Writings

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In roughly 25 years as a professional writer, Linda has written hundreds of articles. Below are a select group, including her most recently published stories and favorite projects. Because of copyright issues, she could not post articles from her six years at The Dallas Morning News. Please contact Linda if you’d like to see more of her writing samples.

  • MEMOIR

  • Modim-Linda-K-Wertheimer-Tiferet-Fall2014
  • Summary: Tiferet, a spiritual literary journal, published an essay of mine, Modim, in its Fall 2014 issue. This essay stems partly from my yet-to-be-published memoir about losing my brother and finding faith and partly from my experiences with post-partum depression.

 

      • Son Teaches Mom How to Be a Jew at Christmas
      • Summary: The New York Times Motherlode blog posted an essay of mine on Dec. 7, 2012, about a common dilemma for Jewish parents or parents of any children who are not in the Christian majority. How do we teach our children to be proud of their religious identity and customs, yet still respect the traditions of […]

     

      • Naming a Son for a Brother Who Died Young
        Summary: Choosing a name for our unborn son stirred up the past for my husband and me. I wrote an essay about that struggle for The New York Times Motherlode blog. The piece was published on July 29, 2012, and stems partly from a chapter in the memoir I’m writing about journeying through grief and […]

     

      • Yearning to Hear My Brother’s Voice
      • Summary: The Boston Globe Magazine on May 27, 2012, published my essay about how it was so hard to remember my brother’s voice, though I could remember so much more. musings about whether to keep or toss my Mel Gibson DVDS, given the actor’s continued anti-Semitic rants. It ran as a Connections column. Reaction: The […]

     

     

      • Jew Girl
      • Veteran journalist Linda K. Wertheimer, who’s writing a memoir about the loss of her brother and her journey closer to faith, chronicles how being the only Jews in public school bonded her and her brother closer in this excerpt. It was published in March 2012 in Tiferet Journal’s Fifth Bridge edition, a collection of winning essays from the publication’s 2011 contest.

     

      • A Jewish Mom’s Dilemma: Does Hanukkah Have to Compete with Christmas?
      • Summary: I’m not the first Jewish parent to face this conundrum. How do I make sure that my young son’s fascination with the Christmas spectacle doesn’t diminish his enthusiasm for his family’s religion? In a Dec. 18, 2011 column for The Boston Globe Magazine, I write about dealing with this dilemma and attempting to keep […]

     

  • OTHER WRITING

      • What’s a Fan to Do When a Star Acts Badly?
      • Mel Gibson was at it again recently and reportedly lobbed anti-Semitic slurs at a colleague and made an awful joke. My quandary: I like Mel’s movies and own three. Should I keep or toss them? My musings ran in The Boston Globe magazine’s Perspective section.

     

      • Make Hanukkah about the Gifts that Count
      • Summary: How can we make Hanukkah more about a celebration than about a shopping frenzy? In a November 2010 article for The Jewish Advocate, I described my family’s attempt to downplay gifts in favor of togetherness and celebration. To read the article, published in The Jewish Advocate, click here.

     

      • Do we compete with Christmas too much at Hanukkah?
      • Summary: Should we downplay gifts at Hanukkah? Four rabbis from the Boston-area weigh in on Hanukkah and the role gifts should or should not play in my November 2010 article for The Jewish Advocate. To read the article, published in The Jewish Advocate, click here

     

  • PARENTING

      • Deciding that One Child is Enough
      • Summary: A baby boom was on in my son’s day-care, and a neighbor came over with the news that she was expecting her third child. Simon began to wonder when his baby brother or sister was coming. I wrote about my family’s decision to have one child in an article for Kveller.com, a New York-based […]

     

      • Make Way for Blue Ducklings
      • Summary: For Mother’s Day 2011, I had an ideal of how everything would play out. Simon and I would make a bright yellow duckling costume with yellow wings. Simon had other ideas and taught me a lot about motherhood as a result. I wrote about the experience in an essay for Kveller.com, a New York-based […]

     

      • Don’t Call Me Grandma
      • Summary: In a tongue-in-cheek piece, I respond to getting called Grandma when I’m out and about with my 3-year-old. I wrote this for Kveller.com, a national Jewish parenting website. Read the article.

     

      • No synagogues, please: Groups woo families in cafes, My Gyms
      • Summary: Jewish organizations around the nation are trying to woo young families through meet-ups, activities outside of shuls. My article for The Forward, a national Jewish weekly newspaper, ran online on Dec. 22, 2010, and ran in print editions on Dec. 31, 2010. Read the article.

     

      • Judaism, by baby steps
      • My 4-month-old baby boy nestled in my arms, I walked into the sanctuary hoping to discreetly slip back into a seat by my husband. “Simon,” Rabbi Howard Jaffe called out in his booming voice. “Come join us.” It was time for the Aleinu prayer, and our temple’s tradition was to invite children to participate and […]

     

  • EDUCATION

      • AP Classes: A Problem for Massachusetts High Schoolers?
      • Summary: I wrote a piece for the Oct. 7, 2012, Boston Globe magazine about the rise in enrollment in Advanced Placement classes and how that has led to a troubling trend in competitive high schools. The highest-achieving students compete to see just how many AP classes they can pack into their schedule, a move they […]

     

      • Dynamic New Leader Puts Oomph Back in Brandeis
      • Summary: To many students and faculty, new Brandeis President Fred Lawrence has practically achieved rock star status. A former dean of The George Washington University Law School, he became president in January 2011 of a university that had been hamstrung by financial difficulties and embroiled in controversy. My article about Lawrence and the challenges he […]

     

     

      • Little Kids, Big Problems
      • Summary: Educators, lawmakers, parents, and others are trying to do more to help rather than punish preschoolers with the most extreme behaviors. The goal: Prevent expulsions from preschools and day-cares and make life easier for both parent and child. Read the article To hear more on the topic: Listen to interviews I did on two […]

     

      • School has sanctuary for troubled teens
      • Summary: Hannah Cummins opened her life and heart up to me for this Boston Globe article about her depression and how a program at Brookline High School helped her make a good comeback. Read the article Reaction: The story provoked many comments on Boston.com and in my email box. Most readers were supportive and lauded […]

     

  • ARTICLES ABOUT WRITING

     

      • Interview with Dani Shapiro for Writer magazine
      • Summary: Dani Shapiro, author of Devotion, a memoir about her journey toward faith, talks about what inspires her as a writer in an interview I conducted with her for the February 2011 issue of The Writer . Read the article.

     

      • Editing job improved my writing
      • Summary: Spending three years as an assistant city editor at The Boston Globe taught me valuable lessons as a writer. Read my Off the Cuff column in the July 2010 issue of The Writer about the lessons I put into practice. Read the article. offthecufffinal

     

      • Novelist’s gift is priceless: retreat for writers
      • Summary: In search of space and time to work on my memoir, I spent two weeks at novelist Jacquelyn Mitchard’s writer’s retreat on Cape Cod. I wrote about the program in the January 2010 issue of The Writer magazine.

     

    • Author shows me Cape Cod through her eyes
    • Summary: In Brewster on the Cape for two weeks for a writing retreat, I fell in love with bucolic town and discovered books set there by novelist Sally Gunning. The author gave me a tour — and this travel piece was the result.

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