Guns and Roses

Guns and Roses

Stolperstein for my parents, July 1, 2013. Gemünd, Germany | Photo by Thomas Cogdell Writing a blog, trying to unravel tangled thoughts. I am a German/Jewish Holocaust survivor whose parents perished in Poland, sitting at home in Arizona,  on a cool January day,...
I Stand Amazed…

I Stand Amazed…

Opening Day Ceremony, Arizona House of Representatives | Photographer: Ryan Thurman How did I come to stand before the Arizona House of Representatives in Phoenix, on January 9, 2023? And why am I amazed? Michael Hunter a good friend, of many years, is Chief of Staff...
Hid From Our Eyes

Hid From Our Eyes

Filming a documentary… What did I miss, what remained unseen during those intense days filming in Germany, October 2 -15, 2022. Why were we drawn to  particular places, why did we try to make connections between past and present? What made new Instagram friends...
A Tale of Three Synagogue

A Tale of Three Synagogue

“Yad”, pointer for reading the Torah in the synagogue | A gift from Detlef Wurst | Origin: Poland October 2 – 16, 2022  a team is filming the German part of my story, each day we are surprised by  unexpected encounters with people  and places. Sorting through my...
A Garland for Ashes

A Garland for Ashes

The white rose  Sabine brought when we met at the Guldenthal Synagogue A Mourner’s Kaddish in Three Sacred Places Rzuchowski Forest, Poland It is raining on  Monday May 3rd 2010 and together with nine others, a minyan for prayer according to Jewish custom, we say...
Poisoned Apples

Poisoned Apples

Photo by Wandaline Joassin After the flood, Gemünd, Eifel. Dieter looks down from the upstairs window, he  sees us in the street below, standing around the Stolperstein in front of the house next door.  We are filming. He comes down and hands George and I an envelope...
I Have A Dream…

I Have A Dream…

Redemption Church Alhambra, Phoenix | Photo by Thomas Cogdell Thomas Cogdell came to Phoenix, last week.  Friday evening he introduced his newly published book,  Unity Through Repentance to an enthusiastic audience at Redemption Church Alhambra. Saturday morning he...
Trash or Treasure?

Trash or Treasure?

Sourced from Google Years ago when I was a new immigrant, learning to live in America, we watched Antique Roadshow, a live TV series where experts offered to appraise family heirlooms or dusty, forgotten oddities discovered in attics and cellars. As the camera slowly...
Who’s in Charge?

Who’s in Charge?

Around the Coffee Table | Photo by Ryan Thurman As usual, last Saturday morning, our small team met in the kitchen, catching up, eating snacks, drinking coffee, seated around the low table. As best we can we are preparing for a major event, something way beyond our...
Seeing the Invisible

Seeing the Invisible

When you reach a certain age, the conversation with contemporaries often veers to bones and organs. In his latest email, a dear and famous friend of 50 years, also called George, describes his wonder in seeing again after cataract surgery… like new eyes And then he...