Loaves and enchiladas

Challah cooling after baking

Challah made by experienced and novice conference participants, December 2015. Photo by Rhea.

Last Friday, I joined a crowd of around 500 for MLK Shabbat at Sixth and I Synagogue. The service brought together members of Jewish community and the Turner Memorial AME Church. On Sunday and Monday, many celebrated the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the fight for civil rights at church and interfaith services.

These events remind me how a yearning for social justice can bind communities of faith, as well as the centrality of the sabbath.

Leading up to that weekend, I was honored to publish a piece about challah, the bread central to Jewish Shabbat tables:

A Thoughtful Loaf From ‘Yeast of Eden’

Earlier in the week, the Forward also posted a story featuring a recipe by local cookbook author and healthy eating guru Natasha Rosenstock Nadel:

Vegan Enchilada Casserole

I’ll end with a plug for another event. If you live in DC, check out Why Ethics?: Blacks, Jews and the Crisis of Political Solidarity in an Age of Terror tomorrow.

Happy eating, and may 2016 bring us closer together.

 

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Publication: Oils for Hanukkah

Think Before You Fry: Latkes frying in a pan

Tablet Magazine just published my piece on cooking oils for Hanukkah. Check it out:

Think Before You Fry

 

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Thankful for NaNoWriMo

Rhea at the laptop

Working off Thanksgiving dinner in New York. Thinking burns a ton of calories, you know. Photo credit: Marji Yablon.

As I write this, it is Thanksgiving. It’s also Day 26 of NaNoWriMo–National Novel Writing Month. Like many others, I’m grateful for both the family and food I’ve enjoyed today. Like a hefty helping of my fellow writers, I’m also thankful for an opportunity to write (mostly) fiction (almost) every day this month.

I want to take a moment to reflect on what I’ve been doing for the past three-plus weeks. My arrangement is a network binding myself and three other scribes into a daily writing practice. We haven’t pledged to write a novel from whole cloth during this month (though one of us has, indeed, put the final stitches in her book-in-progress. Congratulations, Celeste!) We haven’t even committed to 30 days of fiction. It’s just about writing creatively–for any amount of time–every single day.

What has this meant for me? Let’s see. I’ve written:

  • Nine flash fiction stories
  • Five zygotes of additional stories
  • One pitch for an article (which was accepted!)
  • The article (link coming by Hanukkah)
  • Another pitch for an article (awaiting review)
  • A mysterious file that is blank except for the title “Maybe we thaw and gel”

Great thanks to Celeste, Dottye, and Cheryl for making this happen over daily emails. I’ll miss those one- and two-sentence check-ins. Looking forward to four more days, at the least.

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Multimedia publication: What affordable housing looks like

three buildings on a city street
Affordable apartment units for veterans are an important feature of the John and Jill Ker Conway Residence, now under construction on North Capital Street in DC. Architectural rendering courtesy of DLR Group | Sorg.

I was honored to contribute a multimedia element to a story on affordable housing on Elevation DC. The whole special report package is worth a careful read. My graphic is under “Affordable housing: Then and now.” It’s a two-part piece showing old and newer (wrong and right?) ways to approach the concept.

Check it out: Special Report: Why D.C. needs more affordable housing–and how we can get there

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I DON’T ALWAYS…

Meme based on the Most Interesting Man in the World character. Text: I don't always make memes. But when I do, I use the damn spell check.

To find out more, attend my workshop:

How to Not Totally Embarrass Yourself on Social Media

Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015

8 – 9 p.m.

Your desk, Anywhere, USA

^^ This has been another post scrutable only to students in ENG 370: Multimedia Composition. Regular RSS subscribers, please ignore and go back to your regularly-scheduled Web-based procrastination ^^

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Sample Reverse Storyboard (for ENG 370)

 

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1utHkSnaOSjeXsjuEysZ6ho8WYBB7CPNre3VOaoz2PH4/edit?usp=sharing

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Publication: Shmita comes home

photo of an overgrown field with weeds and flowers, overlaid with the words

This past week, I was thrilled to publish my first piece for Tablet Magazine. It appeared on Wednesday, 9/15, right after Rosh Hashanah.

Check it out:

Giving It a Rest: What I learned by observing ‘shmita’—a sabbatical year—in my community garden

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