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Global Thoughts 21 December 2017 including Trip Notes Israel & Greece and Bahamar in Nassau

At Poseidon’s Temple at Cape Sounion near Athens, Greece

Elizabeth house birthday party

Our daughter Elizabeth has finally reached the age of 12 and we celebrated her coming of age in a religious ceremony known as the Bat Mitzvah. We didn’t want to do the disco party, especially since we hear about kids sitting around looking at their cellphones while some high-priced DJ spins records in an expensively decorated room (the DJ is upward of $7,000 a night in the suburbs we hear).… Continue Reading →

Global Thoughts — 1 November 2017

Making Chocolates at Max Chocolatier in Lucerne, Switzerland

Last night was Halloween. Jeremy spent a whole rainy Sunday decorating our front door as you can see. Since we live in a city, you can walk down the street in costume and merchants give you treats.… Continue Reading →

Global Thoughts – 21 August 2017

Jeremy celebrating 10th birthday

An observation at the airport: I was on a flight from Boston to New York on a 737 which seats roughly 165 people, and there were 75 people on the line in Groups 1 or Group 2 (25 and 50 respectively), which means they had priority boarding.… Continue Reading →

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 — 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 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 →

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