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slow: writer at play

Vivian Henoch

Vivian Henoch
Northville, Michigan, USA
June 17
Writer and editor:myJewishDetroit.org
I write around. Follow me on Twitter @vivianhenoch or @myJDetroit


SEPTEMBER 3, 2014 9:39PM

Just Passing Through


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"There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and itRead full post »

JANUARY 7, 2014 7:53AM

The Roads (More or) Less Traveled

The storms had passed. Coming and going along our route of nearly 1800 miles, we managed to miss the worst of the weather over the holidays. 





Considering the snow and deep chill blowing across the country today, I’d say we fared extremely well on our Mid

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DECEMBER 20, 2013 8:31AM


Because . . . it’s time to clear the pumpkins and dreidels from the doorstep of the “home” page, because on the Jewish calendar, our holidays are past, and because December is drawing to a close with Christmas just a breath away and the turning of a New Year

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NOVEMBER 10, 2013 8:19PM

Thanksgivukkah? Our November Dilemma

It's that time of year. . . and never again.


 It’s been heralded as the holiday of a lifetime. Stranger things have happened on our calendars and in our kitchens, but it seems that the earth has turned and the stars have aligned to create a… Read full post »

JULY 23, 2013 7:43AM

Detroit: Views from the Trenches

A Conversation with Dan Gilbert


Detroit isn’t an easy city to love. It’s a Dickens of a town, the best of times and the worst of places. But there’s a feistiness in its residents that keeps Motor City rolling even as the street lights flicker.


I’m not a native.

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MAY 15, 2013 12:25PM

Taking a Breath(er) and a Blintz


I know, I know.  I am in violation of the first rule(s) of blogging.  Stay current.Write. Stay disciplined. Write, right away. Know your stuff, right?


Okay, enough with the wordplay, like playing with the food on your plate. 


Have you ever

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MAY 9, 2013 9:07PM

Missing Mother's Day

My mother liked to take issue with Mother’s Day.  It was her habit to  pooh-pooh (her expression) the Day as a Hallmark Holiday. ‘I’m not sentimental,’ she’d say, professing that every day was one kinda mother of a day or other.


Now I… Read full post »

MARCH 27, 2013 5:37PM

What Should We Name the Grandma?

Parental Advisory: this post may contain explicit content, strong language and drool



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"Call me Clare, kids."  To my everlasting dismay, my mother detested the title Grandmother. In truth, at the age of 45, she was too young, too hip, too naturally frost… Read full post »

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FEBRUARY 3, 2013 9:04PM

The Road Less Traveled

Groundhog Day on Five Mile Road




Northville, Michigan: from our door it’s 30 seconds to the gas station, grocery store, Einstein Bagel, CVS, Jet Pizza and Home Depot.   

Typical suburban sprawl. Four minutes to the freeway, 20 minutes, give-/… Read full post »

DECEMBER 13, 2012 10:18PM

Stash Away, Stash Away

Reed Krakoff. 'Tis the season. 

I have this thing about bags. You know, those things designed to carry your things. Funny thing: the more things I have, the more I lust for The One. Perfect. Bag.  That one elusive object of desire I have yet to define. 

And so I… Read full post »

DECEMBER 6, 2012 7:47AM

Old Dog. Wise Soul

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5:00 in the morning.  Up and at’em, hands poised over the keyboard at this early hour, on the pretext that this is my habit. Writing.  

I would just as soon roll over, settle back undercover, into the familiar warm depression and tangle ofRead full post »

What's Up on the Desktop?

Promiscuous with my words, eclectic in my interests and tastes, I maintain a digital presence far too wide and unwieldy on the web.  

The effect has been a cumulative and disturbing bogging down of my attention;  an increasing
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Oy, before it’s Christmas, I need to wrap up Thanksgiving. Truly, dearly I love each and every member of my family, but honestly, we went a little over-the-top this year.  

Starting with thirty people for dinner,

eleven houseguests, divided among three ho… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 29, 2012 4:51PM

To Write. Or Not. Every Day.

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If it’s not a New Year’s resolution, it should be.  

If it’s not a habit, then it’s a good one to start. 

If it’s not something you care to do, then stop. For god-sake, stop. 

But if you’re a

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OCTOBER 24, 2012 8:56AM

May You Live So Long

Photos of the Day

Other than the fact that I snapped her photo as part of an interview in her apartment last Friday afternoon, the lady pictured here is of no relation to me.

And yet, as I processed her photos the other day and study them now more

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OCTOBER 6, 2012 11:54AM

Screeching to a halt:state of my blog

 rrrrrr...arrrhhh, crunchhhhh 


Not hits, no runs, no posts . . . no excuses, but it’s been something of a dry spell, here. Crossing the road on Open Salon. 

I’m reminded of the words I first put under the banner of  the blog I started  two years aRead full post »

SEPTEMBER 28, 2012 9:09AM

The Quickening of Detroit

A stroll along WEBward Avenue

In Detroit there are the dreamers. And there are the doers: those who dare to make a difference: to “walk the talk,” as they say, turning and returning to “The D” as a destination, a place of choice and new opportunity.… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 26, 2012 1:44PM

Yom Kippur: Fast Break

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According to the Jewish calendar it is the year 5773 and today is the tenth day of the month of Tishrei,  Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, a day of reflection, prayer and fasting in conclusion of the Days of Awe.


It is customary in… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 20, 2012 9:18AM

Uneasy Rider

Into the woods, and outta the woods, and home before ... dark. 


Who says: it’s like riding a bicycle. You never forget.


Seems I forget.  With disturbing regularity. 
I’ve never been as apprehensive to take a vacation as this time around, Read full post »

JULY 6, 2012 4:16PM

Line's Busy


How busy am I?


Busy enough.


Busy enough to have taken the day off yesterday.


Busy enough to be working today, on my “day off.”


Busy enough to be working “part-time” 60 hours a week.


okay, bohoo for me, you get the idea.

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JULY 4, 2012 9:42PM

1WTC: Freedom Tower

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I can’t say what corner I turned, or what street I was walking along in TriBeca on that early morning in May . . . when suddenly there it loomed into view.  Breaking through low-flying clouds, eerie in its ghost-like image, it was breathtaking

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JULY 3, 2012 8:58AM

last tweet & testimony

If I knew you were coming, I'd've baked a cake, howcha do, howcha do, howcha do?

omg. thumbs up & outta here, not with a bang, but a twit. twid. dle-d-d. tweet. chirp. 

So this is what we're coming to? Twits and tweets, bits and pieces, all thumbsRead full post »

JUNE 14, 2012 10:30PM

Missing Father's Day, Words for Ed

Thinking of Edward Goldman on Father's Day.

A repost from last year. Because the dude abides. 


On Father's Day, there will be long distant calls all around to the men in my family: to my husband, to my two sons, and to my nephews (as close as

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MAY 31, 2012 3:50PM

Look, I Made a Book

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Granted: it’s a blank book, a book of empty pages. More like a journal than an actual book, this particular book is waiting for its lines to be drawn. Or written. “TBD” as they say. Seventy two blank pages,/

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MAY 4, 2012 8:21AM

Costco Tulips

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We planted them in much the same way we bought them.  
Greedily. Recklessly.  In random order. Late in the season, last fall, we drilled their tender little bulbs into the cold ground using a power tool, of all things.   
Ruthless gardening. Read full post »