Open Phones: Remembering a Friend

Friday, May 24, 2013

To tie together some strands we've been following this week on obituaries, friendship, and the start of the Memorial Day holiday, we'll take your calls about a friend you've lost and how you mark their passing and the impact they had on you.  Call us at 212-433-WNYC (9692) to commemorate a friend.

Comments [5]

Nina d'Alessandro from NYC

Regarding my post about my friend and how thinking of her connects with remembering our fallen military, the link to the official purpose of Memorial Day that I should have included here:

When she died, Jody was working on an album honoring her father, an army doctor during World War II. She had gathered his letters to her mother, collected his favorite songs of the era, read through her mother's letters to him, and was creating a beautiful written documentation and musical tribute, not only to her parents who had passed on and whom she missed so much, not only to their participation and sacrifices in that war, but by extension, she was creating a timeless tribute to all veterans of war, to all who are still fighting, and to all who have fallen, leaving loved ones behind . . .

May. 24 2013 03:39 PM
Henry from MD

As a veteran myself I salute Soldier's Father's thought and contribution to this subject.

May. 24 2013 12:25 PM
henry from MD

A lifetime ago when we were young kids fleeing the Nazis to England in what became known as the Kindertransport, Poldi Schleider, only a few years older than us,a polymath with the looks of a Greek Adonis, became my (and others' too) mentor and friend, who was with us through all the difficulties and hardships facing us as children in a strange land. He died young, always a shining memory.

May. 24 2013 12:20 PM
Nina d'Alessandro from NYC

I remember Jody Sandhaus, my sweet friend who died last summer from breast cancer. She was an extraordinary singer, accompanied by her husband, pianist Pete Malinverni, and she left behind several albums. She raised three amazing children, a loving husband, and a community of friends, who all miss her terribly. Her courage, grace, and humor, her concern for everyone else, her openness about her illness, and her delight in every moment of her life--all are kind of guides to the rest of us, reminding us to live NOW and to be kind. I miss her every day. Walking in woods, kayaking on lakes and rivers, looking at white flowers, I think sometimes I feel her with me. I will be remembering her especially on Monday, but then I will always remember her.

May. 24 2013 12:06 PM
Soldier's Father from Westchester, NY

Memorial Day is for remembering any friend who died!!? Are you kidding me? Can't we give veterans priority on one of their two days a year? What a great example of the disconnect between those who have served and those who have not.

May. 24 2013 11:58 AM

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