For more than a year now Martha Stevens-David has been telling me via our regular email correspondences, that she was helping 91 year old Doctor Mary Dycio organize her memoirs. Sometimes Martha would not write for days on end and then write that she was exhausted from her work with the Doctor. The other day she wrote to tell me that the book is finished and that the Doctor was to be interviewed. Daniel Hartill of the Lewiston-Auburn Sun Journal interviewed the good Doctor on Monday 21, 2013 and published the interview under the title: 91-year-old Auburn woman recalls youth in occupied Ukraine.
Near the beginning of the article there is a photograph of Martha Stevens-David with Dr. Mary Dycio and her dog Sultun. The photograph was taken on the edge of Taylor Pond in Auburn on Monday afternoon. (Apparently Sultan disappeared in the woods for an hour after the interview which just capped off the perfect day).
On Tuesday, Dr. Dycio and Martha (of Minot) did a book signing at the Central Maine Medical Center. Dr. Dycio's book is called: "My Life's Journey from Ukraine to Maine". The 91 year old doctor originates in the Ukraine. Her story takes us through her life under the Russians and the Nazis and then post war to her studies in Germany and then later to her life in the USA. Martha Stevens-David who has published two of her own collections of stories, spent 15 months doing the interviews, dictation, assembly and editing of the 211-page book.
I remember Martha sharing with me that Dr. Dycio, who spent almost 42 years working at St. Mary's Regional Medical Center, was really persistent in wanting to finish her story before it was too late. The Sun Journal interview stated that she wanted her family and friends to know her better.
You can read the Sun Journal interview for yourself, and you will be able to find the book in all the regular places.
Martha Stevens-David has a Column here at Magic City, and the titles of her published books are Autobiography of a Simple Soul and Memories, Another Place - Another Time