Helen Ward Obermeyer

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Helen Ward Obermeyer is a lifelong fan of public radio during the majority of her life spent in New York City and now in Colorado.  Until recently she worked in the financial services industry for Donaldson, Lufkin and Jenrette and Guggenheim Partners. Between those assignments she worked for 5 years in production primarily for Jack Morton Productions where she gained great admiration for the art of story telling and the rigors of journalism. Although her production experience was concentrated primarily in film and live presentations she hopes some of these skills may prove helpful in radio. Helen also worked as a producer on the Broadway production of "The Elephant Man".

She is happily married to Wally Obermeyer a lifelong resident of Aspen and is the mother or two extraordinary daughters, who currently attend Choate Rosemary Hall and are rapidly approaching decision making for their next steps in higher education.

Helen has worked for various educational not for profits both in Aspen and New York. She is a graduate of St. Lawrence University.                       

From St. Petersburg
9:57 am
Sun April 27, 2014

At the Debate, Questions of Ukraine and Old Russia

Arnoldas Pranckeviciys addressing a student's question
Credit Helen Ward

I spent most of today in classrooms judging debate rounds. Topics varied from the serious like should governments allow completely unfettered free speech to more social topics like should marijuana be legalized? It was a long day with 9 rounds of debates. By 4pm everyone was exhausted. The agenda, however, called for mandatory appearance in the assembly hall to hear Arnoldas Pranckeviciys speak.

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From St. Petersburg
8:39 am
Fri April 25, 2014

During a Conflict & Debate

Credit Helen Ward

My journalist friend Neil told me two things before leaving for Russia. First, it is often the best time to visit a country when we are embroiled in conflict. He is a war correspondent for the New York Times so he has a certain proclivity for conflict, but his point was that when tensions are escalating and both sides are being fed exaggerated points of view, remembering that we are all human and want essentially the same things; peace, prosperity, health, a better world for the next generation, beauty, poetry, music and dance -- is important.

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From St. Petersburg
12:50 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

A Rebuilt Palace, the Mall & the Museum

Catherine's Palace during WWII

We have hit a streak of  perfect spring weather which looks like it will last until we depart for Lithuania. We took advantage of summer weather to head 20 minutes out of the city to the summer residence of the Tsars, Catherine's Palace. One could yawn at this point from over exposure to gilt encrusted, lapis and onyx inlaid and pilastered rooms. Faberge and Sevres adorned furnishings appear mundanely in room after room and we have only visited three of the dozens of palaces. It would have been a shame to miss this one, however.

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From St. Petersburg
12:05 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

A Perfect Easter Afternoon

Credit Helen Ward

It is Easter morning and the Nikolsky Cathedral is full. Russian orthodox services are delivered to a standing crowd. Families mill about listening to prayer, seeking inspiration from their favored saints represented in icons hung through out this gorgeous blue jewel of a church. They have picnic baskets full of treats which are being blessed with holy water by one of the officiants. The golden onion shaped domes of the church, sky blue facade against the perfect blue sky, budding trees couldn't embody resurrection more clearly, The crowd is joyful and we feel entirely welcomed. 

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From St. Petersburg
10:06 am
Mon April 21, 2014

Memories and New Visions

Credit Helen Ward

Wow! A lot has changed since my last visit to St P in 1977 when I came with my High School teacher Dr Egan and 10 other classmates from our Russian History Class. Back then the monochromatic palate of the identical black Volga cars everyone drove,  the consistent shades of grey and black coats and hats, the low grey January clouds and pallor of everyone's skin made the polychrome onion domes and pastel palaces of the Romanov's shocking in their brilliance. Today the billboards, variety and magnitude of cars and fashion in every shape and size present a very different image.

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