by Norman Berman | Aug 21, 2015 | Updates
Last week, the American flag was raised outside of the US Embassy in Cuba ending more than 50 years of estrangement between the two neighboring countries. Richard Blanco, a Cuban-American poet, who delivered the inaugural poem for President Obama’s second inauguration, was invited to read a poem at the Embassy ceremony.
In an interview prior to the ceremony, the poet used words that triggered a powerful association for me. Blanco said: …our charge is in some ways to honor our past and our parents’ stories and bring them forward…” Blanco went on to reflect on his artistic work –“ …in some ways I feel that much of my body of work has been, in a way …to heal my mother…” Those words grabbed me by the throat and brought tears to my eyes. For me, and I’m sure for those of us who are children of Holocaust survivors, Blanco’s words stir powerful emotions.
by Norman Berman | Aug 11, 2015 | Updates
It is hot and it feels like the middle of summer. But it’s already August and, as we approach Labor Day and realize that summer will be winding down, I am again flooded with memories of many new beginnings over the years. I think of those days as a youngster on the farm (many years ago) in Moosup, Connecticut, beginning to feel regret about summer coming to an end, but also beginning to think about the promise of the New Year.
by Judy Engel | Aug 4, 2015 | News
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