A Few Moments in Time
A wistful, emotion-filled memoir of boyhood and adolescence at a Connecticut school for the blind in the 1960s and early 70s. Howard Geltman gives us a detailed picture of his youthful past, complete with pains and pranks, and then a snapshot of his achievements in adulthood. Honest, funny, informative, and often deeply moving, this is a tale of the triumph of determination over disability. More
From sick-to-his-stomach first day jitters, through adolescent "love at first right hook," to the poignancy of high school graduation, Howard Geltman, in describing his experiences at Oak Hill School for the Blind, has told a universal story. All of us, sighted or not, can relate to the joys, the crushes, the insecurities, and the pranks... oh, the pranks! Howard captures a piece of precious time and has told it so well I felt I was there.
Rebecca Earl, PhD
Vice President for Programs and Staff Development, Oak Hill School (Retired)
This special memoir glows with warmth, affection, and compassion. It's about being different -- and making a difference. Mr. Geltman uses wry humor to deflect the deep ache that comes with living in an imperfect world. He shows how the pain of rejection can be transformed into the joy of self-acceptance. The narrative has everything: adventure, comedy, romance, poignant moments, and good lessons. It resounds with enthusiasm and trust in the possible. The overarching theme is of the ability of kindness and decency to triumph over depression and despair.
Dr. Seth Daniel Riemer
Rabbi, Temple Beth Torah, Wethersfield CT
Adjunct Professor, Southern Connecticut State University
Howard Geltman is a gifted storyteller with an amazing memory. My sister, Tina, grew up with him and also attended Oak Hill School for the Blind. We lived near the school, so I was astonished and delighted as I took this journey with him back to the past. Here he recounts numerous boyhood trials, accomplishments, and hilarious escapades. He shows that a disability does not have to define you or limit you as long as you keep a sense of adventure and seek out joy, love, and friendship.
A Few Moments in Time is a spectacular book full of fun and many touching moments. Howard Geltman allows the reader deep into his soul. He shows us that no matter how difficult the road may be, there is always hope. He also shows what a special commodity friendship is. I laughed and cried throughout the whole book, which has a little of all of us in it. How I wish I had had the courage to pull these kids' ingenious pranks! Let this wonderful book take you away for a little while to another time and place.