Summary: For nearly two years, I studied with eight other women to prepare for my adult bat mitzvah. At age 41, in 2006, I led others in prayer for the first time and read from the Torah. This story in The Boston Globe’s Sunday magazine chronicles my and others’ experiences.
Summary: The gift-wrapped 12-by-12-inch package was never a surprise. My brother and I had a system for our birthdays. I’d pick out a record I liked, and he’d point to his favorite in the music store. This is the lead of a personal essay about tracking our milestones in life through those of older siblings.
Summary: Some days, Hannah Wilford sobbed uncontrollably. Other days, the teenager seethed with anger. She was angry at the driver of the car that struck and killed Aaron, her 15-year-old brother. She was mad at her parents. For nearly two years, she ignored her mother’s pleas to talk, and secluded herself in her bedroom after school. Some days, she gossiped with friends on her phone, pretending that nothing was awry in her Carrollton home. Hannah’s is one of four stories of bereaved siblings in my 1999 piece in The Dallas Morning … Continue reading →
Summary: In 1999, I wrote a two-piece package about sibling loss for The Dallas Morning News called Forgotten Mourners. This piece was a personal essay about how I dealt with the question, “How many siblings do you have?” over the years.
Reaction: This essay was picked up by newspapers around the country and many readers contacted me to say how it touched them and how they saw themselves in the essay because of their own … Continue reading →