Cowgirl Poem

cowgirlYes, I’m subjecting you all to more of my poetry, only because a few of you insisted that I post these pieces somewhere “permanent” so you can read them to your heart’s content no matter what end of the earth I’ve wandered off to. The photo, like the poem, is at least five years old.


So I’m walking down Bolinas
Minding my life’s business
When suddenly a catcall pierces the air:

Hey there, cowgirl
How you doin’?

It’s just some scruffy shmuck
In a pickup truck
Trying his luck
Hoping to f–
Wanting me to return his boomerang with some friendly chatter, see
But what would happen if I threw back what really matters to me? Continue reading

I’m A Cover Girl

jSo it’s not exactly my face on the cover of this week’s j., but Yo, Yenta! leads off the “People of the Blog” feature by Alix Wall and Rachel Silverman. Kvell away, but all must know that the hair stripes are currently a shade called “Little Red Corvette.”

While this yenta provides the local angle, the story also quotes the blogiful wisdom of Esther Kustanowitz, ’cause what would a piece about Jewish blogging be without My Urban Kvetch?

Passover Books for Kids (and the People Who Love Them)

shlemiel crooksYou got your attacking bugs, your Red Sea split, your evil Pharoah going down. The whole Exodus thing is quite a story, compelling enough that we tell it year after year.

But the youngest among us, maybe they like a little more punch in their Pesach. Maybe in the days leading up to the seder they want a different kind of Passover story, just to mix it up. And just maybe there’s a grandparent or relative who’s heard the telling of Exodus every year for decades and might like to volunteer to keep the little ones quiet during the seder by reading them a story — y’know, so the other adults can concentrate.

And, as we all know from the Haggadah, a good story has as much to do with its telling as it does with the plot (there’s always somebody who can turn Exodus into a big yawn).

Read the rest of the Yenta’s book review “Beyond the Haggadah: Passover titles for the little ones,” from this week’s j.

Science, Faith and Nekkid Mice

intuitionStraight from this week’s j. weekly: the Yenta’s interview with Allegra Goodman, author of three novels (including the newly-released “Intuition”) and tuchus-kicking Jewish mother:

She’s been called a “prodigy” by the Wall Street Journal. Time magazine compared her to Saul Bellow and Philip Roth. Undoubtedly, author Allegra Goodman is heading toward a permanent place in the American Jewish canon.

But perhaps her accolades are even more hard won than her predecessors’, since Bellow and Roth never had to drive carpool. Continue reading