Anna Jacobs died a year ago on the same day in the Jewish calendar that her beloved husband Jack passed away eight years before. That was a poetic synchronicity that reflects the wonder of her life. She couldn’t have known consciously that it was the date. She had not seen a calendar in weeks.  Did… Read more »

Haunting portrait of a Sinti girl named Anna Maria Steinbach who was killed at Auschwitz-Birkenau

A haunting portrait of Anna Maria Steinbach is August’s Portrait of the Month. We chose it because August 2nd is Roma Genocide Remembrance Day. On that day in 1944, nearly 3,000 Roma and Sinti people, mostly women, children and the elderly were sent to the gas chamber at Auschwitz-Birkenau. Anna Maria was probably one of… Read more »

Click here to jump directly to art-making instructions. I started writing this on a rainy day in my corner of France with intermittent thunder and lightning. I’m sitting in a cozy stone barn with a sharply slanting roof. For some 300 years this building was home to sheep. With some upgrades like a water-tight roof,… Read more »