Thursday night, we attended the funeral of a soldier, a student, a son and brother. A child of Israel. But unlike most funerals, this one took 37 years to happen. It brought together thousands upon thousands of Israelis to pay their final respects, and to fulfill a promise that Israel makes to each of us;… Read More Embraced by the Land Once Again
A couple of months ago, as Josh was planning a work trip, he asked if I wanted to meet him somewhere in Europe when he returned. It would be a free stopover for him, and we could use points for me, creating a not-so-expensive and fun adventure. Now, my inclination was to say no. No,… Read More A Short Tour of Vienna
I just finished reading Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant’s book called Option B. I found it so moving (on my Kindle) that I immediately went and bought a paper edition that I hope to lend to a few friends who are struggling. Now, I understand that there are those who did not enjoy this book.… Read More What If You Can’t Have Option A?
My necklace makes me happy today. Life is complicated and there are so many reasons not to be happy; or maybe I should say there are so many reasons to be frazzled, worried, confused, upset or tired. I try to find little things throughout the day that perk me up and make me smile. And… Read More The Happiness of a Simple Necklace
There are “only in Israel” moments and then there are “you’ve got to be freakin’ kidding me only in Israel” moments. Yesterday was one of the later. My 18 year old is amazingly energetic and creative when it comes to his activities and his transportation. With snow on the way last week in Israel, he… Read More Not Your Typical Ski Day
Happy New Year! The most important question for the new year is….what should you read first? As promised, here is my complete list of 2018 reads. I love how Goodreads keeps track of the books that I read – since I barely remember if I’ve finished something or what it was called. I’m one of… Read More 100 + Books from 2018
Life in Israel frequently cracks me up. It’s such a small country and you end up having interactions that weave people and places together in unexpected ways. We don’t have centralized heating in the house; rather, we have small air conditioning/heating units in each of the bedrooms. Two of these units (which are connected with… Read More A Victory with Victor
People like to use the end of the year to reflect on all sorts of things. They reflect about their weight loss (or gain); they reflect about the fun they had during the year or the money they made (or lost), etc. I like to reflect on….books! Of course! And Goodreads makes it really easy… Read More 18 Of My Favorites Books From 2018
I’ve typically used my blog for deep, thoughtful posts and meaningful experiences. But I’ve realized that it’s fun to share cool finds and interesting tidbits as well. So, for today’s absolute fluff, I present you with four items from our recent trip that have made me smile. Two are self-indulgent items and two are for… Read More 4 Fun & Frivolous Finds
So much of parenting involves improvisation and creativity. The situations that we find ourselves in as parents are often so ridiculously improbable that all I can do is laugh – or cry (of course). At the same time, I have a great sense of satisfaction, of patting myself on the back, when I live through… Read More United – Where Is The Help Button?