Author Archives: Susan H. Greenberg

About Susan H. Greenberg

Susan H. Greenberg spent 22 years as a journalist for Newsweek Magazine. She now works as a writer, editor, teacher, and parent of three children, with whom she strives always to maintain a varnish-free relationship.

Loving the Company

  The texts started coming in soon after the first Florida  counts. “I’m scared,” wrote one friend. “I’m dying,” said another. “How could it be this close?” implored a third. “What will we do if…” I was watching the returns—in … Continue reading

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On College Tours, It’s the Pannini Press that Matters

“Too preppy,” my son declares, refusing to join the other juniors gathered for a tour of one stately southern campus. “Too alternative,” he decrees at another, halfway across the same state. Mr. 70 Percent and I are in the midst … Continue reading

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When Children Know Best

A gap year turned out to be just what my daughter needed after high school. As I wrote for The New York Times, now I’m a believer.

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The Jew and the Christmas Tree

As a Jew growing up in suburban Connecticut, I always wanted a Christmas tree. My  parents, raised blocks apart in the Bronx while the Holocaust raged overseas, refused to yield. We celebrated Hanukkah, proudly displaying our menorah in the living … Continue reading

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Where the Lunch Meets the Road

I’m not much of a do-gooder. I don’t readily trust organizations that ask me for money. (Thanks, Father Ritter and Greg Mortenson.) I am as resistant to fad charities as I am to fad books and diets, which is why … Continue reading

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Proud and Out in Budapest and Prague

My mother loves cake. Any kind of cake: chocolate, apple, layer, carrot, cream-filled, caramel-glazed, you name it. This is one of the many things I learned–or remembered–on the 10-day trip I recently took through Central Europe with my mother and … Continue reading

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MWF, Looking for a Date

I’ve started applying eyeliner when I go out. And earrings. If I notice dirt on my jeans, I might even change them. Suddenly, I’m putting a lot more effort into making a good impression. Why? I’m on the market again. … Continue reading

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