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#52snapshots–Week 30

True to my word, I did write about Morduch Krasner, my great-grandfather. It was an interesting journey through his documentation. There’s a family through Ancestry.com that insists is related to him through a sister, but I have no DNA connection … Continue reading

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#52snapshots–Week 29

Last week I said I would write about Chaim Joseph Entel, my mother’s maternal grandfather, and so I did. What I wrote was clearly speculative and I’m enjoying imagining the personalities of my ancestors. I’d share a photo of him, … Continue reading

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#52snapshots–Week 28

I’m getting increasingly into “speculative memoir,” that is, at least in my case, writing about ancestors I never knew. I’m not much for writing about myself in memoir format, but a pop-up session last week by Emily Stoddard at Voice … Continue reading

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#52snapshots–Week 27

Good news! The first of #52snapshots, the one called “Black Taffeta” about my father’s paternal grandmother and my namesake, Bryna Krasner, has been accepted for Fall 2021 publication by The Kelsey Review. This is the only journal I submitted it … Continue reading

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#52snapshots–Week 26

Here we are at the halfway mark for 2021. I’ve certainly produced a lot of content and synthesized thirty years of genealogical research in ways I wouldn’t think possible. Not everything I’ve drafted will warrant a full-length essay. And that’s … Continue reading

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#52snapshots–Week 25

I’ve been focused on fiction this last week and trying to discern whether one of my “stories,” which weighs in currently at 13,000 words, is a short story, a novella, or a wannabe novel. At the same time, my Ethel … Continue reading

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#52snapshots–Week 24

Even if these essays about my immigrant forebears don’t receive publication, I know I’ve been able to somewhat piece together the fragments of their lives into a sort of biography. During a bout of insomnia the other night, I thought … Continue reading

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#52snapshots–Week 23

Inspired by Toni Morrison’s “Sites of Memory” chapter in William Zinsser’s edited volume, Inventing the Truth: The Art and Craft of Memoir, I began to think about my trip to my grandfather’s shtetl in 2008, recalling my thoughts about the … Continue reading

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#52snapshots–Week 22

Years ago when I first embarked on my family history journey, I spent a lot of time at the local Mormon stake, ordering and reviewing scores of microfilms. One of the volunteers there said with absolute conviction, “Our ancestors want … Continue reading

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#52snapshots–Weeks 20 & 21

I’ve been writing about my maternal great-grandmother Esther Toby Drewno Entel through a “braided essay” class given by Marian Calabro at the Montclair (NJ) adult school. At our last session last week, I began to write about changes in headstone … Continue reading

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