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#52snapshots–Week 19

I continued to write about Esther Toby Drewno Entel and deepening my understanding of her life, including her father dying when she was in her teens and a younger brother dying in early 1914. I wonder whether her brother’s death … Continue reading

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#52snapshots–Week 18

I did indeed write about my mother’s maternal grandmother, Esther Toby Drewno Entel, last week. She had little footprint in Poland and later in America. There are no photos of her. When I asked cousins what stories they’d been told, … Continue reading

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#52snapshots–Week 17

I didn’t really generate any new work last week. I started to write about the bedroom my twin sister and I shared in our childhood home, but it wasn’t very interesting. It hasn’t so far sparked any revelations, and that’s … Continue reading

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#52snapshots–Week 16

The next few weeks are going to be tough with revisions to two novel-in-verse manuscripts and wrapping up the spring semester. But I have some dedicated writing time allocated and hope to keep generating new material. I have done some … Continue reading

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#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 … Continue reading

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#52snapshots–Week 14

I think the trick to fueling these snapshots, at least for me, is research. I wanted to revise my piece on the basement of my childhood home. Rumor had it that the basement had been a speakeasy. Using Ancestry, I … Continue reading

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#52snapshots–Week 13

I think I may be running out of steam on #52snapshots. I need some breathing room to jot down a list of questions I have about my own family history–what do I want to know more about? It could be … Continue reading

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#52snapshots–Week 12

I know I will have to bring my “basement” piece through a revision process to find a core throughline and finesse it to a literary level. When I will do that, I just don’t know. This Week I’ve been wondering … Continue reading

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#52snapshots–Week 11

I have a bit of a sketch about my great-uncle Meyer Krasner. I’ve been thinking about his possible attention to detail and precision as a tailor. His grandson tells me he’d been known to make himself a ham sandwich when … Continue reading

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#52snapshots–Week 10

I finally managed to figure out a way to write about the DNA secrets that emerged through DNA testing of various family members. I wrote a letter to my great-grandmother and explained why I’m not able to find her family … Continue reading

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