Trying To Maintain Normality


People are trying to get out of the house for just a little bit each day amidst the mandated social distancing. 



Especially difficult is to try to get some exercise with all the fitness centers, gyms, and pools closed down. 



Some people are just choosing to go for a walk around the track or get in a quick workout with a few friends or family members. 



Can we be normal when everything is abnormal? 😉



(Credit Video: Andy Blumenthal)

Israel 2020: Day 6

Did a nice beach walk from Tel Aviv to Jaffa. 


It was sunny and warm out. 


Lots of people exercising, running, and enjoying the outdoors. 


The blue Mediterranean Sea, the white sand, and breeze in the air was lovely. 


Even a funny statue of former Prime Minister Ben-Gurion doing a headstand as he used to do in his fitness routine. 


Shabbat is a good time to stop and take that much needed walk on the beach. 😉


(Credit Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Who Sells The Cookies

Girl Scout Cookies

So we see the traditional setup with cookies being sold on the street corner by the Girl Scouts. 


My daughter says to me, “Why is it that only the Girl Scouts sell the cookies, while the boys learn outdoor and survival skills?”  


Good observation and I didn’t have a good answer, except thinking to myself that sexism is unfortunately still alive, well, and institutionalized in America.


I’d be interested in hearing a comment from a representative of these organizations as why this biased, sexist nonsense continues, especially at a time when we have a viable women candidate for President of the United States (2016)–what gives here? 😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

The Painted Sky

It was a beautiful walk in Rock Creek Park (even with my ongoing limp post surgery). 
 
Coming down the trail, I saw this amazing horse with a mounted police officer, and he was nice enough to stop and let me pet the horse and take this photo with them.
 
It was a truly beautiful animal and it was so cool seeing them on patrol for all the people taking advantage of the great outdoors here. 
 
In a fantasy type of way, I thought what a dream job (not high-tech, but oh so much in tune with nature and helping people)!
 
Anyway, this time of year, it was really lush green in the park and pretty peaceful. 
 
It was also interesting today visiting my dad and sitting outside on the deck with him, he looks up at the sky and says rhetorically, yet so innocently, “Who painted the sky so beautiful?”
 
I thought wow–what an amazing and poetic way to think of the hand of G-d and all that he has created for our benefit. 
 
Now, I think to myself outside, how our physical reality is just a manifestation of G-d’s artistry, imagination, and kindness, and it makes it all even better.
 
(Source Photo: Dannielle Blumenthal)