Saturday, March 08, 2014

Resolve iPhone Battery Drainage Problem.

My iPhone has been on life support for a few weeks. 
I'm not kidding, I've been traveling with the charger cord and plugging in where ever I sit down, and again in the car using the cigaret lighter thingy. 

Last Thursday I started deleting Apps, videos and photos hoping that would make a difference, but it didn't. After a lively Meetup of Greater Seattle Women Who Write I forgot I had plugged the phone into an outlet on the floor board, and left my phone where it was, behind the wicker furniture at the  Hotel on The Corner of Bitter and Sweet. 

Knowing that Jan Johnson, the owner of the legendary Panama Hotel would have spotted it, I didn't worry, and indeed, when I returned on Friday morning, my Otter clad phone was at the counter of the Coffee/Tea house to pick up my well charged phone. By the time I returned to the house, three hours later, the red low battery sign was on again.

Not good, not normal, Google what's up, I told myself.

The answer appeared on the screen with the first try.

Go to Settings -> General -> Restrictions.
Enable Restrictions.
Disable Restrictions. 

That worked, like a charm.

Pity of all those Apps, movies and photos?
Not really, call it Spring Cleaning.

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Sunday, March 02, 2014

Radio Broadcast Professional Weaves Story Holocaust Survivor and 2G Together in Must-Read Book

And No More SorrowAnd No More Sorrow by Liliane Pelzman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The author, Liliane Pelzman, is a radio broadcasting professional, and her training must have influenced the persistence with which she was able to interview her mother over time. That she brought this project to fruition proves both her love for her mother, and her dedication to reporting on our times, and the past that shapes us.

Each chapter starts with a snippet of a telephone conversation between mother and daughter. Three things become clear right off the bat: the mother is in pain, the daughter can't be with her all the time, and they are both fixated on WWII; they share an interest in books and films that cover the Holocaust.
These short conversations are followed by subtle reflections of the daughter on what has been known as the Second Generation Holocaust Syndrome since the mid-to-late 1970s.

What happened to Sonja, the author's mother, just before, during, and after WWII, is told from a close third person point of view. The reader is in Sonja's head, accompanies her as she falls in love, as she's deported to concentration camps, lives in degrading circumstances, loses the love of her live, survives the war by a hair, remarries and builds a new life on the ruins of the old.

Holocaust survivors didn't readily (and some still don't) accept the notion that their children would be suffering from their [parents'] war and camp experiences. Survivors talked, or didn't talk about the war. Within one family it was possible to have one parent who spilled memories constantly, while the other kept mum, in another family the pact between the parents could be —not to ever mention the monstrosities they had experienced. Either way, the children are affected; whether through the telling of stories, or by silence, the feelings related to the Holocaust are transmitted as though by osmosis.

Liliane Pelzman's mother is unaware that she talked about her experiences to her children. Liliane, not wanting to hear the stories as a child, escapes Post-WWII Amsterdam at sixteen.
It isn't until she hears Holocaust deniers on American radio, that she decides her mother's story needs to be told. Asking the questions she could not ask before, help her to get to know her mother, and the answers clarify the nature of Liliane's own fears, and sensitivities experienced as an adult.

And No More Sorrow is a heroic love story, a close account of the ordeal suffered by Sonja during WWII, as well as the story of her daughter Liliane.

Children of Holocaust Survivors did not experience the monstrous events first hand, but they live with the emotions of second hand fear. Everyday events may trigger responses in members of the Second Generation, that seem out of proportion. Inadvertently they've been outfitted with an extra dosage of the flight or fight hormone.

With And No More Sorrow Liliane Pelzman tell the story of surviving generations of the Holocaust.

This book is a must-read for those interested in the history and aftermath of WWII in the Netherlands, and first person accounts of concentration camps.

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