Monthly Archives: December 2009

Heart of the Family

Day 72: When I was a little girl one of my favorite places to visit was Union City, New Jersey because that is where Aunt Olga lived.  I remember every last detail of her home from the smooth feeling of … Continue reading

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Jenny P.

Day 71: Jenny P was my best friend for the better part of my childhood and looking back now it’s hard to believe that we could have ever grown apart.  In elementary school there was rarely a day when we … Continue reading

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Jill: horse whisperer

Day 70: Jill may as well be my little sister.  We share the same birthday and grew up together enjoying big family vacations to Smugglers Notch Vermont where we learned how to ski in the winter and hiked through the … Continue reading

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The Brave One

Day 69: My great grandmother, Pauline, traveled alone to the United States from Krakow when she was 14 years old in 1911.  She worked in Brooklyn cleaning houses and caring for small children before moving to Bayonne, New Jersey where … Continue reading

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Follow me, Grandma

Day 68: It makes me sad that my grandma can’t visit me in Oregon.  She suffers from emphysema and struggles to breathe on a minute by minute basis.  I would have loved to show her the mountains and the valleys, … Continue reading

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Home for Christmas

Day 67: When I go home for Christmas I look forward to the comforting smell of peanut butter cookies topped with Hershey kisses, sugary Russian tea cakes and roast sirloin with gravy.  The tree always looks cheerfully familiar dressed up … Continue reading

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Robin: a contribution to change

Day 66: This is a photograph of filmmaker Robin Smith and Congressman John Lewis during a special presentation of Robin’s award winning documentary Come Walk in My Shoes, which follows Mr. Lewis on an emotional pilgrimage to the churches, parks and bridges … Continue reading

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Yvette: a strong voice for survivors

Day 65: This is Yvette Cade and her family (second woman from the left).  I interviewed Yvette for the first time in 2008 when she received the Special Courage Award from the Department of Justice.  It was an honor to … Continue reading

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Laura: a contribution to women

Day 64: Laura’s cheerful and peaceful manner draws me to her.  Whenever I speak with her she gives my voice her full attention and listens attentively as I relay stories of filmmaking and photography.  No matter what’s going on in … Continue reading

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