Hello everyone! (all 12 of you)
I returned last night from week in Florida, visiting Little Bear and her parents. The inconvenience and expense of air travel should not be undertaken lightly - one needs strong motivation, especially when it is not a business trip. I think I went through 9 or 10 security checks altogether, and one pat-down (at London's Heathrow airport), and many weather delays. The news in Florida was all Haiti all the time. Nothing about Gaza, Turkey, Israel, Egypt, Syria, not even Iraq or Iran. Those Floridians do know how to be provincial. So I get home and discover the local news headlines: Israeli medical aid to Haiti. Hah!