Author Archives: Suzanne Loebl

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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My Guardian Angel

I have a guardian angel. I think he is male, though you could not tell by looking at him. He has golden wings and wears a plain white gown. He does not concern himself with politics or other important things, … Continue reading

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Three Family Bar Mitzvahs

To the memory of David Loebl (1956-1993) on his 63rd birthday and the 50th anniversary of his bar mitzvah. I was eight years old when my mother and I attended the bar mitzvah of my cousin Ernst Wertheimer (later Worth). … Continue reading

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Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and Judge Brett Kavanaugh

This land is your land, this land is my land, From California to the New York island, From the Redwood Forest to the Gulf Stream waters, This land was made for you and me —Woodie Guthrie On May 12, 1954, … Continue reading

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