We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I am fine. Things tense here. Last night dinner with a psychoanalyst from Brazil, Dr. E (and a guest who spoke Yiddish).
Dr. E's son heard a rumor that the army is moving MLRS (multiple launch rockets) from Golan to Leb border; today, my realtor had to leave early to get ready for his call-up tonight - tanks being moved to Leb border. MLRS have never been used by Israel: they rain steel. The Air Force dropped pamphlets over areas of southern Lebanon warning citizens to leave certain areas as these will be bombed. M. said that MLRS is a serious move towards war.
In Tel aviv today to meet with realtor and seller about apt in Jer. We were on the 16th floor, watching the horizon. Hezbollah had threatened to hit Azraeli towers at dusk (when radar doesn't work as well). An empty threat.
I feel safe, but unsettled. I sent you (I think) my account of the walk with D. before his deployment north. These Arabs are not worth the death of a single Jew.
The shelters have been opened here. I rather do not want to be cooped up with the people in the merkaz klita.
I've been asked to go north tomorrow to work with olim hadashim in safed and such; not sure this will take place. tomorrow evening, have been asked to run group meeting for oilim in Ra'anana.
Ironically, Jerusalem is one of the safer places to be -- for a change.
Hope to have my soldier book off to press by end of month (I have minor surgery July 28). Meeting with the artist, I hope, on thursday. Look forward to starting the Jacob and Joseph book. Also have a paper on dreams and another paper that I have left sitting for some time.
I don't think this war will last too long: the Israelis are doing too well and the U.N. doesn't tolerate that.
We have much to be proud of. At dinner last night, the yiddish-speaking guest described his father's activites in the concentration camps; I thought of my father's sad attempts to smuggle food and an occassional bullet into the ghetto. Jews need to be strong first. And forever.
Editor's note: Sounds like it's all going as predicted by our news here in the US. And it's nice to have most of the Islamic nations on Israel's side, for once. Perhaps sanity is sinking in? Someone has to take out the garbage. Including Ahmadinejad, whose lovely comments today are here and here.