A. Waitress (Newton Marriot, Friendly’s, Blue Bird Diner)
A. Creating transformative moments for people.
A. Wooster High School in Danbury, CT/ Brandeis University/ Hebrew University in Jerusalem
A. Nirvana, Led Zeppelin.
A. Fight Club, Children of Men, Goodfellas.
A. The Office, Big Love, True Blood, Project Runway, Malcolm in the Middle
A. Tired of seeking transcendence, she now desires wholeness.
A. There is a thread of love which holds everything together.
A. This is going to sound strange, but my husband is also a rabbi, and once we were both officiating graveside funerals of people who had lived long, wonderful lives. The funerals were at the same cemetery, at the same time. We didn’t have a babysitter so we brought our children. I was at the top of a hill leading prayers, and he was at the bottom of the hill leading different prayers. We couldn’t hear each other, but we could see each other. And our kids were between us, running around like they were in a park, hiding behind trees, and having a great time. The sun was shining, it was a gorgeous day, and I just had this awe-filled feeling about how many stars had to align to create this moment…people had to fall in love, people had to be born, people had to die, people had to be ordained, and for an instant everything made sense – life, death, love, God – and I was perfectly happy.
A. Forgetting and being forgotten.
A. On a bicycle along a river, my husband and three kids riding alongside, with miles of gardens, swaying trees and grasses, and people picnicking, laughing, and playing Frisbee while we sail by, with blueberries and cherries in our baskets.
A. I’ve always struggled with the biblical Esther, unsure if I really liked how she uses her guile and wiles to make change and save her people. She always seemed to be to be somewhat of an accidental hero. At the same time, I identify with her.
A. Shimon Peres. He is so optimistic about peace. When he speaks I imagine doves and butterflies flying through the air. I was in his house once on a delegation, and his words and the steady resonance of his voice made me want to weep, sing and pray. David Ben-Gurion once said, “In Israel, if you don’t believe in miracles, you are not a realist.” Under constant pressure and threat, Peres maintains a poetical but realistic soul I admire. To me, he just sparkles with love and hope.
A. My husband says I describe everything as “Fluffy.”
A. I regret the times when I could not express my true feelings.
A. As great as it would be to be able to pick up one of my husband’s guitars and play something, I’ve always secretly wanted to be able to skateboard. You know, slide down banisters and stuff.
A. Modeling for my children that people can continually learn, grow and change
A. Dwelling on the past.
A. Seeing beauty in flaws.
A. I like being myself. Maybe I’d like to be Joan Baez for one performance at Woodstock, and then become an otter for a few weeks playing in the mud, then go back to being me again.
A. Captain James Hook.
A. The prophet Jeremiah. I wouldn’t say anything, I’d just give him kisses.
A. Loud coffee slurpers who say “ah” after every slurp. Oh, and also, people who have grand conversations while getting food in a buffet line, holding up all the hungry people.
A. Professional sk8er chick.
A. Passion, Vision, Focus.
A. Zucchini quiche with salsa. That or yummy cholent.
A. Eric Clapton’s Let it Grow, the Beatles’ Across the Universe, the Stones’ Gimme Shelter, the Dead’s Sugar Magnolia, Paul Simon’s Late in the Evening.
A. Potok’s My Name is Asher Lev, Steinberg’s As a Driven Leaf, Kundera’s The Book of Laughter and Forgetting, Englander’s For the Relief of Unbearable Urges, Sartre’s The Age of Reason.
A. The Griffin and Sabine trilogy which are little art books written in postcards and letters.
A. Write from your heart; edit from your mind.
A. You paint pictures with your words.
A. I have had this story in me for a long time. Long before I was ordained, married, or had children. I remember standing by my father’s drawing board and telling him for the first time the story I had in mind. The story has been richly layered over the years with insights from experience, but the core is the same that was always in me, like a recurring dream. It started with the character Anatiya, which developed over a couple of years while I was in Seminary and serving a congregation in Connecticut as an intern. Writing her was an experience I can’t explain, almost trance-like at times. Then I began crafting her discovery, and writing about Page Brookstone whose internal landscape ultimately became more intriguing to me than the external artifacts she uncovered. As she confronted things, I did privately as well, and in many ways Page and Mortichai became my guides leading me closer to wholeness even as I invented them.