Nov 25, 2010

Giving Thanks - childhood dreams coming true...

One of my childhood dreams ( I am talking about my inner child here :) was to watch the Thanksgiving Macy's Parade. To watch it not from the cold and windy wilderness of the city ( you might call it great outdoors, but I beg to differ), but from the privacy and comfort of an office or a residence. Cuppa coffee at hand, nice conversation et al.

So today, my dream came true, thanks to an absolutely fabulous, almost fairy lady friend, whom I was lucky to meet this year. ( Yes, she is single, so do take notice. And yes, if I think you are worthy, I can try to introduce you. )

Without further ado here it is - New York 2010, Thanksgiving, Dreams coming true:

This is how it looked before.... 7:50 AM, Herald Square

This is a proof that it is indeed New York - cabs and pigeons coexist in dangerous proximity to one another

And this is Times Square before... Anticipating...



Those people whose work made it possible for you to watch the parade on TV (I think:) :

And of course - Energizer Bunny!

Happy T-day!

Nov 24, 2010

Selected chapter from “Rediscovering the Power of No”

What to do?

There are good news and bad news: the bad news - you got so good at saying “yes” without thinking by training yourself to do it (doing it often). The good news – it shows that you can be trained, and therefore you can train yourself to stop and think, before throwing out an answer. So how do you train yourself to stop and think? By starting to do it often, of course!

Don’t worry; you are not going to be alone in this. You’ve got someone to help you out.

Let me introduce you to ITAI

ITAI is a thinker. Whenever he is asked to do something or to give something he always answers: “I’ll Think About It.”

Become friendly with ITAI, and start training yourself to replace the default “yes” answer with ITAI’s nugget of wisdom: “I’ll think about it.”

It will give you the time to pause and look at your emotions around the request and make a better choice. Making friends with ITAI has an added bonus – even your “yes”, if you decide to say it, becomes more valuable and meaningful, enriched by the value of the thought behind it.

Oh, and don’t forget: Actually think about it!

Where to start?

This is a very important question. However trait it might sound “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step”. Let’s assess where we are and make sure that the first step does not lead us to the abyss...


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Nov 12, 2010

Multilingual living II - Speaking with the gods

So I was thinking: when turning to the higher power, in languages that have a singular formal (such as “vous”, «Вы» or Sie), why is this formal form not used, but the les formal: tu, ты or du is used?
Isn’t the plural form supposed to show more respect and when should one be showing the utmost respect, if not when communicating with one’s gods?

Nov 10, 2010

What was the best gift you ever got?

What was the best gift you ever got?

Can you share with me what was the best gift you ever got?

I am looking for original, meaningful and thoughtful gift ideas, that actually worked.

It can be anything, from an experience to a product, any price range, and the gift you gave to yourself count. The important thing is that it’s something you treasure.

Nov 6, 2010

Multilingual living I: La vie, etc

It seems to me that certain words, due to phonetics and graphics of the word itself, are resonating better with their meaning than others…..

For example the word for “life”


La vie

Жизнь [Zizn’]

חיים [Khaiim]

To me the French word contains the most “livelihood “ – the smells, the air, the sounds - and all the rest of it that constitutes life

On the other hand the Hebrew word for “snow” is the closest to its meaning in my mind (out of the following options):



Снег [Sneg]

שלג [Sheleg]

The Hebrew word somehow carries in it each and every snowflake, while they are falling to the ground and disappearing among the myriad of others

Is it me or do others also create their own internal language out of the external languages at their disposal, to communicate better with their respective selves and occasional others and get a clearer picture of what is going on? J

Nov 3, 2010

Picture is worth...

Researching existence of friendship (preliminary conclusion: it most likely exists :) and faireness of the universe (preliminary conclusion: it most likely does not :) IRL at the moment.
Muse to you later.