Saturday, June 21, 2008



Bells were ringing at 7th and Montana this morning on news that the View Park Preparatory High School -- a public charter school for underprivileged kids founded by Neighbor Mike -- was featured in a heartwarming article on the front page of today's Los Angeles Times.  Actually, the ringing sound was coming from Mike's own cell phone as he received call after call congratulating him on both the article and the work he is doing to raise the standard of education in South Central Los Angeles.  Mike founded the View Park school after spending years at Harvard-Westlake, a private school catering to some of the brightest and richest students in the country.  This morning's article focuses on one of the teachers he brought with him to View Park, Phil Holmes, and the tremendous impact he's had on the lives of students who really need a chance.  As for Mike, he's taking all the attention in stride.  "I feel Vaklempt," he said, smiling.  "What's Vaklempt and how do you spell it?," I asked.  "It's a Yiddish word," he explained, "and it means emotional."  Actually, I did a little research and according to the Yiddish Online Dictionary, it's spelled Farklemt and it means "depressed, distraught, choked up, extremely emotional, on the verge of tears and grieving."  All of which is to say, I take it they don't teach Yiddish at View Park Preparatory High School ...!


garnett109 said...

It looses translation when brought back to the states on a good drinking binge.

ab45yui said...

I think it means "stay away from apple fritters"

deshelestraci said...

It's good to hear some good news!  
I always thought it was verklempt.  Go figure!

mereel2005 said...

it means "depressed, distraught, choked up, extremely emotional, on the verge of tears and grieving."

Yep! That describes some of my days with my beloved in Iraq.
Think I shall use it.

rdautumnsage said...

Perhaps it would be wise to advise him in the future when he wants to express his emotional capacity to stick to plain old English. (Hugs)Indigo

frankandmary said...

Marty, however the guy spells it, or explains it,  he has the determination & energy to champion his cause to the finish.  Many start out with a bang, but never bring things to fruition. I saw "atiffany" written once, & it took me forever going over the sentence to realize the person meant she'd had an epiphany. ~Mary