Monthly Archives: May 2014

Snapshot of a same-sex marriage

Probably one of the most romantic evenings my spouse and I have ever spent together was the night we got lost on the Italian-Slovenian border, on foot. We were staying in Trieste, Italy, and Spouseling decided it would be fun … Continue reading

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I love dragons (but most of all this one!)

Rivka and her dragon from The Second Mango — because sometimes a dragon just needs a hug from a five-foot-eleven Yiddish-speaking warrior woman. There is more I could say about this picture, but it would be spoilery. Drawn by yeaka, who is awesome.

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The warrior’s prize

Rivka the warrior and Isaac the wizard from The Second Mango, drawn by Becca Schauer on commission. Scroll below the picture for the dialogue from this scene, but it comes with a huge honking spoiler warning. from the book: Rivka: “Many adventure … Continue reading

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A poem that really moved me

written by fegeleh on Tumblr: for the little Jewish child who learns of her inherited wretchedness through YouTube comments and the snide remarks of her goyische friends   mein kinder, if no one prepares you for the hatred that will … Continue reading

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Even Kiddush is a magic show when there’s a wizard in the family

For non-Jews: this is Shabbat (Sabbath) dinner, and Queen Shulamit is blessing the wine. Isaac is a wizard with a flair for showing off, especially for Rivka, hence the telekinesis. Characters from The Second Mango drawn by kayaczek. Sequel Climbing … Continue reading

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Dancing in lavender

One night when I was very little, my mom and I ran into a caricature artist at the beach. She decided to buy me a portrait, and I told the man I wanted myself “dancing with a dragon.” (I guess … Continue reading

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Who wants fairy tales to have more two-mom families?

Officially announcing that Prizm Books has accepted book three in the Mangoverse series! It’s called A Harvest of Ripe Figs, and I’ll tell you all about it below the picture. Right now, my favorite phrase has got to be “lesbian … Continue reading

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Princess Shulamit tubing on the Itchetucknee

This is tomorrow night’s concert, the one where we’re playing the world premiere of Disney’s official orchestral suite of Frozen music. The orchestra hired Becca Schauer, who’s one of my regular artists, to do the art for this poster, so naturally, when they said … Continue reading

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My favorite sparring partner

Some people flirt by batting their eyelashes or blowing kisses, but then there’s Isaac and Rivka… These are the characters you get to hang out with if you read The Second Mango and its sequels (Climbing the Date Palm is due out … Continue reading

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Romantic love is not another way to say ‘sex’, even when you’re talking about same-sex couples

My grandfather is 90 and my grandmother is 88 and a half. They have been married since 1946. They sleep in separate, side by side twin beds because my grandfather’s multiple physical problems cause him to be disruptive in his … Continue reading

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