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Opening Pages


CHAPTER ONE A RARE LIBRARY FIND Eva Dreyfus had finally managed to get to that stage in life where everything seemed to have fallen into place, like a perfect game of solitaire, when, after turning card after card, there was … Continue reading

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Going Dutch on the Berkeley Campus: Prologue


Prologue: Teetering on the Brink Summer 2004: My husband and I were sitting at the kitchen table as if we were a bunch of silent second-rate actors against the backdrop of a sparse and tired set by Harold Pinter. We … Continue reading

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Going Dutch on the Berkeley Campus; WE’RE ON!


Hi Folks, Traffic was insane for my last blog post so I am going to take the plunge and release my manuscript about my years at Berkeley, teaching a language that has/had a certain appeal to a very eclectic group. … Continue reading

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Shall I Feed this Manuscript to the Fire?


As we are ready to leave our happy home, I’m finding discarded manuscripts. One of them contains essays on my experiences teaching Dutch at UC Berkeley (2004-2014). I wrote them in Dutch but I am thinking of translating them, because … Continue reading

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And so the end is near…


This title sounds more ominous than it is which is just to hook you, dear reader… Clickbait. Sorry. But do read on. Time moves in loops and circles and I hope this end is a new beginning. This morning we’re … Continue reading

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The Next Generation: The Nexus to Hope and Redemption


This past week Jon and I were fortunate enough to see our son graduate in Boston. He received a BA in bioengineering and got a job offer from CRISPR, a gene editing company that may make a slew of hereditary … Continue reading

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May 4th, 2019: The Forgotten Women of WWII


Evil runs in cycles. With a strong men cult around the world and the right hardening and winning in places where liberalism and freedom once reigned, I lie awake at night, worrying about the possibility of a world spinning out … Continue reading

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Everything is Connected


And so it’s April, and still raining. This has been the wettest Spring I’ve seen in California but we’re out of the drought for the first time in eight years, so we can start flushing our toilets again and ask … Continue reading

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The Things that Remain…


I admit that my last blog was rather gothic, although writing about my doldrums is a way of writing things out of my system and thus free therapy for me. I want to switch gears and tell you that I’m … Continue reading

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January is the Longest Month…


I never liked January. Do you? As much as I enjoyed Christmas with the kids coming home from faraway, cold places, January hit me like a menopausal mood swing. I put the Christmas tree away early, packing it and shelving … Continue reading

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