Eric Gattmann: Building Bridges

I created Wise Woman Storytime to give elder women and sometimes elder men the voice and visibility they so deserve so that all of us young, middle age, old and older benefits from the  gifts of their life experiences. 

If the elders are not speaking and if no one is listening, how are our family stories being passed along? How are we building the bridges between past and present? How are we strengthening our communities, sharing our values and giving voice to what really matters to us both individually and collectively as families, communities, as a nation and even globally?

I am honored to have a guest on the show today who as a nonagenarian has a perspective that one does not hear every day. At 94 years of age,   Eric Gattman still reads the NY Times daily and offers monthly current events evenings where he leads spirited discussions about the state of the world.  

Having left Germany at 8 years old with his father and mother with just the clothes on their backs, Eric has seen the worst of mankind and yet lives with hope, optimism and the deepest understanding of how love can transform.  

I welcome you to listen to Eric’s story and glean some of his life lessons.

Roberta Teller