Author Archives: Brenda Barrie

About Brenda Barrie

Brenda Barrie has had a career as a Jewish communal professional in her hometown, Winnipeg, Canada, in Minneapolis, Baltimore and Orange County, California. Previously a feature writer and editor, she has brought her range of skills and her travels to her two novels, The Binding and The Rabbi’s Husband, and to her volume of poetry, Full Speed. Full Stop.

Time To Get Started

I am at the bitter, bitter end of finishing my latest novel, An Unorthodox Romance.   Two chapters need ‘some work,’ or so say my editors.  The proof reading will go on for what seems like months.  My graphic designer … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Time To Get Started

The Milk of Human Kindness?

Here’s a very odd question.  Can a woman in the first trimester of pregnancy lactate sufficiently to consider nourishing someone, ever herself, on her own milk? Okay, cut the ‘gross, ug’ and other remarks, and consider the question.  Recently this … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on The Milk of Human Kindness?

Connections are everywhere. Just watch for them

  Let me set the scene:  I was standing in a store in Sherman Oaks, California.  I don’t live there.  In fact I don’t live anywhere nearby.  Rather, I live about 70 miles away in Southern Orange County.  But, we … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Connections are everywhere. Just watch for them

Are Friends of Friends Friends?

  For years I’ve played the game of  “Jewish Geography”  Come to think of it you don’t have to be Jewish to play.  It might be called Non-Profit Geography.  The people who run non profit agencies, all over the country, … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Are Friends of Friends Friends?

What I Saw In San Francisco, And What I Learned (Tomorrow, Part 2)

  Scenes for a novel that will probably never be written, but ought to be. 1. Three of us were travelling to Haight Ashbury.  It  ought to be in a time machine, but it was a plain old city bus. … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on What I Saw In San Francisco, And What I Learned (Tomorrow, Part 2)

Never on New Year’s First Day

  Ever since I decided to go steady with a boy friend (while I was in High School) and we started on New Year’s Eve, I have avoided beginning anything in that particular period of time, from about six thirty … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

And the Rockets’ Red Glare

Last night in Israel, my granddaughter and her husband (they are very newly married and settling in Israel) we going home on a regular area bus when terrorists threw two Molotov cocktails at their bus. One hit my granddaughter’s window, … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Word Games

What else would an author play but word games?  Currently I play Scrabble, Wordscraper and Lexulous.  I’m afraid to investigate Word with Friends or any other such games, because, as everyone knows, word games are addictive. So are Solitaire and … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Want to experience Rebirth?

Take one novel.  In this case The Binding, which was originally published in 2005 but that had been a part of my life since 2000 when I submitted it, in an early version, for my M.A. thesis at Hamline University … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The Land of Counterpane

It is said that those who were often sick as children, spent a great deal of time looking out the window and reading.  Apparently many writers, including me, share this common background.  Why not? Illness can certainly make a child … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment