#52snapshots–Week 15

In the past week, I’ve revised a non-snapshot essay about a friend who died, trying to understand our relationship, and how perhaps her sometimes erratic behavior was driven by her illness that she didn’t talk about, at least not to me. I think it may now be ready to send out. At the same time, I have drafted something about my step-grandmother.

(This photo shows my childhood home in northern New Jersey as it stands now, not at all what it looked like when my family lived there from 1959-2008. For one thing, the big oak tree near the curb is done as are the under-window rhododendron bushes.)

I have also done my online research about my mother’s cigarette brand and posted a query to H-New Jersey, an online group of scholars interested in New Jersey history, about speakeasies in private homes for my snapshot about the basement in my childhood home.

This Week

This week I have many snapshot options: writing about hiding in the upstairs bathroom as a kid; writing about failing my driver’s test my senior year of high school (a humiliating story); and/or writing about visiting my grandmother’s shtetl in Poland. Whatever I don’t write about this week, I can pursue in future weeks.

Other Work in Progress

This week I dedicate to revisions on my bio in verse, still undergoing the contract process. If there’s time, or if I need a break, I may try to revise my “basement” snapshot.

About Barbara Krasner

History writer and award-winning author Barbara Krasner writes Jewish-themed poetry, articles, nonfiction books, and novels for children and adults.
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