Alexander Solzhenitsyn explains why art can relay what propaganda and scientific proof fail to do. An egret cried in a bloody Nile of Egypt when God placed a plague on the Egyptians who worshipped the Nile.
A mourning dove wandered into a front yard. Enjoy the dove watercolor painting, and learn the process of how a quick watercolor sketch is created.
A book review of The Man Who Never Stopped Sleeping by Aharon Appelfeld This review explores important themes of the book, such as sleep, names, separation, literary explorations within a book, connections to the past, and healing. Basic plot: The main character along with a group of teenage boys is a Holocaust survivor. He and […]
Have you ever heard someone speak, and felt you have become part of history? Last week I had the pleasure of hearing Lucienne Carasso, author of Growing Up Jewish in Alexandria: The Story of a Sephardic Family’s Exodus from Egypt tell us about her book at Congregation Etz Ahaim in Highland Park, New Jersey. After […]
You might think a book called Hasidic Tales of the Holocaust would make you incredibly sad. Perhaps. Well, most probably. But perhaps also it will give strength, hope, inspiration. In the forward to the book, Yaffa Eliach explains how she gathered these tales. They are based on interviews and oral histories, compiled with the help […]
Photo of old writing desk inspires post on blogging and blogging breaks. Review with Mr. Darcy, burning bread, Genie, Pesach, strong passwords and Istanbul.
Holocaust books can range from only brushes the surface to difficult to read to powerfully upsetting. There was one book I read in part and never finished because I found it so upsetting. In that book, everyone Jewish died (each a gruesome, slow death) – the narrator himself was a prisoner in the camp but […]
Interview with Adam Gustavson, Illustrator of Hannah’s Way – how he picked clothes for the characters, his favorite projects, on being an illustrator
Unexpected deer showed up in Highland Park backyard. Sydney Taylor Book Award Tour will include this blog.
Book Review of One Drawing a Day: exercises such as Draw as a Child, objects at home, draw a portrait of a family member at home. There is also a blog One Drawing a Day.