Stolpersteine

This week, my family held a ceremony to mark the installation of a Stolpersteine in the pavement in front of the house from where my family was deported to Theresienstadt in 1943. The Stolpersteine, which literally means ‘stumbling block’ in German, was an idea of a German artist Gunter Demnig who wanted people to discover the last address of those deported by the Nazis by … Continue reading Stolpersteine

The play Leopoldstadt and coping with traumatic family past.

I am in Prague. Tomorrow, we are going to lay Stolpersteine http://www.stolpersteine.eu/en/home/ in front of the house in Prague where my family lived before they were deported by the Nazis to a concentration camp. There will be the 5th generation there, my grandchildren. I will blog about that, of course, but I’d like to talk about a play I saw in London the evening before … Continue reading The play Leopoldstadt and coping with traumatic family past.

My brave Russian teacher in 1969- 1971

I watched an interesting film https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Within_the_Whirlwind  about Yevgenia Ginzburg a Russian Jewish dissident who spent more than 10 years arrested in Siberia in Stalin’s time. I didn’t know that her son was Alexei Aksjonov. I have a funny story about him. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vasily_Aksyonov In secondary school – I went in September 1968-I was in the humanities section, so the 4 final graduation exams were Czech, Russian, … Continue reading My brave Russian teacher in 1969- 1971

Travelling Mercies by Anne Lamott

I don’t read books by very religious people. Not often. But this was very surprising. I am faithless. Completely . Not just deity. Even science. I believe that as far as we know… but I also know that some scientific evidence will be replaced by new one, maybe contrary. A lot of things I learnt in medical school are no longer true. That’s good that … Continue reading Travelling Mercies by Anne Lamott

Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore Update – #Reviews – #History #JewishFiction Eva Hnizdo, #Fantasy Teagan Ríordáin Geneviene, #Poetry Balroop Singh

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Welcome to the Friday edition of the Cafe and Bookstore with recent reviews for authors on the shelves The first review is for Eva Hnizdo and her new novel, released on 28th September. The historical Jewish fiction Why Didn’t They Leave? About the book You can’t ask for asylum in another country just because your mother drives you nuts,… Continue reading Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore Update – #Reviews – #History #JewishFiction Eva Hnizdo, #Fantasy Teagan Ríordáin Geneviene, #Poetry Balroop Singh

Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore – New Author on the Shelves – #Historical #Witchcraft – Bitter Magic by Nancy Kilgore

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Delighted to welcome Nancy Kilgore from Vermont, with her books to the Cafe and Bookstore. Today I am featuring her most recent release in August 2021, Bitter Magic: Inspired by the stgory of a confessed witch. About the book Bitter Magic, inspired by the true story of Isobel Gowdie and her witchcraft confession, reveals a little-known corner of history—the… Continue reading Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore – New Author on the Shelves – #Historical #Witchcraft – Bitter Magic by Nancy Kilgore

Smorgasbord Book Reviews – #Memoir – Flashes of Life: True Tales of the Extraordinary Ordinary by Pamela S. Wight

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Delighted to share my review for Flashes of Life: True Tales of the Extraordinary Ordinary by Pamela S. Wight About the collection. Wow! Life goes by in a flash. Philosophers and mystics ponder the mystery of these flashes. Pamela Wight writes about life flashes in her short stories that include family and friends, love and life’s challenges. Wight’s “Flash… Continue reading Smorgasbord Book Reviews – #Memoir – Flashes of Life: True Tales of the Extraordinary Ordinary by Pamela S. Wight

Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore Update #Reviews – #Fantasy M.J. Mallon, #Poetry Elizabeth Gauffreau, #Suspense Joan Hall

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Welcome to the first of the weeks Cafe updates with recent reviews for authors on the shelves. The first review is for M.J. Mallon’s new release of Bloodstone (The Curse Of Time Book 1) – Book 2 is following shortly. About the book Fifteen-year-old Amelina Scott lives in Cambridge with her dysfunctional family, a mysterious black cat, and an… Continue reading Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore Update #Reviews – #Fantasy M.J. Mallon, #Poetry Elizabeth Gauffreau, #Suspense Joan Hall