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My Wish

November 2, 2018

This is a very trying time for our country. The tragedy at the Pittsburgh synagogue is still fresh in our hearts. The political divisions are immense, and they are present almost everywhere in the world as well. It feels as our globe is turning in the wrong direction — wrong by whose standards? By mine, of course, right? And by many who think and feel like me, right? But there is always another side of the proverbial coin: different people, different standards, different dreams and goals, different disappointments and fears — a total mismatch for seeing things the same way or even in a similar way. So what can we do besides vote?

After the 6th of November things will change over here, yet they will remain almost the same – resentments, pains, anger, and distrust… just from the other side of the coin…. So, how to rise above those differences and anger? How to unify ourselves?!

There are no Angels with white, fluffy wings that will arrive from above and solve all problems for us. No one has a magic wand in their hands to change our reality. So?…

Some time ago I wrote this poem:

My Wish

I wishCrying child
for a day,
all of us
could cry together,
free to sob
like children.

Tears of
would merge
to create
a Chalice of Understanding,
so we can truly love,
so we can live in peace.

-Alicja Mann

Crying She



Just Crying!

Crying He

I propose the first Sunday of November to be our National Day of Crying, because it is a day in the “neighborhood “of November 1st, the day dedicated to the spirits of those who departed from us — recently and in the more distant past. Furthermore, November 1st is observed in many cultures in the variety of different ways. This is exactly the point — a respect for those differences already exists in the observance of that day!

Think about it, please: one day without arguing, without anger, or smiling artificially– just for the sake of smiling… instead the Day of Crying — a day of cleansing our human spirit, a small step towards our unity.


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Text copyright © 2018 by Alicja Mann,

Poem: from the book Looking at the World Twice © 2009 by Alicja Mann

Photographs: courtesy of Tom Pumford at



Rolling my Blog

July 26, 2012

My latest post In Flip Flops at the Rodeo, dated July 13th, was my 50th post. I was happy reaching such a nice round number! It means that (with a frequency of two posts per month) I have been “rolling” that blog for two years already!

Alicja Mann in center of a large wheel
It was disappointing to hear that some of my subscribers, especially those with g-mail addresses, did not receive that particular post in their mailbox. I wonder why it happened and do not want to put the blame on the date marked with ‘13’ — it is considered by many an unlucky number. Unlucky or not, I will have to address that problem with WordPress — since they do the mailing and not I.

I value greatly my subscribers and do not want to disappoint them or to lose them. You all deserve great thanks for reading my blog. Composing it with words and photographs is exciting, but also takes considerable effort and commitment on my part. So I decided to celebrate that round 50 by taking time off — for one month or so — from blogging and from most of my work and…to have a real vacation!

Swinging in a hammock outdoors in the soothing shade of trees—reading, dreaming, or simply sleeping—represents true relaxation for me. Have a nice and relaxing August and “see you” in September!


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