Monthly Archives: June 2011
Last week was my high school reunion, the first time we all formally got together as a school unit in 31 years. I was a bit cautious about seeing everyone again. In my mind we were all still 17 years old. Did I want to see my old friends as middle-aged women? It turns out not a single one of us has aged a day since we all graduated back in January 1980 and set out to conquer the world.
Meet Richard Rusch. We both grew up in the Bronx, minutes away from each other, but only met years later, in 2002, and where else, on the Internet. Richard is one of the founding members of Recipezaar, and when he heard I was coming to the Bronx to visit my parents he insisted we meet up.
“Are you meshugah, Miraleh?” my Jewish mother shrieked. “You have no idea who this man is, he will kill you.”
“Are you insane, Richard?” his Italian mother shrieked. “You have no idea who this woman is, she will kill you.
My heart just aches for Aviva Shalit. Her son, Gilad, was kidnapped by Hamas five years ago yesterday in a cross-border raid. For the last five years Aviva has gone to bed every night wondering about the safety of her son. She’s gone to bed, but I doubt she sleeps.
I grew up in New York City. The Bronx, to be specific. Freezing cold winters, hot and shvitzy summers. My parents, like most of the New York Jews of the 50s, 60s and 70s, would pack up a small version of their entire house, pots, pans, bedding and birdcages, and shlep up to the Catskill Mountains for over two months of fresh air and the chance to experience a unique sub-culture.
Meet Batya Medad. I’ve been a fan of hers for a long time. Since I started blogging myself she’s been a wonderful help and inspiration.
This Friday Ju-Boy and I are celebrating having survived six years shackled to each other in matrimony.
The wonderful holiday of Shavuot is coming up, it starts tomorrow night, culminating with cheesecake overload on Wednesday night. And then you have just a mere 48 hours before you begin to stuff yourselves with the wonders of Shabbat. Ju-Boy and I have been planning our menu for a while now…