Blog

  • A Fire of One’s Own October 10, 2017
    Our 14 year-old is working on climbing all 46 of the Adirondack High Peaks that are 4,000 feet in elevation and higher, a noble goal that is known up here as “becoming a 46er,” but what this means, in effect, ...
  • Pura Vida December 27, 2016
    “I want to kill myself,” says Martin, who is front desk, concierge, restaurant cashier and head of housekeeping all rolled into one. We have just arrived in El Calafate, and Martin’s despair, fueled by the simultaneous arrival of too many ...
  • In Patagonia December 20, 2016
    In Patagonia…Although we, unlike Bruce Chatwin, have not hitchhiked to get here – it’s a 22 hour drive from Buenos Aires just to get to the northern part where we are currently so we took a plane – and we ...
  • May the Best Woman Win November 8, 2016
    We voted! Unfortunately it wasn’t one of those teary, dreamy, perfect experiences that I keep reading about today. The basement of the Senior Center where we voted was hot as hell – hence I took off both my suffragette white ...
  • A Magic Trick of Our Own October 9, 2016
    In the clear, gray light of morning, everything looked smoky and beautiful, even the enormous swarm of white bugs outside the dining hall which Dr. Doolittle referred to as angelic, and we decided to take advantage of the real reason ...
  • I’m Dr. Doolittle October 8, 2016
    Last night, after a twenty minute drive down a long and winding private dirt road, we arrived here, deep in the Adirondack Park, and all I could think was, sure, this hundred and fifty plus year old wilderness retreat may ...
  • Motherless Mothers May 8, 2016
    These past few days my facebook feed has been filled with essays about what it’s like to be a motherless daughter, and how much pain this causes on Mother’s Day. But the same is not true for me. As mother ...
  • Dear Rabbi XOX Ivankaleh April 29, 2016
    Dear Rabbi xox Ivankaleh Dear Rabbi— First, thank you so much for the mazel tov on my father’s sweep of the Mid-Atlantic States this week. I am shepping so much nachas from his success. But frankly, Rabbi, you should be too, because, ...
  • Going Back to Cali March 20, 2016
    “It sure is taking a long time to get to California,” says my five year old. We are aboard a Virgin America flight to LA, and somehow I have landed the middle seat, sandwiched between him and a muscle bound ...
  • The Last of the Okonomiyaki December 31, 2015
    It is New Year’s Eve in Kyoto and to celebrate we have finally given up all pretensions of trying to blend into, or even absorb, the Japanese culture: We have ordered in pizzas and burgers from room service, and are ...