“Are you going to take the birthright trip?” a family friend asks me over dinner on my birthday. “You only have two more years.” “I haven’t really thought about it,” I say, though the first thing that comes to mind is, ‘Israel. Isn’t there a lot of killing over there?’ It seems like something’s always blowing up. “Oh, you should do it,” she says, fixing me with that intense blue-eyed…

January 11, 2010

How It Feels to Be Atheist Me

A class exercise inspired by Zora Neale Hurston’s “How It Feels to Be Colored Me.” It is quiet, often silent. Most of the time, nobody knows, nobody asks, everyone assumes. I must believe in God, I am an American. I am a Jew. I am the granddaughter of a Roman Catholic. When I tell them, if I tell them, they deny me my right to be what I am, they…

August 25, 2009


There’s been a sudden influx of spam in my life, and I can’t help wondering if this is the price to be paid for the sudden increase in my awesome quotient. Have I let my guard down in my quest to win the internets? Or is it just that with all my online activity (Starpulse, Scribophile, blog, Twitter, Facebook) my information is getting caught in the phishing net. Whatever it…

May 4, 2009

Merry Hanukkah!

Ten Reasons I’m a Bad Jew 1. I love bacon.  I mean, I *love* it.  Particularly when it’s sliced thin and extra crispy so that it sort of melts on the tongue.   Someday, I hope to eat it covered in chocolate.  I’ve been known to buy bottles of bacon bits and eat them by the handful.*  2.  The only Hebrew I know is the prayer for lighting the candles…

December 27, 2008

Dear Craigslist: atheist4acceptance – 23 – Willing to Bargain Down to 30 Pieces of Silver

SWF with Bachelor’s Degree from respected California university seeks tolerance and/or good will.  Phi Beta Kappa.  Doesn’t drink, smoke, gamble, do drugs, have sex, or believe in God.  Only vice is swearing, mostly to fill void.  Loves dogs and other furry animals.  Can’t stand shellfish.  Has never stolen, been arrested, cheated, or committed adultery.  Murder is plotted in fiction only.  Does lie on occasion, but always feels guilty afterwards –…

November 8, 2008