Dear 2016, Suck It

Dear 2016, Well, here we are. December 31st. If you’ve got any more surprises up your sleeve–say Harrison Ford dropping dead or Simon le Bon suddenly suffocating, the sudden annexation of Poland by Russian troops-you’ve got less than 24 hours to do your dirty work. The (not so) funny thing is that you, 2016, you weren’t…

Life is Beautiful

While in Prague recently, friends and I toured the Jewish Quarter. We stood among thousands of crooked and wilting headstones dating back to the 15th century. We silently absorbed the names of the 80,000 written in simple script upon wall after wall: Prague Jews who never returned home. We toured the Spanish Synagogue and meandered through a well…

The Day The Music Died

Another anniversary of late summer remembrance and sky blue conversations.  Another year of promises never to forget.  Another solemn reading of those three thousand names; names slowly fading in resonance next to the names of the Newtown children, the Boston marathon victims, the countless others whose names we have never heard, the ones who are…

See a penny, pick it up

The death talk started around Halloween.  Surrounded by walking, talking skeletons and goblins and ghouls apparently aroused some dormant curiosity in my children, particularly the younger one.  So we’ve had a lot of conversations recently about bodies and what happens when you die, a lot of conversations about where heaven is (Is it up?), how…