Real Deals Last Week: WHEN BREATH BECOMES AIR, My Dinner with Midge and Roz Chast

Talk about fun! When I arrived at the Museum of the City of New York on April 13 for the press event before the April 14 opening of Roz Chast: Cartoon Memoirs she and I spoke. She recognized me.  From

My Memoir Title and Book Cover

ANNOUNCEMENT!  Below are the back and front covers(in smaller version) of my memoir, FINDING MR. RIGHTSTEIN, which will be published in May.   Readings and other events are already scheduled from late May through October in NYC, Boston, Baltimore, Buffalo, and

Writers and Family and Turkeys, Oh My!

We went to Newton, Mass. on Friday for a family visit and to attend my former student/now friend’s reading. Both were great fun.  We laughed with my 98-and-a-half-year-old mother-in-law, sang Happy 40th Birthday to our nephew, shared sweet, silly moments

Nora Tonight

The Nora Ephron HBO documentary will be on in a half hour.  I just pulled out the op-ed piece I wrote for The BUFFALO NEWS right after she died and posted here on my blog a week later.  Here it

Canine Updates/Work Updates

A neighborhood dog walker I recognized, heading up Sixth Avenue yesterday, was reprimanding the frisky schnauzer, not the two mutts and poodle.  I didn’t hear what he said. It was definitely one-sided. I smiled. He—the walker, not the schnauzer—smiled back,

It was a good time, it was the best time.

  When I arrived Saturday afternoon to give my workshop at Turn of the Corkscrew Books and Wine, the stack of my books, WRITING FROM PERSONAL EXPERIENCE, on the table near the entrance with a sign that read ‘Staff Pick” warmed

The Poem Behind the Corn

At Laube’s Cafeteria in Buffalo where my family often ate in the ‘50s, the following poem was on the wall behind the side dishes, more specifically the corn: We may live without friends We may live without books But civilized

Here’s to you Ms. Robinson: How to Write Good

I get a kick out of the face book posts of my Bennett High School classmate and friend, Michael Serota. When I wrote him that I ‘liked’ his below, HOW TO WRITE GOOD and wished to share it here, he

MY TOES

  I broke 2 toes. The second and third on my left foot. I didn’t break them in the snow during the storm or doing anything sexy. No. I broke my toes banging into the cocktail table in my living

THAT’LL BE THE DAY

  Loss brings pain. Yes. But pain triggers memory. And memory is a kind of new birth, within each of us. –Sue Miller During a recent bout of insomnia, I found The Buddy Holly Story on television. I had never

7 Major Musical Events the First 2016 Weekend

  The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra’s New Year’s Day Concert playing Strauss filled me up inside. So did joining my grandson Sunday in The Super Soccer Stars Song after watching him at Super Soccer Stars. And then singing his other greatest

End of 2015 Roundup/Happy 2016

It was six weeks between my last post, MATCHMAKER, MATCHMAKER, and the one before it, TURN OF THE CORKSCREW. Writing, revising, revising some more, grand-mothering and teaching took over. In the last few weeks, I finally caught up with longtime

Matchmaker, Matchmaker

I’m one of the few Jews in New York NOT in the current production of FIDDLER ON THE ROOF. I did; however, sit in the fifth row of the orchestra next to my husband on his birthday Tuesday, Dec. 22

Turn of the Corkscrew

I am rejoicing. The other day, I bought my husband THE EMPEROR OF ALL MALADIES by Siddhartha Mukherjee at Turn of the Corkscrew, a new independent bookstore on Long Island in Rockville Centre. The store, which opened last month, is

Furiously Happy and a Little Bit Sad

My New School fall class, Writing From Personal Experience, ended last night. Today I started to get post partum-y. I loved reading my students’ manuscripts and hearing their comments on each other’s work. They are good people, good writers, and