Tag Archives : Grace Graupe-Pillard

Politics

It Can (Finally) Happen Here

By Grace Graupe-Pillard
By Grace Graupe-Pillard

"I distinctly remember feeling envy mixed with frustration and fierce anger when I realized that boys had advantages available to them in the universe outside of 875 W.180th Street, Apartment 1B that were not accessible to me.”

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Lifestyle

Christmas Envy

By Grace Graupe-Pillard
By Grace Graupe-Pillard

I have never seen a tree, whether at Rockefeller Center or The White House, that can compare to the ones that a New York City "five and dime" store on 181st Street, just off Broadway erected for Christmas, covered with glittering baubles, and flakes of snow, with the height and mass of a mountain crowned by a brilliant golden star. A tree that tapped into a child’s hunger for inspiration and enchantment.

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Family & Friends · Fine Art

Father’s Day: Words, Words, Words

By Grace Graupe-Pillard
By Grace Graupe-Pillard

After his massive stroke, my father sat in his wheelchair, frantically scribbling in a notebook. Utterly frustrated, he scratched out on crumpled, stained paper: I USED TO BE O.K. . . . I AM A RETIRED ARCHITECT. Witnessing this encounter, I felt ineffable heartbreak

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Family & Friends

Else Graupe, 1912–2007: A Mother’s Day Tribute

By Grace Graupe-Pillard
By Grace Graupe-Pillard

Sketching my mother as she lay in hospice, I drew the heavy lids framing the beautiful, once warily alert gray-green irises, the “yes” and “no” eyes, vividly etched into my memory, that my twin sister and I could bring to an outpouring of tears or a ray of pride . . .

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