On January 22, 2015, Varda Rose was my guest on Wise Woman Storytime. A native Israeli and a long time resident of northern California, Varda wears many hats -pun intended, crafting what she calls slouchy crocheted hats. She has studied handwriting analysis for over 30 years and has a curiosity about people, alternative health, poetry,, antiques, beads, shopping, ethnic foods and is always open to new ideas and others’ points of view.
And while today,Varda is vibrant and so full of life, with a zest and openness to learn grow and thrive, her early years were shrouded in hyper vigilance, uncertainly, stress and war. You see, Varda was born in the newly established nation of Israel in 1948.
David Rosenberg, Varda’s father left his hometown of Poltusk, Poland in the 1920″s to live his dream of settling in Palestine. Grasping the seriousness and threat to Jews in general and his family in particular, David took the long and grueling trip back to Poland in the early 1930″s to plead with his family to give up their flour mill and home and return with him to Palestine. Only a few relatives followed; everyone else perished.
Varda’s early years were not easy. War, her father’s anguish, great loss, grief and the challenges of living in a developing country in the middle of a desert were the building blocks of Varda’s early years. And so, Varda built herself a life that inspired her to understand, make sense, explore and learn the life lessons that continue to guide her to living with meaning, purpose, presence, forgiveness and the ability to let go of what is not in her best interest to hang on to.
She shares this wisdom and the expertise of her guests on her radio show aptly called Healing Ourselves which airs on KOWS 107.3FM the 3rd and 4th Thursdays of every month from 1 – 2pm.
Listen to this wise woman’s story and see for yourself how an open mind and an open heart are healing and life altering.
By Roberta Teller