Can Light Measure Mood?

We woke up to a dull morning, after some rain during the night.  As I was making our morning salad, the sun came out and a big smile lit my face.  I declared, “The sun is out, I am already in a good mood” to which my husband stated “Light cannot measure mood”.  That was all I needed as a challenge…

Freedom to Celebrate Resilience

How can each person deal with the layers of complexity and chaos in our global society?  We are dealing with a phenomenon that is affecting us globally, however we each live in a different part of the globe, in countries and even regions of countries that are affected somewhat differently, and the leaders of each place choose to deal with the problem and its consequences in different ways…

The Spy Who Came in From the Cold

That was a great novel by one of my favorite writers, John le Carré, but the spy I am talking about was actually a whole nest of spies who came in from the cold and settled in the washing machine of one of our neighbors.  The culinary appetite of these spies was very peculiar…

Only in Israel

Recently I was surprised to learn that in Israel, in contrast to all other countries around the world, the Rorschach test is still used extensively…

Chaos

Yes, we live in chaos today. The word pops up a few times a day in radio, TV, and newspaper articles. We experience uncertainty in our daily life and our ability to function. The need to adjust constantly to new instructions and realities is daunting.

But no, I am not referring to that kind of chaos…

The healing power of nature

The sun was shining today and the air was so fresh, I could not resist the temptation to sit outside and look at the peaceful view, see the trees move slightly in the gentle breeze, and listen to the chatter of the birds…

Then and Now

The instructions were to use strips of masking tape to secure the windows.  Prepare the “safe room” with emergency provisions, snacks, games, a portable radio, a pail of water, and rags to place under the door in order to prevent the poison gas from entering the room…

Music to my Soul

Tonight, I had one of the most enjoyable evenings in the last couple of weeks. I registered for a free series of classes about music. This is not music appreciation per se, but understanding music development, notation, harmonies, overtones, and beats. The presenter is a delightful musician, arranger and teacher…

Naked Truth ≠ Naked News

Any time a significant national or international event occurs, for example elections, disaster, or riots, some people are glued to the news.  As they wake up, it is immediately the radio news, picking up the newspaper outside the door, turning on the computer or television, and neglecting to shower, dress, or do any of the usual morning activities.  This behaviour fulfills the need to be informed and prepared for any eventuality.  I happen to be familiar with such a person, and there is nothing, or almost nothing I can do in order to distract him from this behaviour…

A Real Hug

Children, it is said, are wise and uninhibited, and tell us clearly the things that are most important to hear.  The saying “Out of the mouths of babes” refers to this type of wisdom.  Sometimes this wisdom inspires a sensitive adult to come up with creative solutions to a painful situation.   This was precisely the case with Maura Cristina Silva, an elementary school teacher with 57 students, as reported in the New York Times.  In response to a note from her third-grade pupil, stating “I am yearning for your hug,” she devised a disposable “hugging kit.” …