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miriamhendeles@gmail.com
1-323-243-7116

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The Bubby Book-Mania

You see, my Number One fan is my mother. Yes, my mother has been promoting my book as soon as it arrived in the containers from the printer to the publishing house. My mother has been to visit (read: check up on) every Judaica book-store in her Brooklyn neighborhood. Her purpose and modus operandi is to to do one thing: make sure that “Mazel Tov! It’s a Bubby!” is positioned and propped up on the shelf in the store, for optimum visibility.

My mom is not alone in her agenda. Two weeks ago, one of my sisters walked into a Judaica Store called “Torah Treasures” (plug, plug…) to ask whether the owner was planning on stocking MTIAB. (you think I’m going to type out all the words and exclamation points every time again and again??). Well, he gave her the wrong answer. “Probably.”

To which my sister said…well, actually I don’t know what she said!  But whatever she said may have worked for that store —but here’s another scenario:  the day of release, my niece called me from another section of New York, whilst in a prominent bookstore over there, wondering, “Aunt M, why is your book not in this store? I’m here at 10 am and they don’t have it…”

Well how was I supposed to know? Hey, I’m 3,000 miles away from New York, and she expects me to be following the arrivals of every one of MTIAB in every store?

Does my niece (or anyone for that matter) think that I have spies in each store, tracking which store stocks first, second, third, and which one is the slow poke and waits until the book is practically read by the whole world, to order it?

I walked into a store here in Los Angeles (yes, I’m guilty of store stalking as well) and asked the owner if he has “MTIAB” (I said the words, okay okay —- not the initials), and he had that dazed look on his face.

“Who is the author?”

“Uh…ME!” (BIG smile.)

Problem is the guy didn’t know me. LA is big enough that people don’t all know each other.

Well, to make a long story short, by the time I got out of that store, the guy knew my name, my book, what it’s about, who already has it in town, and why he had better get it in fast before it goes out of print.

So sellers beware – I – or anyone of my minions  or scouts – may be coming out to check up on you whether you have MTIAB on your shelves.

And by the way, sellers: my suggestion to you is to please put those books prominently near the front of the store, at eye level with the average customer when he or she (probably she, I guess) walks in.

Because you don’t want the Bubby’s mommy coming in to reprimand you about your placement of the Bubby’s book. That’s not something you want, if you know what’s good for you.

Good luck – and may you all read lots of good books this year.


Fresh Starts – and a Happy Birthday Wish!

I can’t believe it is September already! Never mind that we (I!) have been counting down the days till date of my book’s release. Never mind all that.  Let’s forget about my book for just a moment (as hard as that may seem for me to do! Oy).

Let me take a big breath. Breathe in. Breathe out. There.

This is a time for introspection.

Even though, I – the grandmother – completely forgot about school starting last week, only to be reminded by my little grandson, “Omi – I started school today!” — still I feel the newness in my bones. The fresh start of the month of Ellul. The time to introspect, take stock of the past year, regroup for the New Year, and pray to the One Above for blessings in our lives.

It’s the month that school starts – that awesome place of newness that we grew up returning to every year – day after Labor Day! That amazing chance to start fresh every year with our new school supplies, new resolutions to do our homework, keep our books nice and neat, pay attention in class, study hard, follow directions….you know – all the “right” things.

And for me – this time of year is that special time that our family celebrates my mom’s birthday. My mom, may she live till 120 in good health and nachas – was born on first day of Rosh Hashanah in Bremen, Germany many years ago (I’ll be a good girl and won’t write her age, even though my mom is not shy about her age). My mom thank G-d defies her age; she is youthful, vibrant, active in many community and family activities, and is even a techno-computer-savvy grandmother.

Every year, our family has a tradition. We send my mother 2 cards in the mail. She gets them – a New Years Card plus a Birthday Card on Erev (day before) Rosh Hashanah – wishing her in advance a happy New Year, and also a Happy Birthday.

Some of my siblings and siblings-in-law write long, humorous and touching; amazing and creative poetry for my mom to read on Erev Yom Tov, and then to savor after shul on Rosh Hashanah itself. I write long, mushy and funny prose. (maybe this year, I’ll try a poem for a change…)

So here’s to a fresh start, Mom. A new year again. A happy and blessed New Year. Nachas from all the kids, grand, great grands, etc. Thank G-d!.

Here’s to my mom- my biggest fan, the one who dares to write cute comments on my blog, even if she has to keep changing her screen-name  so that people don’t realize it’s my mom! (just kidding!!). To the one who has already read my entire book – the one I sent to her from the pre-release carton that came for family only. To the one who validates me, compliments me and believes in me.

I love you, Mommy! Happy Birthday!


The Dodgers and Podgers

Last summer we took our then 3 year old grandson to a Los Angeles Dodgers game at Dodger Stadium. The Dodgers played against the San Diego Padres that evening, and my husband, sons, grandson and I had a great time watching the game. Yes, the Dodgers won!! Yay! And our grandson still talks about the baseball game with the Dodgers against the “Podgers” – which is the way he chose to mispronounce the visiting team’s name.

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