ShirleyIconIt’s that time of year again when many of us reflect on the importance of family and friends we hold dear.  But shouldn’t we devote just as much energy to these individuals throughout the year?  As a daughter of Holocaust survivors, I remain acutely aware of the blessings bestowed upon me: first and foremost, my husband, sons, brother and his family, and my cherished three-year-old granddaughter; a nation, though deeply flawed, where I have the rights to freedom, and am only limited by my own choices; a career of teaching and writing, both passions which keep me vital; dear and caring friends; and lastly, but perhaps most importantly, good health to enjoy all of these things.

This year, to demonstrate my love and gratitude for all I have, I have released a new children’s book, ZOEY and the PURPLE ELEPHANT (at Amazon, Barnes & Noble), just in time for Hanukkah and Christmas.  Kudos to Don Bloom, a professional artist and my notable illustrator, whose drawings capture the essence of the book.  The book is a special gift written for my granddaughter, ZOEY, and in memory of my mother, BLIMA, as a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Alzheimer’s Association.  Did you know the purple elephant is a symbol for Alzheimer’s and reminds us of the strides continually being made to find a cure?  Let’s hope it happens in our lifetime, or at least in Zoey’s.  I sincerely hope she enjoys the book, and that you do as well.—Shirley