Vacation time is up. Weâ€™re into May and I havenâ€™t written a â€œreal blog postâ€ for you in a month and a half, since mid-March. I plan to explain â€œreal blog postâ€ tomorrow but if you canâ€™t wait, see the new material to read. Itâ€™s in the menu on the right side of this page … Continue reading Thinking about religion, belief and recent violence
THANK YOU to the two new followers from over the past week, bringing the total up to 116. I hope you like what you read, or at least feel strongly enough to comment. I donâ€™t think people realize thereâ€™s something in it for them! Go back over previous posts and youâ€™ll see the subjects Iâ€™ve … Continue reading Control of the media after the mosque attacks in New Zealand
First off, yes, I may be a day late, but this is definitely not a dollar short! I wanted to make sure this post was as perfect as I could make it, like I do with all others. Of course, itâ€™s just a coincidence that Martin Luther King Day, which commemorates the birthday of the … Continue reading Martin Luther King Day, a victim of the (official) Womenâ€™s March
Sometimes, interesting things happen when you read friendsâ€™ Facebook pages. Iâ€™m not talking about going to look on purpose, which Iâ€™ve done before. Iâ€™m just referring to seeing something on your news feed and clicking on it. That got me, as the title clearly says, banned from Facebook pages twice in 2 days! The one … Continue reading Banned from Facebook pages twice in 2 days!
Iâ€™ve known I had another blog post â€œdueâ€ before the election, if you know how I think, but too much on my mind and so much going on â€“ personally and in the news â€“ to actually do it. After this morningâ€™s attack in a Pittsburgh neighborhood where I have family and have been to … Continue reading Not a good day for political thoughts, the USA as a whole
Several times a year, before elections, a man in Florida emails me about who to support in elections down there. The goal is to receive money (Isnâ€™t that everyoneâ€™s?) for private schools. In this case, itâ€™s Jewish religious schools. And thatâ€™s despite public schools being free for everyone â€“ Jews too â€“ and paid for … Continue reading The case against us all paying for private schools
People who know me can never, ever say Iâ€™m not loyal to people I like and respect. Youâ€™ll see that in a moment, along with an example of the opposite. (Is your mouth watering yet?) Yesterday, one of Philadelphiaâ€™s daily newspapers published an article called â€œIs the morning news format that fuels Mike Jerrick's 'weird … Continue reading Be nicer to Mike Jerrick, and other thoughts on what’s making news
I really didnâ€™t know what to make of school districts cancelling classes for a parade and celebration for Super Bowl LII champions, the Philadelphia Eagles. Thatâ€™s probably because Iâ€™ve never been in this situation before. And itâ€™s certainly historic, not just for me but for everyone around here. The Birds have won championships before, but … Continue reading School out, Eaglesâ€™ championship parade on!
It's me again. I have to write more often. It doesn't have to be a book. Saving stuff up is too time-consuming, anyway. Iâ€™d be thrilled with something simple, once or twice a week. I'm just back from New York. Was there for my cousin Danikaâ€™s bat mitzvah. Had a great time. Was nice seeing … Continue reading From the Tri-Cities to the Tri-States
I haven't posted anything in about 3 weeks. (I also havenâ€™t heard from you asking for a post. Unbelievable! Whatâ€™s up with that?) I havenâ€™t been relaxing at the beach. Been doing plenty of writing. Just very busy at work and home. My parentsâ€™ visit has come and gone. Went very well. Wasn't sure for … Continue reading Odds & ends from 3 weeks
Spring is often thought of as a time of renewal, the first season. Iâ€™ve had some firsts over the past week or so. Starting at home for a change, I can walk to back of the den without having to step over a box, for the first time. Itâ€™s a major accomplishment and Iâ€™m very … Continue reading A week of firsts