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Global Thoughts — 19 June 2017

We just attended our daughter’s graduation from elementary school and they sang the same song as was our first dance at our wedding (Thank you for the Music by Abba). It was so heartwarming to come full circle with our daughter.… Continue Reading →

Top 40 Hideaways in the World According to Ivan — 7 April 2017

In no particular order is my updated list of Favorite Hideaways from places that I have visited over the past 15 years — about 300 properties visited during that time. To be on this list, the property has to excel in almost every way, meaning rooms, food, beautiful surroundings, activities, service, facilities, a feeling of intimacy and privacy; unique features or character.… Continue Reading →

Global Thoughts — 7 April 2017

Overnight on the Auto Train

I would like to start this posting talking about things that make me happy. I don’t know of anything more refreshing than eating pieces of a chilled pink grapefruit.  What about you – what is the most refreshing thing you enjoy?… Continue Reading →

Global Thoughts — 6 February 2017

We start off with a photo of Jeremy standing in the street selling hot chocolate on a cold Sunday morning. People felt sorry so they just gave him money and didn’t even want the hot chocolate.

So America has a secretary of housing and urban development whose chief qualification is that he owned a house.… Continue Reading →

Limmud Address — 26 December 2016

Limmud Address 2016 – Monday December 26, 2016 – Ivan Ciment

I’ve had several months to think about what I am going to say and it certainly has been humbling reading the texts of my remarks at Limmuds given in 2001, 2002 and 2006.… Continue Reading →

Global Thoughts 5 December 2016

Philly Pops Ball at the Bellevue in Philadelphia — an evening of ballroom dancing to a 65 piece orchestra

I’m so glad that the World Series had such an exciting finish in its 7th game. I wanted to let my kids stay up to participate in a shared national experience other than another presidential debate.… Continue Reading →

Japan with Kids Travel Notes — 1 October 2016 (Tokyo, Kyoto & Hakone) and Hawaii and Newport Beach, California

This was our third visit to Hawaii; the island is a stopover from Australia and this time we decided to use it as a stopover on the way to Japan. Hawaii is a lovely island with lots of vegetation we don’t see on the mainland.… Continue Reading →

Global Thoughts — 1 October 2016

Our kids’ favorite 3 words are “No More School.” Our 3 favorite words are “Back To School.”

All summer long Jeremy was watching the weather forecast waiting for it to be hot so he could go outside and sell lemonade. This last week of summer he took no prisoners and went outside twice to sell lemonade and made himself $28 in profit.… Continue Reading →

Global Thoughts 5 July 2016

Photos in this posting from the Bahamas, the Homestead Resort in Virginia, and Jeremy’s strawberry bush.

Here is a great joke I heard from none other than the “Green Prince”, Mosab Hassan Yousef, the son of a Hamas leader who spied for the Israelis.… Continue Reading →

Global Thoughts — 3 May 2016 including Lessons Learned at Age 50

In our Purim costumes for Papa’s 80th Birthday party

Last week I celebrated my 50th birthday. My mom stood up and said a few nice things about me and my parents gave me a fancy watch. My kids wrote me beautiful cards and we went out to dinner.… Continue Reading →

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