Joanie Schirm

  • Past Meets Future

    Past Meets Future

    So many cool things happen along my writing journey. At the moment I’m seeking educators (high school through college) to be advance of publication readers of MY DEAR BOY and provide a review to the publisher, Potomac Books. Since my father, after he retired from his Melbourne, FL medical practice set up the student health care…

  • A family tradition of saving the nation. Why truth matters and comes with a duty to speak out.

    A family tradition of saving the nation. Why truth matters and comes with a duty to speak out.

    As I continue to write a series of books about my Czech father’s adventures during WWII during his forced displacement by the Nazis, I marvel how world history ebbs and flows with the same uncomfortable flare-ups of hatred and discrimination. The unique WWII letter collection that my father hid away after the war, often provides…

  • La Poste – via a mysterious post card, past meets present

    La Poste – via a mysterious post card, past meets present

    As a storyteller, I know we never are the sole author of anything that happens to us. During my nearly decade old writing journey, I’ve experienced many moments that appear to spring unexpectedly from the universe.  Recently, one such jolt arrived at my home via U.S. mail. Stamped “La Poste” on a white envelope with…

  • A timeless, universal wish.

    A timeless, universal wish.

    In the Czech language, Poslední přání translates to last wish.  Seventy-five years ago today, in Nazi-occupied Bohemia my Jewish grandfather Arnošt Holzer sat down at his desk in Prague and wrote his Poslední přání in a letter to my father. By then, my young physician Dad, Oswald “Valdik” Holzer had fled his native land in…