A Refreshing Naivete

Hats off to Kate Burton for continuing to focus her efforts, even after being kidnapped by terrorists, on working to improve the Palestinian lot. On the cynical side, I’m scratching my head (now that the hat’s doffed) for her thinking that having her parents over was even remotely a good idea, or that trying to […]

SSDY (Same Stuff, Different Year) — Almost

First off, a happy and productive new year to all. This is year two of the blog, and, owing to feedback and posting interests, I’ve split my ‘Pulse’ blog into three: The Pulse, discussions regarding politics and personal life,HaDofeq, Middle Eastern-related political and personal posts, andThe Ping, technical and technological posts I’ll be doing political, […]

Hannukah Applesauce

Backstory Went to the supermarket to get applesauce for my strange yet lovely levivot (latkes), but they didn’t have any cans or jars that didn’t have sugar or corn syrup or some other gluch built into them. Hannukah time is apple harvest time, so finding good apples is easy both in Israel and America. Finding […]

Hannukah Latkes a la Cajun

Backstory I have a problem. It’s part of the dark underbelly of my personality. It’s about distrust, about creativity in the face of tradition. It’s about, as my kids say, “daddy food.” Hannukah has fried food: sufganiot, levivot(latkes), and just about anything else that’s oily and can contribute to heartburn. When I was a kid, […]

Cream of Broccoli Soup

Backstory I had all these ingredients and a soup sounded just peachy. I don’t usually splash around in the “cream of…” puddle, but I _did_ have this quart of half-and-half, so I mixed it in. Sadness. Tragedy. Lactose intolerance. So I froze most of it and brought it to work. A co-worker liked it so […]