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On the Way to America

2010

On the Way to America

World War II memories during the author's exile in Germany between the years of 1944 to 1946 and after the war ended, arrival in America in January of 1947.

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Faces of Time

Rewritten in 2009

Faces of Time

A restless teenage girl embarks on an allegorical journey and discovers that in each dream-like episode she sees the world as if through a different lens. She is in harmony with the world when external events relate to her interests, and experiences friction when the inner and outer worlds are out of synchrony. To stay "in the running" demands that she switch gears often—slow down when external events move slower and rev up when they move faster. The rub between inner and outer events running in parallel but at different speeds registers as a duration called time. The interaction with external events affects the girl's outlook, mindset and behavior.
Years later, when she looks back on her youthful ramblings, she notices that even small changes in everyday situations call for internal adjustment. Situational awareness saves her much frustration.

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Fire Island

Narrative Poem

2006

Fire Island

The narrative poem is an unpublished manuscript started during the author's retreat to Fire Island in the months of September in 1997 and 1998

"To put grief on fire
To burn what will succumb to flame."
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In the Wake of Dreams

Narrative Poem

2001
Rewritten '08

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The imagery in the narrative poem is based on personal dreams collected by the author during the span of some 65 years. Curious whether dreams had a story to tell, she grouped them by subject matter, and in the sorting noticed that images in the most intimate dreams echoed our collective memory. The story she found is of individuation, as recorded in the myths of all nations, the link suggesting that the import of dreams might be etched on a deeper, less personal level of existence.

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Child Ticking

Memoir

2001

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Born in Lithuania on an estate but raised in the spirit of social changes prominent in the beginning of the last century, the author describes the people and the surroundings that brought a child's awareness of self full circle. The memoir ends at age nine, when shattering experiences made the child realize that the core of her being will not survive without an outer shell.

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Private Heresies

Illustrated Book

2000

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An artist wonders about the differences between emotion and feeling or rational and intellectual thoughts, and winds up tracing her own mental activities for the next 30 years. Treating every detectable sensation as energy-in-motion, she records the observable movements in schematic drawings, and in the mapping of these minute energy events stumbles upon an operating system of the mind. Part I describes the system envisioned, and Part II describes the shifts it undergoes when circumstances, convention, or change in perception exert an influence.

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