Anne Frank: A writer’s birthday Today, June 12 (1929), is Anne Frank’s birthday. Anne was a writer, so we know a lot about her.  Because she was a writer, Anne chose a diary as a gift for her 13th birthday. She chose it from a shop window with her father when it was still… Read more »

I’m learning to meditate with an app called Headspace. I’ve completed the free “basics” module and just began a 30-part unit on anxiety. This is connecting me to my iPhone much earlier in the day than usual. I’m one of those who typically doesn’t check the phone first thing in the morning. I don’t want… Read more »

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 »