Leslie emailed me this photo that was originally on Christopher Diaz's Facebook page. We both found it an amusing riff on the mutual admiration Trump and Putin have declared for each other. We find the photo increasingly disturbing and we're not the only ones. There has been a spate of op-ed pieces that castigate Trump for his Putin-o-philia. Wiser political minds than ours hav...
I learned a new term this week—encore career.It's the current buzz word for retired adults who begin a career or plunge into a new passion.Some do this in addition to pursuing hobbies like golf or bridge or taking classes to keep their minds sharp. Others eschew the traditional retirement activities to enjoy a different career.The term was popularized by Marc Freedman who is now CEO of E...
I've been retired for six years now from teaching high school history, but sometimes I can't help reading the news and turning it into a lesson plan, or, in this case, three lesson plans.Melania's speech was perfect material for the first week of school. So, English and history teachers, enjoy the dog days of summer and stop scrounging around for introductory units. I'll share my thoughts for...
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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