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Follow Your Passion in a Recession

Sunday, February 22nd, 2009


Among friends the other day, I heard a woman in her 60’s exclaim with fear that she’d encountered three men in their mid-80s who were still working.


“With the economy the way it is,” she wailed, “I’m afraid I’ll be working into my 90’s.  It’s a scary thought.”


At least three possible responses:  (1) Yeah, if you can find a job. (2) I’d rather die.  And (3) Great time to work toward a career you’re passionate about if you’re not already in one.


I pick No. 3.  If you’re saying, “Yes, but…,” I don’t mean take your job and shove it. I mean that if you have a dissatisfying job or no job at all, this is the time to explore a career you could feel passionate about into your 90’s. 


A couple of guides for the journey :  Harriet Klausner’s Write It Down, Make It Happen.  And  Leo Babauta’s The Power of Less: The Fine Art of Limiting Yourself to the Essential…in Business and in Life. 


I’d love to hear from anyone on this path.

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Shabbat, Shalom!

Tuesday, February 17th, 2009






Shabbat, Shalom!  I was way too jetlagged to post to the Dog Journal on Sunday, the day I arrived home after nearly two magical weeks in Israel.


So much to write about – the amazing food, the amazing people, the amazing complexities of everyday life in the Middle East.


But with all that, I’m struck especially by the way Israeli Jews seem to find time to observe Shabbat (Friday sundown to Saturday sundown) as a special time of celebration and rest.


Observations run the gamut – from the more religiously oriented in Jerusalem to the more secular Shabbats of Tel Aviv, where public spaces fill with balloon-sellers, bubble blowers, and families out for walks.


“This would be hard with the work schedules in America,” I told our guide Frances, a New Zealander who raised her family in Jerusalem and relishes being in a place where the culture supports her religious traditions.


“It’s do-able,” she said.  “We only work six days a week, and the stores are open late.”


So around this little country, even in past-faced Tel Aviv, many busy couples, who work on Sunday, run their errands after work to enjoy this breather on Saturday.


Worth it?  They would say yes.  As relaxing as a cup of mint tea. 

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Israel, Here I Am…

Sunday, February 8th, 2009

If all goes according to plan,  I have just “climbed” the Masada in Israel via cable car.  Check out the view. 

Traveling with a group from Congregation Beth Tikvah in Columbus, Ohio,  I’ve offered to lead laughter exercises to bring peace to the Middle East.  But so far, no takers. 

More about our adventures in Jerusalem, Galilee and Tel Aviv when I return home.  Meanwhile, here’s the view from the Masada.

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The Grand Canyon : A Perspective-Changer

Sunday, February 1st, 2009

 This picture is a lie  It pretends to capture the Grand Canyon.  But nothing short of standing on its rim, as I just did a week or so ago, can capture the depth and immensity of what the Colorado River carved over millions of years, one splash at a time. Peering down at the ant-sized hikers clawing their way down its trails with ice cleats on their shoes, I couldn’t help but feel small. molecular, in the grand scheme of things.   Maybe the Grand Canyon needs to be the screensaver for 2009.  A reminder that we are small but that change happens one small splash at a time.

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