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Calendar Time

Sunday, December 23rd, 2018

I know that with the Internet and cell phones, many people do not use wall calendars, but I still like to have one or two available in the house in case my computer is off or my cell phone isn’t handy.

The two I like and write about each year is The Lunar Calendar from Nancy Passmore/Luna Press and Brush Dance by Renée Locks, who I met last December in California. I  love her calligraphy and quotes.

Here are the two calendars:


A lunar calendar is a calendar based upon the monthly cycles of the Moon‘s phases (synodic months), in contrast to solar calendars, whose annual cycles are based only directly upon the solar year.

If you go to, you can see a sample of a page of the calendar, an oval, which is quite different from a regular block calendar. It is perfect for a woman who is tracking her menses for pregnancy or menopause or just because it’s a neat way of creating a calendar.

Here is a quote from the website:

“This easily read, yet informative and scholarly calendar is perfect for both the beginner and the seasoned moon-lover. The ’19 edition features fresh work from 24 artists, poets, and writers, full astronomical and astrological data, the lunar year-at-a-glance, complete instructions, and an excellent bibliography.”




Renée Locks yearly calendar from her company, Brush Dance, has the theme of Laugh Lines  with wonderful art and calligraphy by this 80+ year old artist and calligrapher and a collector of quotes. (I also collect quotes, so maybe that’s why I love her calendar not only for her art, but also for the quotes.)

Here is the quote for the January 2019 calendar and also her website:

CHEER UP! Birds have bill, too and they keep on singing! Henny Youngman


Both of these calendars make great gifts!





Go Fund Me Update

Monday, December 17th, 2018

Here is a copy of the update I just posted on Go Fund Me to the people who have donated.
I am still hoping for more donations, because I think my estimate of $1,000 for both books I hope to publish was low. However,  I will continue to work on her book and hopefully have the editing done by New Year’s so my colleague Krista can work on the book design.  My goal is to have it IN PRINT by Cherie’s 94th birthday in March.

Have a wonderful holiday season and please feel free to share this message with others who do not read my postings and may wish to go to to make a donation of any amount. No amount is too small!

On my dashboard is the title: Stories of Holocaust Resilience and Cherie’s story so far is a great example!


Dear Donators:

I am working on Cherie Goren’s story of how she came to America with Hitler on her family’s heels. While she is not a professional writer, her story is very engaging and has some humor mixed in with the seriousness of the journey to freedom.
I am still collecting donations, because the editing process requires my going to Cherie’s and going over my suggested changes in person, which is quicker than emailing her back and forth. She is good on the computer, but I need to ask questions within questions and get explanations about certain words or details.
Fortunately, she lives closely so going there is easy, but I am spending more time than I anticipated, but I think the time is worth it, to get her story republished.

Happy Holidays and Thank you again!

You can also make a donation by check as some people have done. Email me at: so I can send you my snail mail address. I also have a PayPal account you can use:

With gratitude,



P.S. I am working on some recipes to post, possibly next week or right after the first of the year.  Food is still very important to me, but this campaign and editing Cherie’s book has become a stronger priority until the book is in print.