Reporters, Step Back

It’s national book week in Israel, and Israel’s oldest newspaper brings in a touch of heart by hiring famous literary figures.
Creative writers have a way of bringing out the humor in society and above all touching the spirit in us. It would be a fun idea to leave a part of reporting to poets and literary figures who have no experience with reporting. That would balance the news, considering how depressing news can get with reports on crime and the plunging stock market.

Here is a “report” taken from the New Yorker website. You can check out some more here.

Avri Herling, a cookbook and children’s-book author, wrote the business update:

Everything’s okay. Everything’s like usual. Yesterday trading ended. Everything’s okay. The economists went to their homes, the laundry is drying on the lines, dinners are waiting in place… Dow Jones traded steadily and closed with 8,761 points, Nasdaq added 0.9% to a level of 1,860 points…. The guy from the shakshuka [an Israeli egg-and-tomato dish] shop raised his prices again….”




Eco-Friendly Earthlings

With all the news about Walmart introducing green labeling for its products, it made me wonder how much many of us are willing to pay for greener products.
Perhaps, earth-friendly products are not always cost effective for a business, and perhaps they don’t have that fine robotic perfection, but they’re certainly worth the investment. This is because a healthier environment means a healthier you.

Promoting and using handmade products is very planet-friendly. The more we take to handicrafts, the less we will need machines and factories that pollute. At least items for personal or home use such as as wall art, decor, clothing and so on should be natural and if possible handmade.

Additionally, it nearly always feels good to own a few handcrafted pieces rather than hundreds of machine-made or polluting plastics that form clutter. The less clutter and junk we create, the better it is for Mother Earth.

So, if a product is greener, its better to shell out a few extra bucks for it rather than paying with your life for a polluted planet.




Navajo country

A friend and I (wearing cap) at the Monument Valley

A friend and I (wearing cap) at the Monument Valley

The very earth at Monument Valley in northern Arizona felt sacred. Silence overwhelmed my being as I watched the early rays of the February sun reach the tallest of the red sculptures.

It is certainly worthwhile to wake up early and catch the sunrise there. I wasn’t dressed for the cold morning temperatures, but the light and shade play on the monoliths made up for my discomfort. Strong winds, desert sands and icy temperatures made me wonder how the ancient natives survived in that region.

As I drove along the dusty red road, I couldn’t help admire the mighty hand behind the magnificence of the Monument Valley. I meditated with the nature for a short while before heading back on a six-hour drive to Phoenix.

I stayed at the Hampton Inn (about $70 a night) although you can stay at the View hotel overlooking the Monument Valley (winter rates are around $95 a night; summer rates double).

This youtube video gives a glimpse into the beauty of the Valley.

We the People

Friday, February 1, 2013

My friend and I were among the 800,000 people who attended President Obama’s inauguration last Monday. After standing in various lines and making our way through the security…

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