Barbara Bracht Donsky - about
A Phi Beta Kappa magna cum laude graduate of Hunter College, I have an MS from C. W. Post, Long Island University and an Ed.D. from Hofstra University. Publications include a doctoral dissertation Trends in Written Composition in Elementary Schools in the United States, 1890-1960, dissertation of the year at Hofstra University and deemed a ‘significant’ contribution to the research literature.
Articles in educational journals including “Writing as Praxis” and “Trends in Elementary Writing Instruction.” And a short story—“The Trouble with Harry” — in the Naples Review in Florida.
A former reading specialist with a private practice in Oyster Bay, New York (Teddy Roosevelt country! ) I’ve worked with children who were having difficulty in learning to read. At the same time, I taught as an adjunct professor at C W Post College, Long Island University and served for many years as a trustee, board president and capital campaign coordinator of the Boys and Girls Club of Oyster Bay-East Norwich.
For the promotional pieces written and the board work done on behalf of the Boys and Girls Club of Oyster Bay-East Norwich for the capital campaign, I was honored by the club as ‘Woman of the Year’ and by the Town of Oyster Bay for ‘public-spirited contributions advancing the general welfare of the community.’
Married to the man of my dreams, with two sons and two grandchildren, we live in Manhattan where I blog on all things French at www.DesperatelySeekingParis.com
About the Book: Veronica’s Grave
As memoir is sometimes a suspect genre, I wanted to address a few issues. The question for memoirists is what do we remember and how do we manage to remember it? For me the answer is simple: we remember best the emotionally charged instances and happenings—especially those related to such hot-button feelings as shame, embarrassment, and humiliation. Indeed, neuroscientists tell us that the more painful and agonizing the reaction to the original incident, the more likely it is to be remembered.
The decision to tell the story in the voice of a youthful narrator with a limited perspective, was made in the hope of placing the reader there in the same room with the child and doing so in real-time.
All the happenings, the interchanges, and the fallout are factual. All conversations within took place, even if some of the more repetitive and digressive ones have been condensed. The scenes depicted are impressionist snapshots, fleeting moments in time meant to be representative of the fuller picture. If there has been selective editing, it has not been done at the expense of truth.
This book highlights a number of issues, but none more so than the widespread phenomenon of unresolved childhood grief at the loss of a parent or a sibling, be it to death, divorce or incarceration. Moreover, there is the issue of parental or societal devaluation of girls and women. Overall, there is the imperative when down for the count, to get yourself off the mat. I hope that you will find Veronica’s Grave an enlightening read, one that might make you more aware that no child should ever be left to grieve alone.
About the Blog: Desperately Seeking Paris
Hello, everyone! Writers have done it from time immemorial, and the French have made an art of it. And what is that? Walking the city. Any great city will do, but for me Paris and New York are the lodestars of my life, the sources of inspiration for my blog Desperately Seeking Paris. Come, walk with me!
So who is this flaneuse/ blogeuse? Barbara Donsky was born in the South Bronx, two words long synonymous with urban decay and then, from such humble beginnings, went on to discover a passion for all things French. Go figure.
Or, better yet, if you’d like to hear the whole story, you can read it when my memoir, Veronica’s Grave, is published by She Writes Press in May 2016. Then you will hear tell of a dashing young Frenchman who came to the United States to visit fabric mills in Dayton, Ohio and hung around long enough to invite this girl to visit him in Paris. (To be continued…)
My intention in writing this blog is to share my enthusiasms, all the French ‘finds’ I come across day after day. It can be anything– anything with a French twist, that is. A new brasserie on the historic Lower East Side. The opening of Albertine, a charming bookshop tucked away inside the French Consulate on Fifth Avenue at 79th Street. Or a fun-filled makeover by a top Dior artist – Wear a red lipstick. it will release your inner diva — at Bloomingdale’s on Lex.
If you want to read more about these and other walkabouts of this girl in the city, you can check the blog’s archive for a list of all the posts written over the past year. Here are some of the top performers:
Out and About in Paris:
Worth a Trip:
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