Back to school (again).

Move over Billy Madison, I'm going back to school (again). Had my first class at David Yellin College in Jerusalem, and looking up at the giant stone arches ushering me and dozens of other students through, I felt home again. Classrooms piled on to other classrooms. A little sandwich kiosk at the entrance. Students walking... Continue Reading →

Oh, it’s on.

As I slowly rouse from the last four years of pregnant haze and breastfeeding exhaustion, the world becomes slightly clearer, a little brighter, and just a wee bit more attainable. I decided that I would spend this year investing in myself, dusting off the creative workshops, writing exercises, draft after draft after draft of whatever... Continue Reading →

lizrael update: Thirty.

In a way, I consider myself fortunate that on the eve of my thirtieth birthday, I spent my night at an אסיפת הורים for my kid's gan. I'm not a birthday person; I haven't  been for a long time. If nothing else, surely my mother deserves the credit for being split open so that I could... Continue Reading →

Year of me.

Seeing as I'm a mother and there's really no 'me' anymore, here's what I'm thinking... As of a couple weeks ago, when Bebe essentially weaned herself, thereby letting my body free into the universe where no one depends on it directly for sustenance, whether in utero or by breast... it marks the first time in... Continue Reading →

Lizrael Update: seven years.

So here I am, in Israel seven years today. Did I consider where I'd be in seven years when I got in the plane from New York? Never bothered to go that far. Maybe in the back of my mind I always wondered if the seven-year itch would grab me. It hasn't. A rarity, maybe,... Continue Reading →

On living outside Israel.

It happens every time I visit the States: I spend about 35% of the time thinking about the reasons I could and couldn't live there. By now, the couldn'ts far outweigh the coulds. So it stands to reason that I'm going through the same process here in Melbourne. It's different, of course, because it's not... Continue Reading →

Got a feeling this whole family’s going down.

It's amazing the things you can plan a year in advance and then when the date finally arrives, you're scrambling to make it all happen. Weddings... Babies... Trips to Australia... Oh, that? Yeah, we're leaving tomorrow on a long-awaited, long-planned, finally here month-long trip to Australia to visit the family. And introduce Koala to most... Continue Reading →

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