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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 →

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 — 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 →

Global Thoughts — 10 March 2016 (including family travel notes to London & Cayman)

I drove my kids all the way to Pennsylvania and back for less than $9 in gas. Can you believe it?

We went to this place that just opened a year ago called Camelback which is about 2 miles from I-80 highway just past the Pennsylvania border of New Jersey about 1 ½ hours drive from NY City.… Continue Reading →

Global Thoughts — 2 February 2016

I was thrilled to see my now 10 year old daughter sitting on a chaise lounge at the pool over our holiday vacation reading the New York Times. My son was with her and they were both attempting to do the Times crossword puzzle.… Continue Reading →

Global Thoughts — 23 December 2015 (Year End)

On the beach in Puerto Rico

This has been a big week for us; Elizabeth has turned 10. Our daughter is now in double digit territory. I chaperoned her and several young girls having a tea party at a local tea house and did my best to leave them alone.… Continue Reading →

Global Thoughts — 9 November 2015

On campus with Ben Franklin at University of Pennsylvania for homecoming weekend.

This past month my daughter Elizabeth who is soon to turn 10 cooked up a chicken cutlet dinner (well, she prepared the cutlet and someone else did the frying).… Continue Reading →

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