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What we can learn about the ‘innocence of children’ from Goodnight Moon

So here’s something. I received a link to the following article today (thanks cuz); a submission to the New York Times Draft blog for writers. What Writers Can Learn From ‘Goodnight Moon’ Though I was certainly an English major, I’ve actually never, believe it or not, fully analysed an entire critique of Goodnight Moon before. […]

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Does he realize my face is wet from tears as I kiss him good night?

Sitting just outside the kids’ room, on the cold tiled floor in the hallway, scrolling through articles on my phone. Silently scanning Newtown coverage, reading Newtown stories, seeing Newtown pictures as my son restlessly attempts sleep, deep within his bottom bunk. “Ima, can you tuck me in?” I don’t even bother wiping the tears from […]

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politika

Retro Europe: the anti-Semitism still spills the blood of children in 2012.

In case you were feeling lost in the big bad world today, the world of terrorism, bus bombs, embassy bombs, car bombs, nuclear bomb threats, rocket launchers… Today we are exposed to some run-of-the-mill old fashioned European anti-Semitism. Of the absolute worst kind: the cold-blooded point-and-shoot murder of Jewish children. In 2012 France. The gunman […]

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koala update

Color ignorant.

The innocence of babes is alive and well… even if it’s for just a few short years. Koala and I were looking at a book last night. He pointed to a picture of a brown-skinned teacher. “What’s that?” “A teacher.” Pointing lower, “what’s that?” “Her legs.” “What’s the brown?” I’ve been wondering when he’d ask. […]

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Ma’ase B’chamisha Googlim: Google’s logo for Miriam Rut.

Google Israel has a cutie logo today in honor of Miriam Rut‘s birthday (1910-2005). Mi zot? Aside from an educator and gannenet, she is known as the author of tons of Israeli classic children’s books, including  תירס חם, the more recent hit יובל המבלבל, and the ever-classic מעשה בחמישה בלונים, depicted in the logo: The logo […]

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Bully.

Koala comes over and yanks off my glasses. “No! Mama is blind, c’mon…” He bends back the left arm with his little fist. The second pair he’s ruined in a week. “Oh, c’mon? Why you gotta be so mean?” I go upstairs and get my next spare pair. “Look, Koala! Do you like Mama’s ugly […]

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what a country

Thank you for not smoking. Seriously.

I work in the Israeli equivalent of a big, fancy office building. That basically means it was built to be big and fancy, but it’s half empty and constantly under shiputzim (renovations). My daily exercise consists of taking the stairs as opposed to the elevator to get to my office, so the ‘no smoking’ signs stuck in the stairwells […]

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The shaking of my non-faith.

You may think you have everything to lose until you have a kid. Yeah, I had stuff to lose before… but now everything I had to lose is seen in the new light of having a kid and thus everything to lose.  Which is why today it dawned on me: My family lives in Israel. […]