Japanese Tea Ceremony

I recently had the honor to attend a Japanese tea ceremony – albeit an abbreviated one. It was an experience not to be forgotten. I know nothing about tea ceremonies – Japanese or other. And when it was suggested that our “Flavors of the World” committee of the International Women’s Club create one, I had […]

How I know its autumn

I don’t live in New York anymore. So I can’t rely on falling leaves, fall colors, and road trips through New England to ascertain that its autumn. There are no Indian summers, hurricanes or rain storms here. I live in Israel, where its still warm and sunny and glorious. So what’s a girl to do? […]

Israeli Cats & Chilean Miners

Let’s start with the cats. We built our house four years ago and they were kittens hanging around the construction site (actually one papa and three babies). The workers started feeding them and I followed the tradition. I’ve never been much of a cat person, actually I used to have pretty serious allergies around cats, […]

The company is gone; I can reclaim my life. But do I want to?

They’ve left. Twenty-one days of non-stop in-house guests. Two old friends from New York decided to visit at the same time – separately and without knowledge of the other’s intent. One is a dear friend that I haven’t seen in three years. The other was an old friend that I hadn’t seen in twenty. It […]

10 days of pure hedonism – all play, no work

A dear friend (let’s call her C) just came from the States for a visit. She hasn’t been here in many years and it was my desire to make her every moment in this country (Israel) pure joy. I think I succeeded. Too much so! And now that she’s gone back home, I can’t seem […]