I know there's no real rush to post, since no one reads this. (Here's the part where I wait for some lone voice to say "No! We love you!") But I feel bad. Especially since Sarah will be discharged soon and she'll come back and say "What have you donw with my blog? Diatribes against the New York Times? It's just that I've got nothing to say. La de da.


I take back all I said yesterday. And, for the first time in my LIFE, I agree with Mo-Do. ( That's Maureen Dowd for those of you out of the loop.)
Take that , Al.


I wish everyone could analyze this morning's New York Times like I did. The headlines were: "New Israeli Rules Adopted in Wake of More Attacks", Economy Stirs G.O.P. Worry in House Races", "Immigration Cut Into Income in New York, Census Finds", Sign of Slow Growth Sends Stocks Lower", "Buying Group for Hospitals Changes Ways", and "Illegal Immigrant Death Rate Rises Sharply in Barren Areas."
I always knew that paper annoyed me, I just never knew why.


I'll be taking a few week hiatus from blogging. My apologies to all the many, many readers who will pine for the gap in their daily reading plans.

I'm having some surgery performed, and I'll need to spend some time recovering. Ergo, no blogging.

Becky should be here. Look forward to that.


In Cambodia, the case for protecting animals is built on cultural pride and religious history. In America, we still cope with the Puritanical view of nature as a place God commanded us to take ''dominion'' over, but here Buddhism makes the renewed respect for the environment a little easier to swallow.


As the minutes pass, my quickening breath slows, and a cultural déjà vu sweeps over me. I am hunkered down, a mere 60 miles from Vietnam, with a couple of Western ''advisers'' working with the ''good'' locals to go into the jungle and hunt down the ''bad'' ones. It's a crazy feeling. Call it imperial nostalgia.

Excerpts from an article on poaching in Cambodia from -- where else? -- the New York Times.

Bad news: We also don't appear to exist, as a nation.

See, I checked further. The evidence is clear and compelling. The Constitution itself is unconstitutional.

Check out this article from the Washington Post. The author has some amusing insights as to what the Pledge ruling means, both to the nation and to schoolchildren.

I'm with him on the "one nation under God, invisible..."
Check out this article. It's pretty old (in terms of internet time), but it's really interesting. And a needed break from the depressing news from Israel.

At least my family is okay. My father was trying to reassure me that everyone I know is okay. My cousin (about 50) is in from Israel for three weeks, and I was asking about her.

Dad: "Don't worry, Sarah. She lives in an eastern suburb of Jerusalem."
Me: "Eastern? Isn't east of Jerusalem the West Bank?"
Dad: "Well...yes. But she's in a safe part of the West Bank. Technically the West Bank, but not in spirit. And she's lived there a while."
Me: "I see."
Dad: "Besides, she's in a safer neighborhood than Don and Leorah [other family of mine], so there's no need to worry. The Sbarro's that was bombed was down the block from Don's apartment!"
Me: "Okay. I'm reassured now. Really. Thank you."