Successful Women of Israel

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Month: April 2014

Meandering Thoughts

There are so many things I want.

I want to run and hide from insurance agents. I want to file my taxes on time. I want to be good and I want to be happy. I want the same for my family and my friends and even for people I don’t know. I want to share the sun and the moon and the warm weather that has come my way. I want to share my flowers and herbs. I want to be foliaceous, but I don’t know how. And I want to be a star.
But if I can just be myself, maybe that will be enough. I don’t need to succeed, I don’t need to achieve and I don’t need to be liked. I just need to write and be courageous enough to share.
Sometimes, many times, it’s not easy. Because I’m haunted by thoughts that have nothing to do with my writing. Thoughts about 6,000,000 that perished continue to lace my thoughts with streaks of darkness and pain. And I think why.
Why them? Why me? Why anyone? Is there any sense to this universe?
And I think about the cloudy days. The greyest days of the year, when it seems like a blue sky or sun don’t exist. But I know that they do; above the grey, gloom and cold. They’re just hiding. And perhaps after the Holocaust the Jews that survived the horrors could have lost their faith in the goodness of humanity. And perhaps they could have lost their faith in G-d. But they too – the goodness of humanity and G-d – they too were hiding. Just like the sun.

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Welcome Allergy Season

 What’s Worse?

Allergies

No anti-histamine

Or labour

No epidural.

Can a man know?

Maybe.

Mine doesn’t.

Welcome allergies. We haven’t met. Until now.

You sought out others. My husband, for instance.

You’ve been making him suffer for longer than I’ve known him.

But now I know too.

And I claim empirical knowledge.

Allergies are insignificant compared to labour without an epidural.

These words were inspired by my first ever bout of allergies and the memory of my husband teary-eyed, sniffling and sneezing and complaining to the nurse at the hospital (while I was in labour) that allergies cause more suffering than labour.

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A Lesson in Theme – The Gruffalo

This post is dedicated to the memory of Sarah Leah Carman Fried. A witty and charming young woman who passed away on March 28th. May her memory be a blessing.    

When I used to think about theme, what instinctively came to mind was an element of the story I would have to BS about on my next English test.

But since the dark ages of my high school years, I’ve learned to appreciate much about writing and its craft.

I recently used a prompt from Writing Fiction by the Gotham Writers’ Workshop. I was asked to think about one of my favourite works of fiction, thinking about the dominant theme of the story.

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Great Characters vs Great Plot

After supper she got out her book and learned me about Moses and the “Bulrushers”; and I was in a sweat to find out all about him; but by-and-by she let it out that Moses had been dead a considerable  time; so then I didn’t care no more about him; because I don’t take no stock in dead people.  (Mark Twain, Huckleberry Finn)

Why We Love Huckleberry Finn

Though the book takes place around 1860, Huckleberry Finn is a timeless character. His unusual name, his dire circumstances, his street smarts and clever antics create in our minds a character we fall in love with.

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