* Ashley David *
My Polish residency officially expired yesterday, and I mourn its passing. Nevermind that my non-renewal of this residency status was due to pressing US concerns and according to original plan. I’ve been back in the US for four and a half weeks (which is a vague approximation of a particular and specifiable quantity of hours of which I am all too aware). My US house is delightful. My critters are happy in their garden. I’ve landed a new freelance gig and started a new (small) business, the combination of which makes the US bills do-able. I’ve embarked on a new arts project that I’m excited about. I’m also tending to those pressing concerns. But, “home” remains in Warsaw. How is this possible?!?
MQR thanks our readers for helping to spread the word about the 2014-2015 blog contributor application process, and we thank all who applied for sharing your ideas and work with us. We are pleased to announce a wonderful line-up of returning and new contributors. Covering a diverse range of interests, occupations, preoccupations, and geographies, MQR’s 2014-2015 Blog Crew: Gina Balibrera, Kaveh Bassiri, Mary Camille Beckman, Ashley David, Leah Falk, Jeremy Allan Hawkins, Kevin Haworth, Robert Sparrow Jones, Oksana Lutsyshyna, Airea Dee Matthews, Eric McDowell, Paula Mendoza, Elizabeth Schmuhl, Claire Skinner, Ann Marie Thornburg, Zoe Tuck, and Lillian Yi.
If you (or a colleague/friend/hero) would like to join the MQR blog contributor crew, please ensure that the application arrives by email to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than midnight (EDT) on May 15th.
* Ashley David *
To commemorate the 71st anniversary of the Jewish Ghetto Uprising on April 19th, the daffodil was invoked to transform the yellow badge Jews were required to wear during the Nazi occupation into a symbol to “ express your respect and memory of the heroes from the Warsaw Ghetto.”