Turning 120

As some of my WP-friends have noted, my birthday was last week; I turned 43-years-old. ๐Ÿ‘ด๐Ÿผ Anyway, I'm not much into celebrating my birthday, but I consider it important to do so for my daughter's sake; and we decided to go out for a late brunch on Friday to a local cafรฉ that specializes in… Continue reading Turning 120

Grateful for security

Be grateful for what you have and stop complaining - it bores everybody else, does you no good, and doesn't solve any problems! -Zig Ziglar (1926 โ€“ 2012) This year, after nearly thirteen years in Israel as an adult, I got a job that I can rely upon in the long term. My first reaction… Continue reading Grateful for security

The cure for anything

The cure for anything is salt water: sweat, tears or the sea. -Karen Blixen (1885 โ€“ 1962) For WQW this week, we are encouraged to write about a memorable trip; but, to be honest, I'm rather a homebody. In fact, for years, when my daughter was very little, I resisted going to the beach with… Continue reading The cure for anything

The exam for advanced second-graders

In Israel, there's a state exam for second-graders that aims to identify advanced students. There are two stages of this exam; the children who pass the first stage go on to the second, more challenging stage. I don't have all of the information about this exam, but, essentially, children who are identified as "advanced" are… Continue reading The exam for advanced second-graders

The root from which a tyrant springs

The people have always some champion whom they set over them and nurse into greatness... This and no other is the root from which a tyrant springs; when he first appears he is a protector -Plato (~427 โ€“ ~347 BCE) The quote I've selected for this week's WQW is deeply troubling to me. It stopped… Continue reading The root from which a tyrant springs

Snake oil offers on WordPress

Having been actively blogging on WordPress for ~2.5 years, I've gotten my share of commercial offers via comments on my blog post. Actually, snake oil salesmen also like to employ the twin strategies of 'liking' blog posts and 'following' blogs to get people's attention... both of which I simply ignore. As far as comments with… Continue reading Snake oil offers on WordPress

To brave the cold

There is a chill air surrounding those who are down in the world, and people are glad to get away from them, as from a cold room. -George Eliot (1819 โ€“ 1880) The quote I've selected for this week's WQW encapsulates something that we all know to be true; and if we're honest with ourselves,… Continue reading To brave the cold

Autumn’s fire burns slowly…

Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower. -Albert Camus (1913 โ€“ 1960) Now Autumn's fire burns slowly along the woods and day by day the dead leaves fall and melt. -William Allingham (1824 โ€“ 1889) Autumn arrives in early morning, but spring at the close of a winter day. -Elizabeth Bowen… Continue reading Autumn’s fire burns slowly…