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Shelter Island Mermaid

Posted by on Jul 4, 2014 in BLOG | 0 comments

Shelter Island Mermaid

At the Pirates and Mermaid Benefit last weekend, I dolled up with the help of Collette‘s in Sag Harbor and the sea. Every shell, star fish, and piece of coral was found by this beach comber and the horseshoe crab wand is from a 2-year old molted skin (crabs molt many times as they grow larger). Thanks to our host and hostess, James Goldman and Debbie Rodriguez, for opening their lovely home to a motley crew, mostly in full costume. We met a sea captain who had come all the way from Virginia Beach, local artists and other fascinating sailors, pirates and mermaids all enjoying a lovely evening together as Friends Of Peconic Bay.  My favorite bit of the night was the...

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My Summer with Pelé

Posted by on Jun 10, 2014 in BLOG | 0 comments

My Summer with Pelé

pele dad circa 1980 The true story of the summer I turned 18 and dated the God of Soccer. On special with AMAZON My Summer with Pelé celebrates the Brazil, The World Cup, and all the men in my life.  ...

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Yom Hashoah – Keeping Rena’s Promise Alive in Our Hearts

Posted by on May 7, 2014 in BLOG | 0 comments

Yom Hashoah –  Keeping Rena’s Promise Alive in Our Hearts

What is it to you?” That was the question the woman was asking me, while we stood on the rooftop of a Brooklyn apartment building enjoying a cookout and celebrating the release of my first book. She had just been introduced to me as someone important in the Holocaust community (I won’t say how) and her response to the fact that I had just co-authored a book with a Holocaust survivor left me stunned. It had never occurred to me that the Holocaust was something that was private or unshared by the rest of the world. In fact, one of the reasons Rena… read the rest on Beacon Press’s Blog...

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Sag Harbor Mermaid is Back!

Posted by on May 7, 2014 in BLOG | 0 comments

Sag Harbor Mermaid is Back!

The season is beginning when I shape shift from a landlubber to that creature that best suits my aquatic and sunny personality – a mermaid. And what better way to greet the season with the magic currently sweeping our eastern shoreboard? The Horseshoe Crab Spawn. Already, I am finding spawning pairs on the beaches and am reminded that this ritual has been occurring for hundreds of millions of years, a breadth of time in which we appear to be but a speck. A number of major magazines are finally researching the industry too, which my next novel is about. Glad to see The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly and The Huffington Post looking at this amazing creatures who...

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72nd Anniversary of FIRST TRANSPORTS to AUSCHWITZ

Posted by on Mar 30, 2014 in BLOG | 0 comments

72nd Anniversary of FIRST TRANSPORTS to AUSCHWITZ

This week heralds the 72nd Anniversary of the First Mass Transport to Auschwitz. What very few people know and what very few historians tell us is that the first 3-5 mass transports to Auschwitz were all young women! And the Slovak government actually paid the Third Reich to take the girls. I am now working to produce a documentary about their stories, which I have been finding since my trip to Slovakia and Auschwitz. Please help us by sharing this link with your friends, colleagues and others who want to honor not just Women’s History this month, but Girl’s History. We are now 85% from completely funding our Kickstarter Campaign to start work on this...

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Women You Should Know – Who Knew I Was One?

Posted by on Mar 26, 2014 in BLOG | 0 comments

Women You Should Know – Who Knew I Was One?

Heather Dune Macadam, a Holocaust biographer and author of Rena’s Promise: A Story of Sisters in Auschwitz, traveled to Poprad, Slovakia on March 26, 2012, the 70th anniversary of the first registered mass transit of Jews to Auschwitz. When she arrived at the memorial site what she came to learn took her on an entirely new journey. What many people don’t know is that all of the 999 prisoners in the first transport were young women ages 16-22. Rena Kornreich Gelissen, the survivor Heather wrote about in her first book, was one of these 999 prisoners and the 716th woman to enter Auschwitz.  READ MORE...

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