All posts by Susan Slotnick

Susan Slotnick: The old woman in the snow 

Susan Slotnick: The old woman in the snow 

Several years ago while cross-country skiing with my 18-year-old daughter, we came upon an icy patch next to a ledge. My prudent daughter removed her skis. I kept mine on, sat on them and proceeded to slide down the hill on my derriere.  My impudent “devil may care” behavior precipitated loud screams of, “Mommy! Mommy! Take off your skis.”

Susan Slotnick: Vaccines for prisoners

Susan Slotnick: Vaccines for prisoners

The question concerning prisoner’s rights to vaccinations is one of medical ethics. Who has the right to decide whose life is more valuable and deserves to be saved? Should a person who committed terrible acts of violence be prioritized before a taxpaying law-abiding citizen? What also of the people in prison, and there are many, who should not have been imprisoned at all? If it was up to you to choose, what would you do?

A change in fortune

A change in fortune

I met him when he joined a program I was facilitating in an Ulster County prison. Although he was younger than me, he looked ancient — an old man, old before his time. He hobbled into the room, in pain from sciatica with his 55 years locked up in airless spaces, with minimal good food and health care, bad teeth showing through a wane smile, sparse gray hair falling on his shoulders.  Resignation and abdication were the expressions he wore, a surrender born of hopelessness.

Fair play?

Fair play?

Never before in my lifetime, even in the 1960’s, when Margaret Mead said, “was the worst division between Americans we will ever see,” has there been so much divisiveness coming from all sides on so many issues affecting life here.

Images through the ages

Images through the ages

When I mixed the oil colors together, all the hues turned out the color of backed-up septic waste. I had a monumental task, way beyond the collages and crayon relief drawings assigned in seventh grade art class. I was driven to express through a single painting what finding out about the Holocaust did to my childhood heart.

#MeToo comes to town

#MeToo comes to town

Thoughts on the allegations against astrologer Eric Francis, who lost jobs with Chronogram, Radio Kingston and the Omega Institute after several women came forward with stories of his sexually inappropriate behavior.