The sky in Southern Israel during the day is crisscrossed with the exhaust trails of dozens of rockets launched by Hamas in Gaza and aimed at Israeli towns and villages. There are other exhaust trails left by the Israeli missile defense system interceptors fired from the Iron Dome batteries that protect those towns. Where the … More How Long is This Going to Continue?
We moved from Haifa to our little village (now a small town) just a little over 40 years ago. We didn’t think of ourselves as pioneers. That’s what new immigrants to Israel were back in 1880. We were just moving to a new home. We were going to a real house, with indoor plumbing, running … More Being a Pioneer 40 Years Ago
In about two weeks Israelis will go to the polls. Israeli democracy is unlike that of most other countries. In Israel one votes for a party, not an individual. Each party presents a list of candidates. Each list receives a number of seats in the new Knesset (Parliament) based on the proportion of votes it … More Elections in Israel – Will Anything Change?
The snow was very wet snow. It accumulated on the branches of our trees. Soon, the weight was more than they could bear. One after another, branches gave way. Some broke off completely, Others simply fractured and dropped until either the snow fell off or they hit something that could help support the load. Our … More After the Storm
In the USA there has been a lot of talk about how newly inaugurated President Biden will deal with his campaign promise to rejoin a diplomatic deal to keep Iran from having nuclear weapons. I decided to throw out a few thoughts about this and see what some of you who read my blog might … More Yemen – Thinking About a Different Part of the Middle East.
My daughter and her family will all be listed as having recovered from COVID19 today. My granddaughter, who brought the infection home from her Army basic training camp, has already been declared infection free and returned to her base. All of them got through the ordeal? with minimal discomfort. That’s the up side. The down … More A (Slightly Tarnished) Silver Lining
It’s no secret that the current Israeli coalition government is not functioning well. The 2 individuals who were supposed to share leadership (i.e. the office of Prime Minister) cannot get along. The cabinet has too many ministers to even approach being an efficient body, let alone make any real decisions. So it isn’t surprising that … More Elections in Israel –Again?
It may have nothing to do with the dogs escaping from our yard. But Maggie, the bigger one, has been feeling ill. She’s lethargic, makes strange sounds, almost like snoring, when she breathes. and has some swelling in her throat. We took her to the vet where she got a thorough exam. It included blood … More And Now She’s Not Well
We have had dogs for years. When our current pair were younger we put a home made fence around the yard, Maggie, the older dog, soon found a gap under the fencing and crawled through to go exploring. We tried to block the places she found to go through, but with little success. Finally, we … More Escape From [Alcatraz] Al-Dog-Traz
My Eater Egg Fleet Book has been taking up most of my time recently. It will be officially released on November 1st. But that isn’t all I’ve been doing. I put in a lot of time on planning and preparing for a new book about my family (fathers side). I’ve had my regular chores: laundry, … More A Busy Two Weeks