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Why I May Still Be Canadian

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added on 14/05/2011 by: hebcanuk
An irreverent look at all things Canadian and Israeli by a Canadian expat who somehow ended up in self-exile somewhere in the empty expanse of the Negev desert.
 tags: Canada, desert, identity, Israel, reflections

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Why give Expats the vote?  Posted on 10/17/2015
There is nothing funny about Canadian politicians. They are a bland lot making their way (plodding their way, I should say) toward election showdown. Or is it me? I can't see the humour. The joke is on the inside, leaving the expat...
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Growing old gracefully  Posted on 10/01/2015
One thing that we all have in common is: growing old. It can't be denied. Some of us go through it gracefully; others stamp their feet and pull out their hair. Some of us are in denial; others try to meet it head on.I, for one, cannot...
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We speak English, don't we?  Posted on 08/15/2015
The other day I started up a new WhatsApp group: Lloyds English. I announced it to my close family: Israeli-born offspring and Israeli-born wife, and stipulated that it would serve as a place where we'd communicate only in English....
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When Winter Wind Wears Desert Boots  Posted on 08/02/2015
It's exciting putting out a new book. It's hard to describe. It all begins with an idea, a small seed, which slowly grows and creates constant turmoil in my mind. The seed becomes a story - and then the story begins to write...
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Tradition  Posted on 04/23/2015
How many of you are humming the tune from Fiddler on the Roof right now? Tradition. But I am not talking about tradition that reaches back through the ages to our ancestors. But rather small traditions that bring us closer to people...
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Curiouser and curiouser  Posted on 03/13/2015
I think I have become somewhat of a curiosity to my children. Perhaps this is a part of losing relevance as we grow old. Or perhaps it is also linked to circumstance. A close childhood friend of mine - same age as me - started having...
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Looking the devil in the eye - An Ode to Adva  Posted on 02/27/2015
I am not easily impressed. Perhaps this is a part of growing old and grumpy. And I must admit that after being married for 37+ years, I take many things for granted. But there are times when something causes me to sit up and take...
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Can beautiful people really feel the Blues?  Posted on 01/31/2015
I first saw the movie, Bagdad Café, long before coming to live in the desert, but even then its haunting sound teased me with dark promises as to where a desert road might lead. When I first listened to the Blues, I felt very much...
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How much is a Canadian flag worth?  Posted on 01/24/2015
The first time I saw Andy, he was being pelted by stones by the neighbourhood kids in Belgium. He looked quite dishevelled and forlorn at the time, to say the least. We swooped down to prevent any further attack. Seeing that we had formed...
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Judge Me Not ... well, maybe just a little  Posted on 11/21/2014
"You are a cold, mean, self-centred, unforgiving ..." she stopped to catch her breath. I thought it best to remain silent. "You told me not to hold back," she said."Right. Knock yourself out.""And...
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