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I’ve had a love of drawing since I was a child.

When I was around four or five years old, I used to love drawing. I had those lovely old-fashioned color pencils and a box of watercolor paint cakes. Hours would go by with nary a peep from the nursery, where my mother knew me to be deeply engrossed in the creation of a vibrant fairy tale on heavy white paper. 

This vice was encouraged by my progenitors until they noted that I also loved to take apart and reassemble objects. This could be anything at all – dolls suffered the fate of having their heads taken off and eyes pulled out to see what made then open and close.

The first tiny black and white television on our street fell victim to my screwdriver so I could free the little dancing men from their involuntary confinement. Gutting a herring or cleaning a chicken was utterly fascinating. “She will be a surgeon!” My mother announced, the day I turned 6.

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Viola Kanevsky
Associate Editor, Just For Fun Editorial for Viola Kanevsky is a pediatric optometrist specializing in custom contact lenses, who has practiced on the Upper West Side of New York City for almost 25 years. An émigré from the former Soviet Union, Dr. Kanevsky lived in Netanya, Brussels, and Miami, until her family settled in New York City in 1979. She earned a BS from Pace University and a Doctorate from SUNY State College of Optometry. She is the Secretary of the New York State Optometric Association board; a board member of the Optometric Society of the City of New York; President of her residential coop for 10 years; she is vice president of the board of the Interschool Orchestras of New York, an organization dedicated to providing musical education to children regardless of ability to pay; serves as Trustee on the board of the Ilya and Emilia Kabakov Foundation and as such, produces benefit concerts for the Ship of Tolerance, an international art project whose goal is to promote tolerance amongst children of differing cultures; she serves on the parent advisory committee of Concerts in Motion, an organization that brings concerts and music therapy to homebound individuals, and is the treasurer of the NY chapter of Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity (VOSH). Dr. Kanevsky also volunteers for the New York Youth Symphony and travels to orphanages in Peru on medical missions.

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