I see its application in a myriad of settings in contemporary daily life including business, education and the health care system. My books and articles reflect the heart of my addiction to folklore.
However, death interrupts life. When my husband, Harold, was diagnosed as terminally ill in 2006 and I became his primary caregiver in home hospice, I was plunged into another reality.
For one year, I cared for him and learned so much. I became compelled to teach others about the dying process. Consequently, I combined my newly acquired knowledge with the expertise of Death and Grief specialist, Fredda Wasserman, to produce, Saying Goodbye to Someone You Love: Your Emotional Journey Through End of Life and Grief.
Topics of my other books and articles range from vampires to cat and horse bar mitzvahs to wedding traditions in 19th century California to urban legends about anti-Semitism and missing gerbils, and the Chinese Militia during World War II.
For a complete list of my books, see my website.
If you have ever felt like an outsider, looking in on life, you may want to read Come as You Aren’t, a book. Whether you are a recent immigrant, or extending your family to include people of other religions, customs, or beliefs, I have some suggestions for mixed families in avoiding social pitfalls at holidays and rituals for birth, coming of age, marriage, death, and other significant life events.