Articles written by: "OlgaStatz"

A Sucker For Christmas, or The Still Small Voice

December 23, 2010 by Olga Statz

By Olga Statz

I’m not cool, and it is at Christmas time that the scope, depth, and breadth of this “uncoolness” is manifested with the greatest intensity.

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What I’m Thankful for: My Beautiful Black Dad

November 24, 2009 by Olga Statz


I am staggered by my good fortune. God saw fit to give me my very own Hero. My hero doesn’t wear a cape, and he doesn’t fly, but that is his strength—he is there, always there when and where you need him, and is never flitting about. He eschews the flapping piece of fabric in […]

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Battleship Steel: Or, What I Learned During My Summer Vacation

September 14, 2009 by Olga Statz


From her daughter, her aunts and a truth spoken at the United Nations, Olga Statz reflects on the tensile strength of her family’s women — even the most vulnerable.

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Of a Childhood, a City and a Church’s ‘Douceur de Vivre’

May 18, 2009 by Olga Statz


It was the 1970’s and New York was in all its ruined, decrepit, life-threatening glory. There were piles of garbage everywhere, burnt out, gutted buildings, rent-strike signs and prostitutes casually strolling Eleventh Avenue. And in those days, pimps were pimps—they wore day-glow, double-knit polyester suits, plumed hats and unspeakable shoes, their eyes sharp and their […]

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