Author Archives: Suzanne Loebl

My New Hip

Hi guys. Sorry for my long silence. Eight weeks ago, Dr. Morteza Meftah, an orthopedic surgeon at New York University’s Orthopedic Hospital, implanted my new hip. My body is still getting used to the repair. The new hip replaced an … Continue reading

Posted in family stories | 3 Comments

Gifts of Summer Guests

Summer homes, especially when located in spectacular places, usually attract guests laden with gifts and improvements. This year, now that I am old, handicapped, car-less, and recently widowed, both were plentiful. Walter was the first guest. His contributions were novel … Continue reading

Posted in family stories | Tagged , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Abortion Again! A Right, a Necessity, a Crime?

Around 1968, soon after it was founded, Population Connection—then called Zero Population Growth—called the members of its small New York group and asked them to counter a major march by the right-to-life forces, who were assembling in Central Park. My … Continue reading

Posted in politics | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Busman’s Holiday

Two days before the official beginning of spring 2021, I decided to leave my lockdown quarters in Brooklyn Heights and visit my home away from home: the Metropolitan Museum of Art. I took a taxi and was shocked along the … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments


I had my father for a relatively short time: 24 minus 6 years. When he died suddenly, more than half a century ago, I was distracted by both the immense joy and relief of having recently met my life partner … Continue reading

Posted in family stories | Tagged , , , , , , | 7 Comments

The Evaluation of Judge Amy Coney Barrett

Congress is in the process of evaluating the suitability of Amy Coney Barrett to serve on the Supreme Court of the United States. In reality her potential appointment is a very realistic threat to the hard-won legal right of women … Continue reading

Posted in politics | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Ernest Moshe Loebl, 1923-2020

I met my husband in the library of Columbia University’s Chemistry Department soon after he arrived from Israel in 1947. I asked Siegi Lichtblau, a fellow graduate student, to help me with a seminar that I was to present. He … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 15 Comments

Lockdown 1942, Lockdown 2020

For me, the current lockdown is a vivid reminder of the two years I spent as a “hidden child” in Belgium during World War II. Actually, I was neither a child nor confined to my quarters like that other, very … Continue reading

Posted in family stories, history | Tagged , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Donald Trump Is “Making America Beautiful Again”

On February 10, 2020, I came across a small headline in The New York Times proclaiming that Donald Trump is making “America beautiful again.” It was paired with an image of the National Museum of African American History and Culture … Continue reading

Posted in politics | Tagged , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Raising a Gay Child Before Stonewall

I regret to say that I barely remember the riots at Stonewall, the bar in Greenwich Village where on June 26, 1969, a group of gay patrons successfully resisted harassment by the New York City police. The event would play … Continue reading

Posted in family stories, politics | Tagged , , , , , , | 2 Comments