Making Up for Ugliness

Airports and airplanes are interesting. No. They are fascinating. Even in Little Israel, you see every kind of person imaginable. And the bigger the airport, the more you will need your imagination to understand what you are seeing. (I have no idea how some of these people get through security.) It’s almost as if the … Read more

A Good Neighbor

I was in a cab, on the way to the Jordanian city of Aqaba, and was talking with the garrulous driver when he asked me where I was from. I sat there for a second and thought about the truth. What was the truth? I could have told him that I was from the U.S. … Read more

Forgiveness and Peace

A friend and I were driving to Tel Aviv, and we argued about forgiveness. Most of our discussion revolved around spiritual principles governing the interaction between individuals. To some degree all of us understand what that means, but what about peoples and nations? No, don’t worry. I’m not going to throw religion at you. That’s … Read more

How Many People Should Die?

I was going to lash out at France. No. Really. I was going to talk about hypocrisy. Shortsightedness. Pandering. Good stuff. But, the Reading power station in North Tel Aviv is starting up, so I thought that I’d talk about THAT. Don’t scratch your head so hard. Your hair will fall out. We’ve been having … Read more

Expending Ten Times the Effort

Straight out of college, my first job was in high-tech sales. The sales team that I worked with was great, while I was merely average. And like all great sales teams, they worked very hard to get their ‘merely average’ member to become great. They did that by dragging me through every sales course they … Read more