Brooklyn in Love and at War

History of World War Two Told Through Letters

Adrienne Joy

It is with a heavy heart that I write that on July 24th, 2017, Adrienne passed away.  The family was together and her three wonderful children were all by her … Continue reading

August 18, 2017 · 4 Comments

Immigrants Welcome

It is a dark time in America. The rays of light come from the organizing, protests, compassion, and vigilant civic engagement happening across the country. For that, my feelings of … Continue reading

January 30, 2017 · 3 Comments

Spotlight on Cookie

I revisited a letter that Sylvia wrote as Adrienne (“Droopydrawers”): It is one of the funnier and more playful letters. As Adrienne, Sylvia wrote, “I have the 2 most … Continue reading

September 18, 2016 · 2 Comments

Winter Soldier

Just a sweet, nothing note – relaying some sweet nothings. How difficult it must be to write a letter when nothing happens and you cannot reveal your location. Feb 20/ 45 Darling wife, … Continue reading

September 2, 2016 · 1 Comment

I Dreamt I Dwelt in Marble Halls

This short love letter revolves around a song called “I Dreamt I Dwelt in Marble Halls.”  Alex listened to it enough times to write out the lyrics for Sylvia. Here (so … Continue reading

June 2, 2015 · 3 Comments

What will we say?

It is a rainy April day in New York, one that is apt for reading and writing letters. This letter was written almost the same day Sylvia’s letter in the … Continue reading

April 20, 2015 · 1 Comment

Alex’s Storytelling Legacy turns 103

Today marks what would have been Alex’s 103rd birthday. With the recent passing of my grandma Sophie, I thought it was especially important to acknowledge this day and the legacies … Continue reading

March 17, 2015 · 6 Comments


On Thursday January 22nd, my grandmother – Sophie Rosner – passed away at the age of 96. She was a wonderful, intelligent woman who married Alex and united our family … Continue reading

January 25, 2015 · 6 Comments

Our orders suddenly changed

Thanksgiving gave me a chance to see and think about my beautiful family. With a few technological gadgets, we even got to see those who were stranded by the snow … Continue reading

December 1, 2014 · 2 Comments

New Post, Old Topic!

Greetings, readers! Thank you for your patience while I got through my exams. I’m excited to have them behind me and to finally be able to revisit my own work … Continue reading

October 9, 2014 · 1 Comment