Author: afilreis

0

It’s a Sunday for the birds

It’s a perfect Sunday morning here in West Philadelphia. I tried to get some work done on my laptop while sitting on our balcony overlooking the alley that runs between Osage and Larchwood Avenues from 46th to 47th Streets, but the birds kept calling me.

0

Goldfinches on a sunflower

This morning I went walking in my West Philadelphia neighborhood, masked and carrying my Nikon with new Vivitar telephoto lens. I found some birds in the sun: goldfinches in a neighbor’s sunflower and some house sparrows way up in a Sycamore.

0

I was asked to write about Auschwitz in 200 words

I was asked to write 200 words about Auschwitz for some sort of commemoration marking 75 years after liberation. I wrote what is below—actually 267 words. Survivor testimony presents its great challenges, but it is a subjectivity so intensely collective that it makes for a new kind of objectivity. One...