breath holding

Every week night i play this game where I hold my breath until I am safely in my bed with my new book in hand. Then Henk the pup plays this game where he jumps on the bed and spends the next five minutes “feeling” out the bed for the perfect resting spot, going in circles until it’s just right. I stick my face in his, he licks my hand until it’s sparkly clean and then i have to get up to wash it.

But before this nightly ritual I am fighting against my enemy, the clock. I’m trying to get as much of my routine complete before the clock stikes 9pm (i know.), this is done so I can glide after 9, tying up loose ends and end my chores with my nighttime reading love affair.

It’s been awhile since i’ve found a good book to read, and given that i spent the first couple of years in Israel obsessively studying Judaism to become the perfect Jewess I am today -my other reading has suffered. By this I mean my Israel, middle east and political reading that I have steadfastly avoided for YEARS. A big reason i’ve avoided this topic is because I’m annoyed by humans in general. So, when another human broaches this subject I get even more annoyed. A political conversation about Israel is a dizzying and emotional topic and if you put belts in peoples hands- it would be more effective to whip one another and let the best whipper win.

Secondly, I understand that my opinion of Israel is a bit biased. My background and losing Tsiki in the army gave me a view not many people have,and often, i prefer to keep such a view out of conversation- most likely because it’s complicated, it’s skewed and above all, after five years of Israel exposure, I still don’t understand the middle east.

After a friend recommendation, I picked up “From Beirut to Jerusalem” and have been in love ever since. Friedman’s writing flows and although some of the information read is quite disturbing, I trust the education I am getting from this book. Upward and onwards!! Let my obsession with middle eastern politics and thought begin!!!

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Germapino with a Jewish Twist. Twist. Collective Thoughts of a Ginrod are the musings of a Texas born,half German, half Filipina girl who who went on a trip to Bangkok and found herself in the Holy Land , as a jew, married to an Englishman, with 3 kids and a pup named Henck.