“The tyranny now engulfing Ukraine makes this a right moment for a poetic essay that my father published in the spring of 1966, when we weren’t even half-way through the original ‘Cold War’. Now that we’ve entered a second one, the essay is as timely as it was 56 years ago.” – Steven Schwartzman
In 1912 my father, Jack (Jacob) Schwartzman, was born in Vinnytsia, a town then under Russian control in the part of eastern Europe that is now Ukraine. In the 1920s his family escaped from the tyranny of the Soviet Union and came to America to be free. Upon his arrival here he spoke Russian but not a word of English. He learned quickly and soon became a craftsman of his new language.
The tyranny now engulfing Ukraine makes this a right moment for a poetic essay that my father published in the spring of 1966, when we weren’t even half-way through the original Cold War. Now that we’ve entered a second one, the essay is as timely as it was 56 years ago. Feel free to repost this in a spirit of solidarity.
Solomon and Anna Schwartzman in eastern Europe in 1923
with their younger son Isidore and older…
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“Since life is as short as a half-taken breath, don’t plant anything but love. For LOVE is that flame which, when it’s kindled, devours everything – except the Beloved one.”(Rumi)
“LOVE” by Robert Indiana @ SFMOMA = San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
N.B. After 5 weeks in San Francisco and a recent trip @ La Palma Canary island – for the 2nd time in 5 years – to watch the end of the volcanic eruption of “Cumbre Vieja”, I’ve just decided to close my virtual playground; I thank you for your visits and kind notes; we’ve had 2 years of covid, now, let’s hope that “men’s insanity” will stop and PEACE will prevail asap; if you want to keep in touch with me, you’ll find me @ my Facebook page where 99% of my posts are public;
Take care, stay healthy and safe, pals! Heartfelt thoughts to you all, Mélanie Bedos