It’s been a while, I know. I haven’t felt very clever lately. Mostly, I have felt overwhelmed by so many things. Mostly things, though also people. And writing hasn’t felt like the right response. So, for you, Purple, I’m writing what we talked about briefly. In preparation for moving this summer, I have been on … More the improbability of a clean slate
Which was #3 on the list from the other day, in case it sounded familiar. But I’ve also explored that here. Maybe other places, too, but I’m about to do it some more now. Or maybe it’s how I get affected when viewing art. I began seeing beads and lace everywhere after going to Murano … More And how people tend to be attracted to the art according to how they are dressed. Or dress to be attracted to art?
Today, the day after Tisha B’Av, you see all the laundry that people haven’t done since before Shabbat or even before the previous week, hanging out in all its glory. We in the West have learned not to expose our laundry of any kind, whether clean or dirty. But here in Tzfat, in particular, but … More Cleaning up dignity
There are groups and groups of groups that pass by our little apartment here in Tzfat. They are passing from the Abouhav synagogue up to Alkabez Street, the main drag of the Old City, along the path of many galleries and gift shops, begging for business. Seriously, the owners/employees stand out in the very very … More what kind of bird am i?*
As I sit in our little studio apartment in Tzfat, I often hear a delightful procession with some group singing and drumming and ululating, somewhere nearby. Ah! Here’s the shofar, too. And then they move on. It could be a bar mitzvah celebration trend that seems to have caught on lately here in Israel. Probably … More why the drumming?
She was an artist herself, so what did she mean? We had walked into her gallery in Laguna Beach. It was, as it turned out, a cooperative of local artists. ISHI wanted to see a picture from that gallery that had been featured in one of those local magazines that featured various artists and many more … More “You look like an artist”, she said.
For a while now, I’ve been particularly conscious of coupon expiration dates, with the dark sense of foreboding that they unconsciously bring; so much so that I have not even been using them. [This is not completely accurate–the fact is that I have been running so quickly to the store because time has been so precious, that … More distinctions, loss of, accents, and expiry dates