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  1. RAR says:

    Hi, just read. It’s a sweet story but I was a little confused with paragraph 5.

    • Leora Freedman says:

      I meant that Spain became this mythologized “home”, so people felt as if they lived there on a spiritual level even though they never saw the place.

  2. Batia says:

    Great, thx ! I am your fan !

  3. PB says:

    Thanks for sending on these stories. There’s always something fresh to enjoy 🙂

  4. RAR says:

    Is “No such thing as a curse” based in truth? I ask because in those days it would have been unusual to survive TB for so many years. There was no real cure for TB in the U.S. until 1945 and in England a bit earlier, in the 40’s. Liked your ending!

    • Leora Freedman says:

      It is based on a story I heard. Maybe they only *thought he had TB, which in some ways makes it even more poignant. But I think some people did recover…

  5. springleaf says:

    Great read!

  6. anthroprof 3 says:

    I was hoping there would be more stories. Really enjoyed the last one.

  7. Hello Leora and all fans of these family stories,

    What a story of fate–here she released the fiance into his happy life and then watch the husband die of the same disease. But who knows? As a widow she might have had a happy life…

    Warm best to you and your readers,


  8. gloria Beil-Phillips says:

    Hi Leora,
    Actually, her first fiancee was the one who was blessed, because she didn’t marry him, and her husband was cursed because she did!:) Of course, Flora would never have been born, nor would this have been her grandmother, if the latter had married her first fiancee!!

  9. Batia Tabak says:

    Loved it ! The asking for forgiveness – is such a deep, Jewish, Rabbinical advice, and the husbands’ death- such a life event.

  10. The story of Evan and the deer is so moving! (And I can just picture the boys’ room as the maids tossed the rat food in…)

    Your fan,


  11. Springleaf says:

    Lovely story!

  12. PB says:

    about Morris the dentist:
    This story, like so many of your latest, “reads” like a Chagall painting. Are you planning a collection of these postmodern mythical Sholom Aleichem bits of flash fiction?

    • Leora Freedman says:

      Maybe someday…accumulating a whole book of them would take time. Thanks for this description!

  13. Gloria Beil-Phillips says:

    I like the detail of this story. By any chance is Evan really Eric?…

  14. Dear Leora,

    I am always a happy follower of your posts, but the one about Evan and the cameras was particularly moving–a sensuous apprehension of what it’s like in a photographic darkroom, and a gentle view (photographic?) of a father-and-son accommodation. I adored the glass animals inside the velvet camera case!

    All the best,

  15. Oh Leora,
    I always love your blog pieces, but this piece on Morris is a winner. I remember this office–and the interminable waits. But let’s hear it for the inventor of children’s dentistry! Oh the Chew-Chew Express. Isn’t there a children’s book in this piece? And congratulations to the Southern Humanities Review for their excellent taste.
    All the best,
    Molly P.

  16. Charles Balkan says:

    LOVE IT!! This was one of your better ones. It brought back nonexistent memories.

  17. Laya says:

    Morris sounds like a lovely man. I hope his life was filled with the kind of intriguing people he wanted it filled with.

  18. Gloria Beil-Phillips says:

    Martin’s shabby clothes were his ‘klipa’; his underlying material wealth was another layer of ‘maya’; Gayle discovered his authentic self, his essence. And that is how they lived their lives; being true to oneself, feeling comfortable and not putting on an outer show to fit in, and valuing what is important to you.
    Happy Chanukah! Chag sameach!

  19. Brightshadow says:

    “We Will Live As We’ve Always Lived”
    In my opinion, this is the best one yet!!

  20. Frieda Forman says:

    LOVED IT !!



  21. RAR says:

    Sweet story! (“How Joseph Preserved Eve for Edwin”) One comment…would take out the word “else” –she would fall in love with someone. To me, the else implies a lost love. It does not take away from this pleasant piece, though.

  22. RC says:

    thank you, Leora,
    keep ’em comin’
    rc and k

  23. Gloria Beil-Phillips says:

    I always love the whimsical twists you put in your stories. They make me smile. Jason is always changing his name, the latest being ‘Ason’! I wanted him to change it to ‘Josiah’ or ‘Raphael’-the ‘healer’ which is the meaning of ‘Jason’, but he refused! Oh, his previous one was ‘Art’! Shana Tova to you and your family.

    • Leora Freedman says:

      Shana tova, Gloria! The temporary nature of many name-changes is a theme in the comments I received on this story. (As for your Jason, I do think his true name is “Art,” given his devotion to artistic production).

  24. Georgia Wilder says:

    Another wonderful story! Love the little twist at the end. A rose by any other name may not smell as sweet!

  25. Springleaf says:

    Stunning story!

  26. Linda Mittenthal says:

    I really loved this story, Leora. There is nothing more I can say but that I simply loved it! Thank you.
    Always, Linda

  27. Laya Crust says:

    Thank-you for the lovely story. It really gives a flavour of turn of the century New York.

  28. anthroprof 3 says:

    When I read “Matches Made on Earth, I thought to myself, “Wow. That is Leora’s best story yet!” Then I quickly realized that I say that with every new story you post here!

  29. Flora’s dowry is a charmer, especially because I can picture that couple sitting on those chairs! Please keep going with these stories. They are a joy to read.

    • Leora Freedman says:

      Thanks, Molly. Now that you mention those chairs, I wonder if they might have been strategically placed for matchmaking purposes…!

  30. RAR says:

    This story flows nicely, L. I like it!

  31. Springleaf says:

    Awesome story!

  32. Charles Balkan says:

    Once again, a winner! It’s amazing how with a few simple words you can invoke an atmosphere that no longer exists. I suppose that’s the function of a “writer”. Congratulations.

  33. Leora,

    It is fascinating to read about the Dive, especially that sentence about Eve, the small girl reading a large book. Flora’s cooking skills (or lack thereof) make a great recurring theme. Here’s to burnt carrots,

    Molly P.

  34. Did Flora and Edwin ever get the dog? Or did the dog go the way of the Whitman dissertation? It’s so much fun to read these stories, Leora, especially since I know some of the background for the tales.

  35. anthroprof 3 says:

    This story reminds me of my own never-ending dissertation in many ways, Leora… except for the very last part… It’s a good thing I know how to type! Good story.

    • Leora Freedman says:

      I should add as an epilogue that eventually Whitman was finished, as I hope your wonderful dissertation will be, too. Now back to writing, anthroprof!

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