I seek out and write the stories of the people who live here and what they’re doing to make life better for their neighborhoods, the city, the world around them. I also try to deconstruct accepted Southern norms, like whether we really need to sacrifice our ecology in the name of commerce and why “Mrs.” should be dropped from the lexicon.
After a long day at work, how do you unwind?
Ha! Working moms know the day has barely begun once you get home from the day job. My husband and I usually get a healthy dinner on the table and listen to our two kids natter on about homework, aided by a nice glass of the Mommy Juice, aka Vinho Verde. Then I escape to my room with my book while they do the dishes.
If you could have coffee or a cocktail with anyone in the world, who would it be?
I was going to say Hillary Clinton, since I have a lot of foreign policy questions about the state of women in the world, but that sounds depressing. She probably doesn’t drink anyway. So, Joan Rivers. Woman cracks my sh*t UP. Has for 30 years. She’s been through so much, and yet there is no steelier wit in this world. Yes, she’s obnoxious, but it’s only one cocktail, right?
If you had an afternoon to stroll Savannah, what restaurant and boutique would you be sure to stop by?
How do you spend your perfect Saturday in Savannah?
If it’s a beach day, on a paddleboard with a granola bar tucked in my shorts, paddling out to Little Tybee or fighting the waves near 12th St. Otherwise, a stop at the Forsyth Farmers’ Market
and on to Shabbat services at Temple Mickve Israel.
What’s a guilty pleasure of yours?
Bacon. Once in a very great while and only off of someone else’s plate. Also, meathead action-adventure movies. Did you see Fast Five? The scene where they’re dragging the safe down the streets of Rio? Sooo exciting.
If you had a theme song that played every time you entered a room, what would it be?
“May-na-ma-na” from the Muppets. It sounds like the intro to a 70s game show, promising fun and prizes. Also, it makes people laugh every time. I know this because it’s my ring tone.
If you were to write a book about yourself, what would the title be?
Oh so many possibilities. There’s my high school memoir, The Importance of Being Nerdy, as well as a romance. A Girl And Her Van: A Love Story. Also, my self-help book, Forget Winning Friends and Influencing People, Let’s Bake Pot Brownies! and a collection of nature essays titled I Didn’t Know This Flower Was Poisonous Before I Ate It.
I do have a book in the works based on my blog, Yo Yenta!
about the adventures of a Jewish mother living on the edge. I’ve been posting since 2004 – I feel like the grandma of the internet.
What is one thing about yourself that you would like to share with YWS?
I would like to start an all-woman rock band. We will cover Joan Jett, Stevie Nicks and Hall & Oates and only play at full and new moons.
What do you like ad dislike about living in Savannah?
I love being a part of a community that values its history and yet still puts forth cutting-edge art and ideas into the global sphere – it’s a big deal to go to New York or talk to someone high up in the fashion or film industries and learn that Savannah is a star on the map as a creative nexus. I also find the local food and farming communities incredibly inspiring – these are the people working hard to change the way we eat, and therefore how we live. And of course, the beach.
However. I am appalled at the apathy to the threats to our water and marshes by corporate lizards as well as the degree to which the poor and underserved are manipulated to make certain people look like they’re being charitable yet the situation never seems to improve. The pace at which social change takes place is glacial around here.
But it’s important to remember that every one of us makes a difference every day with the words we speak and the information we share. We are all part of this community and we all have work to do.