Last week a reference librarian named

Erica in the Grand Forks North Dakota public library

responded to my email about Samuel Marck, my mother’s father.

I only knew a few vague details and in one day

Erica sent me his newspaper obituary:  brief plot summary

of his life.  Samuel Marck, proprietor of a small grocery

store at 120 Cottonwood, came from Rumania, had four

children and died of heart problems at 48.

As for the rest, I’ll probably just make it up.


Esther Cohen
Let me tell you why I'm here, and why I hope you'll join me. I am here to poem, to play with words, to tell stories when I can, and to ask you for yours. Words are what I love, how I see, and what I say. Words are how I know my life, and how I find my friends. I'm here to ask you to join me. Right here. To send me your stories, and your poems. And to read mine when you can.


  1. Aren’t librarians the best super heroes?
    And they don’t even wear capes!

    Thank you for recognizing librarians as well as memorializing your grandfather.

  2. Esther…
    I so enjoy your writing and your poems. Yo really have a gift, and I thank you for sharing it.

  3. Tell us about your mom Sara Marck from Grand Forks North Dakota meeting your dad Mike Cohen from Ansonia Connecticut

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