From visiting the wonderful Dutch Resistance Museum many years ago, I knew about the “Judenrat,” councils of Jewish leaders that Nazis used to facilitate the implementation of their own annihilation. Although I’m Jewish and believe it’s important to remember the Holocaust, I never really spent that much time learning the political history. I foolishly thought that “never …Continue reading "The price of collaboration"
I just returned from a busy and fun week with my son visiting family and seeing lots of New York City! I posted some of our pictures on Flickr, but had so much trouble with it that I am seriously considering moving to another photo site, as so many of my friends have done. One …Continue reading "It’s a shame about Flickr"
I couldn’t write this post without the Schoolhouse Rock refrain in my head. Today is my son’s third birthday. We celebrated this weekend with a nice group of Izzy’s friends from school, and my friends with kids his age. The theme was “Izzy loves trains,” so we used the beer garden at Southern Rail, which is a restaurant that uses train cars and the old station in downtown Carrboro. Everyone had a great time, especially Izzy as you can see in Brian’s photo…Continue reading "Three is a magic number"
When my mother’s family gathered in Austin at the end of last year, my son Izzy was re-introduced to his great-grandmother. (He couldn’t talk yet the first time he met her.) “Izzy, this is Bubbie.”
“Bubba!” he responded. We thought that was an appropriate nickname for my vivacious grandmother who moved from Long Island to Texas in her late 80’s. She moved to be near one of her daughters, and got a bonus in the shape of her other great-grandchild Abby, who was born in Austin few months after Izzy was born here in Chapel Hill. Grandma Vickie established her painting studio in the garage of her new home (it was in the attic when she lived in New York) and even resumed teaching oil painting lessons as she had done for decades.
This week, she was felled by an infection that her 91-year-old immune system just couldn’t beat. My grandmother was a fabulous woman, and she loved to entertain. Here are pictures of her after I was born in 1971, and dancing at my wedding in 2006. A longer slideshow is at http://www.flickr.com/photos/tags/vickierakoff/show/.Continue reading "Bye bye, Bubbie"
born April 3rd, 2009, 11:58 am
at Women’s Birth & Wellness Center
6 lbs 5 oz, 18.25 inches
I haven’t got time to blog all the fun stuff we did and saw in England. You can see my whole photo album on Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/rubyji/sets/72157600875310120/ Update: Brian made a short video of the trip. It’s a good compliment to the photos. Read on for a quick list of what we did and selected photos …Continue reading "Back from London"
Just posted an album of photos on Flickr from our trip to visit my family in Austin. We had a great time. Austin is a really lovely city, although it was unseasonably cold. Here are some highlights… Grandma Vickie making latkes for HanukkahContinue reading "The Rakoffs do Austin"
I got blogged in Kiswahili (as well as English)! After my friend Caroline went to Kenya in 1992, she gave me a Swahili nickname, and I’ve been trying to remember it since I met Ndesanjo yesterday. After some searching I finally found it: kiongozi.Continue reading "Asante (thank you)"