To Do

535. Put flowers on the untended grave of a stranger

Updated August 1, 2009 I have put flowers on the graves of strangers before, but they could hardly be called untended. One Wednesday evening a few years ago, I took myself on a date in Westwood Village. I ate a wonderful dinner at a small Italian restaurant, then wandered the farmer’s market that used to […]

411. Track down someone who influenced me

Updated July 4, 2009 I’ve been lucky, I suppose. Even when things were bleak and the outlook wasn’t so good, I’ve been lucky enough to have wonderful influences, mentors, and cheerleaders on my side. Carl, the partriarch of the family who ran the Elmview dairy in the town where I grew up, for example. He […]

401. Pay my respects at Auschwitz

Updated November 23, 2009 I don’t want to know or explore the extremes of human cruelty, and accounts I’ve read of the Holocaust make me feel ill. But I still think it’s important to remember, to pay respect, and to mourn. And perhaps most importantly, to pray for the day when that kind of cruelty […]

290. Pay respects on the beaches of Normandy

Updated September 6, 2009 I have the utmost respect for soldiers, even if I rarely agree that war is the correct course of action. The soldiers themselves don’t make the war – they lay down their lives and fight in on someone else’s behalf. I’m always one to root for the underdog, and if there […]

50. Have my ancestor’s names engraved on the plaque at Ellis Island

Updated February 8, 2009 I visited Ellis Island with my mom and sister in November of 2008. We were able to find my great-great-grandmother’s passenger manifest along with her answers to the little survey they gave every immigrant. I’ll have to investigate what’s involved in having her name engraved there.

39. Light a candle in the Holocaust Museum’s Hall of Remembrance

Updated February 8, 2009 One day while riding the bus in Los Angeles, I saw an older couple. They sat close together and held hands. When they got to their stop – the husband helped his wife up. I thought they were so cute. I thought they were so happy. I hoped that I would […]