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 →

Global Thoughts — 30 September 2015

You guessed it — San Francisco

Every year in the final hours before and after Yom Kippur I have a personal ritual of taking out my box of old cassette tapes and listening to some cantorial and other religious music as I ponder my circumstances and mentally prepare for the Jewish Day of Atonement and the rest of the year that comes after.… Continue Reading →

Global Thoughts — 18 May 2015 (including Rome with Kids notes)

Bicycle for 4 in Villa Borghese Park, Rome

My son went to Gladiator School in Rome during our visit to Italy last month. He tends to talk a lot and his gladiator instructor who very much looked the part and wanted to simulate ancient Rome was having none of it.… Continue Reading →

Global Thoughts — 1 April 2015

Celebrating Karen’s special birthday

We have reached another milestone in our family – we are now calling the “diaper bag” the “fun bag.” You know how you keep calling something the diaper bag even though your kids have been out of diapers for years?… Continue Reading →

Global Thoughts — 3 March 2015

Family at Homestead Resort in Virginia

Can you believe that in the US if you want to telephone the Internal Revenue Service to ask a question about how to file your taxes they no longer have people who will talk to you?… Continue Reading →

Global Thoughts — 15 December 2014

Central Park, New York City

A friend said to me “You know why we get to vote in the US? Because our votes don’t matter.” I thought that was amazingly profound.

My wife was in a wine store looking for a small amount of an unusual liquor to make a recipe from a cookbook.… Continue Reading →

Global Thoughts — 16 September 2014 (including Travel Notes France, Germany, Italy)

First a few global thoughts about some world issues, and then travel notes of our family vacation to Evian, Paris, Bavaria, Venice and Florence. See these places again for the first time, with the kids.

Middle East –I have been trying to make sense of this latest Gaza episode which brought no real benefit to either side.… Continue Reading →

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