Seven Books (Or Series) That I Love:
I can't imagine living without at least 100 of my favorite books, so I'll just list the first seven that come to mind today.
Patrimony by Philip Roth
The honesty and love really touched me. Roth is not the best stylist in the world, but he tackles the most important themes and always teaches me something in the best way...through a story I can't put down.My Voice Will Go With You: The Teaching Tales of Milton H. Erickson, Sidney Rosen, Ed.
I was fortunate enough to have hypnotherapy with a disciple of Dr. Milton Erickson, and boy was that fun!Ways of Dying, Zakes Mda
A scrumptious prize-winning fable-type story from South Africa. The title is ironic, but not completely.Teacher Man by Frank McCourt
Just finished it. Thanks for the gift, Els! Looked for references to my son and found quotes from a student with his name, but I suspect poetic license on the part of the author.A Tale of Love and Darkness by Amos Oz
The honesty reminded me of Roth's Patrimony, but the writing, even translated into English, is much better. Or maybe I should say more to my taste. His descriptions of Jerusalem as a young boy are vivid, and his memories are both funny and melancholy, sometimes at the same time.The Visual Display of Quantitative Information by Edward Tufte
The most beautifully-published book I own. It also has the most brain-tickling content for someone both visually and quantitatively communicative. To make this gorgeous book affordable, Tufte in 1983 founded his own publishing house, Graphics Press. They have subsequently published otherbeautiful books, but I'm still most fond of the first one.The Sabbath by Abraham Joshua Heschel
Just reading it is a spiritual experience, whether you're Jewish or not.Favorite Movies
(I'm skipping this one. I listed some in my Blogger profile).
I Just Can’t (Or Don’t Wanna) Stop
Eating salad for breakfast, usually tomato, cucumber, red onion, and avocado
Drinking café hafuch (latte) in Tel Aviv
Thinking about my kids
Thinking about my mother
Things to Do Before I Die
Attend my grandchildren's weddings
Sort and organize all those photos
Read a published novel by my daughter
Knit a moebius strip
Get a video of the 1982 Goldie Hawn TV special "Goldie and the Kids" that my son appeared in
See just a tiny bit of definition to my abdominal muscles
Make peace in the Middle East (see below, Seven Impractical Things…)
Things to Do After I Die (I added this category...and why not?)
Watch over my children and grandchildren
Hang out with my parents, brother, cousin, aunts and uncles
Meet new interesting people
Bring peace to the Middle East
Things That Attracted Me to Blogging:
A way to find out how my daughter is doing on her novel (who's nagging?)
A way to find out what my granddaughter is up to
A chance to tell my children of their legacy
Redemption for having
The feedback, the feedback, the feedback!
A way to show callow youth that old people can be interesting (as if any of my readers were callow youth. Hah!)
Meeting new interesting people.
Seven Things I Say Most Often
You are the best dog ever!
Wanna go out for walkies?
Let's meet for coffee.
Send me pictures! Please!
Ya never know…
Seven Impractical Things I Think Would Be Really Cool Anyway
Seeing my family at regular Friday night dinners (see teleportation)
A pied a terre on the Upper West Side. Or midtown. Or in the Flatiron district
A personal chauffeur
A personal maid (she could be married to the chauffeur)
Visiting the USA by ocean liner instead of airplane
Middle East peace
Seven People to Tag
Don't want to.