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All This Way April 25, 2007

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While living in San Francisco, on occasion I was present when my Israeli friend Vavi’s son mocked her English.

“Eh, Eh…” he would mimic. “Dis is my eemah (Hebrew: mother), ehh…ehh…She comes all deh way frrrrom Eezrrrraelle. Her Engleesh is you say..?”

Vavi would smile and wave him away. Her Master’s is from Berkeley and she’s been in the States for over two decades. She’s not worried about her English language skills.

Oh but that would NEVER happen to me I mused.

Because I studied Hebrew like the devil during my first stint in Tel Aviv. Tested myself on grammar and literature every day, forced myself to read papers and listen to the radio and look up & study vocabulary. I studied military related lingo – ranks, history and politicking therein – … all’s so I could take up the profession of bona fide joorrrnaleest in Israel. Somehow it did the trick.

This evening, strolling down the street with my 5-year-old son – the same five year old who a mere year ago upon relocating back to Tel Aviv with me from San Francisco was so lost language-wise that I cried tears of empathy and sorrow in commiseration with his tears of frustration – urged:

Eemah don’t sing that song anymore (an upbeat & catchy tune he brought home from kindergarten)

Why? I asked wide eyed (but already knew the answer)

You don’t do it right. You say the word “tarrrrnegol” (rooster) like Tar – neh – gole (pronounced with the flattest inflection possible). You do it wrong eemah.

But I LIKE that song!

But it sounds bad. Stop it eemah.

Schoingemacht. And to think all last year I served as interpreter for this kid on his playdates.


Happy Birthday, Israel April 23, 2007

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59, eh?

You’re looking pretty good. Although sometimes you could use a good scrub around the edges to get rid of the grime. But it’s part of your appeal and charm.

Speaking of, you certainly are a spry 59. Something about you seems to bubble with vibrant energy and life. Even when you’re going through tough times.

And haven’t you been a “quick study” in terms of world wisdom? Coming up to speed with the frontrunners in the realms of medicine, science, computer technology, bio-tech…How do you manage?

If you’ll allow me to make a suggestion however – what are friends for anyway? – keep your eyes open when it comes to the neighbors (you know which ones I mean) but don’t stop going to the socials. You just never know which of the other neighbors might surprise you in a positive way.

And a final suggestion: Take better care of yourself. Get more fresh air, try to stay clean and not use up all your energy, find creative and inventive ways of tapping into your natural resources and be sure to have plenty of fresh water on hand.

Stay out of harm’s way and keep on keeping on. Happy B-Day, Big I.

Your devoted friend…


EARTH DAY April 22, 2007

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Today is Earth Day.

I share my birthday with this fabtabulous day & I’m PROUD! As I recall, Swollen’s daughter also shares her birthday with Earth Day. Mazel Tov, honey! Knock yourself out.

Here’s some information about the day’s background and history.

Here’s a list of <a href=”Earth Day events happening around the globe.

And here’s a <a href=”long list of ideas for getting pro-active.

Get out there and plant a tree, write a letter to a government figure who might make a difference, clean up a beach or teach a child about recycling. It’s bloody important for the future

Happy Earth Day to us All!


Super Size Sex April 20, 2007

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Traipsing through the blogosphere this morning, I found the “in synch” of Mideast Piece with Details Magazine rather interesting.

Details’ May issue features a story by Elisa Ludwig on obesity and sex. “A lot of girls who like large men are in the closet,” claims 336-pound story subject Jorge Rivera. “It’s like the new gay.”

“Rivera is a gainer: an enthusiastic participant in the expanding subculture of feederism in which fat fetishists get aroused by “growing” themselves or their
romantic partners, consuming their way to morbid obesity.”

The synchronicity with MidEast Piece’s 1) gay themed content 2) blog entry noting growing waistlines in the MidEast as compared with America is conveniently coincidental.

The Details article is pretty darned eye opening. FYI the May issue came out yesterday in New York and LA and hits the stands elsewhere on April 24.


Yoga April 17, 2007

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There are two types of Yoga in this world…The one from India

and the one from Wisconsin


Homo, Anyone? April 15, 2007

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Where can you go to get a good homo?

Why at this Jerusalem Homo Stand, that’s where. What was it we were saying about running spellcheck? Tsk, Tsk, Tsk.

Thanks, Zabaj, for your sharp eye and wicked sense of humor.


Fisrael and Firan April 12, 2007

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Well done, Danny Gillerman. Especially on reading the Pimpin’ script.