Be/Longing

Be/Longing

Replica of the Western Wall, Jerusalem with paper prayers at Congregation Beth Israel, Scottsdale After sharing my story on a Zoom call with a group in Texas, during question time I was asked, “Why haven’t you moved to Israel?”  In the immediacy of that public moment,...
Curb Appeal

Curb Appeal

We came to Phoenix in 1992 and have lived in the same home for 31 years, longer than anywhere else.   If you check our location on Google maps, you will find our house located at the spot where two lines of a T meet.  When cars exit the main street, they face our home...
I’m Seeking Wisdom

I’m Seeking Wisdom

Source: pixabay.com Excuse Me, Can You Give Me Directions? Seriously, how am I to think? What can I do in the midst of international and local disasters… wars, famine, cruelty, explosions of violence, division, hatred, contempt, murder?  My ancestors searched for...
Remember This

Remember This

“Remember This” promotional photo | Sourced from Google A week ago I started to watch a one man show, a documentary on PBS based on the book Karski. How One Man Tried to Stop the Holocaust. Karski. How one man tried to stop the Holocaust. The actor, the...
Little Pickle

Little Pickle

What’s the best way to celebrate when you hear your family roots go back to Abraham and Sarah? We join the long line at a new pop-up, Little Pickle, a modern Jewish deli hid in the shadows cast by tall gleaming towers. Temporary location but offering bagels flown in...
Secret Agents

Secret Agents

Secret Agent | Photo by Francesca Tirico on Unsplash Of the Divine Conspiracy Thomas, Micah, Esther, Michael. The idea began with Thomas, he suggested that I should offer to give an interview and Micah applied on my behalf to the USC Shoah Foundation, Last Chance...
Belonging

Belonging

A German Reckons with History and Home Sometimes a book finds you, rather than you discovering a good read that satisfies your curiosity. Nora Krug’s book Belonging. A German Reckons with History and Home did just that. How did Belonging gain my attention? George and...
Sent to Coventry

Sent to Coventry

Reconciliation (originally named Reunion) is a sculpture by Josefina de Vasconcellos | Photo source: Jim Linwood Sent to Coventry An English idiom meaning to ostracize, or exclude I was sent to Coventry… A seven year old Jewish child, from a small, rural town at the...
Guns and Roses

Guns and Roses

Stolperstein for my parents, July 1, 2013. Gemünd, Germany | Photo by Thomas Cogdell Writing a blog, trying to unravel tangled thoughts. I am a German/Jewish Holocaust survivor whose parents perished in Poland, sitting at home in Arizona,  on a cool January day,...
I Stand Amazed…

I Stand Amazed…

Opening Day Ceremony, Arizona House of Representatives | Photographer: Ryan Thurman How did I come to stand before the Arizona House of Representatives in Phoenix, on January 9, 2023? And why am I amazed? Michael Hunter a good friend, of many years, is Chief of Staff...