Author Archives: Jane

About Jane

The gravitar you see is Joey, narrator and protagonist of my book, "DOGS DON'T LOOK BOTH WAYS," 2015 B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree. Recently I have been film critic for newspapers such as "The Jewish Advocate," "The Jewish Journal" and "The Newton Tab." I love to bicycle, play tennis, and swim, and to participate in local community activities. My favorites are providing food for the needy, bicycle and pedestrian safety, and literacy.

What Charlottesville Could Learn from Valencia: The Peace and the Concordance

This is the way it is now, the Placa de Ayunatamiento, in Valencia, Spain. Not the way I remembered it from the fearful days of the fascist dictator Francisco Franco who, supported by Adolf Hitler, had led the Spanish nation … Continue reading

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Film Review: Menashe (2017)

CLICK HERE TO READ MY FULL REVIEW AND INTERVIEW NOTES WITH THE DIRECTOR, JOSHUA WEINSTEIN, AND THE LEAD ACTOR, MENASHE LUSTIG, and to SEE THE TRAILER More to follow!   Save Save Save Save Save Save Save

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What’s Your Morbid Hobby?

Life is full of “which is worse” scenarios. There’s the “death by fire” or “death by ice.” Here it is in the poem “Fire and Ice,” as could only have been written by the great American poet Robert Frost: Some … Continue reading

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What You Didn’t Know about Grandma

Life is full of “which is worse” scenarios. There’s the “death by fire” or “death by ice.” Here it is in the poem “Fire and Ice,” as could only have been written by the great American poet Robert Frost: Some … Continue reading

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Film Review: My Hero Brother (2016)

Want to see a light film that you didn’t expect to like but has a subtle and uplifting impact? Read about some incredible sibling relationships, and a lot more! The film is not in the theaters now, but you’ll be … Continue reading

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Film Review: La La Land

From its opening scene under a big blue sky on a bumper-to-bumper L.A. highway stretching as far as the eye can see, in which drivers exit their vehicles to join in singing and dancing with a precision, energy and choreography … Continue reading

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Submissions: What Would Joyce Kilmer Say?

Some of you poets out there have  encountered this email text: “It is difficult to make a judgement about a poet’s work based on one poem. Therefore, I am asking you if you could, to send, say, 6 – 8 … Continue reading

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Poetry Submissions: What Would Joyce Kilmer Say?

I’m sure many of you poets have all encountered this email text: “It is difficult to make a judgement about a poet’s work based on one poem. Therefore, I am asking you if you could, to send, say, 6 – … Continue reading

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Smorgasbord Health – The Dynamics of Change – Our Mental Being

Originally posted on Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life:
In the previous post I looked at the voluntary and involuntary changes to our body during our lifetime and where we can influence those changes for better health and…

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Bye Bye Business!

It’s been a great run, really. But two weeks ago I realized it was time to say goodbye. Goodbye to my business that I’d been running since 1995. I’ve passed by many storefronts that have closed up, only to be … Continue reading

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