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Wednesday, September 29, 2004

Look over there!

The past few days I have been so captivated by someone else's journal that I have been neglecting my own.

I had wanted to post a light little entry before the Holiday of Sukkot began this evening, but I am still reeling from what I've been reading in this other journal.

Go here to understand what I'm talking about. It is the heartbreaking journal of a family (written by the father) about their on-again/off-again relationship with two troubled (but special) foster children.

Start at the beginning and bring a box of tissues.

There isn't a person alive who won't be able to learn something from this journal. As a parent, I'm humbled by how easy I've had it, and how little I've been tested.

Posted by David Bogner on September 29, 2004 | Permalink

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Amen. Selah. Chag Sameach

Posted by: Marjorie | Sep 29, 2004 7:12:13 PM

It's Thursday.

No post from David.

Don't make me worry like this!

Posted by: Jim | Sep 30, 2004 8:05:28 PM

Now Jim... don't get all excited! :-)

Here, sit down and put your head between your knees... yeah, like that. Now breath into this paper bag until the light-headedness passes.

Better? mmmkay, not that you're feeling better, I have some bad news.

I don't post every day. It may seem like it, but dammit Jim, I'm just a country doctor! (heh, I thought I threw out all those old Star Trek sayings years ago! Sorry.), er, I mean I try not to write according to a schedule.

I post when I have something to say. It just turns out that most days I wake up with a kernel of an idea... and on good days, that kernel becomes the well-padded entries you normally see here.

However, another compelling reason for not posting, even when I have scads of good ideas, is if a Jewish holiday (like Sukkot!) comes along and then I can't even turn on a light switch, much less play with my 'puter.

So, what I guess I'm trying to say, dear jim: Don't you worry your pretty head... treppenwitz has miles to go before it sleeps.


Posted by: David | Sep 30, 2004 8:48:54 PM

Ah, okay. I'll excuse you this *once*. ;)

Kidding aside, I don't post every day either, but I actually thought you had some bot going that posted your thoughts long after you wrote them--that you had a hopper, so to speak, of ideas.

So Sukkot ended at your sundown, correct? I hope so, as it would mean that by eliciting a reply from you, I somehow caused you to sin, which would make me a bad person.

Posted by: Jim | Sep 30, 2004 11:10:21 PM

Yes, Sukkot ended at sundown here in Israel... but Jews outside of Israel observe two days, so if you frequent any other journals or blogs written by observant Jews, don't be surprised at the odd lack of activity. :-)

As to the whole hopper issue. Yes, I have a hopper, but a) The hopper doesn't always have something in it; and b) a lot of the stuff in the hopper is totally never going to see the light of the blogosphere, ever (yes, I know I just contradicted myself)! While I rarely edit my actual writing, I am very selective about which posts I release out into the world. Just as we all think about stuff that would get us in trouble, get us slapped, or maybe even get us killed... as rational human beings we [hopefully] rarely act on those thoughts.


Posted by: David | Sep 30, 2004 11:29:43 PM

Thank you for your link to Foster Boy. An incredible story.

Moadim l'simchah,
Leah

Posted by: Leah | Oct 1, 2004 3:44:44 PM

Wait a minute, David.

"I am very selective about which posts I release out into the world."

Being selective about posts. *cocks head to side, much in the manner of Data from ST:TNG* This is a strange and new concept to me. Please explain, as I am unfamiliar with this word "selective".

Posted by: Carol Elaine | Oct 1, 2004 4:00:53 PM

David, I am still learning to be more careful with what I post. ;)

Posted by: Jim | Oct 1, 2004 7:07:32 PM

Leah... You're welcome. I am usually on the other end of the 'look over there' relationship, so it gives me great pleasure to share a worthwhile read.

By the way, I have found your story both painful and life-affirming.

Carol... Better you should be selective in the Man department and post any old thing on your blog than the other way around, no?! :-)

Jim... Learning = Good :-)

Posted by: David | Oct 3, 2004 2:26:06 PM

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