Wednesday, April 29, 2015

The magic of a perfect Spring day

The magical feeling of a perfect Spring day - Everything feels new, like I'm seeing it for the first time

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Road Warrior Travel Hacks

This post by Johnee99 includes some great sleep aids, whether you're on the road or in your own bed :-) 

Johnee99: My Road Warrior Travel Hacks: 2012 "Best Of" Editi...

Friday, December 21, 2012

Civilians with Guns - America vs. Israel

Why is it that guns are probably less controlled than almost anything else in America? When I moved back to NY from Israel at 19, I was struck by how Americans seemed to love the power of guns, and treated them in much the same way they did a muscle car or a watch collection. What I didn't see was any of the healthy sense of respect and responsibility that should come with owning a gun. It was a stark contrast from what I'd seen living in Israel - even though I probably knew more Israelis with guns than cars (we had 3 - an UZI & an M16 which my parents had been assigned for guard duty, and my Mom bought a pistol because she couldn't come to grips with carrying a machine gun to PTA meetings), and armed civilians provide protection almost everywhere you go - school, the mall, synagogue, even a school outing - there is a tremendous amount of oversight in place to ensure that only the right people get/remain licensed. In fact, if an Israeli's gun is stolen they go to jail (I believe for 7 years). And I've never once heard of an Israeli who collected guns - let alone build up the kind of arsenals that only a militia could ever need. I'm not opposed to people having the right to protect themselves, but do I think that it's time that the laws caught up with the 21st century.