THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS Friday, November 30, 1984
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Senior adults showcase creative
writing efforts in 'Writers Journal'
Writers Journal '84, a showcase
of creative writing efforts of the
senior adults who participate in
programs at the Jimmy Prentis
Morris Branch of the Jewish
Community Center, has just been
With dedications to the late
assistant executive director of the
Morris Branch, Mr. Eugene Jaffe,
the spiral-bound paperbacked
book contains pieces of advice,
poetry, _personal reminiscences
and experiences, Yiddish poetry,
Haiku, letters and essays.
The project is supervised by
Prof. Norma Goldman of Wayne
State University, who serves as
staff adviser. Mina Stone, a con-
tributor, is secretary, and Bernice
Konikow, also a contributor, is
the typist. Claire Konikow is the
The editorial board is com-
prised of Mrs. Goldman, Bernice
Konikow, Sara Littman, Mollie
Pitzak and Ethel Silber.
Contributors include: Marion
Elizabeth Blondy, Emma Cass,
Eve Dishell, Frances Driker,
Esther Frances Friedman, Mrs.
Goldman, Rose Goldsmith, Phil-
lip Goren, Gertrude Gray, Stella
Himmelstein, Rose Jaffe, Rae
Kendler, Sarah King, Bernice
Konikow, Ms. Littman, Bessie
Lopatin, Regina Mantel, Pearl
Miller, Bertha Mishcovsky, Anne
Paul, Ms. Pitzak, Hilda Reed,
Jean Rubach, Joseph Shapiro,
Fani Siegel, Ms. Silber, Helen
Singer, Sarah Slavin and Ms.
Guest contributors to the 1984
edition are: Nicole Mantel, Kris-
tina Reed, Allen A. Warsen, Dena
Chana Zimberg, Marvin and
Madeline Zimberg and Sarah
The current volume is dedi-
cated in toto to Shapiro, a resident
of Borman Hall-Jewish Home for
Aged, who is a participant in the
home's activities as well as in
those of the Center senior adult
Following are some samples
from the Writers' Journal '84:
Reflections at 84
My life has been one of great
adventure. I have seen so many
wonderful changes, from the
horse and buggy stage to the in-
credible Space Age. It is gratify-
ing to have seen tremendous
strides in the sciences, cures for
ugly diseases, preventive
medicines and new modes of
transportation. Who would ever
have believed that men could
walk on the moon? That itself can
bewilder the mind. I believe that
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the young people of this world will,
enjoy more inventive, unbelieva-
ble, adventurous undertakings.
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I am hoping that future genera-
tions will make the world a better
and safer place for themselves and
their offspring, and senseless kil-
ling and maiming of our wonder-
ful young people will stop forever.
Let them appreciate and enjoy the
beautiful and bountiful world in
peace and harmony.
BY EVE DISHELL
Ponce de Leon searched for the Fountain of Youth
from which he wished to quaff —
with hopes that his life span'
could be increased by half.
When his efforts were in vain,
he certainly was disappointed,
but several decades later
with plastic surgery he was contented.
Paste in old label
From the pen of
It doesn't always pay
to criticize and complain
Sometimes we lose
rather than gain.
The aging cantor
My day is not fulfilled without a song
Not complete though old melodic songs surround me
Lift my spirit and strengthen me
A feeling of spring nurtures me
Hunger steps aside for awhile
Dreams of beauty formulate
New vistas of peace
Like praying overwhelms me
Aging pains leave me
My world becomes young and new to me
No end, no stops, I linger along
With a song.
Der alter chazn
BY JEAN RUBACH
The outward description of me
takes secondary place to the inner
me. I am an unassuming, private
person. I feel that each person is
accountable for himself. Since
this is my life and I cannot have
another, I am trying to make this
one time around the best possible
way of life to my way of thinking.
I thoroughly enjoy what I am
doing. I like myself for enriching
my life with the worthwhile
endeavor of further education, for
having the desire to keep moving
on to bigger and better things;
therefore, I am a happy, contented
Sometimes, I ask myself, "What
would I like to have changed
7 about my way of living if that
were possible?" I have no way of
determining, as I cannot make a
I would, if I could, change the
) world situation, but that is wish-
ful thinking. Therefore, I will
have to accept it as it is, but make
my life as ideal as possible.
Shira vzimra di klungen fun gezangen
Ilkhen in meyn vaizen mit muzik gayst
Der tog iz nist folkom on a ton
Nit trakht endig zingt fun mir aroys a nign
Di natur landshaft shaft far mir naye klungen
mit frishe gedanken .
Di shaltin fun di vinten batsoibert meyn
Ferlaikht meyn geshtalt a file shoyn alt
Es drinkt fun mir aroys tsu in droiysen oder
in mayn oys a gezaing arois
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