Embracing the Winter Skies

Embracing the Winter Skies

Thoughts on our current political climate No place I have ever been has skies quite like New Mexico. They reflect moods that can turn on a dime. This was the winter sky at the beginning of our walk last week, indicating by all signs that a storm was coming. We were the only car in the parking lot and the only people in the park. A light snow blew around us. Our blue heeler Django led the way, searching for life, dogs, other humans. My mind went, as it almost always does these days, to our political climate. The storm has been coming and coming and coming, but it never actually seems to get here. The daily information builds to bursting, but the explosion never comes to pass. Just more dark clouds, wind and dust on the horizon. If this were summer, it would be...

Love and Food in a Turkish Kitchen

Love and Food in a Turkish Kitchen

There is nothing quite like the kitchen at the Raindrop Foundation, which is a center for Turkish culture in Albuquerque. Sorry for the blurriness of the photos, but these are women in constant motion! It is impossible to get them to hold any pose, as they put together an incredible meal for all of us. On this occasion, some of us washed our hands and joined them in rolling the dolma and filling in the squash. My cabbage rolls looked nothing like theirs. They kindly assured me, saying that it takes much practice. My Japanese neighbor said the same thing as I fumbled to copy her movements in making sushi. A very special kitchen There is something special about this kitchen and something unique about the women who present these cooking classes every two weeks (with...

A Song is Born

A Song is Born

To my friends and readers: After many years of not writing song lyrics, my songwriting partner looked me up and we are back at it again. Guy Strobel and I spent many hours at his piano and in Greek diners in New York City. I was 30 years old and he was 29. While I was under the knife, many years later, having a bilateral knee replacement surgery, Guy looked me up and found my brother-in-law in Long Island. Bob gave him my phone number. He called me up while I was still on pain meds, and I was so thrilled to hear from him that I probably talked both his ears off. Over the past few years now, Guy and I are again the best of friends. He always wanted me to write more lyrics because there has always been something magical about our work together. I told him no, I am...

Facing the Music by Showing Up

Facing the Music by Showing Up

Like many Jewish women, I had to think and rethink whether or not I would participate in this year’s Women’s March. Since the March began, my dear friend, Debbie, and I have gone to Santa Fe to participate. We love the spiritual dedication to the native Tewa people and their land, as well as the strong Native American and Hispanic participation in such beautiful surroundings. Some of you may not know about this, but the Women’s March organization has been fraught with accusations of anti-Semitism. I will not go into the details here, but I will refer you to an article in The Nation by Nylah Burton, “A Vital, Vulnerable Conversation with the Leaders of the Women’s March.” Nylah Burton is an African-American Jewish woman, and so the article is, of course, written...

It is Time: Thoughts on My New Relationship with Time

It is Time: Thoughts on My New Relationship with Time

All of my adult life, I have wished for more time. I dreamed of a life where I only did what I wanted when I wanted. I would read and write as many hours as I wished. I would prepare only healthy food, go for nice, long walks in the country, time being a smorgasbord laid out in front of me, just as it might seem for this fellow, ready to rest all day after a successful kill. But I never really believed I would have this kind of time in my life. Two weeks ago Thursday was my last day as a practicing psychoanalyst. I feel good about the 36 years I have spent doing this work. I have been fortunate to have had wonderful training and excellent consultation. I have also been lucky enough to have had some patients who have blossomed in ways I could not have imagined. I...

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