Trapped In a Car for 4 Hours

I spent Sunday night trapped in a car for 4 hours. ​ But it could have been a whole lot worse. ​ I’d driven across the Bay to meet my friends Amy and Tara for dinner and a show in Oakland — we’d each invited our husbands, but they’d all declined, so it turned into a...
Don’t Feed the Gremlins

Don’t Feed the Gremlins

“You do know this class is being given for a grade, right?” I asked the class. ​ It was as if all the air was sucked out of the room. ​ Everybody froze — fifteen deer in the headlights. ​ They glanced at each other. Could she be serious, they seemed to be silently...
What’s in a Name?

What’s in a Name?

When I started my very first business back in 1996 (as a freelance calligrapher/artist), I remember agonizing over what to call myself. ​ One of my specialties was making ketubot, or Jewish marriage contracts (the singular of the Hebrew word is ketubah), and I needed...