- Danville, Virginia, USA
- June 22
- I was born in a refugee camp in Germany after World War II, and came with my Polish Catholic parents Jan and Tekla and my sister Donna to the United States as Displaced Persons in 1951. My parents had been slave laborers in Nazi Germany.
Growing up in the immigrant and DP neighborhoods around Humboldt Park in Chicago, I met Jewish hardware store clerks with Auschwitz tattoos on their wrists, Polish cavalry officers who still mourned for their dead horses, and women who walked from Siberia to Iran to escape the Russians. I write about these people.
MY RECENT POSTS
- Mother's Day
May 11, 2013 10:53AM
- "Letter to Levertov from
May 08, 2013 01:18PM
May 06, 2013 12:05PM
- Nightmare's End--One Young
May 02, 2013 04:18PM
- Language and Loss
April 26, 2013 03:30PM
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think that the best of all
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- “I think it was the
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it hit me that
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- “They sent me home to do
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Mother’s Day Poem
I remember my mother, her old house,
the miracle of her love, her fingers
on my cheek brushing away the night,
the world coming home for breakfast,
her eyes asking if I’d been on the… Read full post »
There are a lot of poems that I love, and one of them is Richard Hugo's prose poem "Letter to Levertov from Butte."
I don't remember when I first read it. Maybe in grad school, maybe earlier, but I know what it means to me.
It brings… Read full post »
Spent the morning with Social Security, trying to apply for medicare which I am not eligible for (though I'm going to be 65 on June 22--no gifts please).
But I need a letter of ineligibility so that I can continue my eligibility with my State of Illinois… Read full post »
My wife's Uncle Buddy was one of the GIs who liberated the many concentration camps in Nazi Germany. Several years ago he was interviewed by documentarians making a film about the liberation of the camps.
Here's a link to the youtube.
My friend the writer Christina Sanantonio and I have been having a conversation about writing about loss. It’s a conversation that started right after the suicide of the novelist David Foster Wallace. I posted two blogs about his death and the deaths of writers in general and what… Read full post »
Only the Dead
At first, the men of the burial battalion had tried to bury the dead. They dug big trenches and deep ditches, and threw the bodies in, and covered them with lime. Then, the chaplain came and prayed over them, and told… Read full post »
On April 11, 1945, American troops liberated Buchnewald Concentration Camp. It was a large camp housing about 80,000 prisoners, Poles, Slovenians, Frenchmen, Africans, and others. They were brought there to work in the factories that the Germans built in and around the camp.… Read full post »
I saw the following poster and thought it was pretty interesting.
Well, Atheism makes as much sense to me as Christianity.
What's Christianity teach us?
God throws the first two people out into the cold because they ate an apple he told them not to.
Then when people… Read full post »
My father grew up in poverty, an orphan working on a farm in Poland. When he was 20, he was taken to a concentration camp in Germany. He didn't have much education at all, could barely read and write. But he had faith. This is a poem about what he… Read full post »
Weather cancelled for tomorrow.
Stay tuned for updates.
1000 Must Read Novels! That's what the UK Guardian says. So take a look at the list. Get an eyeful. And it's definitive!
I love lists like this.
I love the fact also that you must read them.
And what happens if you don't? Do you die? Develop acne?… Read full post »
My parents met in a concentration camp in Germany toward the end of World War II.
My mom had been brought to Germany by the Nazis to work in a slave labor camp. The day she was captured she saw her mom and her sister and her sister's baby… Read full post »
Pope Benedict XVI resigned. Here's his official statement.
I have convoked you to this Consistory, not only for the three canonizations, but also to communicate to you a decision of great importance for the life of the Church. After having repeatedly examined my conscience before… Read full post »
My short short short story "The Last Day of Life on Earth" appears in the recent Atticus Review. Take a look if you get a chance.
On the last day of life on earth, a little boy asked his mother for a drink of water,… Read full post »
I got this from my friend Gregory F. Tague who lives in Brooklyn, NY: :
Four trees down on our block alone. One tree split in two. Trees on houses. One car totally smashed. Multiply that scenario across the city, across the tri-state area. Subways flooded. Bridges closed. Tunnels flooded.… Read full post »
I've been going to Starbucks for so long that probably the first time I went there I was still smoking Pall Mall cigarettes over my coffee.
And today, for the first time ever, I had a bad experience. Usually the baristas are great, but today they overcharged me for a… Read full post »
Do we learn from history? As my mother would say, "That's the question."
Maybe what history teaches us is that the only good we can ever have is that SUV, that Lexus or Infiniti.
Forget trying to change the global community. Forget trying to get justice… Read full post »
In Danville, Virginia we go to sleep early.
Wake in the dark morning as the birds are thinking about doing the same.
Each day is the same as the day before, and different.
Today there was a fog so thick that even the birds couldn't sing through it.
_____________/… Read full post »
I received the following from Joe Calendrillo, Linda's cousin and
the son of Michael
Calendrillo who I've written about before at
and Ashes blog.
Joe read my post on "Sept. 11--The Short View" and wanted to tell me what that day meant to him.
He/… Read full post »
I got a letter on Sept. 12, 2001, from my friend Bill Anderson who tended to take a cynical view of people and government and the human animal in general. The following was the response I wrote to him that day:
I wish I could take the… Read full post »
73 years ago on September 1. 1939, the Germans invaded Poland. Their blitzkrieg, their lightning war, came from the air and the sea and the sky. By Sept 28, Warsaw, the capital city of Poland, gave up. By October 7, the last Polish resistance inside Poland ended. In the… Read full post »