The Sabbath is a weekly cathedral raised up in my dining room, in my family, in my heart.
Why did I not know that birth is the pinnacle where women discover the courage to become mothers?
If you want to understand any woman, you must first ask about her mother and then listen carefully.
I am so honored to be the vessel into which you pour this story of pain and strength.
I moved my arms through the water, feeling them float on the surface, watching the waves and wake that followed my gesture. Here was magic, I thought. Here was something holy.
As a journalist I'm comfortable doing library research, and I did a lot! I had a fellowship at Radcliff for a year which gave me access to the Harvard system.
Biblical names are hot again.
Whatever your relationship is to your sacred tradition in the West, you have some relationship to the Bible if only through the names of the characters.
The Bible - it's sort of the other person in the room. There's this book, the reader, and the Bible.
Since 1985, I have written about contemporary Jewish practice and the Jewish community.
I love many kinds of music: world music, jazz, classical, pop.
I lived through a classic publishing story. My editor was fired a month before the book came out. The editor who took it over already had a full plate. It was never advertised. We didn't get reviewed in any major outlets.
My early childhood was spent in Newark, New Jersey, but my family moved to Denver when I was 12.
I never wanted Mary Poppins to be my nanny. I wanted to be her when I grew up.
It is terrible how much has been forgotten, which is why, I suppose, remembering seems a holy thing.
I got nice rejections explaining that historical fiction was a difficult sell. But I kept trying.
The more I do bookstores, the more people come up to me from church groups. I spoke at Pittsburg State College and had 2 or 3 ministers and book groups from a couple of churches.
There's something almost adolescent about Whitman's paean to everything that was and remains good about America.
Making plans is a game. Life chooses for you.
I pray I die before they day comes when I do not know if my sons are infants or grandfathers.
It was one of those perfect fall days when the air is cool enough to wake you up but the sun is also kissing your face.
It's a good thing babies don't give you a lot of time to think. You fall in love with them and when you realize how much they love you back, life is very simple.
Mountains are where heaven meets earth.
When a shy person smiles, it’s like the sun coming out.
I would have stayed forever within the garden of Re-mose's childhood, but time is a mother's enemy.
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