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Running For My Life

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Running came into my life and saved me when I was going through my first divorce.  It in some ways precipitated it and then saved it.  I watched the New York City Marathon one November in the late eighties and a switch went on.  I needed to run.  I had a friend from work in […]

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The Czech Question

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Tennis club in Pardubice before German occupation

In January of 1939, Adolf Hitler proclaimed that if a world war were to break out in response to his hegemony, it would result in the “annihilation of the Jewish race in Europe”.  This threat drove many Czech Jews to flee their homeland, in fear for their property and, more importantly, their lives. More than […]

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Pardubice: The Early Years

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What makes any one person a survivor? Is there a characteristic, an idiosyncrasy, that might lend itself to survival through one of history’s most horrific campaigns of mass genocide? Is it luck? Fate? Faith? Family? Or is it a series of synchronicities, uncanny coincidences, that add up to a reversal of fortune that defies all […]

The Covid-19 Diaries

Kitchen Catharsis

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In this crazy pandemic world, there is only one place where I feel completely in control, and that is in the kitchen.  I was trained as a pastry chef and baker but over the years I am fortunate to have honed my culinary skills as well. Simply put, I know my way around the kitchen. […]

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This Kale Salad Changed My Life

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We are living in extraordinary times. The nonstop news coverage of the Coronavirus has driven many of us to feel anxiety, anger, fear, depression. It is a daily barrage of statistics including confirmed cases, deaths, recoveries, ventilators, PPE, antibody tests, jobs lost and unemployment claims, all set amidst a backdrop of tense political division. When […]

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Coronavirus Daze

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I have spent considerable time daydreaming about what I woulddo if only I had more free time: Exercise! Cook healthy, delicious meals from scratch! Spend quality time with family! Write that book! Read! Exercise!  I have discovered that successful people do all these things with their free time. This makes me feel like I am […]

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Faker Baker

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I trained in Baking and Pastry Arts at the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) in Hyde Park, NY during another lifetime.  I worked as a baker in the Hudson Valley for ten years after completing my “studies”.  I crafted organic, artisan breads at Bread Alone in Boiceville, NY, made the “best biscotti and granola”  (Suzanne […]