Letters of Life

A Week in Review

Monday, Jan 11th–The Passing of a Heroine Miep Gies, the last survivor among Anne Frank’s protectors and the woman who preserved the diary that endures as a testament to the human spirit in the face of unfathomable evil, died Monday night, the Anne Frank Museum in Amsterdam said. She was 100.

Mrs. Gies sought no accolades for joining with her husband and three others in hiding Anne Frank, her father, mother and older sister and four other Dutch Jews for 25 months in Nazi-occupied Amsterdam. But she came to be viewed as a courageous figure when her role in sheltering Anne Frank was revealed with the publication of her memoir.

Mrs. Gies gave Anne’s writings to Mr. Otto Frank, Anne’s father and sole survivor of the Holocaust. They were first published in the Netherlands in 1947 in an abridged version. “Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl” has since been translated into dozens of languages in several editions, read by millions and adapted for the stage and screen, a voice representing the six million Jews killed by the Nazis. [The New York Times, 11 Jan 2010 online edition]

Tuesday, Jan 12th–A Quiet Lesson My Clavi piano refused to emit any sound during my lesson and so we had little choice but to talk about music and worship. The odd thing was the sound came back on almost immediately after, which led to my wondering if the whole thing had been orchestrated from Above.

Wednesday, Jan 13th–Group Run I ran. I joined the inaugural NLCC Fun Run around the Botanic Gardens, almost dying in the process because everyone kept up a steady trot. There’s something about running through leafy glades in a garden at the edge of the city in the cool night air with hi-energy friends that beats pounding the treadmill in airconditioned comfort with Rachel Ray cooking up a storm on the TV screen in front of you.

Thursday, Jan 14th–TWG at ION! This is class in a glass cage in tai-tai heaven. I savoured the elegant titles on the tea menu: Tea Party Tea, Silver Moon Tea, Renaissance Tea, Emerald River Tea, Chic Tea. . . and decided on Immortal Moment Tea. Dug into foie gras and salad and a delicious quiche, the moment immortalized on Facebook.

Friday, Jan 15th–Catching a Fallen Star This was a terrifically well-paced day. Did some filing and accounting, lunched with nice family friends from HK, and whiled the afternoon away reading Neil Gaiman’s adult fairytale, Stardust. Was magicked away into the land of Faerie and the battle between good and evil.

Saturday, Jan 16th–(Un)Real Estate Viewed properties in parts of Mt Sinai, Binjai, and Thomson. If money were not a problem, I’d plonk the millions down for a small semi-d in Jalan Jelita, off Holland Road, where I grew up. We always find ourselves tracing steps back to our beginnings. Also, resuming my voice lessons with Renee, this time with pal Sharon joining in. It’s always fun in twos.

And so ends another week, with God ever near me.

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