Today, Israelis are mentioning the most sad and sensitive day of the year: Israeli Fallen Soldiers and Victims of Terrorism Remembrance Day.
This is something that I will never get used to. Not being in Israel in this day, not listening to the radio in the car on the way to a memorial ceremony, imagining hugging my parents and friends….

There is something amazing in what’s going on in Israel on this day – the national shared feeling of support and “Shutafut goral” (שותפות גורל – Fate Sharing…kind of. There is no really good phrase in English…. That must mean something).

2 two-minutes sirens are heard, meant to allow having a united moment to think and remember together. Everything stops. Everything. work, cars, noise, talking, radio, TV… sometimes it seems that even animals and babies understands. This is the one that I could find to convey it:

Everybody knows (knew?) someone. close or far – a friend, a family member, someone from the scouts or the military service… My parents lost so many friends – it’s heartbreaking.

This year we remember 22,684 fallen ones (under those circumstances) since 1860. 111 Israelis since last year’s remembrance day.

On that note – if you haven’t seen the movie Waltz with Bashir I highly recommend it – if only to understand the devastating consequences of war on young soldiers, families and countries. and the craziness of it. It is, in A.O. Scott from the New York Times, words “A memoir, a history lesson, a combat picture, a piece of investigative journalism and an altogether amazing film”.

I am so sad to not be in Israel today. We remember and we say Izkor.

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Something I loved about today, which I do a lot actually, was walking on the street and deciding on a soundtrack for that moment.

I know that listening to music on your iPod is a pretty generic thing to do, but a. I am writing about the little things and b. There’s an intention behind the music.

So, when I go out of my house, based on the time of day, weather, location and mood – I choose what music to play. Then, this music becomes my day’s soundtrack (as if it was a movie scene…;-)). I do that in many situations – whenever I get a quite moment –  on vacation, hiking, walking, driving – I try to match music to the moment.

Today was a beautiful San Franciscan weekday and everyone was rushing to their busy life – not because of the lyrics but because of the energy of that song – my way-to-work’s soundtrack was:

And sometimes, I do the opposite – I hear a song and imagine what a TV/ movie scene or just a random place, with this song in the background, will look like.

It’s kinda cool – you should try it.

I teach Pilates. Sometimes, it turns out that I plan a really good class. And then – when I see my students progress, do great and enjoy it – it is one of the best feelings. So satisfying! Especially when I see them leave and I notice the difference in their posture and mood. It makes all the pressure of leaving work and preparing the session and the place – worth it. Love you girls, thanks for supporting and being so great!

Women exercising on yoga mats

Just wanted to give an update about bringing dancing back. Few months ago I stated that I am missing dance in my life. Since then – I got back into Cuban Salsa dancing. Big time.
For the last 5 months I’ve been dancing 3-4 times a week. Taking classes – Hip Hop, Rumba, Salsa, Afro Haitian and of course social dancing in clubs.

It added so much into my life lately – it’s hard to even put it into words. Joy of life, Confidence, happiness and great friends.

Today, the thing I love is that feeling of coming home from dancing, so tired that I can barely even wash my face and yet so happy and light that I can’t fall asleep… All at the same time.

I wanted to start a tradition where I write every day that I can about something I loved about that day.

After seeing this movie yesterday (Date Night with Steve Carell – cute movie,  nothing special) and based on the fact that I’ve been together with my husband for 9 years – I realized that there will be days that I will have to remind myself of the good stuff. This is why I want to be able to find something I love about every day.

So I start a tradition –

I’m going to try and write something, even a very small thing, that I love about every day.

So, what I love about today is that Stanley (our sweet little dog ) let me sleep till 10am… I know that it’s ridicules, it’s just that it’s rare… and it was so good 🙂

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This tradition may be more facebook or Twitter fitting because of the ‘1 line-short messaging’ nature of it. However, in facebook and Twitter it’s a ‘push’ to people kind of thing and if anyone ever wants to read my blog – I prefer it will be a ‘pull’ thing 🙂 So if you’re here – welcome and thanks for reading my thoughts 🙂

9/11- Evening in Vietnam (Saigon). Thinking I’m seeing a horror movie about NY. Realizing it’s not a movie. Can’t find a TV channel in English (don’t understand French). Waking my husband up. He looks at the TV and tells me I shouldn’t watch scary movies because I can’t sleep afterwords. Oh. It’s not a movie. My husband: “mark my words – Osama Bin Ladden”. The rest is history.

I wanted to share this for a long time. Check out this great, simple yet sophisticated presentation about us and stuff by Annie Leonard.

I am committing to pay attention to the subject and concentrate on bigger more important things than stuff.

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