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              A few featured projects from our talented members.

You could be next! Notify us about your upcoming project or accolade and you may be the next featured member. Contact nycchapter@thetransitionnetwork.org for more information.​

 
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RESERVE YOUR COPY TODAY - The Present Abandoned by Harriet Shenkman


Harriet Shenkman
is a Professor Emerita at City University of New York. Her awards include the Women’s National Book Association Annual Writing Contest in Poetry, the Women Who Write International Poetry and Short Prose Contest and Raynes Poetry Competition finalist. Her poetry has appeared in national and international journals. About her first chapbook, Teetering, the poet Jennifer Franklin wrote, “ these poems mine painful and weighty topics – abandonment, the Holocaust, divorce, disability, dementia– with great sentiment, without being sentimental.”
 
 

PREORDER YOUR COPY TODAY 
https://www.finishinglinepress.com/product/the-present-abandoned-by-harriet-shenkman/​

 
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Dr Jeri Fink's NEW Blog on After Fifty Living  (Website)
 

Author Dr Jeri Fink is a featured blogger on www.afterfiftyliving.com. Check our Jeri's new blog  – the first one in the new decade and a positive way to see climate change. Visit https://www.afterfiftyliving.com/author/drjeri/ to view her collection of blogs.

Dr. Jeri Fink, author, photographer, traveler, and family therapist, challenges the creaky myths of aging. She believes that now is a creative, exciting time to grow and explore new ideas, people, and places. Visit Dr. Jeri at www.jerifink.com,   www.hauntedfamilytrees.com,   or   www.bookwebminis.com to enter her world of discovery, fun, and insights. Her fiction project, Broken, is a series of seven thrillers that defy tradition. She is presently working on Book Web Minis – a series of fun, fast and positive mini books (50-70 pages long) where readers partner with the experts. Check it out at www.bookwebminis.com

She tells us: “I challenge the art of writing by merging fact, fictional elements, interactivity, and photography into nonfiction mini books. I draw from my training in social work, experience in individual and family therapy, professional research, and passion for exploring positive psychology. My 32 published books, hundreds of articles and blogs, speaking engagements, and active online presence all reflect who I am today.
 
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Support Longtime Member & Former Chapter Chair Linda Sicher's
Art Show of her Latest Collages

At The Dental Partners of Fifth Avenue, 11 East 86th Street
(between Madison and Fifth Avenues, entrance  to the left of the grey awning)
Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm

 

 Encouraged by my fellow TTNers I began my second profession
while rediscovering my love of studio art.  I am following my dream
to become a professional artist, incorporating my own digital
photography in creating collages.  Since 2007 my works have been
included and won recognition in several group art exhibitions, such as the 92nd Street Y juried student art show and the Mt. Sinai       Hospital Art show.

  Please come see and enjoy  20 of my newest collages. 

  Linda Sicher
  www.lindascollages.com



 
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MIXED MESSAGES (book)

Reflections on an Italian Jewish Family and Exile
By Eleanor Foa

http://primolevicenter.org/product/mixed-messages-reflections-on-an-italian-jewish-family-and-exile-eleanor-foa/

* Book signing December 9th (6pm) - Rizzoli Book Store in New York (between 25th and 26th Street and Broadway)


Growing up in New York City, Eleanor was confused and frustrated by the mixed messages she received from her parents: her mother, a refugee from Nazi Germany, turned her back on everything from her homeland; to her, it was okay to be Jewish as long as you didn’t look, sound or act Jewish; her parents believed “family is everything” but distanced Eleanor and her sister from the extended family; her father insisted money wasn’t important but eventually wound up with a seven-figure portfolio; her parents’ marriage, admired by many, seemed so unhappy inside their home; and her father – an economist and intellectual, though proud of his family history – shared so little of it.

Was it a generational clash or a cultural one? Did Europeans view marriage, money and family differently from Americans? Or was it because the central drama of their adult lives – World War II, the Holocaust, emigration and exile – bound her parents together but set their daughters apart? These were questions Eleanor pondered. After her parents died, Eleanor felt compelled to learn more about her past and sort out these mixed messages. It was time to do her own investigating and, in 2006 she asked her sister to join her on a journey to Italy in search of their family history.

In MIXED MESSAGES Eleanor retraces the footsteps of her ancestors through northern Italy (Soragna, Cortemaggiore, Parma) and discovers the remarkable story of I Fratelli Foa, the publishing house that flourished in the mid-1500s in Sabbioneta, a walled city with a unique history, whose citizens continue to honor her ancestors. She reconnects with living relatives in Turin, Naples, and Rome and through visits to synagogues, Jewish cemeteries and even the grave of her father’s sister, Paola, pays homage to her Italian relatives who died. What initially begins as a trip to understand who her parents were and how their legacy shaped who she is, eventually becomes a way to reconstruct her parents’ journey and, by doing so, empathizing with their struggles and contradictions. Eleanor uses her photographer’s eye and dry sense of humor to bring her journey to life. Readers will feel like they’re traveling along with the Foa sisters, sharing delicious meals and family secrets.
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