Fiery Photos

At around 4:00 PM on Thursday, my daughter noticed a fire on the roof of a building. I called the fire department, and was told they were on their way. It was scary to watch burning intensely for so long, and even scarier when we heard a loud boom. Eventually several trucks, police cars and … [Read more...]

Hoopoe Duo: Summer Stock Sunday

Israelis love hoopoes, and voted them in as its national bird. I spotted this pair digging in the local park: For more of this week's summer stock photos, see Robin's blog. Last week's entry: Pitangos … [Read more...]

Summer Stock Sunday: Pitangos

Robin from Around the Island started Summer Stock Sunday, a photo meme. Click on the links below to see what other bloggers have posted. A few years ago, a friend pointed out a pitango tree with its tangy, red berries that ripen throughout the late spring and early summer. I would have gone … [Read more...]

Tandem Nursing: Guest Post at Mommy News Blog

I have a guest post up about tandem nursing at the Mommy News Blog. Although my daughter is wearing a kippah in the accompanying picture, it's not meant as any kind of feminist statement. At five years old she no longer wears one. Anyway, now you all know how "radical" I am/was. … [Read more...]

The Watermelon Horse

Israel is a country of contradictions. You can walk down the street and find futuristic robots , a herd of goats, or the owner of a horse and cart making a sale. My husband made up a song he calls, "Do you know the watermelon horse?," based on the song about the muffin man. When the children … [Read more...]

Nine Moons

Today we went to the Poleg Nature Reserve near Netanya. The big attraction is this sand dune that the kids can roll down: Two kids stayed there to dig a hole while the rest of us went down to the beach. As we approached, my five-year-old said, "I see tisha yarchei leida." I guess those kites do … [Read more...]

Pictures of Israeli Soldiers Treating Palestinian Weapon Smugglers

I received these pictures today along with the Hebrew text below. For redistribution to all: Pictures of Israeli soldiers rescuing Palestinians from a tunnel (used for smuggling weapons) in Gaza. In the most moral army in the world, instead of blowing up the tunnel, they [the soldiers] rescue … [Read more...]

On Hoopoes, Black Cats, and Dodecagons

A few months ago, the city began to erect a traffic circle at this dangerous intersection. Work stopped temporarily when residents of a neighboring street sued the city out of concern for the extra traffic in front of their homes. I am more concerned about the safety of the intersection, but I … [Read more...]

A cure for insomnia?

This morning she explained, "That way is a faster way to close my eyes." … [Read more...]

Guest Post: Did the Tooth Fairy Come Yet?

Please welcome my 13yo daughter's first ever guest post. She took the pictures too.My little brother's tooth finally fell out today. I made him a box to put it in, which was supposed to be an envelope, except I forgot how to make them. I still remember some of my teeth that fell out. I was told, … [Read more...]