My family suffered a tragic loss this week due to the coronavirus. Last night, I read Om Malik’s post “The Pain of Distance”, and noticing reality tapping you on the shoulder – If this is how I feel, I can’t even internalize how my mom must be feeling. She said it is cold. She didn’t…… Continue reading Reality tapping you on the shoulder
This coronavirus is an insidious thing. It pulls families apart when they desperately need to be together. A cliché in Israel is the phrase: “הכל בסדר” – “Everything is ok”. It isn’t, and it won’t be for a while yet.
The world feels more than a little crazy at the moment. Relative to what 2020 has been so far, that’s saying a lot. Lately, I’ve felt a bit like we’re in free fall, pretending that the air rushing past us as we hurtle down is just a refreshing breeze on a Spring day. It’s almost as if we’re all desperately hoping it can be ok again, faking it until we make it (if we do).
The wave of violence spreading across the United States is shocking, even as the growing protests are understandable. It boggles my mind that this country, the “land of the free”, is still mired in deeply routed racism, and inequality. Every society has its challenges, certainly. Israel is no different. We have divides of our own.…… Continue reading Stand against racism
Back when we were in a “normal” routine, our kids’ screen time was pretty limited during the week. We only permitted them to use their phones and computers for school-related tasks during the week. On weekends, they could play (there’s a limit on the Nintendo Switch, mostly as an experiment) for as long as their…… Continue reading Screen time for kids during a pandemic
I noticed a new(ish) video podcast, AWNP Unplugged, with Critical Role’s Sam Riegel, and Liam O’Brien. It’s terrific, I’m enjoying it. They’re basically just connecting, and chatting about the pandemic, the importance of being connected to each other, and more. https://youtu.be/rOzCBZ5RIqo I’m sitting on one of our couches, blogging random stuff, and enjoying the conversation.…… Continue reading Enjoying Sam and Liam talking about stuff
My wife recently wrote a post about our city’s annual tradition of putting up flags ahead of Israel’s Independence Day. Apparently someone raised concerns on Facebook about how this extra cost was wasted in light of the need for more resources to combat COVID-19. These flags aren’t an annual exercise in vanity and frivolity, they…… Continue reading “Those flags gave me hope”
Jamie Rubin wrote about waning motivation, and comforting familiarity yesterday – Maybe it is familiarity during a time of uncertainty that I find comforting. The unknowns pull the levers of anxiety. Because of this, I have to limit myself to thinking about today and not worrying too much about what may happen tomorrow. When I…… Continue reading Comforting familiarity