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the traveler

the traveler
Columbia, Maryland, USA
November 03
VP of everything
I am an avid photographer and traveler living in the Washington DC area. My photo is obviously not me, because I am a white male and not a monk, and is one of my favorite pictures from a trip to Myanmar.


NOVEMBER 15, 2012 4:35PM

Done and gone

Keep the Community, Ditch the Site

Open Salon is a community that uses the OS website to stay in touch with a core group of people who enjoy writing and discussing all kinds of topics.

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TIGER, tiger, burning bright    
In the forests of the night,
What immortal hand or eye    
Could frame thy fearful symmetry?

...........William Blake

I don't usually take pictures of flowers, trees, shrubs, birds, etc but the light through my wife's orchids wa… Read full post »

As I roam around reading various photo blogs or actually going to galleries to look at photos, I run into the two same phenomenon; first, that the meaning seems to exist more in the mind of the critic than in the photo and second that the larger the… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 12, 2012 11:30AM

No New Years Services in Alexandria

For the first time in 2000 years, the Jewish community in Alexandria will not have a service for either the Day of Atonement or New Years (Yon Kippur and Rosh Hashono).

 The Jewish community, that has existed in Alexandria since Alexander the Great founded the city in 320 BCE, numbered about… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 8, 2012 6:23PM

Moving in frustration

The benefit of a readymade audience at Open Salon has been completely eradicated by the terrible platform.

I am tired of wrestling with the Open Salon interface and will be moving my posts elsewhere.  The photo posts will go on my own blog at and the others will end… Read full post »

 This article is republished with the express and kind permission of Maikel Nabil Sanad and was originally published on his website at and in the Israeli newspaper, Haaretz.

I include his bio here:

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SEPTEMBER 4, 2012 11:44AM

Israel Loves Iran


As the temperature of the existential conflict between Israel and Iran has gone up, peace activists in Israel have tried to make their movement more visible.

Ronny Edry, a graphic artist from Tel Aviv, has created a Facebook page at  that has garne… Read full post »

AUGUST 30, 2012 8:45PM

Images of summer - moved


I am tired of wrestling with the Open Salon interface and will be moving my posts elsewhere.  The photo posts will go on my own blog at and the others will end up somewhere else tbd.

As I move the posts, I will put a redirect… Read full post »

There are lots of artists around. Virtually everyone who has tried to create or even thought about creating considers herself or himself an artist and is certain that, given the opportunity to write or paint or draw or sculpt or photograph, their real artist will burst from the drab chrysalis… Read full post »

Currently Iran has the large proportion of women to men in its universities, 65:35; this, coupled with the 3:2 advantage in the university entrance exam this year, would mean a great advance for Irannian feminists.

That didn't go unnoticed. According to the Nobel laureate Shirin Ebadi, (Peace Prize… Read full post »

Two articles online this morning present the two situations quite neatly.

The article in Foreign Policy avers that the potential for an Israeli strike is minimal due to recent actions on the part of some Israeli politicians.

The President, Shimon Peres, and former Defense Minister, Ehud Barak, spok… Read full post »

AUGUST 20, 2012 5:41PM

The Vagina Fairy - a new moral tale



Boys and girls, Gather round.

I want to tell you a little known story about your bodies. Although you may not realize this, each wonderful, good, little girl, from the time she is born has a tiny little Vagina Fairy living in her… Read full post »

"Between 1945 and 1950, Europe witnessed the largest episode of forced migration, and perhaps the single greatest movement of population, in human history. Between 12 million and 14 million German-speaking civilians—the overwhelming majority of whom were women, old people, and children undeRead full post »

AUGUST 17, 2012 1:07PM

Israel is a cancerous tumor

One of the major talking points here of the anti-Israel lobby here on OS is that Ahmadinejad was misquoted when he talked about destroying Israel and that his intentions are benign and Israel is just war-mongering.

These new statements may clarify Iran's stance.

Agence France Presse…

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(thanks to those who nominated and seconded this post)


Open Salon, being a quasi-social, quasi-writers site, has its own code of acceptable behaviors that seems to imply its own set of tolerable speech.

A member was tossed out recently, not… Read full post »

All that can be said has been. The International Olympic Committee has made an inevitable, stupid, insensitive decision not to honor the death of the Israeli athletes.

I honestly don't care why, any more than I care why people support their decision. 

Howwever, the Olympic athletes can do what t… Read full post »

MAY 30, 2012 10:25AM

News about Israel - May 20, 2012

Two very interesting things happened in Israel this week, both reported in Israeli media and not much outside.

First, the State has agreed to recognize and pay, because Rabbis are state employees, Conservative and Reform rabbis, this breaking the lock that Orthodox rabbis have had on influence in th… Read full post »

MAY 28, 2012 7:01AM

Arab Deaths Don't Count


"Friday’s assault on the central area of Houla was one of the bloodiest single events in Syria’s 15-month-old uprising, and gruesome images of dozens of children killed in the attacks prompted a wave of international outrage.
The UN said 32 children under the age of 10 were among th
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If you haven't yet seen 'The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel', plan on doing so. Not because it is a great movie but for two other - and substantial -reasons.

First, the acting by the principals is of such surpassing skill and beauty that I wanted to see certain scenes over… Read full post »

I used to subscribe to the New York Times and spend an hour or so every morning reading it.


Now I don't have to.

'Why', you ask?

 Because every article of any possible interest in the Times is quickly clipped and posted here on Open Salon, masquerading as original thought.… Read full post »

It seems almost counter-intuitive that Netanyahu, who is a smart politician, talks tough just at the time when it seems that the rest of the world and Iran might actually talk.

Not being much of a politician myself, I thought this.  On a political front, Israel is pretty well isolated and… Read full post »

OS has a terrible way to deal with photos guaranteed to either present too-narrow images or unsharp images. Whatever size image you upload, OS automatically shrinks it to 240 pixels wide, about half the column width.

 You can edit the html code that OS uses but that just expands the 240… Read full post »

Developing third world countries like Vietnam Cambodia and Laos are great vacation destinations but there are always some pitfalls for the inexperienced traveler.
My oldest son is pretty fearless, will go virtually anywhere and make fast friends.  We have traveled together to Vietnam and… Read full post »
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FEBRUARY 6, 2012 12:40PM

Occupy DC = moved

I am tired of wrestling with the Open Salon interface and will be moving my posts elsewhere.  The photo posts will go on my own blog at and the others will end up somewhere else tbd.

As I move the posts, I will put a redirect in… Read full post »

The PA Mufti Muhammad Hussein repeatedly denied yesterday that he intended to teach Palestinians that their destiny is to kill Jews when he spoke at a Fatah celebration that was broadcast on PA TV earlier this month.

"The Hour [of Resurrection] will not come until you fight the Jews. The JewRead full post »