Byrna Weir remembers and honors Don Franklin’s life and art

Byrna Weir remembers and honors Don Franklin’s life and art

[(sitting) Don Franklin, (right) Byrna Weir, (sitting on floor) Lynda Howland [Photo: Carol Kramer, @2010]

In Is Public Input to the D & C a Dead Letter?, we named Byrna Weir a local Letter-to-the-Editor writing titan.

Today, in the Brighton-Pittsford Post, Byrna is perhaps at her most eloquent. (below).


Carol’s “Christmas Log” inscribed and signed by Don Franklin, Byrna Weir and many others.

I mostly knew Don from my mother Carol’s annual Christmas Eve parties where Don was a frequent guest. Sometimes Don would read a poem or two he had written or a share painting he had done, often in the wee hours of the night in his garage studio.

And, Don — and Byrna — signed Carol’s “Christmas Log.”


Brighton-Pittsford Post, 5/36/16


Is Public Input to the D&C a Dead Letter? by Michael Nighan

Thanks Mom for decades of Christmas Eve’s with the Yule Log and Dress Up games

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Welcome to Talker of the Town! My name is David Kramer. I have a Ph.D in English and teach at Keuka College. I am a former and still active Fellow at the Nazareth College Center for Public History and a Storyteller in Residence at the SmallMatters Institute. Over the years, I have taught at Monroe Community College, the Rochester Institute of Technology and St. John Fisher College. I have published numerous Guest Essays, Letters, Book Reviews and Opinion pieces in The New York Times, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, the Buffalo News, the Rochester Patriot, the Providence Journal, the Providence Business News, the Brown Alumni Magazine, the New London Day, the Boston Herald, the Messenger Post Newspapers, the Wedge, the Empty Closet, the CITY, Lake Affect Magazine and Brighton Connections. My poetry appears in The Criterion: An International Journal in English and Rundenalia and my academic writing in War, Literature and the Arts and Twentieth Century Literary Criticism. Starting in February 2013, I wrote for three Democratic and Chronicle  blogs, "Make City Schools Better," "Unite Rochester," and the "Editorial Board." When my tenure at the D & C  ended, I wanted to continue conversations first begun there. And start new ones.  So we created this new space, Talker of the Town, where all are invited to join. I don’t like to say these posts are “mine.” Very few of them are the sole product of my sometimes overheated imagination. Instead, I call them partnerships and collaborations. Or as they say in education, “peer group work.” Talker of the Town might better be Talkers of the Town. The blog won’t thrive without your leads, text, pictures, ideas, facebook shares, tweets, comments and criticisms.


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