Monthly Archives: December 2011

Bah, Humbug! (Or: I Am the Grinch)

The sun has just set as I type this, ending the last day of Hanuka this year.  For the next few years, the Jewish holiday will not overlap with Christmas, as the lunar calendar jumps around. Having my own winter … Continue reading

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Coming Out of the Holidaze

Matt and I decided a while back that we would not travel this holiday season.  We planned to sit on the couch, watch movies, eat popcorn, read… That made the countdown to Hanuka and Christmas relatively smooth for us.  While … Continue reading

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Settling back into Scandinavia

I’m at the midway point of jet-lag readjustment, on the assumption that it takes a day to recover for every hour of time difference. With California’s 9-hour offset, that means I’ve been home for almost 5 days. I’m still exhausted. … Continue reading

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California Driving

After Thanksgiving, I took the opportunity to borrow my dad’s convertible and drive down to Ventura and back, to see my mom.  (Is that a convoluted family transaction? My parents have been divorced for a long time, so I hope … Continue reading

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Stuffed in California

I’ve been fascinated by my reaction to the consumer culture in the U.S.  For me, it has the frisson of hunting and gathering butted up against the Buddhist attitude of unattachment to things.  Things shouldn’t matter, and yet, I was … Continue reading

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California Dreaming

I’ve been hanging out with various members of my family and friends in California for the past few weeks.  It’s been a bit wild to be home. I seem to be going through some sort of weird “expat” transition, or … Continue reading

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