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A Hanukkah Thought

Hanukkah menorahs are like love: Alive with light, dancing, yet serene. Now you light the candles one by one, Undoing all the anger in your soul. Kindle, then, like candles thoughts that prove Kind and generous, and words that seem As sweet as silver songs, and when you’re done, How beautifully your burning heart will…

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Facebook Damaging Society?

Think it through: social media’s goal is to help people interact more with each other, either for purely social or business purposes. That’s happening. Yet now, I’m reading more and more about users pulling the plug. In many ways, I don’t blame them. I know people who have married (disastrously) through the internet, who have…

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Counterproductive “Days of Rage”

And so the Palestinians are rioting. What else is new? This is their default switch, their bottom line to which they return time and again. A bottom line is not a good place to live. I recall attending intensive Hebrew school when living in Jerusalem. It was time to beef up the lingua and move…

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Muslims Throw Temper Tantrums Over Jerusalem

The Jewish connection to Jerusalem dates back to approximately 1000 BC when David established the city as the capital of his people. In response to God’s direction, the First Temple was built there by Solomon, followed by the Herod’s Second Temple in use during the time of Jesus. Jewish people have always venerated this city,…

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Not #MeToo

My heart goes out to all of the women sharing stories of sexual harassment. You’re brave to speak up, even in industries where you have been threatened and intimidated. Most of us regular bystanders to this epidemic understand that there are a lot of male shmucks in the world. Apparently, more than we ever imagined….

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And Then There Were Four… Wisdom Tooth Diary

Our kids from Russia have been through it. They arrived as preteens with all sorts of dental issues. Our youngest, Sashenka, had 21 cavities. Since that time, around turning 18 years of age, each required the extraction of all four wisdom teeth. We’re down to the last one. Sashenka just turned 17 and has been…

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Job-Hunting Realities

It staggers my mind how many people don’t like playing with the facts in life. They would rather keep their head in the sand instead of moving out of their comfort zone and getting what they truly want. And then whining about it! So today, we’re going to pull back the mysterious curtain and take…

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How To Let It Go…

There seems to be a national epidemic sweeping our land. The most major illustration of this phenomenon arose following the presidential elections and culminated in Sen. John McCain’s recent suggestion to Hillary Clinton: Time to hush up and move on. Why keep living in the past? Why keep making excuses for failure? Why keep rehashing…

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Monday Mottoes – #218

I hope your Thanksgiving was full of great times with family and friends. Or, quiet and peaceful. Or, adventuresome and action-packed-! There’s something for everyone when you set out with the right intentions for your situation. Sometimes, you need to simply target what you really want or what would really work for your personality and…

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Cleaning, Not Accumulating, This Black Friday

I’m one of the few that chooses not to run with the lemmings on Black Friday. Yes, I’m up uber-early every day, so it’s not that appealing to head out to go… shopping! Accumulation isn’t appealing to me right now. I actually should be downsizing in so many ways. So today, at before-crack-of-dawn, I was…