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LeadingAge Creative Writing Contest: “A Mother” by Alice Cahana

As every year since 1993, LeadingAge Oregon is holding a Creative Writing Contest. Cedar Sinai Park residents participate in great numbers. Winners will be announced on February 28; up to 50 top-rated pieces will also be published in “Reflections: A Collection of Writing and Poetry by Oregon’s Elders.”

Here’s the third of 13 submissions we’ll be reprinting here (with permission from their authors).

“A Mother” by Alice Cahana

The colors of the early dawn changed softly. The sun seemed to be ashamed to announce a new day in Auschwitz. We stood in line outside the barracks since early in the morning…the cold intensified our hunger and pain.

“I was married just two years ago.” The woman next to me whispered softly. “Last night I gave birth to our son–to my first child. There in the barracks of Auschwitz. My first child they took him away even before I could touch his soft skin and say to him, ‘Welcome to the world my beloved son…your Father would have been so proud of your round cheeks and long gentle fingers. Welcome to the world.”’ She muttered to herself, her tears falling on the unpaved ground mingling here with her slowly oozing blood.

We stood there to be counted like sheep by the white-gloved, well-groomed S.S woman. Her hair coiffured in the latest style. Her perfumed scent intensified the feeling of our own neglected bodies.

“I so wanted to be a mother”, the woman continued through her tears… “Care, patience and love would have been our child’s diet. I would have nourished him with the tales of the past. He would have grown to be a good man.” She paused a bit and whispered even more softly.

“If I survive…I want to love the world around me. The spring. The forest and people. All people.” She whispered, almost like reciting a prayer and clearing her soul from hate and revenge.

Her face turned toward the sky. Her alabaster skin looked translucent in the early morning light. The mystical rays of the dawn mingled with the smoke of the crematorium.

LeadingAge Creative Writing Contest: “Two People, Etc.” by Marcia Wilson

As every year since 1993, LeadingAge Oregon is holding a Creative Writing Contest. Cedar Sinai Park residents participate in great numbers. Winners will be announced on February 28; up to 50 top-rated pieces will also be published in “Reflections: A Collection of Writing and Poetry by Oregon’s Elders.”

Here’s the second of 13 submissions we’ll be reprinting here (with permission from their authors).

“Two People, Etc.” by Marcia Wilson

I was sitting outside an office building in Wheaton, Maryland, one Saturday where there was a very big shopping area, restaurants, movie theatres, and other businesses. I had gone for divorce counseling with my husband. We were having a rocky time and I had told him to go home and then called my son to come get me. It was a heartbreaking time and I sat in the sun trying to collect myself.

I looked over and saw two people in their late 50’s, maybe 60 or so, and they came out of the building holding hands. They were a pleasant looking lady and a nice looking man and looked as though maybe they were out on a Saturday to enjoy lunch and a movie. It was a sunny day-not too cold and not too hot (unlike many D.C. area days) and they just seemed to be content going about with their plans. I could not help staring at them and thinking that will never be me and my husband. We were in our 40’s and did not stroll around hand-in-hand and could not get along. How nice it must be to grow old together and have fun together and that was not in the cards for me.

I have never forgotten that scene though it was more than 40 years ago. Just two people coming out of a building.

LeadingAge Creative Writing Contest: “Lunch Out” by Mordechai Rubin

As every year since 1993, LeadingAge Oregon is holding a Creative Writing Contest. Cedar Sinai Park residents participate in great numbers. Winners will be announced on February 28; up to 50 top-rated pieces will also be published in “Reflections: A Collection of Writing and Poetry by Oregon’s Elders.”

Here’s the first of several submissions we’ll be reprinting here (with permission from their authors).

“Lunch Out” by Mordecai Rubin

Where to bury love grown cold?
Without the shroud of ifs and buts
Peopled with interstices
Vibrant and superfluous
No flowers building artifacts
No matter fleet the vision.
No stone will mark the spot
But I will know.

Happy Birthday in October!

Rose Schnitzer Manor residents who celebrate their birthdays in September enjoyed a birthday party last week at the Goodman Dining Room.

  • 2 – Hazel Buck
  • 2 – Estelle Moskowitz
  • 5 – Bernice Karsh
  • 8 – Barbara Dubin
  • 8 – Arnie Enkelis
  • 8 – Bob Erlich
  • 8 – Joan Nelson
  • 9 – Malca Muskin
  • 15 – Grace Seren
  • 17 – Marion Katz
  • 18 – Lyn Lynch
  • 18 – Ralph Rothermel
  • 25 – Faye Berch
  • 25 – Selma Wolfson
  • 26 – Lillian stillman
  • 31 – Martin Fishleder

Happy Birthday in September!

Rose Schnitzer Manor residents who celebrate their birthdays in September enjoyed a birthday party on Tuesday, September 11, 2012, at the Goodman Dining Room.

Hy Freedman celebrates his birthday at the Rose Schnitzer Manor September Birthday Party, 9/11/2012

  • 1 – Dan Labby
  • 3 – Sylvia Bushaw
  • 3 – Howard Wolfe
  • 14 – Hy Freedman
  • 15 – Marcia Wilson
  • 17 – Katy Chilton
  • 17 – William Rosenbaum
  • 24 – Cynthia Edwards

Manor Resident Overcomes Stroke Effects to Make Art

Elaine Kaufman (left) paints a landscape with art teacher Anita Apperley

Rose Schnitzer Manor resident and lifelong artist Elaine Kaufman says she likes to keep busy: even a stroke could not stop her from making art.

In the past, Elaine explored forms like sculpture and needle point. She has received recognition for her artistic accomplishments: she was a finalist in last year’s Ageless Art contest with her needle point creation “The Queen.”

After the stroke partly paralyzed her right side and she lost the ability to use her dominant hand, she learned to use her left hand to paint small landscapes. Inspiration for particular land comes from magazines, newspapers, or calendars.

For two hours every week for the past year, art teacher and therapist Anita Apperley has been visiting with Elaine to practice painting. Anita owns an art studio in Portland. She teaches an art class for differently-abled children and sculpts realistic Santas.

As a result of the weekly instruction, Elaine says, “I’m getting better all the time.”