Sunday, May 1, 2016

Letting Go

  I admire those who are neat by nature. I would not consider myself a hoarder but I can often be the queen of clutter.
   The crazy part of holding on to some things too long is that it can be depressing looking at them instead of  nostalgic.  I find it can be hard to maintain that balance of what to hold on to and what not to.
    The good part is that when I finally tidy up and get rid of excess momentous I find I never miss what I have discarded.
      I read Marie Kondo's book about tidying up. It has some good suggestions but I think that everyone has to create his/her own tidying strategies.
       With possessions less really is more. It really is more tranquil . I am not suggesting to live like a pauper but if you have too much stuff you may never be able to find ANY of your treasures because you have too much stuff.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Chag Sameach!

    Pesach really is the holiday of freedom. After all of the preparations are over and the seders have been experienced it feels so free. Of course this is true if you go away for all of Pesach. If you are working on chol hamoed it can feel like going back to Mitzrayim. Have a chat sameach for the rest of the chag. Yom tov will soon be upon us.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Passover Fever

    I thought that this image was SOOOO cute.  Have a great chag!!!

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Primary Day

    I have been so disgusted with all of the presidential candidates this season that I was not going to vote in the primaries . After much deliberation I decided I was going to actually vote . At 8:40 tonight I voted. The voting center was deserted. Either lots of people voted earlier or not many people voted at all. Maybe the high tech scanner made the voting process so quick there wasn't a chance for there to be a large crowd at the polls. I had forgotten that New York has finally gotten rid of the old circa 1970 voting booths. I am embarrassed to admit that the last time I voted in an election was the last presidential election. That was the inauguration of the the voting scanner. It's so weird to vote in such a high tech fashion. I wonder what the margin of error is . Nothing is foolproof.
     I'm glad I voted but I am not sure that I chose the best candidate. I am not going to tell you who I voted for so don't bother asking. I am not even sure that if the candidate I voted for wins the nomination that I will vote for them. I haven't decided yet. Then again we still do not know who any of the candidates will be for sure ... yet.

What Would You Do?

     What would you do if you won the lottery? I would invest so I would not have to work again. I would spend my days doing the things I like and things I did not have time to do because I work full time.
       I always think that its a shame that one has to wait to do the things one would do if one was independently wealthy. I can't quit my job yet but I do try to fill my days with things that I enjoy doing . I  try not to let work overtake my life.

    What would you do if you won the lottery?

Monday, April 18, 2016

Wedding Doll

   I recently saw the Israeli film WEDDING DOLL by Nitzan Gilady . It is about a spirited mentally challenged 24 year old who lives with her mother and works in a toilet paper factory. The factory will be closing . The friendship she  has with the factory owner's son will be ending .
     This film is more about the journey than the plot. It is about the complexities of this mother-daughter relationship. The acting is superb. The  views of the Negev town that they live in is like another character. It is so breathtaking it should be on an aliyah advertisement.
     It must be so hard to be a  parent of a child who will never be able to fend for themselves. These children grow up and may know they are different but still want to be normal like everyone else . But they can't  be . This film presents this issue in a sensitive way. There are many dealing with these issues in real life. This film forces everyone to acknowledge all of this in a matter of fact way ,
     This is a very worthwhile film.  It won several awards in Israel. One never knows what challenges one will have to face. This film is about how some people chose to face their challenges.