps a prose prayer poem. I don’t know. But I’m on track, preparing for my Bat Mitzvah coming up at the end of September. The invitations are in the mail. It’s happening. And this … Continue reading

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Waiting

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At the VCCA, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, where the quiet is deep as writers write, composers compose and artists, sculpt, paint and draw, I leave my studio late in the day to walk before dinner. Behind the Center, a country … Continue reading

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Back On My Journey

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In the fall when I decided to become a Bat Mitzvah, I also committed to blogging about my journey. I’d envisioned writing a number of short pieces, perhaps once a week.  that I would write more regularly. Easy, I’d thought. … Continue reading

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A Bump In The Road

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On the speaker phone, my middle son’s voice fills my car. I’m driving north into the mountains, my husband beside me in the passenger’s seat. My son is seventeen hundred miles away, shouting, “You had thirty years before this. You … Continue reading

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“The Path”

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This past summer after a particularly wonderful visit with my grandson, I was prompted to write “The Path.” I submitted to TOSKA. The editors wrote back. Read “The Path” in the current issue, Winter, 2013. http://toskamag.com/2013/01/18/the-path-sandell-morse/ And just what does Toska … Continue reading

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This Season of Giving

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Now that I am thinking about values, I cherish and wish to pass on, they spill forth, integrity, honesty, compassion and in this season of giving tzedakah, a Hebrew word we often translate as charity.             Yesterday at a Bat … Continue reading

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Let’s Talk

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What makes a value Jewish? How can Judaism claim what many of us value, Jewish or not? I shift in my chair. Face Lev. This is another moment in that Starbuck’s in Winchester when we met. In front of me, … Continue reading

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