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  • 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 ...
  • Jackie Mason of Japan December 28, 2015
    “Kaiseiki was one of the highlights of my time in Japan,” says my husband, as we make our way through ours, a seasonal twelve course winter dinner. “And now,” he declares, with not at all mock seriousness, “it’s one of ...
  • Lost in Translation December 25, 2015
    The other morning, over breakfast at the Park Hyatt in Tokyo, the hotel where Sophia Coppola shot “Lost in Translation” starring Bill Murray as a washed up celebrity, I meet a former celebrity of my own. “Well that’s about as ...
  • Fly Me To Japan December 19, 2015
    More than eight hours remain on this flight to Japan, a fact which seems improbable given that the five of us plus, oh, about five hundred other people, many of them wisely, if eerily, with their faces bedecked in surgical ...
  • Where is She? November 9, 2015
    “Where is she?” I was in the bathroom, having just come home from a late night out downtown with a friend, something I rarely ever do, when I heard my thirteen year old son asking my husband this question, “Where is ...