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About dianabletter

Diana Bletter is a writer living in northern Israel whose novel, A Remarkable Kindness, is forthcoming from HarperCollins in August. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Commentary, tabletmag, and other publications. Her first book, The Invisible Thread: A Portrait of Jewish American Women (with photographs by Lori Grinker) was nominated for a National Jewish Book Award.

Tool For Tuesday: How To Make Decisions

In 2010, I wrote a blog about making decisions when one of my daughters was trying to figure out what to do with her life. (We all seem to ponder that question rather frequently.) I suggested that act like a … Continue reading

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How to Write a Novel Synopsis. Seven Tips, Do’s and Don’ts. Bonus! Synopsis Samples.

How do you write a synopsis for a novel? This is almost (almost) harder than writing your novel. But there’s a form to follow and that makes it easy. OK, so you wrote a novel. Bravo! You have (I’m hoping) … Continue reading

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Tool for Tuesday: Don’t Give Up Your Resentment. (That is, if you don’t want to get better.)

That’s right. Don’t give up your resentments if you want to continue drinking poison and expecting the other person to get sick. Don’t give up your anger if that’s how you want to fuel yourself. If you get an adrenaline … Continue reading

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What Really Counts on Memorial Day

I am writing this post in honor of all loved ones who are defending America.  I am filled with admiration for their sacrifice. In Israel, there is a military draft for young men (three years) and young women (two years). … Continue reading

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Author Michelle Brafman: On Her First Novel, Washing the Dead, and the Tahara Ritual

I’m delighted to welcome Michelle Brafman, who’s just published her first novel, Washing the Dead (Prospect Park Books). Talk about serendipity. I am not the only one writing about a hevra kadisha (a burial circle) right now. In Washing the … Continue reading

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12 Tips for Mothering On Mother’s Day (MOM is WOW Spelled Upside Down!)

Last Mother’s Day, I wrote about whether it was a happy or unhappy Mother’s Day because it was the first Mother’s Day after my own mother’s death. You can read it here. But today, I want to share 12 tips … Continue reading

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For Writers: What’s the Best Way to Respond to Criticism? Take it.

I read an article in The New York Times about Julie Straus-Gabel, the publisher of Dutton children’s books. When she is editing books, she sends writers—including John Green (The Fault In our Stars)—stinging letters full of criticism and suggestions. Adam … Continue reading

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Want To Improve a Relationship? Here’s a Simple Formula That Works Every Time.

Want To Improve a Relationship? Use Algebra. Even if you don’t get math, this one is easy. Let’s say you know that: 1 + 2 = 3 (Right? I’m assuming that global warming has not effected math, yet.) So in … Continue reading

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Three Messages of the Easter/Passover Bunny

I was in New York City with Jonny and our six children right before Easter and Passover a few years ago. Since we were living in Israel, the kids had no idea what Easter was, so when we saw a … Continue reading

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Ask Yourself This: Are You a Depriver or an Indulger? And Why Does it Matter?

Are you an indulger or a depriver? I could come up with a list of questions to help you determine if you indulge yourself or deprive yourself. But this one will do: If you have, oh, let’s say, an hour … Continue reading

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