Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Join me at the Oakmont Library February 9th at 6:30 PM

As seen in YourTwinBoros News released today....

World War II Radio Heroes: Letters of Compassion by Lisa Spahr
Submitted by Oakmont Library on January 25, 2010 - 3:58pm.
Start: Feb 9 2010 - 6:30pm
End: Feb 9 2010 - 7:30pm

This a story about strangers helping each other during a time of war. The book features more than 30 letters and postcards sent to the author’s family in 1943, alerting them of her grandfather’s capture and status as a prisoner of war. Upon discovering these letters, Ms. Spahr began researching the people who did this, and why, and reached out to find them or their next of kin, more than 60 years after the fact. Her journey is detailed in WWII Radio Heroes.Everyone who learns about this effort - absolute strangers listening to enemy radio each night in hopes of delivering good news to an awaiting family - is moved. Few people know it occurred, but the author hopes that will change with this publication.

Please register for this program at our website, www.oakmontlibrary.org or by calling the library at 412-828-9532.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Heinz History Interview with Brian Butko on YouTube

I has the pleasure of being interviewed by Brian Butko at the Heinz History Center in December. Brian was also a community-voice on our audio book, along with his son.

I hope you'll take 10 minutes to watch the interview and continue to be excited about the story of our World War II Radio Heroes.


Thanks Heinz and Brian!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

A Veterans Hotline for When Help is Needed

I had the pleasure of meeting the Executive Director and the Director of Outreach for CONTACT Pittsburgh the other week. CONTACT Pittsburgh is a great resource for all people in crisis. I was delighted to learn they have a veterans hotline.

There is no shame in reaching out for help when you think you might need it. We all visit that place at some point in our lives.

CONTACT Pittsburgh's Veterans Hotline

412-820-HELP 24 hours / 7 days a week

The Veterans Hotline is incorporated into our 24 hour Crisis and Suicide Hotline to provide round-the-clock, immediate emotional support to returning soldiers and their families. Staffed by professionally trained volunteers, the Veterans Hotline was created in response to alarming increases in the rates of suicide among returning soldiers. The Veterans Hotline is supported by a grant from the American Psychiatric Foundation. This line is available to veterans and their families 365 days per year. All calls are free, confidential and anonymous.