Thursday, December 23, 2010
Wednesday, December 08, 2010
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Benjamin Franklin on "spreading the wealth" around... I am for doing good to the poor, but I differ in opinion of the means. I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it. In my youth I travelled much, and I observed in different countries, that the more public provisions were made for the poor, the less they provided f...
I am for doing good to the poor, but I differ in opinion of the means. I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it. In my youth I travelled much, and I observed in different countries, that the more public provisions were made for the poor, the less they provided for themselves, and of course became poorer. And, on the contrary, the less was done for them, the more they did for themselves, and became richer.
After hundreds of years of failed redistribution, the nuts on the left still don't understand these simple concepts.
(hat tip: Right Klik)
Monday, September 06, 2010
Thursday, August 26, 2010
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Me: Am I what?
Ada (a bit louder in hopes of clarification): Are you a proneshiful mommy?
Me: Pro-nesh-i-ful? I'm sorry, sweetie, I don't know what that means.
Ada: You know, like, very awesome.... Like a proneshiful lifeguard....
Me: Oh, a professional mommy!!
Ada (brightening): Yes! Are you?
Me: Well, what do you think?
Ada: I think you are.
I've arrived. :)
Never too young for harbatzat Torah. :)
Ada thoughtfully suggested, "Sari, maybe we should try not to be so good."
Sunday, July 04, 2010
Sunday, June 27, 2010
He said to me, "You know how I know the oil spill is really BIG? They were even talking about it on espn!"
Monday, June 14, 2010
A few days later, I'm on the phone with Ayelet's mom and I related to her the conversation Ada and I had had and she laughed. Ayelet had been telling her mom that she wants to sleep with a pony holder because "that's how Ada does it and that's why her hair comes out so nice!"
Sunday, May 30, 2010
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
(p.s. A friend pointed out that Avraham was born in 1948 - the "same" year that Israel became a state. How's that for confusing her further? Hee.)
Thursday, April 08, 2010
Monday, March 29, 2010
Thursday, March 11, 2010
Monday, March 08, 2010
I finally have Mordechai's science fair project behind me. Despite the fact that we kept it clean and simple, it was still a huge pain. Mordechai was harassing me all last week to get the final details together (order the prints, get the tri-fold board, etc.). Of course, I really should be pleased that he has his project prepared well in advance of the due date as opposed to his usual method of night-before-it's-due-panic mode. It's so much easier to be annoyed and critical when they do it the wrong way than to remember to be pleased and complimentary when they do it right, just like you told them to....
As a whole, it was a fairly valuable learning experience as he worked through the process of gathering materials, clarifying the procedure, recording his results, and coming to a (somewhat valid and relevant) conclusion. He dropped a basketball from 3 different heights and recorded how far up they bounced back. He discovered that it never came back up to it's drop level. The lower the drop height, the greater the percentage of the height was achieved on the bounce back. So, dropped from 2 feet, the ball bounced back up to 87.5% of the two feet i.e. to 1 foot, 9 inches. From 6 feet, the ball bounced back up to only 66.7% of its original height i.e. to 4 feet.
As we working out the ratios together, Mordechai got excited with an idea he had: You can think of it like two people. Reuven has a "two-foot" potential. From your view-point, you see him reaching 1'9" which is not so impressive. Shimon has a "six-foot" potential. You see him reaching 4 feet. Looks like he's reaching greater heights - and he is. But in reality, Reuven perhaps deserves more credit because he's maximizing more of his potential whereas Shimon is not really putting in much effort and he could be expected to reach an even higher level. People can only see what you accomplish and what "level" you reach. Hashem knows how hard you really are working. It's not so much what you accomplish that's important but how much effort you put into your growth as a person.
Mussar haskel from my 10-year-old man. Yiddishe nachas.
Thursday, February 11, 2010
Wednesday, February 03, 2010
Thursday, January 14, 2010
Sari to Daddy: Why don't you call me honey like you call Mommy?
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Here are some more:
Ada (sipping a hot cocoa) to me: Do you think Sari would enjoy this? I think she would enjoy this. Let's save some for her.
Me (looking in the mirror, fixing myself up before a gala dinner): Uch, I'm so fat!
Sari (admonishingly): Don't say that Mommy! You're not fat!
That coming from the same girl who says: Are you sure you're not pregnant, Mommy? Your stomach is getting bigger...
And: Why are your thighs so fat?
Ada to Mordechai: I wish this [ice cream] didn't have soy in it.
Ada: So you could have it!