At this moment sitting at the Shabbat table alone, watching the sunset with dogs at my feet, I feel grateful. There is a filling of my heart for my children now together in Australia and New Zealand for a few weeks, my always understanding husband, my amazing family, my longstanding friends, gratifying work, and adorable pets.My father felt so fortunate in his life and had a knack for announcing h...
As I move through the beauty of Sedona, Arizona I watch everyone take out their cameras and click pictures on the trail, and then, as if the moment were successfully captured, move on. It is amazing. Once we had to save our film because it was finite and costly. I started thinking about what people did before they had cameras to engrave a moment in their memory – pictures only convey th...
A story within a story by Mohsin Hamid of an old woman who lived in the same home since childhood through two marriages and children growing up and wandering on to find their own lives inspired this blog. Mohsin's character is old now, and no longer knows her neighbors for the homes are populated with people who move in and out, many who don't speak the language, are far younger, and don't ha...
We were featured speakers at Hadassah Brandeis Institute and Levy Summer Series. Our speaking engagements include JCCs, synagogues, libraries, book groups, retirement communities, schools, and organizations (e.g. ORT, Hadassah, and Women's League). References are available.
"I was very fortunate to be able to hear Meryll and Leslie speak at a Hadassah event in Israel. Each of the ~50 participants really enjoyed the event because Meryll and Leslie were so engaging. While they had a natural rapport with the audience, you could also tell they had prepared well so they could connect with our particular group's interests. I learned a lot from listening to them, and I found their sisterly interaction unique and fun. If you want an enlightening and uplifting experience, attend one of their book talks." Lisa Shimoni, Modiin Israel
"Truly, you have written a story that makes accessible the reality of existence in Russia, through the eyes of individuals who lived through the various regimes and dictates. It is fascinating and very well told. As I read Vera and Alla's story, I learned more Russian history than I had known from a textbook. That's a big deal, women! You tell the tale with vivid detail and hook us on the two women and their stories, then weave in the history to illuminate their journeys. It is such a necessary book. I am thrilled that the two of you collaborated, as I can see the uniqueness of your personalities come through in the stories, and that, too, makes the book a gem." Margaret Leibfried, Danielson Group consultant
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