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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 →

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 →

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