Randi Kreiss
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My grandfather Morris Brownstein fled the Russian Ukraine in 1912, and made the long crossing of the Atlantic from Antwerp, Belgium, to the U.S. He was 15 years old and he was alone. more
I suppose “God’s in his heaven and all’s right with the world,” as the poet Robert Browning wrote, because Rosh Hashana fell on a perfect day this year. Some years, the Jewish New Year begins while beach chairs still sit on the sand. Other years, frost is on the pumpkin. more
A new house is going up on my block for the first time in maybe 70 years. more
"It’s for the birds.” That was how The New York Times summed up the new movie version of Donna Tartt’s novel “The Goldfinch.” I’m heartbroken. more
We can almost hear the crisp curling of burning pages in President Trump’s dangerous rhetoric. His people aren’t burning books yet, but it could happen. When authoritarian leaders consolidate power, they always kill ideas first. more
Age has its privileges. The big kids are off to college, the little ones are back in school, parents are kick-starting weekday routines, everyone has the back-to-business jitters, and me? I’m hanging at the beach. more
Personally, if I were buying a country, I’d go for Greece. President Trump made a bid for Greenland two weeks ago . . . more
We are at the apex of summer, a peach-perfect moment, and how sweet it is. Tomatoes grow heavy on the vine . . . more
I never knew why my husband’s Aunt Ada went into the Army during World War II, but my hunch is that the family thought it might tame her wild ways. more
Right here in my corner of the universe, a feel-good, do-good project has been sending children back to school every year for the past seven years, with new books and backpacks, sneakers and clothes and even toiletries — and it’s all free. more
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