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Did I Say Books?!

I have neglected my blog the past several days. Between family events, and searching for, and buying a new mattress for my bed, I have been busy. I have also been quite busy reading, reading, and reading. I am reading a few books at once. I alternate between them, as the mood fits.

The Last Bookshop in London: A Novel of World War II, is the latest book I am about to set my eyes on, and will begin reading.

I finished reading The Girl Who Escaped From Auschwitz. I give it a four-star rating, with five-stars being the highest.

The Plum Trees by Victoria Shorr, is a book I am in the midst of reading.

Those Who Are Saved, by Alexis Landau, is another book I am currently reading.

The Light of the Midnight Stars, by Rena Rossner, is a book I have just started reading.

Lastly, but not least, I have pre-ordered the Kindle version of The Hour of the Witch, by Chris Bohjalian. I will physically go to the book store, tomorrow, when the book will be physically available to buy, and purchase it. I will read the Kindle version, and keep the hardcover copy for my personal library.

I often do that with books, read the Kindle version, and buy the hardcover to keep on my bookshelves.

Take a step into nature, if you are able to do so. You will not be disappointed.

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Books I am Reading, or About to Read

The screen shot, above, of books, shows what I am in the midst of reading, or about to read.

This weekend will be lovely, for many reasons, but especially the fact that my daughter and family are having their portrait professionally taken, and have included me in the family portrait. I am excited, to say the least.

Other than that, not much is new, here, and I won’t elaborate on anything in order to fill up space, or in order to write a post.

Shabbat Shalom to those who celebrate. Have a wonderful weekend, everyone! -Lorri

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Reading, Reading, and Reading

I have read four books within the past several days. I normally read two or three books at one time, going back and forth between each book.

The Memory Monster, by Yishai Sarid, Yardenne Greenspan (Translator), is one that is quite intense, and, in my opinion, dark, melancholic, and an unusual introspection of the Holocaust, illuminated through the eyes of the narrator, a ‘tourist guide’, of Holocaust camps, woods, etc.

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The Yellow Bird Sings, by Jennifer Rosner, is a novel that is full of heartbreaking situations, love and war, loss and redemption, during the Holocaust.

It depicts the strong bond between mother and daughter, and how they manage to survive in a world of horror. Their determination to forge through the appalling situations, and their separation, is excellently woven within the tapestry of their experiences.

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Still Alive: A Holocaust Girlhood Remembered, by Ruth Kluger, is a compelling read that relates her experiences during the Holocaust.

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I am also reading, and will be rereading, The Book of Psalms, by King David

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Perspectives

Perspective is everything in life. We quite often see things in certain ways because we want to, not because of the actual situation or appearance.

This does not make our perspective correct, or incorrect. Many of us intuit circumstances through our feelings, and others use what they deem is their logic.

How we view things in life is often coupled with emotions, even when logic is a factor in our decisions and viewpoints.

Often, if we step back and take the time to think things through, we are then able to move forward decisively, and with strength and positivity in the conviction of our perception/s.

Our paths are not always clear, and some hold many curves in our journey through life.

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I finished reading My family for the War, by Anne C. Voorhoeve. The novel concerns one young girl’s transfer to London on the Kindertransport, during World War II. Her journey with her foster family is well written, and includes her emotions, her thoughts, her experiences in her new home and with her new family, her assimilation, and her coming of age within their Jewish household. The historical information was insightful, and well-researched. I recommend the book.

Thank you for visiting.

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Books and Looks

I love reading, and am an avid peruser of historical fiction, nonfiction, Holocaust books, and books relating to World War II.

The Nesting Dolls by Alina Adams was a recent read that I enjoyed for its generational saga.

Eli’s Promise by Ronald H. Balson was a book that takes place during World War II, focusing on familial love, determination, and corruption.

The Plague by Albert Camus was an intense read, and relevant to today’s pandemic horrors, although written decades ago.

The Tunnel by A.B. Yehoshua was an interesting read, combining dementia, and its effects and affects on a marriage.

Enjoy your Thursday, or whatever day of the week it is in your area of the planet.

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Trying, Stressful Week

It has been a very trying, stressful week. I cannot articulate how the past few days affected me. So much has occurred, not including the election in the United States, which has been played out, worldwide. That, alone, has been difficult enough.

According to CNN, “The United States has passed 10 million coronavirus cases, according to Johns Hopkins University’s tally.

There have been at least 10,018,278 cases of Covid-19 in the US and at least 237,742 people have died.”

Those figures are unfathomable, to me.

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We lost an amazing human being. Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks died November 7, 2020. He was a man of morals, a teacher, a husband, a father, a sage for all humanity, regardless of religion, or no religion. He was the Emeritus Chief Rabbi, formerly the Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth.

There can never be enough prose to accurately encompass his life. For now, I will simply say, that I am extremely saddened.

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On November 9th and 10th, 1938, Kristallnacht (an intense series of attacks on Jews fostered by the Nazi party paramilitary) became known as the “Night of Broken Glass”. The glass storefronts of the Jewish-owned businesses were totally shattered, by both the paramilitary and by local citizens. The interior of Fasanenstrasse Synagogue in Berlin was destroyed, along with so many other structures.

At least 91 Jews were killed in the attacks, and a further 30,000 arrested and incarcerated in concentration camps.  Jewish homes, hospitals, and schools were ransacked, as the attackers demolished buildings with sledgehammers.  Over 1,000 synagogues were burned (95 in Vienna alone), and over 7,000 Jewish businesses destroyed or damaged.”

The photograph above shows the street view of a portion of a window on the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, taken by me.

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Four years ago, today, we lost a woman of great strength and humaneness.  Yaffa Eliach has died.  She created “The Tower of Faces” in the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

“The Tower of Faces” is so profound.  Each time I have seen it, I am left speechless, filled with awe and deep respect for Yaffa Eliach’s tremendous efforts in creating the memorial.  The photographs speak wonders of the individuals, times gone by, a collective history, moments in living, lives lost due to hatred.

One cannot walk through the immense exhibit without it affecting them intensely.

The photograph below, is Copyrighted by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

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Alex Trebek, the Emcee of Jeopardy!, the consummate gentleman, the man with a dry sense of humor, the kind, caring man, died on November 8, 2020. I have watched the game show since its first came on the airwaves. My children watched it with me, as they were growing up, and my grandchildren, my daughter’s children, watch it at home, with my daughter and son-in-law, and at my house, when they visit.

He was loved by millions. He worked until October 29, 2020, and there will be episodes filmed through December.

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Thank you for visiting. -Lorri M.

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