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November Newsletter

I'm gonna do it. I'm gonna get over that perfection paralysis.

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Pittsburgh

I knew these people. Because they were like me, a Jewish person living in America taking for granted all too often that we are safe. That it can never happen here. That people are basically good, that evil will not prevail. . . Now I am not so sure.

Ashkenazim, cemeteries, graveyard, Loew, Old Jewish Cemetery, Prague

The Tomb of Rabbi Loew

The story of the golem is the type of myth that urban legends are borne from, but it is also the kind of myth that has the power to evoke fear and grow the seeds of hatred.

Burry Port, Wales, Davies/Davis, Eisteddfod, Llanelly Wales, Mary Davis Skeen, Plain City, Utah, Thomas Davies 1816-1899, Welsh Maritime History

Let’s get this Story Started

I have been told by one of her great-grandchildren that Mary Davis Skeen could not read or write, so she could not have written her own memoirs. Therefore, your knowledgeable input is the most valuable resource I have, especially if you are related to any of the players in Mary's story.

cemeteries, Covington, Kentucky, graveyard, Linden Grove Cemetery, Covington, KY, U.S. Civil War

Tombstones Don’t Grow on Trees

That's because they grow in them. At least at the Lindon Grove Cemetery in Covington, Kentucky, that is. The cemetery is named after the grove of Lindon trees that once grew naturally in this part of town, so trees are important here. Lindon Grove is not just a Cemetery. It's also a city park and… Continue reading Tombstones Don’t Grow on Trees

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In 1870, Something Happened Here

Preface to The Second Wife's Story (a biography) There is a sign hanging in my mother's laundry room. It says, "On this site in 1897 nothing happened." But who knows if that's actually true? Who's to say nothing happened on that site. Right there. You know, on that very spot right next to the washing… Continue reading In 1870, Something Happened Here

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A Tale of Two Cemeteries

Too many years ago I wrote an essay. I wasn't really doing it just for fun, but I can honestly say it was the most rewarding essay I've ever written (for school, that is). That essay, titled Untold Stories, won second place in a department contest and put me on a journey of discovery that… Continue reading A Tale of Two Cemeteries