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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.

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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Tool For Tuesday: How Writers Learn To Deal With Rejections

A friend of mine wrote to me in distress after getting a rejection from a magazine editor to whom she had submitted an article. “And he said he wanted to see it!” she groused. “Ouch. Now what do I do … Continue reading

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Ten Things To Remember On Trust.

Here’s a prayer on trust that my friend, Amy, wrote. She sent it to me and I modified it a bit for all of us. I trust there is a plan even when I don’t know what it is. I … Continue reading

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How to Keep Writing No Matter What: The Novelist Who Learned How to Beat Writer’s Block

This is a post for all those writers who want to give up. Don’t. No matter how long it takes, keep going. I was so disappointed when the novel I now hold in my hands, A Remarkable Kindness, got rejected … Continue reading

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Arthur Ashe: Words of Wisdom on Living Simply.

When Arthur Ashe was asked, “Why did God have to select you for such a bad disease?” He replied:“Fifty Million children started playing Tennis, 5 Million learnt to play Tennis, 500 000 learnt Professional Tennis, 50 Thousand came to Circuit, 5 Thousand reached the … Continue reading

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3 Things You Can Do for Someone You Love (Besides Leave them Alone)

Heard on the street about that difficult-to-define word, detachment. DETACH. Don’t Even Think About Changing Him/Her. That is what detachment means. It’s either your business or none of your business. We can’t jump in and turn the screws in someone’s … Continue reading

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Tool For Tuesday: What If This Is The Last Photo You’re Going to Take?

It’s very hard for most of us to really dive into the present and accept where we are right now. Oh, maybe we want something more, better, newer, WARMER. (For those of you experiencing a blizzard!) More fun, more action, … Continue reading

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Anita Diamant: On The Red Tent, Writing, And Her Latest Novel, The Boston Girl

I am honored to welcome Anita Diamant whose novels include The Red Tent, Day After Night, and her latest, The Boston Girl. Diana Bletter:  I admire the way you are able to write historical fiction in such a way that … Continue reading

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Six Tips For Writers: What I Learned As COMMENTARY Publishes My Story, “One Kiss, One Baby, One God”

Nothing to do today? You can read my short story in Commentary Magazine here. It just came out. I am honored to be published in this respected journal. I sent this story in to the slush pile and the editor, … Continue reading

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