BRAND NEW WEBSITE!

I have a *brand* *new* website that I love so very much, designed by the wonderful Tori Leibovic. It’ll soon transfer over to this domain name (yay!) but until then you can check it out here. Read my work! Come to class! Sign up for newsletters! See you there. xox

Mom’s Creamed Spinach à La Julia

Is there a better feeling than being on the homepage over at Food52? In these pandemic days, I think not. I wrote about missing my mother’s cooking — specifically her spinach — and my mother. And father. And sister, aunt and second mother. You can read all about it by clicking here.

“Tiny pretty things” + INSTAgram Star Ryan Heffington

Don’t we all need more dance (and more TV!) in our lives? In December, you’ll be able to binge Tiny Pretty Things on Netflix. I wrote about this super juicy drama for Dance Spirit.

And I loved talking to and writing about Ryan Heffington for Dance Teacher, whose dance classes on Instagram have been keeping millions of people sane. Read about him here!

ox

Aunt lolly’s famous oatmeal chocolate chip cookies

It would not be an exaggeration to say that Food52, that catch all for recipes, products, cooking hacks and wonderful food-related essays, has helped get me through the pandemic (really). So I am beyond thrilled to have an essay and recipe (!!) up on the site today.

This one is about the homemade cookbook my sister made me when I graduated from college, the book that helped make me a mother. Somehow *everyone* ended up in this one — my sister, parents, aunts, uncles, friends in Vienna and Brooklyn, which feels especially sweet. I miss them all so, so much.

May you read and bake in good health!

xox

Oh, Pandemic life.

Well, hello! It’s been a while. I’ve been writing a lot lately, about all aspects of these terrible times. A sampling! Pour toi!

I wrote about forming a pod, which has, no joke, saved my life.

About my strange and complicated loneliness.

About how the pandemic has stolen my marriage.

About missing my parents.

About the pandemic making me yearn for another baby.

About parenting an only through quarantine.

About how to not kill your spouse.

And I’ve done a bunch of great interviews with Dr. Jane Rosen and Barbara Kaiser, on talking to kids about race and racism, helping them deal with uncertainty and stress.

And of course you can always find more on my Tiny Letter, People + Bodies.

Sending love,

xoxoxo

Summer Writing Classes!

I’m offering two new classes this summer, both over Zoom: One is an open level writing class to get your juices going. The other is an intensive essay-writing class. We will workshop! And rewrite! And critique! And laugh and cry. Both will be fabulous.

You don’t need to be in L.A. to take them. Find out more info here. Can’t wait to work with you.

xo

Dear Abbys Advice Column!

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Hello! In these weirdo times, The Forward has relaunched A Bintel Brief, which was its original advice column from 100 years ago. Now, Abby Sher and I are dishing out advice about, well, everything: love, family, living in a Christian world, Judaism, anti-semitism — and, of course, Covid-19 (ugh). This is us, drawn by the amazing Liana Fink (I’m on the right, obvs):

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Send us your Jewey questions! We will answer them! Email dearabbys@forward.com.

xoxo