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It has been quite a year! Let’s take a look.
January: I rode into 2019 as a new mom and returned to full-time teaching.
Summer: Next City and Urban Land articles got me back into publishing my work, and I loved it. The editors (one I knew and the other I worked with for the first time) were great.
October: My son toddled – full throttle – into his first birthday.
Mid-December saw me madly grading more than 90 final papers and presentations. I submitted final grades on Monday! Phew!
Now here I am, watching the last days of December winking along my calendar into 2020. I look forward to closing the year with the lights of Hanukkah and D.C. As family members from four states and the District converge, we plan to hit both Zoolights and the light maze at Nationals Park, not to mention watch light sabers flash through Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.
Best wishes to you and yours this holiday season!
I’m honored and thrilled to see my short story, “Digging to Switzerland,” in print. It appears in the anthology Abundant Grace: Fiction by DC Area Women (Paycock Press), edited by Richard Peabody.
In a new article for the Jewish Daily Forward, I visit a family camp at the Pearlstone Center. Check it out:
Undone Chocolate bars with Himalayan sea salt get dressed up for the holiday. Courtesy of Undone Chocolate.
My story on DC’s own Undone Chocolate appeared on The Jewish Daily Forward this weekend.
Check it out:
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:
Earlier in the week, the Forward also posted a story featuring a recipe by local cookbook author and healthy eating guru Natasha Rosenstock Nadel:
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.
Tablet Magazine just published my piece on cooking oils for Hanukkah. Check it out:
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:
A field at the University of DC’s Muirkirk Research Farm sprouts clover between rows of last year’s rice crop during a visit in April. Photo by Rhea.
I’ve been talking about my rice article for The Washington Post since…. well, April! And my interest in small-scale grain growing dates back to at least 2012. No, make that 2009!
I’m excited to share that at last, “Rice” is up. You can read it here:
I so appreciate the people who you see quoted in the story. They were generous with their time and ideas.
Some of my geekier and historical references didn’t make the final cut. If you’re interested in the history of rice in the U.S., check out Black Rice by Judith A. Carney. Che Axum recommended it to me, and I will pass that along to you.
I have a piece this week in the online magazine Elevation DC. The upside: I got to know four of the most vibrant personalities on the DC culinary scene. Downside: I have a long list of restaurants I need to visit. Come to think of it, is that really so bad?
Filed under DC, Local food
I have a piece in the fine publication Civil Eats! I’m proud to bring news of DC’s urban agriculture boom to a national audience.
Filed under Blog, DC, Gardening