Category Archives: the world around me

Midlife Crisis

Have you ever wondered if you are doing what you should be doing? If you are making a difference in the world? Do you think time is running out and you’d better step up or shut up? I look around … Continue reading »

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Writing with Middle-Schoolers After the First Snow

What my life looks like from the other side of the world; an interesting and humbling exercise. Excess, I imagine the little old lady carrying water buckets to rice paddies would say. Here, we are always looking to find ourselves … Continue reading »

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Don’t Be Afraid of Change

This week, I met people who discount blogging and social media as a valid form of transmitting stories. How short-sighted. In this day and time, new media, alternative media and social media are not only valid, they’re extremely important if … Continue reading »

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Are You Quite Informed? A Political Rant…

Headlines read that if peace talks don’t begin, European nations threaten to follow Sweden’s lead and acknowledge a Palestinian state. Um, is that a fair threat? Don’t peace talks require two parties coming to the table? And why is acknowledging … Continue reading »

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The Exiled Heart: Nazila Fathi in Vogue

Her son Americanized his name, changing Chayan to Jack. Her husband felt suicidal for the first year they were in exile in Canada, walking the streets in search of purpose and understanding. They escaped Tehran by sheer luck – the … Continue reading »

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The Only People at the Hotel

Sunday morning, Tsfat, Villa Galilee Hotel. We are the only guests left. Sunday is a weekday, a workday, for Israelis, and they left in droves yesterday. So our table is the only one in the dining room, set with my … Continue reading »

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My Favorite Place on Earth

There was steep security just entering the gate for our flight in Newark. Passports and bags checked, boarding passes verified, once, then again after we waited in line to board the plane. Full flight, and every minute was filled with … Continue reading »

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Going to Israel

When you land, the whole plane erupts in applause. Some people kiss the tarmac, tears dotting their cheeks. The first time I stepped off a plane onto the land of Israel, I felt oddly as if I had come home … Continue reading »

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Listen to the Words

The wind brushed against trees and woke the house. In the morning dark, it was clear that the day would only get colder, that fall was upon us, that long sleeves and rain boots were necessary. On the speakers, the … Continue reading »

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In that In-Between Space

As the morning dawned, the dewy grass lifted the air into view. Warm meets cold, the nights of fall arising to the mornings of Indian summer. Today proves to be a bit warmer, and tomorrow too. Just in time for … Continue reading »

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