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

Become a Tiny Letter Patron!

Hi, loves! As many of you know, I started a Tiny Letter weekly newsletter a few months ago. I’ve been loving it so much — writing them each and every week, hearing back from you, being in touch with so many readers — that I’ve decided to devote more time and energy to it.

Sooooo, I started a Patreon account! This means that — if the spirit moves you, and you are able — you can help support this labor of love with a tiny bit of monetary support. There’s only one level of donation: $3/month, which is less than the cost of a latte. The letter will continue to be free and available to all — just think of it like NPR! Always free. Always grateful for the backing. Artists appreciate your support to do our work.

If you haven’t yet signed up, what are you waiting for? I’d love to have you. And if you have, tell a friend, won’t you? You can read more about what I’m doing here.

xoxo

More Rebel Girls + !

The second piece in my Rebel Girls series about mothering abroad is up! This one is about life in Sydney, Australia. Canadian Jill Gamberg and I talked healthcare, hospital stays, au pairs and life so far from home. You can read it here!

Also! Have you signed up for my Tiny Letter yet? It’s a weekly love letter that lands right in your inbox every Tuesday. I talk motherhood, family, friendship, baking, cooking, politics, activism — in short, I talk about life. I’d be so delighted to have you.

xoxo

Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls — and Rebel Moms

So: everyone knows the wonderful books Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls, yes? If you are a parent of a young girl (or boy!), you should. They are a collection of tiny biographies of important, daring women — everyone from RBG to Serena Williams, Harriet Tubman to Aung San Suu Kyi. The art is something to behold.

And now, the company has launched an online site called Rebel Girls Boundless — for which I am writing a series about parenting abroad.

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I’ll be profiling six mothers — mostly expats — one on every continent. The first story is about my little family in Vienna, Austria. But we will be featuring moms in Australia, Bahrain, India, Argentina and Dar es Salaam.

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I’ll post each link here. I’d be delighted if you came along for the ride.

xoxoxo