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Ellis Shuman
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Author of The Virtual Kibbutz and Valley of Thracians
Author of The Virtual Kibbutz and Valley of Thracians

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My latest book review - just posted on The Times of Israel.

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The Secret to Being a Productive Writer
Tweet It rained the other day in Israel. This is an event in itself, because the country goes through a very long, hot, dry summer. When the first rains of the new wintery season arrive, they have a special name - they are called the " Yoreh ", as this heav...

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Review of Valley of Thracians by Ionia Martin
This review was posted on the Readful Things Blog in 2013. It was one of the very first reviews of the book! When I first read the description for this book, I thought “Bulgaria?” That is certainly an unusual setting. It really is, and that, I believe is pa...

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A Pilgrimage to Bulgaria’s Rila Monastery
Nestled in mountain forests an hour and a half south of Sofia, the Rila Monastery is Bulgaria’s most popular tourist destination. It is the country's largest and most famous Eastern Orthodox monastery, attracting both the faithful and the curious. As a pilg...

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Visit Tel Aviv!

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Review of What to Do About the Solomons by Bethany Ball
The first thing you’ll notice when opening the pages of What to Do About the Solomons by Bethany Ball (Atlantic Monthly Press, April 2017) is the Solomon family tree. You may end up referring to this tree frequently as one character after another is introdu...

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The Magnificent Bahá'í Gardens of Akko, Israel
On the slopes of Mt. Carmel, overlooking Haifa Bay, is a small, but very impressive golden dome. This is the Shrine of the Bab, a mausoleum that is the second holiest Bahá'í site. Looking down from the scenic viewpoint on Yafe Nof Street you see the eightee...

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Recent Reads April 2017 Edition
It’s early morning and the train pulls out of the station. I’m on my way to work, but first I make myself comfortable. I take my tablet out of my backpack and load the latest novel I’ve been reading. Within minutes I am lost in the plot. The train races alo...

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What a Typewriter Bar Mitzvah Gift and Devoted Creative Time Can Do for Your Writing
I had this conversation with author Lia Mack a number of years ago but she has just re-posted it on her new blog. In the interview, Lia stated that my "insight and inspiration for fellow writers is, as always, spot on!" Lia, thank you so much for that, and ...

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