Fun Ways to Eat Matzah this Passover

It gets a little boring eating matzah for eight days straight. One of the fun things about Passover is finding those creative ways to eat all the matzah we buy. 


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Miriam at the River Blog #4: Miriam's Water

I have long been fascinated by how folk stories of strong girls and women have gotten hidden over the years of retelling....
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Miriam at the River Blog #3: Miriam to Moses

I am the older sister, of a boy four years younger. My brother Steven. Steve. Stevie. Steve Yolen who lives in Brazil.

So the story of Miriam resonates for me--that oldest sister, a seeress/author, a musician, a leader of her people who both works for and sometimes defies the Lord. 

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Miriam at the River Blog #2: Miriam at the River

Before I wrote MIRIAM AT THE RIVER, I wrote a bunch of Holocaust poems and Judaica poems. My first two professionally published & paid-for poems were in a magazine called The Chicago Jewish Forum...
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Miriam at the River Blog #1: Miriam Weeps

Quite a few readers notice that the majority of my picture books read like poems. Even if they don’t rhyme. They use all the trappings of poetry: lyricism, metaphor, simile, rhythm, internal rhymes, alliteration, etc.

This is not happenstance nor mere chance. I wrote my first poem (rhymed though not particularly well rhymed) in first grade. (I was  kindergarten age but as I had been reading since three years old, my parents and teachers decided I should be skipped ahead.


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