A Mind of Winter

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Mind of WinterBy Shira NaymanFrom Shanghai to England to Long Island, the lives of three characters, all restless and tortured in their own way, are intricately meshed together and their souls laid bare in A Mind of Winter by Shira Nayman. The book begins with a brief introduction from Oscar, who tells the reader he is accused of war crimes. We don’t know why or by whom or when this happened or if he’s guilty—and we won’t know until the last pages of the book—but this compelling introduction pulls the reader into this haunting tale immediately. Oscar, a mysterious Gatsby-like Englishman lives in a North Shore mansion and hosts glamorous parties every weekend, but little else is known about him. Christine is an opium addict who hits rock bottom and ends up on the fringes of society in Shanghai. Marilyn, a photographer who spent the 1940s in England, moves into Oscar’s mansion to work on a book of wartime photography, sorting through her inner demons by carrying on an extramarital affair and developing haunting photos. Divided into three parts, the narratives of these characters weave three seemingly separate stories into one complex whole, each one filling in the others’ blanks. The stories, bouncing from past to present and back to past again, intertwine seamlessly. Maybe it’s because Brooklyn author Shira Nayman has a background in clinical psychology or maybe it’s because she grew up in Australia in a community of Holocaust survivors, but this novel touches upon the innermost depths of its character’s souls, those dark and shadowy corners that many writers stop just before reaching. Resounding with the beauty and elegance of a Victorian novel, this page-turner touches on everything from the horrors of war to prostitution and addiction. This is a book that will make you think deeply. It may even make you uncomfortable at times. While some may be turned off by some violent scenes, they serve a purpose. They aren’t merely put there for shock value but lead the reader to a deeper understanding of the character experiencing them. These characters, and the darkest moments of their lives, are crafted with such tender care it seems Nayman has been molding them for decades. There is a lot of darkness in these pages, but there is also light. By the last page of the novel, you realize that one can’t exist without the other, and together they make a beautiful shade of gray…or winter.[colored_box color=”blue”]Click to purchase A  Mind of Winter[/colored_box]last_img read more

(Updated 1-16-13, 9 a.m.) Nunemaker files for Wellington Council; Mangan for Wellington school board

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Two Wellington candidates, one for city council and the other for school board have thrown their hats into the ring of the 2013 local election season. On the Wellington City Council side, incumbent Terry Nunemaker filed for the new at-large six-member city council. Larry Mangan has filed for District 2 Position 5 of the Wellington School board, a position currently occupied by Dixie Blankinship.Remember, the filing deadline is Jan. 22 at noon for both city council and school boards across Sumner County less than a week away! The election will be held April 2. City candidates file with their city clerks. USD school candidates must file with the election clerk at the Sumner County Clerk’s office at the courthouse in Wellington.Of note: Nunemaker, who currently serves the soon-to-be-defunct Ward 4, filed to be an at large candidate for the Wellington City Council. All six members of the restructured Wellington city council will all be elected this year – three on four-year terms and three on two-year terms based on the votes received.The list of offices up for election, the candidates who have filed and now a list of those with expired terms are as follow: 5 council members Dist. 2 Pos. 5Kerry SchneckKerry Schneck Milan CityMayor Conway Springs CityMayor Dist. 3, Pos. 6Rick Nafziger CITY GOVERNMENT Dist. 3, Pos. 6Curtis WinterRick Worley Dist. 2 Pos. 2 (unexpired)Randy Simon Hunnewell CityMayor USD 359 (Argonia)Dist. 1, Pos. 4Saray Vineyard 2 Council members Commissioner of Streets & Utilities Oxford CityMayor Dist. 2 Pos. 5Debra Mansch Caldwell CityCommissioner of Finance 5 council members School candidate filingsOfficers openCandidates filedExpired terms 3 council members Scott YorkJim Blunk USD 360 (Caldwell)3 at-large positionsJacob GinnScott York USD 357 (Belle Plaine)Dist. 1, Pos. 4Matt Ast Belle Plaine City3 council membersDavid Armstrong Dist. 3, Pos. 6Dena Martens Argonia CityMayorNatalie Kollmeyer Glennis Zimmerman Wellington City6 council membersTerry Nunemaker Dist. 2 Pos. 5Larry ManganDixie Blankinship Dist. 2 Pos. 5Don Shimkus Mary Jo Hunt Christopher Baker Geuda Springs CityMayor District at-large (unexpired)Mary Jo Hunt USD 509 (South Haven)3 at-large positionsAmy BrownAmy Brown 2 Council members 3 council members Dist. 3, Pos. 3 (unexpired)Jean Brockway Dist. 2 Pos. 5Scott Greenwood Dist. 3, Pos. 6Lynette TurneyLynette Turney Mayfield CityMayor USD 356 (Conway Springs)Dist. 1, Pos. 4Brad FarmerDon Burford USD 358 (Oxford)Dist. 1, Pos. 4Derek Totten 5 council members Close Forgot password? 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Thank you for your input. +2 Vote up Vote down Jim · 395 weeks ago Where is a link to a map to show what the area of jurisdiction for USD 353 (Wellington) Dist. 1, Pos. 4 Dist. 2 Pos. 5 Dist. 3, Pos. 6 Report Reply 3 replies · active 395 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down CTM · 395 weeks ago There is a map on the County website under the Clerk tab. Report Reply 0 Vote up Vote down John Tracy · 395 weeks ago Try, http://www.co.sumner.ks.us/CountyClerkandElection… Report Reply 0 Vote up Vote down John Tracy · 395 weeks ago Try, http://www.co.sumner.ks.us/CountyClerkandElection… Report Reply 0 Vote up Vote down Jim · 395 weeks ago Looks like 6 people have filed for school boards, updated from 3 people. Report Reply 0 replies · active 395 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. 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