Friends of Aesthetic Realism
       Countering the Lies
“It’s a lie, and not a well told one at that.
  It grins out like a copper dollar.”

                  —Abraham Lincoln

Statement by Francine Weber, Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent of Schools, and District Clerk

My name is Francine Weber. I began my study of Aesthetic Realism in consultations and later with Eli Siegel over 30 years ago. I was a young wife and mother then, with two small sons. My husband, Robert, and I had a marriage of ten years that was violent. For years we looked for answers because we wanted our lives to change, but with all the therapies available, and we tried as many as we could find, nothing helped and nothing changed. It was a desperate life with no hope in sight.

At this point, I comment on the stark, glaring lie that Eli Siegel and Aesthetic Realism splits up the family. This lie about Eli Siegel and Aesthetic Realism is so disgusting to me because it is not true. In consultations, I tested the principles of Aesthetic Realism with my life; and before my very eyes, the violence ended and our lives changed permanently. Aesthetic Realism brought a family that was falling apart together and we were able to make sensible and happy lives for ourselves.

Today, my son, Robert, who had Aesthetic Realism consultations, lives in Minnesota and is studying prosthetics and orthotics. Thomas, who also studied in consultations, is successful in the music business. The compassion and thoughtfulness they have for people and the world make me proud of these fine young men. The principles of Aesthetic Realism are magnificent and true and are deep within our hearts and minds. Most often, in families where there is abuse, the children continue the violence into another generation. This will not happen to them or their families.

Eli Siegel was a great critic with a profound desire to know the truth. In classes with him, I saw his knowledge, good will and wonderful sense of humor change people's lives and I am grateful to say mine is one of them. The beauty and truth of Aesthetic Realism abide within me and will guide my life forever.

Francine Weber
Oceanside, Long Island , NY

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    Statements by Friends of Aesthetic Realism

    Barbara Allen
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    Mara Bennici
    David Berger
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    Barbara Buehler
    Gina Buffone
    Beverly Sue Burk
    Maureen Butler
    Jeffrey Carduner
    Margot Carpenter
    Lori & Robert Colavito
    Albert Corvino
    Nicholas Corvino
    Henry D'Amico
    Matthew D’Amico
    Ernest DeFilippis
    Vincent DiPietro
    Carol Driscoll
    Donita Ellison
    Anne Fielding
    Lorraine Galkowski, RN
    Pamela Goren
    Edward Green
    Avi Gvili
    Ames Huntting
    Mark Lale
    Dale Laurin
    Rose Levy
    Timothy Lynch
    Lorraine Mahoney, RN
    Derek Mali
    Glenn Mariano
    Haroldo Mauro Jr.
    Joseph Meglino
    Pauline Meglino
    Allan Michael
    Marvin Mondlin
    Robert Murphy
    Michael J. Nadeau
    Meryl Nietsch-Cooperman
    Ruth Oron
    Arnold Perey, PhD
    Lauren Phillips
    Jack Plumstead
    Maria Plumstead
    Rosemary Plumstead
    Rev. Wayne Plumstead
    Marcia Rackow
    Zvia Ratz
    Ann Richards
    Anthony C. Romeo
    Leila Rosen
    Rhonda Rosenthal
    Sally Ross
    Claudia Senatore
    Sheldon Silverman
    Jeffrey Sosinsky, MD
    Barbara Spetly McClung
    Joseph Spetly
    Faith K. Stern
    John Stern
    Arlene Sulkis
    Devorah Tarrow
    Jaime R. Torres, DPM
    Dennis L. Tucker
    Francine Weber
    Steve Weiner
    Miriam Weiss
    Carrie Wilson

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