While I write, pots boil over and meals burn…while I write, I write.
I explore collectibles, history, genealogy–and anything else that strikes my fancy.
My delights include
Discovering obscure literary sources that bring these topics to life
When research worlds mesh
— when my foray into porcelain history, for instance, links to an original, two-keyed Quantz flute, lovingly housed in an 18th century royal porcelain box
— or my exploration of ancient glassworks links not only adorn modern jewelry, but also to the mysteries of techelet, a purple-blue dye that once again adorns tallit fringes.
I’ve also written Between Galicia and Hungary: The Jews of Stropkov (Avotaynu 2002), a history of the Jews of the Slovakian town that was home to my Amsel clan until 1942– and the first in English.
Jewish Lives: Britain 1750-1950 (Pen & Sword 2013), my second book, features the life-stories of ten individual Jews who immigrated to Britain between 1750 and 1950, based on actual genealogical research. Their tales, enriched by a variety of sources, reflect the experiences of all immigrants as they adaptedto their adopted land.
I welcome a variety of writing possibilities: articles, book reviews, ghostwriting, editing, research projects, family history writing, other literary adventures….let’s discuss the possibilities!