7 Quick Takes Friday – the last one in 2012
- I’m back. I know I missed two weeks, and to be honest, I didn’t realize it was Friday today till about 5 minutes ago, when I started to see the Quick takes on my reading list. Good thing I actually look at my feeds, right? I just pretty much lost sense of time and direction, and I’m living in a bubble outside of the known universe. It’s probably because I’m sick (again) and every day is the same.
- This week I had the opportunity to have breakfast with my rabbi twice! After the first breakfast he was heading over to pick up the cell phone that he got free with the subscription he has. It was his first smart phone, and he got an iPhone 5! Today he let me play with it, and I am proud to say I didn’t break it. I like it much better than my old iPhone that I hate it, and now I’d really, really like an iPad Mini or an iPod touch. I won’t buy either, though. At least not till my current contract from my tablet expires in June 2014.
- Yesterday was the anniversary of the death of Blessed Sára Salkaházi.
- Christmas, as always was a difficult day for me. While it is the anniversary of the arrival of Patrik, it carries many, many negative memories attached, and just my internal clock sets an alarm for it… Luckily, Christmas is over for another year, and hopefuly next year I’ll be all better and we can take a short winter vacation to the Zohar Hot Springs and a nearby kibbutz. Hopefully the schools on’t have a problem with releasing the kids for a few days.
- I couldn’t avoid it any more, I needed to get new glasses. Multifocal ones. I might enjoy reading actual books once again after I get them, and not just e-books, where I can make the font size gigantic.
- Just because Putin has signed the ban on US adoptions of Russian orphans, there is no reason to give up on caring for the orphans of Russia. Especially now is the time to support them. There are many ethical organizations that work with Russian orphans and other underpriviliged and disabled children. Missionaries Valera and Maude Motovilov of Yoshkar-Ola, capital of Mari El, are among these people. Their blog can be found here, and I have friends, who have seen their work first hand. They are also keeping in touch with special needs orphanage graduates as well as working with the community, spreading the gospel. My brother, one of the first children adopted by Westerners from Russia, is also about moving back there and hopes to establish good relationships with the orphanage he once lived.
- Shabbat Shalom and Happy New Year!