By ClaraGee Kastner Stamaty Ziment

Presented April 17, 2012 to the MCWRET

IN MY NINETY-TWO YEARS, I have been a daughter, a sister, a granddaughter, a niece, a cousin, a public school student, an art school student, a friend, an artist, a stylist in a department store, a government worker, a lover, a fiancée, a wife, a daughter-in-law, a sister-in-law, a free lance artist/cartoonist, a mother, a teacher, a Reform Jew, a partner in a successful 35-year interfaith marriage, a widow, a partner in a 26-year successful (so far) second marriage, a stepmother, a step-grandmother, a step-great-grandmother, (many of these simultaneously), and probably a few more things could be added. Each and every one of these roles and every experience of my life has shaped and formed me into what and who I am today and where my spiritual quest has led me.

Garden of Life

MY SPIRITUAL JOURNEY has to be the story of my life. Almost everything that has happened to me weaves together to form who I am and what I believe.

I’ve been very lucky from birth. Born in Piqua, Ohio in 1919 of Russian immigrants, I could not have chosen a more wonderful family. My Mother, born in Kiernisofka, Russia (near Odessa), came to this country with her parents and most of her immediate family when she was 11 years. […]

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