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Midwest Book Review

Midwest Book Review has been reviewing books for 35 years.  Here is their review of To Kill the Other: To Kill the Other Danuta Hinc Tate Publishing 127 E. Trade Center Terrace, Mustang, OK 73064 9781617390197, $18.99, www.tatepublishing.com No one is born a murderer of thousands. “To Kill the Other” takes a spin on how […]

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The Wall Street Journal recently published an article, Jewish Donors Warn Obama on Israel, by Laura Meckler.  An interesting article on a burning issue sparked more than 1,100 comments. Here is the exchange I had with one of the readers. The spelling, grammar, and wording is the same as it appeared on the Wall Street […]

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I suspect that most of us believe that memories preserve a moment in time, something that happened and now is being accessed and viewed “as it was once before.” I suspect that most of us believe in their memories and are attached to the very specific way something is remembered. But what do we really […]

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When I look at this picture of myself with an apple I think of how history is remembered, preserved, and passed on to the next generations. I come to the conclusion that an accurate account of history doesn’t exist. History is not recorded as a continuum of things that happened. It is rather a knowledge […]

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When I think of the thread to burn the Qur’an and of the many divided voices in the media, I can’t help but to admit the strong clash I feel between what we call the liberties of this country with what I remember as the history of my family, of my country, of Europe. I […]

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This is not a secret that we learn from each other but if it comes to my students I always feel a certain unease knowing how much I enjoy learning in the classes I actually teach. I am paid for teaching not learning after all, right? I meet interesting people in my writing classes, they […]

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Anne Michaels is one of my favorite writers.  Her “Fugitive Pieces” is one of my favorite novels. In her novel, not only was she able to resurrect for me the most mystical places of Poland, like the city of Biskupin, but she also was able to draw a magical map of the most beautiful places […]

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I remember myself standing in front of the television set in my basement for hours.  I wasn’t able to move.  The couch was just a couple of feet away but I wasn’t able to sit down. I live in the same house I lived on 9/11.  My basement has been repainted since then.  I have […]

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Poland: tragic history repeats itself

The plane crash that killed Polish President Lech Kaczyński on Saturday reminded me of the most painful moments in Poland’s history. The 97 who died included the army chief of staff, the head of the National Security Bureau, the national bank president, the deputy foreign minister, the deputy parliament speaker, the civil rights commissioner, and other members […]

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Snow storm and short story

I love snow storms, preferably enjoyed from either my reading chair or writing table (both close to a window). But this weekend presented opportunities (read: responsibilities) that could not be ignored and ended up being more challenging that I could wish for. First, the shoveling. Yes, I went outside and shoveled my way through the […]

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