August 5th – plane to Tel Aviv delayed

a handful of seeds

any moment now

taste of home

Still in Toronto Israeli time is a wish and a laugh away. Delays are more common than the sunflower seeds we were hoping to save for the flight.

No more seeds, but lots of delays. Every few minutes the board pronounces further delays. I’m out of coins to phone my parents. They might look at the plane schedule for amusement.

They might have internet. I don’t.

What kind of airport doesn’t offer wifi. The cleanest airport in the world, perhaps but no wifi. And no airplane to Tel Aviv.

Reminds me of a joke. You know the one. Yes, no. Never mind.

 But I speak of not knowing if the delay will be good or worse for us. The so-called ceasefire due to begin at seven in the morning, Israel time. What will be the state of rocketfire by the time we land. I believe that every second counts. What can we do, but wait and see. Defenseless to change our situation.

Would I have stayed in Toronto if I’d have known that I’d have to sit here for hours? I doubt it. I still have to get home and the rockets will still be falling. I can just hope that they don’t fall on us.

Amen, anyone?

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August 4th – confirming that my Mom is a worrier

That world!

it says one thing does another

who can keep track?

If my mother had her way, everyone would declare their schedule for the next week and keep to it. If her son said he was flying to another city to film a certain scene, he would do it, come back and drop by for bagels.

If her daughter said she’d be arriving at 7:00 pm, the car would pull up on time  – late for dinner, but still with enough time to talk before having to climb the stairs, wrap herself in her warm robe and slip between the covers to watch a favourite Classic movie.

wrapped in cozy

Her other daughter? It was enough to know that she’d call once a week, or these days, nearly everyday so that she, her beloved mother, wouldn’t worry. Of course she’d worry. She’s a worrier. Her beloved father had been a worrier and so was she. It’s not just that she dedicated her efforts to him, carrying on the tradition, but it was more that she allowed herself to retreat into her child-self, wrapping herself in his image, encouraging herself to justify the worrying as if it were a bonding of souls.

If the world would cooperate and stick to its plan, at least that would be steady. She would then be available to worry about those horribly sudden irregularities  that might fall upon her path.

No, no good. Too many of those. How could she cope?

A glance at the clock, time for her favourite TV show. Time to worry about Claire and Steve. Later she’d worry about the world.

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Unconference, Sheffayim Nov 14/14

People from all over Israel attended the Unconference, and I was there to represent Class Relax, born and developing here in the Western Negev.


What is an Unconference?

Receiving an invitation asking if they are interested in contributing to a given theme, would be participants apply, get approval and then show up at a designated venue on the prescribed day. There, they select a time-slot, sign up and prepare to present their project for 25 minutes or so.

The white-board of time-slots and locations gets quickly filled up with topics and presenters.

Attendees gather round and fill out their own schedule according to what looks good.

A bell is sounded and it begins.

November 14, 2014 Unconference at Sheffayim Bank Hapoalim  8:30 – 2:30 pm. This year’s theme:  School as a way to close social gaps

We were told to get there early to sign up!

So it was that on November 13th, I travelled north to Petah Tikvah to stay the night. My daughter and her fiancee drove me up to Sheffayim and I checked in, got my name tag…

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Nirinjan Kaur guides us through the Adi Shakti Meditation, a practice to restore personal power.
The 40 Day Meditation cycle began May 17th. Forgive me for not sharing but I hadn’t realized how beautiful and enriching this meditation would prove to be.

The words to the Complete Mantra:

Adi Shakti Adi Shakti Adi Shakti Namo Namo
Sarab Shakti Sarab Shakti Sarab Shakti Namo Namo
Pritham Bhaghvati Pritham Bhaghvati Pritham Bhagvati Namo Namo
Kundalini Mata Shakti Mata Shakti Namo Namo

Excerpts from Mindfulness in Education 2014 Conference presenters.
Keynote by U.S. Congressman Tim Ryan.
Also featuring Mirabai Bush, Mark Greenberg, and the Holistic Life Foundation’s Andres Gonzalez, Atman & Ali Smith.
More about the conference & links to clips of each speaker’s full presentation at

Interviewing Janice Weizman, a writer from Rehovot, Israel

I was happily invited to the Sde Avraham home of Sara Lischinsky this past weekend, where I was able to meet with Janice Weizman.

The Wayward Moon - book coverJanice, formerly from Toronto, has lived and breathed Israeli life for the past 30 years and her fertile imagination and research led her to write her first novel, The Wayward Moon.

I interviewed her and posted my first entry to a new blog: Writers Speak Out!

Here is the link. Take a look!