A Neck Is Not Something To Step On

A neck is not something to step or kneel on. 


Justice for George Floyd!


Murder is murder. 


While I greatly respect and admire our law enforcement for the difficult jobs that they have, police brutality and racism is not something that can be tolerated. 


Our law enforcement is better than that!


Hold the responsible officers accountable, but also bring peace and civility back to our cities and streets. 😉


(Credit Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Cats of Israel

Just wanted to share these photos of some lovely cats from Israel.


There are so many cats just roaming the streets, shops, gardens, and alleyways.


These don’t run from people, but are part of the landscape itself.


Almost like a soul in each one that is living a peaceful life anew in the Holy Land. 😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Hanging By A Thread

Hanging By A Thread

This spool of cable has been hanging from this utility pole for days, maybe weeks.

I have never quite seen anything like this.

This huge spool hanging by a thread from this skinny little pole.

Of course, there is one warning cone sitting right underneath the overhead spool.

Can’t you just see that spool crashing down and flattening the cone? [Wonk!]

Then you have some sporadic red warning tape not doing much of nothing.

And cars and people regularly going up and down this street–which you don’t really see in this photo.

Maybe the workers just left the spool of cable up there in case they need it again in the future.

Hey, less work lifting it all the way up there again. 😉

(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

On Every Corner, Real Hope

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There is a guy who stands on the corner in the 90+ degree heat here every day trying to sell his book.

Calling out to passer-bys, he repeats, “This is a motivational book. It has my autograph.”

Again and again, the people pass him by without even a second look.

I see him in the morning, the afternoon, and the evening–whenever I go down this street–and he is still standing there trying, trying, trying to sell his book.

The feeling I got was, not only didn’t I want his “motivational book,” but also (not to be mean), it was completely de-motivating watching him trying to sell it.

Usually with marketing, I would imagine that people want self-help books from other people that have clearly demonstrated success.

Those who have a compelling story to tell can tell us about a dragon they have slain–where we can transfer the feelings of success, the challenges overcome, and the lessons learned from the author to ourselves.

But because this guy is standing on the street corner, no one wants to purchase his book or give him a chance.

The guy standing on the corner is not the person in the “corner office.”

Yet, I have a feeling his story would be an interesting story to hear.

Perhaps, his story is even more compelling, because it’s from “the streets” and not from someone born with a silver spoon in their mouth.

But he is a stranger, selling a book on the corner, and I don’t go up to him to ask.

Standing on the corner, in the heat, peddling a book for a few bucks, could be you or I–it’s too easy to forget that.

I pray that G-d has mercy to help us all earn a fair days pay for a decent days work–not everyone is so blessed.

On every street corner, there can be real hope.

(Source Photo: here with attribution to Hanne)