Friday, July 16, 2010

Quotation by Margaret Fairless Barber

Since I have Fridays off over the summer, I have more time for reading. I have the following book in hand:

Ehrenreich, Jake. A Jew Grows in Brooklyn: Cross-cultural Reflections of a First Generation American. Deerfield Beach, Fla: Health Communications, 2010

I will not comment on the entire book, but just a chapter titled "The Catskills". This chapter starts with the following quotation by Margaret Fairless Barber: "To look backward for a while is to refresh the eye, to restore it and to render it more fit for its prime function of looking forward."

I think of the people that I have reconnected with through the internet over the years. It is refreshing to talk to people that I knew all those years ago and remember some of the fun we shared back then. We can spend so much time reminisicing, but we must face reality and look forward.

Jake Ehrenreich related some of his experiences in the Catskills when it was popular in the 1950s and 1960s. For me it brought back memories of:
  • The bungalow colonies
  • The resort hotels with their autocratic day camps
  • Camp Wel Met (1961-65)
  • The Concord Hotel's College Weekend (1968)
  • Our trip to the Nevele hotel (1993)

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