I love being a publisher and editor and proudly covering a wide swath of Northern Westchester! But like most people, sometimes I do experience a bout of the blues, for any number of reasons. I also recognize that the reasons are circumstantial. In the last month or so, I lost my father, a 96-year-old Holocaust survivor, and grandfather of four. I simply miss him to pieces, especially as I approach a First Father’s Day with him gone. Nonetheless, I know the blues are not a medical diagnosis. They are a state of mind that can be helped whether by say, leaning on friends and family, keeping a journal or maybe taking long meditative walks. The more ‘serious’ depression and all its potential consequences continues to challenge scientists around the world. So I was glad to attend an event by the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation who make it their mission to support advances in this area; my report: https://www.theinsidepress.com/tipper-gore-breaking-the-silence-about-mental-illness/
But back to my dad. As I consider that he’s gone, I also understand that his legacy will never leave me, and I intend for it not to leave this world either. The dangers of silence are all too clear. I attended a May screening of the movie Complicit at the Chappaqua Performing Arts Center. It was stunning in its revelations of what led to 937 terrified Jewish passengers aboard the SS St. Louis being sent back to Nazi controlled Europe–first by Cuba and then so sadly by orders of the state Dept. and President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Over 250 of the passengers aboard were later killed–but it was the ramifications which were far worse: The horrific rejection gave Hitler exactly what he wanted: a perfect opportunity to “prove” to the world that Jews were expendable. #NeverAgain
Everyone knows a survivor’s best revenge is a long and fulfilling life. I’m thankful that my dad with a life well lived offering inspiration to many. Please be sure to read our entire edition and all its amazing stories! I’m grateful for our team and contributors who ‘share the heart of your community.’ Wishing you all peaceful and love-filled graduation ceremonies, if there are any in your household, and of course, a Happy Father’s Day.