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Sally Wiener Grotta Author, Photographer & Speaker

  • Gawd, I’ve Missed Hugs!
    by Sally Wiener Grotta on February 18, 2022 at 5:51 pm

    As the current covid surge retreats, personal choices are becoming messier and more complex, as I try to balance facts and logic with emotions, needs and moral obligations. And when will hugs be the norm again?

  • New Year’s Musings: What is the Measure of Time?
    by Sally Wiener Grotta on January 3, 2022 at 2:10 am

    Time is woven into the fabric of the universe, but calendars are human constructs, our attempt to exert a sense of control over nature. So what is New Year's Eve? What is January 1st? For that matter, what is June 12th or 5:18 PM? Why do these abstract concepts define our lives?

  • The Measure of Time (a poem)
    by Sally Wiener Grotta on January 1, 2022 at 4:15 pm

    Every year, I become intrigued by the concept of a "new" year, of a calendar that we as humans have imposed on nature, on the ongoing circling of planets and stars. Where is the beginning and end in a circle? Here's my new year's poem for 2022. It's about calendars and mercury and human touch.

  • A New Year’s Meditation on the Proper Use of a Rearview Mirror
    by Sally Wiener Grotta on December 28, 2021 at 10:56 pm

    As we move forward into the year 2022, with the unrelenting rollercoaster of crises that was 2020 and 2021 are at our backs, unbidden thoughts about a rearview mirror and of Janus (the god often used to represent the new year) help me begin to form a plan on how I can welcome and even embrace whatever adventures the new year may bring.

  • Perhaps the Most Meaningful Contract I’ve Ever Signed
    by Sally Wiener Grotta on December 3, 2021 at 2:17 am

    Sally Wiener Grotta signed a contract with the playwright David Zarko, giving him the rights to produce a play based on "Honor", a novella by Daniel Grotta. "Honor" is a story about the fragility and power of the human heart. It explores the terrible toll paid when patriotism, personal ethics and the deep bond of friendship collide.

  • Discovering Myself in Arcane Talmudic Arguments
    by Sally Wiener Grotta on October 3, 2021 at 7:09 pm

    Talmudic discussions are arcane arguments that I often find irrelevant and nitpicky. And yet, as an author and artist, I find myself responding to daily "daf yomi" emails discussing how ancient sages interpreted even older laws, and even being inspired creatively by them.

  • My Day of Awe: Dressing the Torah for the High Holy Days
    by Sally Wiener Grotta on August 24, 2021 at 3:28 pm

    Today, I held a Torah in my arms for the first time, as I helped dress the scrolls for the High Holy Days. Though I'm not religious, the experience filled me with awe, seeping into my marrow, and like my stories, it changed me in ways I haven't yet fully processed.

  • My Latest MIT Technology Review Report: Mapping the Way to Climate Resilience
    by Sally Wiener Grotta on August 3, 2021 at 3:28 pm

    Global Risks Report 2021 names extreme weather due to climate change and human-driven environmental damage among the most pressing risks of the next decade. Here's how some companies (such as AT&T) are using GIS (geographical information systems) to be more resilient against potential climate change crises.

  • “Honor” a Novella by Daniel Grotta Comes Alive in the Reading of a Play by David Zarko
    by Sally Wiener Grotta on May 24, 2021 at 12:54 am

    The reading of Honor, a play by David Zarko, based on a novella by Daniel Grotta, was a riveting performance, with richly textured characters. A story about the fragility and power of the human heart, it centers on Jeff Smith who is haunted by what he did or didn't do during the Vietnam War era.

  • Guest Blog: : “What would our holidays look like without assumptions of female servitude?”
    by Sally Wiener Grotta on March 29, 2021 at 5:02 pm

    Guest blog from Elana Sztokman that asks, What would our rituals and celebrations look like without the cultural expectation of mother working for days in the kitchen to prepare for them?