Who Am I?

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Finding the Heroes in Your Family: A Perspective on the Research Methodology for The Little Russian Whenever I speak to a crowd at a community center or library, book group or synagogue, people always want to know how they can find out more about their families, about their origins and what life was like in the old country for their …

The Sofa

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My grandmother had a sofa, which I’m pretty sure she thought was the most beautiful piece of furniture she had ever seen. The idea that she owned such a piece must have been a continual source of pride for her judging by how she kept it entombed in a thick plastic cover that was never removed, not once, not even …

Don’t Fly With Me

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The other day, my editor asked me if I wanted to go on a road trip and do some book signings up north. He thought we could drive up the 101, stop in a few bookstores, and I could blog about it. I thought it was a great idea until he said he wanted to take his Volvo. That gave …

Playing With Water

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Last summer I traveled down the Brittany coast to do some research for a book. My last stop was a little resort right on the water called Port-des-Barques, a low rent version of my real destination, St Trojan les Bains, which was located across an inlet to the south. I stayed in this featureless little town because I was traveling …

Making My Father Float

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I taught my father to water jog during the last summer he was able to go into the pool.  Arthritis had weakened his legs to such an extent that it was all he could do to shuffle around the deck behind his walker.  It wasn’t easy getting him into the water.  He didn’t like it.  It was too cold and …