From the Pen of David Horowitz: October 20, 2009


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A pretty woman with an Irish sparkle, Emily met Sarah when they were both undergraduates at San Francisco State University. “We were in a communications class together and one of our assignments was to read a poem,” Emily recalls. “No one wanted to do it but Sarah. She read an outrageous poem with expletives by Allen Ginsburg. She had a giant bow on her head and had dyed her hair platinum blonde. I thought she was the coolest person I had ever seen.”

As I watched the pictures of my daughter’s youth drift across the monitor, a flood of sorrows undid me and I had to quit the room to hide my embarrassment at being so unmanned in front of my children. When I was able to collect myself, I went back to the viewing but within moments had to look away again, and realized that for now and long after I would not be able to revisit these memories. Of all the images, the hardest to endure were the ones that had been taken when she was a child, her heart open to a world that had been cruelly set up to put enormous obstacles in her path and eventually to crush her.

A Cracking of the Heart

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