Thanks to Pump Up Your Book, I received a copy of The Living Memories Project for this spotlight and review. The opinions stated are 100% mine.
Three years after the death of her mother, Meryl Ain was still unable to fill the
hole that the loss had left in her life. In talking to friends, Meryl discovered
an insight shared by those who had successfully overcome grief; there simply
is no closure. It was a breakthrough for her. She writes, “Our loved ones will
always be with us if they are not forgotten. It is up to us to integrate them into
our lives in a positive way that reflects their unique personality, values and
spirituality. In that way we keep them alive in our hearts and minds always.”
Meryl enlisted the help of her brother, Arthur Fischman, and her husband,
Stewart Ain, and began a quest to interview people who had moved beyond
mourning through meaningful action. The Living Memories Project: Legacies
That Last by Meryl Ain, Ed.D., Arthur M. Fischman, & Stewart Ain (March
2014, Little Miami Publishing Company, Trade Paperback, 196 pages, $18.95,
ISBN:978-0-9882553-7-1) is a result of that research.
The Living Memories Project presents more than 30 interviews with both
celebrities and others who share their experiences and the projects they
undertook to memorialize their loved ones. The authors have sought to
demonstrate that any tribute, big or small, can be a meaningful way to
preserve memories of loved ones. Establishing a foundation or scholarship,
using a recipe on a particular holiday or family occasion, creating artwork,
embarking on a project or even an entire career – all could be traced to a
specific talent, interest or value of the deceased. Each chapter offers a rich
first-person history that will engage and inspire readers of all faiths.
Among them are:
• Linda Ruth Tosetti, who made a documentary film about her
grandfather, Babe Ruth, to highlight his humanitarian side – a value she
cherished and believed was often overlooked in Babe’s biography. Ruth
was a German-American, who publicly denounced the Nazi persecution of the Jews in 1942.
• Liz and Steve Alderman, who established the Peter C. Alderman
Foundation to honor the memory of their 25-year-old son, who was killed
on 9/11 at the World Trade Center. The foundation trains doctors and
establishes mental health clinics on four continents to treat PTSD.
• Eileen Belmont, a quilt designer who helps others preserve their
memories of deceased loved ones through the creation of memory quilts.
• Singer/songwriter Jen Chapin (daughter of the late folk rock icon Harry
Chapin), who carries on her father’s legacy of music and feeding the hungry.
• Dr. Yeou-Cheng Ma (sister of Yo-Yo Ma), who keeps the memory of her
father and music teacher /mentor alive through the Children’s Orchestra
Society and her poetry.
• Robert Meeropol (son of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, who were executed
as spies by the US Government in 1953), who established the Rosenberg
Fund for Children to help children whose parents are imprisoned.
• Author, actor and raconteur Malachy McCourt, who presents his unique
take on how he keeps alive the memory of his brother Frank (Angela’s
Ashes) through the Irish tradition of song and story.
Not everyone can create a foundation, fund an orchestra or make a
documentary film, but the authors’ hope is that readers will find inspiration
from the wide range of actions they read about. The authors are currently
compiling narratives for the second volume of The Living Memories Project
and welcome input from readers.
This book is so touching… cherished memories of people who are loved but no longer with us. Simple moments, wisdom, laughter and love. Those who lived long lives, and those who passed much too soon. Recipes, Poems, Photos and times shared.
Each short “chapter” helps to give closure to those who are left behind. By honoring those who have gone, the authors have filled a void left by their passing.
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Meryl Ain holds a BA from Queens College, a MA from Columbia University
Teachers College, and an Ed.D. from Hofstra University. She began her career
in education as a social studies teacher before she became an administrator.
She is also a freelance writer specializing in issues related to education,
families, parenting, and children and has contributed to Huffington Post,
Newsday, the New York Jewish Week and The New York Times. She embarked
on The Living Memories Project after she lost both her father and mother
within a year-and-a-half. She and her husband Stewart live on Long Island and
have three sons, three daughters-in-law and three grandchildren.
Arthur M. Fischman holds a BA from Queens College and a JD from Temple
Law School. He is a freelance writer whose video and interactive scripts
have won numerous awards, including a Telly, an ITVA Silver Award, and
a New York Festivals Bronze World Medal. He co-wrote the award-winning
documentary Digital Dharma and has written radio, TV, and print ads for
leading consumer product manufacturers. Arthur is a veteran speechwriter
and ghostwriter, and was director of executive communications and internal
communications for a Fortune 500 company. He, his wife, and their two
daughters live in Philadelphia, where he also writes plays and moonlights as a
Stewart Ain is a graduate of CW Post College and holds a MA from the
Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. He is an award-winning
journalist with more than 40 years of experience, and was a Pulitzer Prize
nominee three times. He has reported for The New York Times, New York
Daily News, New York Jewish Week, Long Island Business News and Lifestyles
Magazine. Stewart frequently appears on television and radio, and hosts his
own weekly cable TV program, Jewish Life, and has been a regular guest on
The Leon Charney Show. Both his parents died while he was working on The
Living Memories Project.