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A New Take on Old Ideas

I got an unexpected and much appreciated call from my first friend yesterday. We’re coming up on the Jewish New Year and Lynne, who I’ve known since the fifth grade, phoned from New Jersey to span the distance and reconnect for a few precious minutes. Within the flow of our conversation was an emphasis on how blessed we are to […]

Mother please, I’d Rather Do It Myself

Remember when you were a youngster dreaming of adulthood? Couldn’t wait till you were in charge of your own life. Did you play teacher? Did you imagine yourself becoming a sports star, an astronaut, a parent? How those dreams influenced our educational and early career choices. Do you remember later on how much time you spent researching and planning for […]

Up and Outward Bound

I’ve received my first royalty check from sales at and excerpts from Not Done Yet, woven into a single narrative, won Second Place Honors in the Henderson County Silver Arts competition last week. Tipsy-making! I’ve also gotten a couple of early opportunities to speak about my transplant journey, and I’m really looking forward to connecting with my audience in […]

Passover = Leftovers

Seder plate, matzoh cover, Elijah’s cup  I was a slave (to the kitchen) and now I am free. Lots of work, preparing for Passover, but I enjoyed every minute of it. Researching vegetarian and carnivorous recipes. Finalizing the menu. Shopping for items not usually on my list: matzoh meal, a six pound brisket, gefilte fish and horseradish, potatoes, carrots, and […]

Another New Beginning

Today is my birthday, and I knew it was going to be a good one several days ago. Every weekend I select two little angel cards from a plentiful pack. Look what turned up this past Sunday. Never before have I pulled two blanks! I knew right away that a blank can mean, well, anything is possible.  I chose to […]

Sunrise over Chestnut Ridge

Monday Morning Gratitude

So much to be thankful for: A rose and lavender sunrise that called me out of the house in my bathrobe. Well worth the stroll. The spectacular sight reminded me of the morning I awoke from transplant surgery at the Center for Liver Disease and Transplantation at New York Presbyterian Hospital-Columbia University Medical Center.The very first thing my eyes took […]