To The Ones on the Sidelines,

I punch about 47 numbers into my landline phone to connect Madison, Wisconsin to Bondoukou, Cote d’ivoire.  I have no more than four minutes to talk to my big sister, currently in her eighth month as a member of the Peace Corps.  Up to this point, our conversations have been exchanges via a 1980s dictaphone…

Salami at the JCC

I have a secret.  We bring salami into the JCC.  Well, just the parking lot.  It’s a necessity. Let’s create some context.  I am Jewish.  My husband is not.  I don’t eat pork.  My husband loves bacon.  The original plan for our inevitable children  – “Christian Days” The days you were allowed to consume pork products. …