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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.

Tools for Tuesday: Terrific Tools for Your Toolbox

In a funk? Remember the story of the baby chick. (Read on.) No matter what we face today, there’s always a solution. We might not get the answer immediately but it will come. “Whatever God has blessed you with, take … Continue reading

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Who is Rich?

My friend, Lily, just got engaged. Mazel tov, mazel tov, the sound of breaking glass is not far behind. (For those who don’t know, under the chuppah, or wedding canopy, the groom steps on a glass at the end of … Continue reading

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Frances Dinkelspiel: Do A Lot of Writing. Practice, Practice, Practice.

In my series of interviews with writers, I have been fortunate to talk to a wide variety of writers, including Molly Antopol, Anita Diamant, Dara Horn, Tatiana de Rosnay and many others. Today’s interview is with Frances Dinkelspiel, author of Towers … Continue reading

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Rachel Levy Lesser: Writing a Good Personal Essay Should Make You Feel Uncomfortable

I’m happy to welcome Rachel Levy Lesser to The Best Chapter. Rachel is the author of several books, including a memoir, Shopping for Love.  Diana Bletter: Your memoir, Shopping for Love, manages to combine the deep sorrow dealing with your … Continue reading

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My Astonishing Discovery on Mother’s Day

Last year, soon after my step-son had just been diagnosed with Stage Four non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, I went with him for one of his treatments at the hospital near Tel Aviv. Nadav has lived me with me on and off since … Continue reading

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When You’re Lost, Do You Stress or Stay Serene? And What’s the Message?

I was on my way to give a talk about A Remarkable Kindness in the town of Carmiel in northern Israel with my son, Ari, a few weeks ago. We got lost. We ended up pulling into the bus station—I … Continue reading

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Foraging for Words and Weeds

Inspired by my friend, Abbie Rosner, author of Breaking Bread in Galilee, I went foraging for wild spinach down the road from my house. I was also foraging for words while writing. Stuck. Even though I’ve written one novel (and … Continue reading

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Tool For Tuesday: Today is a Gift. That’s Why It’s Called the Present.

Colette said, “What a wonderful life I’ve had! I only wish I’d realized it sooner.” I’m going to do a tahara — a burial ritual — at the cemetery in our village in a few hours. Whenever I get a … Continue reading

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The Cutest Dogs Love The Mom Who Took Off On Her Motorcycle

My friend, Barley, (also known as Bara Hotchkiss) sent me this photo of her dog reading The Mom Who Took Off On Her Motorcycle along with her. Which made my day, because I was having a tough time writing my … Continue reading

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Which Part of “Trust Yourself” Don’t You Get?

My younger daughter, Libby, left her statistics test feeling fine about how the test went for her. Then she spoke to other students. Comparing answers, she realized that she got a lot of them wrong. No surprise there, she told … Continue reading

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