Author Archives: Gloria Raskin

The Vase: This family’s heirloom is a metaphor for life

It had always been placed behind criss-crossed metal wires in a credenza in my parents’ living room, a pierced china vase, maybe 8 inches high, with a gold-plated handle. A delicate cream, the vase’s body is adorned with purple, yellow and rose-colored asters, leaves and buds in muted autumn colors strewn over the base.