Report from the MountainsMarch 31 | Posted by editor | News, Opinion Tags: Bette Sherman, Guest Column
Guest column by Bette Sherman
From the Dusty Bookshelf
When I had Back in the Woods I came across a book that was beautiful, haunting and disturbing. I couldn’t remember the name and went looking for it.
Memories of Survival
by Esther Nisenthal Krinitz
Esther Nisenthal Krinitz was a survivor of the Holocaust in Poland. At the age of 15, in October 1942, having lived under Nazi occupation for three years, she and her sister decided to separate from their family and disguise themselves as Catholic farmhands. Esther never saw her family again. In 1977, at the age of 50, having worked throughout her life as a dressmaker, she began hand-stitching embroidered fabric panels as a way of remembering, healing and sharing her childhood stories. She went on to create 36 pieces chronicling the key moments of her childhood story. Esther passed away in 2001 but lives on through her unforgettable tapestries of survival. Her daughter, Bernice Steinhardt, adds insightful narrative to each panel as she recounts her own recollections of the stories her mother shared with her.
Thunder and Rain – the newest Charles Martin book – publisher will release it April 3rd.
Reading Dean Koontz Watchers – older one of his, but then I tend not to be reading the latest. I give them a bit of time and to test their stay-ability.
I finished reading The Mountain Between Us – Charles Martin. Good book.
One of his sentences made me stop and think – “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but if you want to hurt someone – - way down deep, use words.” (page 239)
Yes and no. They can hurt only if you believe them.
For an adult to use them on a child – children tend to believe adults and if the person speaking harsh words happens to be someone the child loves, well that can be devastating; can even cripple. On the other hand if ugly words are directed at you from someone you have no respect for – then they can roll off your back like water on a duck.
You can tell a child they did something nasty, or ugly or stupid or any other negative word; what you can’t say is that is child is ugly, nasty, stupid, dumb, ignorant. There is a world of difference between doing and being.
He is in touch with his feminine side. Suspect the ladies will find this to their liking more than the male population. I liked it.
Bette Sherman is a favorite of the Georgia Mountain Beacon and is a regular contributor. She is retired and is a pet-sitter who loves to write.