Anastasia Rosen-Jones (formally Marcia E. Rosen), New Horizons Small “Zones Of Peace” Project Executive Director and Founder.
A personal and professional blog exploring the vision behind the New
Horizons ZOP and how it reflects my journey from blindness to recovery.
“I wear a thousand masks – and all of them are me.”
Anastasia, the storyteller, with editor, Marge Hulburt, prepare for a storytelling event at New Horizons Harpers Ferry Retreat Center, July, 2006.
Anastasia Rosen-Jones (formerly Marcia E. Rosen) is a retired psychotherapist with more than thirty-five years in the mental health field. Now a community development and violence prevention coach, consultant and trainer, she is the author of five books in progress, including "The Middle East Crisis In My Backyard" and numerous articles.
Anastasia makes her home in the mountains above Harpers Ferry where she is happily nested with the birds, the trees and the squirrels. She is at her most fulfilled watching the sunset from the deck of her home -- and/or -- sitting around a campfire in the woods telling and listening to stories.
An image came to me this morning. It brought me a rather
elemental picture; as basic as earth, air, fire and water. Specifically it was
a picture of how my new multi-cultural brothers and sisters and myself
would/could be represented to one another through dance and music.
We would sing and dance, displaying for each other, the
native music and rituals of the peoples of our origins. My personal version
would be expressed by Klezmer music and dance, originating in Eastern Europe as
did my grandparents. Klezmer is a melodious medium of expressing joy and other
communal emotions that likely had its origins in Roumania, the birthplace of my maternal grandparents, known as Ashkenazi Jews.
Other Israeli folk dance such as the Hora, would also be a
must to share. And, Israel’s national song, Hatikvah, would be presented too, expressive
of the joy of a people returning to their homeland.
I am not a Zionist but the joy of song and dance often shows
so much of who we are – and – certainly from where we come, beyond ordinary
words. Klezmer, the Hora and Hatikvah are a part of me at my core.
I think I would like to experience this level of sharing
with my new friends. They are everywhere
these days for me; the friends I am making through our Coffee House Conversations On Race Relations. It
would still be a little scary for me to be this open about my Jewish heritage. I
am coming to realize this more and more since our conversations began. I have learned,
since I was of school age, that I needed to guard my Jewishness to assure my being safe.
But I want to grow this sense of openness with my new multi-cultural
friends. And give this new way of being for me the tender care -- and more -- that I give to my
rarest exotic plants.
What we are doing means so much to me and others.
At the base of truth is this sense of oneness. It is as much a
part of one’s whole nature as are the earth, air, fire and water. Love too is somehow a part of this though at the moment how and where escapes my conscious mind. Nonetheless, more elemental richness and love in my life is what Coffee House Conversations On Race Relations in Frederick, Maryland is bringing me. What a wonderful, unexpected surprise!