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Adina Giannelli

Adina Giannelli
Northampton, Massachusetts,
August 10
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APRIL 19, 2011 11:37AM

Why I'm Not Celebrating Passover

Although I'm Jewish, and lifelong observer of Passover, this year, I will not be celebrating. 
Passover, for those of you who don’t know, commemorates the Exodus (freedom of ancient Israelites from slavery in Egypt). Let my people go, and whatnot.


In the biblical renderingRead full post »
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APRIL 7, 2011 6:59AM

Lot's Wife at the Co-op

This afternoon, I brought Yeti to her afternoon playgroup then stopped by the co-op to buy some lunch before heading back to the university. I don't really belong at the co-op on my own, but I go in anyway.

I am not part of this co-op, orRead full post »

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MARCH 16, 2011 9:36AM

I Said Dead

As a college undergraduate I was taught by a professor of Jewish literature named Jyl Lynn Felman. Professor Felman, or La Feminista, as she enjoyed being called, often talked about the word Jew, and how upsetting people (and by people, she meant gentiles, and self-loathing Jews) foundRead full post »

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MARCH 11, 2011 3:24PM

Desperately Seeking Sterilization: the politics of privilege

 My post-collegiate boyfriend was an affable Dane who later became a public school teacher. Children loved him, and (I think) he loved children, but he didn't want to have any of his own. That was his story, anyway. He spoke loudly and often about not wanting to breed, or parent, orRead full post »

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MARCH 9, 2011 11:35AM

This Fire: differences in parental grief

You get to do intellectual work all day long, he says. He is jealous. I am never alone in my thoughts. 

Well, you have your work, and your other children, I say, and I have graduate school and a computer.

And I only have this time, I think, because Talya is gone. Read full post »

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MARCH 7, 2011 3:21PM

Children's Literature at the Cemetery


When I discovered I was pregnant with my daughter Talya in October 2009, I knew three things. First, that I would have the baby, despite her father's demand for an abortion and less-than-ideal timing. Second, I knew that I loved her, from the moment I learned of conception, from the time… Read full post »

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MARCH 4, 2011 11:26AM

On the Death of My Daughter

I can't describe -- there are no words to describe, not in my lexicon, anyway -- the extent of the pain and sadness one experiences in the aftermath of the death of a child. In my case, Talya's death, unexpected and shocking, paralyzed me. Losing her shook my faith in the universe,… Read full post »