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Author: Knot Telling

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Love and longing

Changing the tone a little bit today, I’d like to share Poem XXVI from A.E. Housman’s The Shropshire Lad. The gentle rhythm and straightforward rhymes belie the complexity of the underlying emotions. I’d love to hear your reactions. The half-moon westers low, my love, And the wind brings up the rain;...

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When I’m an idiot, don’t blame God.

There is a sort of religious corollary to Godwin’s Law. I am not sure exactly how to formulate it, but it seems that the longer any online discussion of public issues continues, the greater the likelihood that someone will eventually make a reference to religion as the source of injustice,...

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My Life in Technology

I remember… All telephones being big and black and having dials Televisions housed in beautiful wooden cabinets as a matter of course. They were black and white, of course. The transistor radio section at the department store. Six transistor radios were groovy. Feltboards in school. Slide rules. (Listed under “Obsolete...

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It’s not all about cancer – except when it is

Full disclosure. I live with cancer. I hate that I live with cancer. Cancer and I may have reached a delicately balanced modus vivendi, but cancer still scares me. I have mets (metastasis, secondary tumors) in my bones, but the last chemo series greatly reduced them and I am pretty comfortable...

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Should I kiss the archbishop? or Good Manners

Jerusalem is a multicultural city, and I have friends and contacts of different languages, religons, ethnicities and cultural traditions. People who live in more homogeneous settings sometimes find it confusing to move among cultures. I was discussing this with a friend recently. Being a person who writes (and talks) to figure out...

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You can’t always get what you want…

You can’t always get what you want You can’t always get what you want You can’t always get what you want But if you try sometimes you might find You get what you need. (Rolling Stones) I was disappointed today. There was something that I wanted, not something huge, a little...

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“Who knows how to drive in the snow in Jerusalem?” – Another’s view of February 14 2004

My very dear friend Aliza wrote this response to my Valentine’s Day 2012 post. Not only a dear friend, she’s a great writer and I am delighted that she gave me permission to publish it here. Aliza, I love you. My friend was about to undergo a major operation and...

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