Thursday, May 21, 2009

If I Forget Thee, O Jerusalem!

These are the movies (this was before video camcorders...) and the radio broadcasts from 1967 when the city of Jerusalem was reunited!

If I forget thee O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget its cunning, let my tongue cleave to my palate if I do not remember you, if I do not set Jerusalem above my greatest joy.

Today we celebrate the reuniting of Jerusalem. May it never be torn apart again.

Sunday, May 03, 2009

Back in the Saddle Again

So I'm really trying to work. Two things - well maybe three - seem to make this quite difficult.

1. Ephraim. Since he is really a full-time job, his needs sometimes make it impossible to work. Today, for example, he wanted to eat the entire morning. While I like to accommodate his desires, I only have three breasts (oops. um, one of those looks suspiciously like a bottle with formula.) Moreover, he seems never to get full.

2. The topics. I love my employer. Really, she's endlessly patient with me, always has work for me, and allows me to make money while I'm home with Ephraim. I really don't like writing about gambling. I'd love to write about skydiving, base jumping, nutrition, medicine, dentistry, the mating habits of the fruit fly that carries tomato yellow leaf curl virus*, anything except gambling. Well, okay, maybe not anything, but almost anything.

3. Working in a restaurant causes a number of interesting distractions, like the guy behind me who was explaining to a potential client about the history of the Indian Jews known as Bnei Yisrael. Which of course got me thinking about Dropped from Heaven: Stories and wondering how Sophie is doing with her writing. Which got me googling and blogging. You see? I could work at home, but that would require things like getting my own drinks and ignoring the piles of dishes and laundry... Life is rough.

* If you google my maiden name and the term "tomato yellow leaf curl virus," well, it's not me... but I did spend a day or two in the lab watching the research be done.

The moral of this post - If you have work for me that isn't gambling related, I can give receipts in Israel, so please contact me.