The following is my farewell letter to the people who shared our YALP experience – Australia 2005-2012.
Anthony and I are going home. Seven years. For me, actually, closer to eight. A Chunk of Life overflowing with places, people, events, struggles, ideas, laughter, challenges, hopes and fears, friendships, learning.
Overflowing with Love. Continue reading
Our Door Knob
We live on the 26th floor of a metropolitan high-rise. Its one (and only) outer wall, connecting the bedroom and living room, is a floor-to-ceiling picture window overlooking the city. Day or night, the view is magnificent encompassing the myriad of wonders of the modern world: glittering lights, flashing signs: Crown Casino, The Village Cinema, Big M, DigiQ.com; flowing streams of cars making their way along the freeway, across the bridge, down winding roads, coming to a stop at the lights. Every night on the hour, ferocious balls of fire burst from pillars, which line the boardwalk, and illuminate the sky. Sometimes I awake in the middle of the night, their reflection in our wardrobe mirror is so bright. Continue reading
I am culturally Jewish – a definition that works for me. It allows me to embrace my Israeli identity and practice Jewish traditions, leaving my spiritual beliefs out of the equation. This did not just happen. It has taken me many years of questioning and actively searching for answers to come up with a mechanism, if one can call it that, I am comfortable with. People’s spiritual practices, similar to their sex life, are really no one else’s business, as long as they act responsibly.
Responsibly – this is where the fine line lies. Continue reading
When I was a little girl, my grandpa told me about the phone of the future; he had seen it at the World’s Fair. With this new phone, he explained to me, the speakers would be able to actually see one another. Fascinated, I used to wonder about this strange and yet amazing contraption, worried what would happen if someone called when you just happened to be naked. Continue reading
Robert Fulghum, one of my favorite authors, claims that all he really needs to know he learnt in kindergarten 🙂 I believe that all I really need to know, I have learnt from TV. I am, and always have been, a TV freak. Work or play watching TV is as comforting to me as classical music playing in the background is to others. I actually did all of my studying in front of the TV: from Oprah to the news, from reruns of I Love Lucy, detective series to dramas and documentaries – anything goes. Continue reading
This is an old story – a very old story. Don’t know why, but recently it keeps popping up, whispering in the back of my mind, “Me! Me! Me! Tell me!” Perhaps it’s the time of year.
So, deep breath.
Many many years ago one of my greatest fears was driving. Despite the fact that I passed my first driving test (which can be seen as an indication that I acquired the necessary skills and a bit of confidence); despite the fact that I had never been involved in an accident directly or indirectly – I was petrified. The mere idea of getting behind the wheel for even a short drive around the block, was more than I could handle. Continue reading
The word-cloud below is an initial visual representation of the sixty-one responses I received from participants from across the globe in answer to my question:
In one sentence, what is the best advice you can give today’s teens and tweens before they “officially enter the adult world?
(to be continued …)