Tag Archives: community

Musings from the bus

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We have one car in San Diego. Most of the time, it’s easy to maneuver – sometimes it takes a bit of strategic planning and logistic analysis. More often than not…I take the bus. Recently, I’ve had to go to a bunch of doctor visits about 25 minutes away and San Diego’s Bus 3 has been my route of choice. Only a block from my doorstep – it’s easily accessible and filled with a cast of characters who often make the minutes tick by quickly. The other day was no different. Read the rest of this entry

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A lesson wrapped in challah

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Happy New Year from San Diego

This past weekend was Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. In over four decades, this is only the second time I’ve been away from home at this time of year. The first was six years ago. We’d gotten married in late August and took off for an around the world honeymoon, only to find ourselves celebrating the New Year in Berlin, Germany. This time, we’d taken off to escape winter in New York last December, and haven’t yet left San Diego. We found ourselves in this southern California city to ring in the New Year. Although short in length, these two experiences taught me endless lessons. Read the rest of this entry

Feeling Thankful

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Two years ago, Thanksgiving took on a whole different meaning. After Hurricane Sandy hit our shores and our city was in survival mode, so many from all over gave selflessly to assist. The generosity was overwhelming and community spirit lifted. Helping to feed over 1500 people a Thanksgiving meal that many would not be able to otherwise have was heartwarming and inspiring to save the least. The people, the sense of community and memories of that day will stay with me far longer than the destruction of the hurricane. Read the rest of this entry

Remembering Sandy

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Long Beach 2012 - thegiftoftravel.wordpress.com“Crash, crack, smash!” – Two years ago, Hurricane Sandy slammed our shores. In a few short hours, the ocean met the bay and Long Beach was under water without electric or clean water and ‘shelter’ took on a brand new meaning. One night’s damage would take years from which to recover. For weeks and months on end help came from everywhere and in all forms. The kindness of strangers never ceased to amaze me. Read the rest of this entry