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One Reporter's Opinion - Healing Light

Friday, 23 September 2005 12:00 AM

It is this reporter's opinion that too often the spouses of the famous are seldom recognized for their own merits. They are known merely for being married to someone famous. Beyond that, they live in the reflected glory of their spousal associate.

One in particular comes to mind: Alexandra Villard de Borchgrave, wife of the internationally renowned journalist Arnaud de Borchgrave. Recently Alexandra attended a ceremony marking the second anniversary of 9/11 and watched as the children of the terrorists' victims called out the names of parents killed in the attacks.

Alexandra was so deeply moved by the ceremony that she felt a desire to reach out to those youngsters with words of compassion and encouragement. The result is a book of poetry, "Healing Light: Thirty Messages of Love, Hope, and Courage" published by Glitterati, Inc. on the fourth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

Alexandra had never written poetry before but is well known and respected for her news photography. While her husband was busy covering the affairs of state, Alexandra hid herself in a small office of their home and produced thirty poems for readers of any age to lift their spirits.

Alexandra told this reporter in a recent interview, "My message is simple - the need for courage to overcome the fear within us and for hope to rebuild after the devastation of a tragic event."

"Healing Light" is a book for all those who strive to overcome the adversity of life and who seek comfort, joy and strength to meet the challenges of today.

The Lower Manhattan Development Corporation was so impressed, it ordered 4,000 copies to give to the children of the parents killed Sept. 11, 2001.

The book is beautifully illustrated with Indian Mughal miniature paintings and the foreword is by Boutros Boutros-Ghali, former secretary general of the United Nations, who describes Alexandra's poetic efforts as "an oasis of compassion and inner calm."

Alexandra is the daughter of former U.S. Ambassador Henry Villard. She is an avid supporter of the arts and has chaired events for such organizations as the American Ballet Theatre and Arts for the Aging.

She is the author of "Villard: The Life and Times of An American Titan." It is a portrait of her own dear great grandfather, a German immigrant who became a famous war correspondent during the Civil War. After the war, Henry Villard launched a business career. He funded Thomas Edison's early experiments and later became the president of General Electric. All of this has marked the family's name in American history.

And now our dear friend Alexandra leaves us this beautiful compilation of poetry. She, too, leaves her mark in history, along with her famed husband, Arnaud de Borchgrave.

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