Parsha of the Golden Calf as One-Woman Show

This week Parsha's story of the Golden Calf has so many voices, each of which feels different to read: God, Moses, Aaron, the people, the Levites taking a stand for God. the voice of Pharaoh from the grave via wordplay…

How to be an Ice Sculptress when you can't sculpt...

In temperatures close to zero, when medium size bubbles are caught, visible swirls in the surface freeze into star shaped feather patterns which spread across the surface of the bubble. Freezing also allowed Large bubbles to lastlonger than expected.

Detective Work


This week in our house, we've had the Mystery of the Scruffy Cats. One morning, I found our little gray tabby looking like she suddenly stopped washing. This can be a sign of illness; cats who don't eat don't wash…

Simply Superb Soup Sipping Sensation

Ideally I'd remember what site this recipe for (Indian) Mulligatawney Soup came from and send you there to give full credit to the creator and access to photos, but this cut and pasted printed version is all I have. The…

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Is this large or small?

To describe what Ladino songs are about to people unfamiliar with the, I often say that women sang of the large and small aspects of life. Is the situation shown in the video large or small? That the video is…

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Av 9 - The date's place in history ---

I turned on my cell phone and grabbed a practice session for our upcoming local service, after finding myself in an interesting acoustic space. Officially, Av 9 is the date to recognize the destruction of the Temple, but many other…

Mother's Day and Shavuot - the Relationship

Shavuot is coming up and this year I am fortunate to again have the opportunity to chant the Ten Commandments from the Torah during the morning synagogue service. It's a bit intimidating to realize that I am filling in for…

Poster Girl for the Sandwich Generation

The Purim and Pesach seasons were dominated by some changing needs for my mom and lots to think about. Seemingly unrelated, I just read Yoko Ogawa's Housekeeper and the Professor, which I purchased at a library book sale years ago…

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Variety of Voices

Spring, as so many plants are preparing to make their seasonal debut, an interesting time of year in terms of emerging voices. The opportunities to sing different voices are plentiful; Earlier this month I chanted the Ten Commandments at…

Imagining Spring

I bought this star fruit in honor of Tu B'Shvat and discovered I'd selected a very unusual one for the occasion. They usually have five points but this one rose to the occasion of celebrating what I call Jewish Ground…

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Celebration Music

Recent performance included a lesser-known Ladino Chanukah song, as well as my favorite song by Mustard's Retreat. I first heard When the Wolves are Still 8 years ago. Michael Hough, co-writer (with MacFarland), graciously shared with me the lyrics…