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February 2017

Kana's painting of Joey, who is always nice to the pigeons

Joey Is thirteen years old but still acts like a puppy.


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  • v DESIREE672
    Thank you for your warm and incredibly understanding comment on my blog. I used to have a beer, a dessert or both every day when he was in hospital to relieve stress. This time, it was so intense that I felt I might go down with the ship if I wasn't very careful, so in a way, it was fear more than self discipline.

    I'm glad to hear things are going better. I'm wondering if your FIL is still holding out!
    14 minutes ago
    You know, I've read some about the Japanese internment camps, but I never knew that their land, businesses and homes were stolen. I guess I just assumed that when they were released they went home and picked up where they left off. I wonder how many Americans even know about this. It's usually presented to us as something that unfortunately had to be done but was done in good-guy, civilized fashion.
    3 hours ago
  • v 1958TMC
    Hi Carolyn, Thanks for the goodie. My back yard is a source of comfort for me. It is so quiet out there. We have 5 acres in all and we keep it all mowed down so we can take walks out there. If you look close, you can see the kids tree swings out there on the left. This house was my Grandparents house. They bought it in 1974 when Grandma found out that she had terminal cancer. She wanted a place for Grandpa to keep his hound dogs and ( he was a coon hunter) just enough room to keep him busy after she was gone. She was gone 2 years later. Sometimes I walk out there with my coffee and imagine that she had done the same thing, with so much on her mind. So you are so welcome to join me for coffee anytime you want. I'm sure we can solve all of the world problems or just sit quietly and watch the squirrels and listen to the precious sound of the birds. Tina
    11 hours ago
    Thank you for the encouraging comment on my blog. It's nice to have people support you in your struggles. emoticon
    20 hours ago
    You raise a question that I've never found an answer to myself, only pieces. If you go back to like the 1500's or whatever, the Jews were all Orthodox and stood out as very alien, in the way that traditional Muslims do today - dressing in their long black outfits and prayer shawls and weird facial hair, their women scurrying about all covered up, speaking Yiddish and yes probably even smelling different because they used garlic so much, keeping to their own communities - they were the Other. Sometime around then, laws were passed that they couldn't own land or go into many trades, and that's when you see many of them becoming money-lenders, which I think led to the money-hungry Jew stereotype, or itinerant peddlers, which maybe led to the gypsy-like dirty Jew stereotype.

    There's also a strong push within modern Jewish families for the children to become professionals - doctors, lawyers, etc. I see this also within families from India and Asia that I've known here. It's a cultural thing, our families expect a lot of us and there is a big emphasis on education. My parents started saving for college the day we were born, nothing else was as important. And a big emphasis on literacy, on reading a lot as a child and being studious. So what do you get? Successful adults. And then these rednecks, some of whom proudly grow up without a single book in the house besides the Bible, and whose parents' only expectation of them is to try to make it out of high school without getting jailed or pregnant, resent our success and figure we must be doing something sneaky. Anyway, these are some of my theories.

    Another problem with being in a group that's stereotyped is that you can always find someone in that group who actually fits the stereotype. I can only imagine how middle-class blacks who've fought their whole lives for respectablility feel when they hear some of these rappers upholding every negative image of their race. That's how I feel about highly visible Jews on Wall Street or the ones in Hollywood producing mindless garbage for profit. They're probably less than one percent of the American Jewish population, but they make us all look bad. (The Hollywood thing, by the way, is due to a very strong Yiddish Theater tradition back in Eastern Europe. It was a natural area for immigrants to go into.)
    1 day ago

    Comment edited on: 8/19/2017 7:21:10 AM
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