Readers stand tall for Sheryl Grossman, a woman who has a rare genetic disorder

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FEATURE, JUNE 26, 2008

Bloomies Where You're Planted

Bravo, Sheryl: What an empowering article ["When Life is Short," Aimee Levitt]! I am proud of Sheryl Grossman and certainly hope more Bloomies will be recognized for their contributions to society. Sheryl has been a tireless campaigner for all people with disabilities. This article details how we need to embrace our "differences."
Linda, via the Internet

Short, but tall in stature: I am very proud to have known Sheryl thus far. Her stature extends far beyond feet, because she represents what both Judaism and social work bring to the world — caring, building bridges with others and empowerment. Thank you, Sheryl.
David M. Schwartz from St. Louis, via the Internet

She's making a difference: I went to high school with Sheryl and her brother, a few years behind them. I remember hearing the teasing Sheryl would get, but that she was always very nice to everyone she talked with, and a very bright student. I'm not surprised to see her taking on her condition with full force and making a difference in the lives of others with Bloom's syndrome. She really is a living mitzvah (blessing) to many.
Jeremy Loscheider, via the Internet


Ghost Ice on the Rocks

A mix-up bound to happen: It's quite understandable how this mix-up can happen, despite attempts to avoid it, as I will explain, but Ghost Ice ain't Raglani [Homespun, Christian Schaeffer]. Raglani is the musical guise of regional art-house filmmaker Jarod Namas (he typically goes by Jarod), who developed the alter-ego "Joseph Raglani" while scoring his homoerotic masterpiece The Rage Last Night. It was from the first syllables of that title that he created his last name, while Joseph is the lead character.

Jarod was reportedly penning a screenplay based upon his own epic poem about a physicist named Ken Apell whose lover's spirit was frozen in a drop of dew upon a web of light. The working title for that piece was Ghost Ice, before Jarod discovered that that was already the name of a mid-American emo band. According to the chat rooms, frustration over this band refusing to release the name and his dissatisfaction with current CGI technology led to Jarod dropping the project completely. Meanwhile, Ghost Ice continues to work on their long-anticipated debut album, but no date has been announced. Again, it is easy to see how the mistake was made, but I thought I would take a second to clear this confusion up, lest the recent availability of Raglani's soundtracks distract from the Ghost Ice album.
Eric, via the Internet

Who's Jarod?: Ghost Ice is Raglani. I don't know who this Jarod guy is. I saw Raglani play as Ghost Ice last year at the Lemp.
Chris, via the Internet

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