The Zookeeper’s Wife Opens in Theaters in March 2017

The Zookeeper's Wife cover


The Zookeeper’s Wife opens in movie theaters in the United States on March 31, 2017. I’ve been waiting for this film for three years. When my husband and I visited Warsaw in October 2013 they were filming it (per our innkeeper.) If you haven’t seen the previews yet, it stars Jessica Chastain in the true life story of Jan and Antonina Żabiński. They were the directors of the Warsaw Zoo when WWII broke out and are credited with saving 300 Jews from certain death. Their story is more timely than ever.

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International Holocaust Remembrance Day is January 27

Logo of the United Nations Holocaust Remembrance Outreach program

Credit – United Nations.

The International Holocaust Remembrance Day is January 27. In 2005 the United Nations designated January 27 as an annual International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust. The date was chosen in honor of the day Auschwitz was liberated by the Russians. The UN designated the theme for 2017 as “Holocaust Remembrance: Educating for a Better Future.” Given a current rise of anti-Semitism and other forms of hate in Europe and close to home, the subject is extremely timely.

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Happy New Year 2017! Here’s what I crossed off my list.

Happy New Year! My son is home from the Navy

December 31, 2016. My son Derrick is home from the Navy. I haven’t seen him in two years. Happy New Year indeed.

Happy New Year 2017.  Do you set resolutions, or review past accomplishments? Or both? I gave up on resolutions several years ago. Why? It became depressing and somewhat self-defeating that not a single one lasted all year. I already know rush hour at the gym begins January 1 and fades by Valentine’s Day. The “I’ll work out/do yoga/write every day/be grateful/choose your goal” becomes “OK, three times a week is still good,” to “Well, you know, life just happens.” Still, a year has 365 days to start something new. To cross something, anything, off the bucket list. To add something to the dreams list. Looking back at 2016, here’s what I crossed off. Look out 2017, here I come.

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Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and Happy Everything

Katrina Shawver and daughter Jamie, Christmas 2015

Treat Every Day Like Christmas

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and Happy Everything my friends. Whatever your belief, I hope the light of the season and the message of peace fills your spirit and homes. In a week, my Navy son will be home for the first time in two years. I can’t wait.

Where there is hurt, may it be lessened. Where there is abundance, may there be gratitude. Where there are blessings, may they be shared abundantly. And one of my favorite sayings my daughter Jamie and I share, Treat Every Day Like Christmas.

Wesołych Świąt / Szczęśliwego święta Chanuka
Fröhliche Weihnachten / Fröhliches Hanukkah
Joyeux Noël / Joyeux Hanoucca
Feliz Navidad / Feliz Jánuca
Buon Natale / Felice Hanukkah

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