The Total CIO - Andy Blumenthal

Aug 30

Erase Me Not

So in the war between good and evil, the battlefield has become a war of words as much as that of guns and bombs. 
If you can’t exterminate a people physically, then why not try to do it historically? 
With despots like former Iranian president Ahmadinejad as a exemplar for Holocaust denial, history revisionists now make fair game of rewriting the past, so that it plays their way.
How convenient—if you don’t like how something turns out, simply change it in the history books so it never even happened. 
I was surprised recently to see how far this method of verbal warfare has gone, when I happened to look up some information online about the Jewish Exodus from slavery in Egypt and trek to the Promised Land of Israel, only to find that in Wikipedia, this has now been deemed a “Charter Myth.”
I wondered how both the thousands year old Jewish Torah and the Christian Old Testament that records my people’s hundreds of years of slavery and redemption in the Biblical book of Exodus was now just recorded in the most prominent online encyclopedia on the web as a false belief!
Ah, maybe those pyramids in Giza just showed up one day—and my people didn’t build them with straw, mortar, and dead Jewish slave bodies.
Forget about how convenient calling this a myth is to the terrorists who don’t want to acknowledge that the Land of Israel was given by G-d to the Jewish people and instead want to believe in Jihad against all “infidels.”
My daughter asked me on a recent walk why they hate us? 
And I answered and said, if another people—i.e. the existence of the Jews and their homeland, Israel—is a refutation of their hate-filled “religious” beliefs, then maybe we can understand why they want to get rid of us, the inconvenient evidence.
This same story is playing out in the fighting between Israel and Hamas, where despite incredible destruction to Hamas in Gaza, they are claiming victory on social media. 
The Jewish people are small in numbers, and if millions of religious militants wants to write us off in the history books and on the web, they can certainly try. 
But what Jewish people do that is smarter than trying to erase something bad from history is that we force ourselves to remember it—to learn lessons from it and become better despite what happened. 
That is why we celebrate Passover to remember the Exodus from many thousands of years ago. The same with Yom Hashoah to memorialize the murder of six million Jews in the Holocaust, and Tisha B’Av to remember the destruction of the two Jewish temples. 
Even we the commandment to blot of the remembrance of the evil that Amalek did in attacking the our infirm and elderly among us in the dessert in Exodus, we remember this annually!
The Jews are a people of the book—we remember, we study, we learn, we grow. 
In the Bible, there are plenty of people that did bad things, but we would never think to rewrite it or any portion of it. It is sacred and most valuable to learn from—the good and the bad. 
While damning the memory of someone bad is not uncommon among all cultures, it is really more a remembrance of what they did bad, rather than forgetting they ever did it. 
It is far more courageous to remember history and learn from it, then try fledglingly to rewrite the parts that you don’t like or are inconvenient to you. 
(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Erase Me Not

So in the war between good and evil, the battlefield has become a war of words as much as that of guns and bombs. 


If you can’t exterminate a people physically, then why not try to do it historically? 


With despots like former Iranian president Ahmadinejad as a exemplar for Holocaust denial, history revisionists now make fair game of rewriting the past, so that it plays their way.


How convenient—if you don’t like how something turns out, simply change it in the history books so it never even happened. 


I was surprised recently to see how far this method of verbal warfare has gone, when I happened to look up some information online about the Jewish Exodus from slavery in Egypt and trek to the Promised Land of Israel, only to find that in Wikipedia, this has now been deemed a “Charter Myth.”


I wondered how both the thousands year old Jewish Torah and the Christian Old Testament that records my people’s hundreds of years of slavery and redemption in the Biblical book of Exodus was now just recorded in the most prominent online encyclopedia on the web as a false belief!


Ah, maybe those pyramids in Giza just showed up one day—and my people didn’t build them with straw, mortar, and dead Jewish slave bodies.


Forget about how convenient calling this a myth is to the terrorists who don’t want to acknowledge that the Land of Israel was given by G-d to the Jewish people and instead want to believe in Jihad against all “infidels.”


My daughter asked me on a recent walk why they hate us? 


And I answered and said, if another people—i.e. the existence of the Jews and their homeland, Israel—is a refutation of their hate-filled “religious” beliefs, then maybe we can understand why they want to get rid of us, the inconvenient evidence.


This same story is playing out in the fighting between Israel and Hamas, where despite incredible destruction to Hamas in Gaza, they are claiming victory on social media. 


The Jewish people are small in numbers, and if millions of religious militants wants to write us off in the history books and on the web, they can certainly try. 


But what Jewish people do that is smarter than trying to erase something bad from history is that we force ourselves to remember it—to learn lessons from it and become better despite what happened. 


That is why we celebrate Passover to remember the Exodus from many thousands of years ago. The same with Yom Hashoah to memorialize the murder of six million Jews in the Holocaust, and Tisha B’Av to remember the destruction of the two Jewish temples. 


Even we the commandment to blot of the remembrance of the evil that Amalek did in attacking the our infirm and elderly among us in the dessert in Exodus, we remember this annually!


The Jews are a people of the book—we remember, we study, we learn, we grow. 


In the Bible, there are plenty of people that did bad things, but we would never think to rewrite it or any portion of it. It is sacred and most valuable to learn from—the good and the bad. 


While damning the memory of someone bad is not uncommon among all cultures, it is really more a remembrance of what they did bad, rather than forgetting they ever did it. 


It is far more courageous to remember history and learn from it, then try fledglingly to rewrite the parts that you don’t like or are inconvenient to you. 


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Aug 29

From Holocaust To Nation State

This is a really beautiful representation of the historical developments of the Jewish nation.
Where the Jewish people went from the fiery depths of the Holocaust to the rise of a modern democratic nation state of Israel. 
We are the same sons and daughters of Israel, but no longer exiled from the Holy Land and paraded like sheep to the slaughter from the hate mongers de jour. 
On the right are represented generations, who with the rise of every crazy demagogue that needed to blame their religious, political, social, and economic problems on a scapegoat, the Jewish people suffered at their bloody hands, discriminatory expropriation and expulsion, tax and torture, rape, pogrom, and slaughter.
On the left are shown the Jews from a free democratic State of Israel who are proud to seek a life of peace and security from persecution and who can chart their own course for their people and be a light unto nations for doing what is right and moral and contributing to the world in every significant development and advance of humankind. 
As the Jews went from slavery to freedom many thousands of years ago with the Exodus from Egypt and settlement of the land of Israel, so too today, we can count on the miraculous transition from exile to promised homeland and from persecution to self-determination. ;-)
(Source Photo: here with attribution to Eliyokim Cohen)

From Holocaust To Nation State

This is a really beautiful representation of the historical developments of the Jewish nation.


Where the Jewish people went from the fiery depths of the Holocaust to the rise of a modern democratic nation state of Israel. 


We are the same sons and daughters of Israel, but no longer exiled from the Holy Land and paraded like sheep to the slaughter from the hate mongers de jour. 


On the right are represented generations, who with the rise of every crazy demagogue that needed to blame their religious, political, social, and economic problems on a scapegoat, the Jewish people suffered at their bloody hands, discriminatory expropriation and expulsion, tax and torture, rape, pogrom, and slaughter.


On the left are shown the Jews from a free democratic State of Israel who are proud to seek a life of peace and security from persecution and who can chart their own course for their people and be a light unto nations for doing what is right and moral and contributing to the world in every significant development and advance of humankind. 


As the Jews went from slavery to freedom many thousands of years ago with the Exodus from Egypt and settlement of the land of Israel, so too today, we can count on the miraculous transition from exile to promised homeland and from persecution to self-determination. ;-)


(Source Photo: here with attribution to Eliyokim Cohen)

Aug 28

The Talent Function

I really like this quote from Warren Buffet. 
Three traits to look for in recruiting the best people:

Intelligence
Energy
Integrity

But what good are the first two without the third one?
So Integrity first (or squared for emphasis)…then intelligence plus the energy to use it plentifully and you have yourself an organizational winner!
Related to this, I saw someone on the train today with a tee shirt (from Sweet Green…not sure why this is their slogan) that said:
Passion 
   X
Purpose
This seemed like a good motto to me define the energy (#2) in Buffet’s top 3 items for recruiting. 
With a clear intent plus the compelling feeling to achieve it, you got energy to apply.
The resulting function: 
Talent = f {Intelligence, Energy (or Passion x Purpose), Integrity Squared}
Now that’s a recruiting formula we can all follow—thank you Mr. Buffet. ;-)
(Source Photo: LinkedIn)

The Talent Function

I really like this quote from Warren Buffet. 


Three traits to look for in recruiting the best people:

  1. Intelligence
  2. Energy
  3. Integrity

But what good are the first two without the third one?


So Integrity first (or squared for emphasis)…then intelligence plus the energy to use it plentifully and you have yourself an organizational winner!


Related to this, I saw someone on the train today with a tee shirt (from Sweet Green…not sure why this is their slogan) that said:


Passion 


   X


Purpose


This seemed like a good motto to me define the energy (#2) in Buffet’s top 3 items for recruiting. 


With a clear intent plus the compelling feeling to achieve it, you got energy to apply.


The resulting function: 


Talent = f {Intelligence, Energy (or Passion x Purpose), Integrity Squared}


Now that’s a recruiting formula we can all follow—thank you Mr. Buffet. ;-)


(Source Photo: LinkedIn)

Aug 27

The Cello And The Horse

So this was a funny picture I took today at Foggy Bottom. 
This guy in a shirt and tie is playing this awesome looking cello…
And sitting next to him is this other guy wearing a horse mask, rolling his head, and staring intently at the people passing by. 
Behind them is a farmers market and in front to the left is someone selling beautiful flowers. 
Overall, just another weird scene in the Nation’s capital.
Next up, the guy in the horse head plays the cello and everyone sings along and neighs. ;-)
(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

The Cello And The Horse

So this was a funny picture I took today at Foggy Bottom. 


This guy in a shirt and tie is playing this awesome looking cello…


And sitting next to him is this other guy wearing a horse mask, rolling his head, and staring intently at the people passing by. 


Behind them is a farmers market and in front to the left is someone selling beautiful flowers. 


Overall, just another weird scene in the Nation’s capital.


Next up, the guy in the horse head plays the cello and everyone sings along and neighs. ;-)


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Aug 26

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Aug 25

Who Can Resist? 

So this food truck in downtown Washington D.C. is plastered with this Mac Attack signage. 
The noodles are sticking up and out of everything (including the “A” in Attack).
And the gooey cheese is dropping off the noodles and letters. 
While I didn’t see anyone around the truck buying early in the day, I have a feeling the line forms at lunchtime. 
Really now, who can resist the temptation of a good mac and cheese? ;-)
(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Who Can Resist?

So this food truck in downtown Washington D.C. is plastered with this Mac Attack signage. 


The noodles are sticking up and out of everything (including the “A” in Attack).


And the gooey cheese is dropping off the noodles and letters. 


While I didn’t see anyone around the truck buying early in the day, I have a feeling the line forms at lunchtime. 


Really now, who can resist the temptation of a good mac and cheese? ;-)


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Aug 24

To The Holy Land

My youngest daughter, Rebecca, left for The Holy Land today.
I am so proud of her courage, love, and determination to visit there and learn more about her Judaism and Israel. 
Rebecca, you are going on an amazing journey, and we are all so happy for you and thinking of you. 
We all wish you nothing but the best time, lots of learning and meaning, new friends, and of course G-d’s endless blessings and protection.
May you go in peace and return in peace—all our love. ;-)
(Source Photo: Rebecca Blumenthal)

To The Holy Land

My youngest daughter, Rebecca, left for The Holy Land today.


I am so proud of her courage, love, and determination to visit there and learn more about her Judaism and Israel. 


Rebecca, you are going on an amazing journey, and we are all so happy for you and thinking of you. 


We all wish you nothing but the best time, lots of learning and meaning, new friends, and of course G-d’s endless blessings and protection.


May you go in peace and return in peace—all our love. ;-)


(Source Photo: Rebecca Blumenthal)

Aug 23

Can You Love A Robot?

Pew Research reports that by 2025, “Robotic sex partners will be commonplace.”
While I certainly understand loving (new helpful) technology, actually making love to a machine is taking things a little too far.
Even with great advances in artificial intelligence (AI), a robot can be nothing more than an artificial partner…a humanoid is not a human!
Despite portrayals in the movie Her (2013) of a nerdy writer who falls in love with his life-like operating system, the reality of human and machine love is more a desperate call for companionship and understanding than a real connection of equals—physically, intellectually, emotionally, and spiritually. 
While a computer may be programmed to say the things you want to hear, to laugh at your jokes, and even to succumb to your advances, love cannot be programmed or even artificially learned. 
The complex dynamics between two real people locked-in the emotional roller coaster of life with its ups and downs, pulling together and pushing apart, of shared experiences, challenges, and conflicts, can only be met head on with a best friend, soulmate, diametric opposite, and at the same time congruent equal. 
Only another human being can love you and be your love.
A machine, however beautiful designed, charming, and learning of you, can be just a poor surrogate for the sad person screaming out for connection in a large lonely world. ;-)
(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Can You Love A Robot?

Pew Research reports that by 2025, “Robotic sex partners will be commonplace.”


While I certainly understand loving (new helpful) technology, actually making love to a machine is taking things a little too far.


Even with great advances in artificial intelligence (AI), a robot can be nothing more than an artificial partner…a humanoid is not a human!


Despite portrayals in the movie Her (2013) of a nerdy writer who falls in love with his life-like operating system, the reality of human and machine love is more a desperate call for companionship and understanding than a real connection of equals—physically, intellectually, emotionally, and spiritually. 


While a computer may be programmed to say the things you want to hear, to laugh at your jokes, and even to succumb to your advances, love cannot be programmed or even artificially learned. 


The complex dynamics between two real people locked-in the emotional roller coaster of life with its ups and downs, pulling together and pushing apart, of shared experiences, challenges, and conflicts, can only be met head on with a best friend, soulmate, diametric opposite, and at the same time congruent equal. 


Only another human being can love you and be your love.


A machine, however beautiful designed, charming, and learning of you, can be just a poor surrogate for the sad person screaming out for connection in a large lonely world. ;-)


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Aug 22

Smart Electronic Skin

I liked this concept reported on in BBC Technology about using swarms of sensors to create a type of electronic or “smart skin.”
Like nerves in our human skin, multitudes of sensors placed on anything that we want to monitor, could create a sensing/feeling and reporting mechanism for evaluating the health or condition of that thing. 
Rather than wait for something to fail or break, we could actively collect information on changes in “temperature, strain, and movement” and other environmental impacts to analyze and predict any issues and proactively address them with countermeasures, maintenance, or fixes. 
As human beings, we are architected with regular monitoring and self-healing biological systems to protect ourselves from daily dangers around us, we can develop homes, factories, transport, robots, and everything important around us with similar properties to be more durable, last longer and be more productive.  
When we emulate in our own development efforts what G-d has created for the good in the world, we are on the right track. ;-)
(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Smart Electronic Skin

I liked this concept reported on in BBC Technology about using swarms of sensors to create a type of electronic or “smart skin.”


Like nerves in our human skin, multitudes of sensors placed on anything that we want to monitor, could create a sensing/feeling and reporting mechanism for evaluating the health or condition of that thing. 


Rather than wait for something to fail or break, we could actively collect information on changes in “temperature, strain, and movement” and other environmental impacts to analyze and predict any issues and proactively address them with countermeasures, maintenance, or fixes. 


As human beings, we are architected with regular monitoring and self-healing biological systems to protect ourselves from daily dangers around us, we can develop homes, factories, transport, robots, and everything important around us with similar properties to be more durable, last longer and be more productive.  


When we emulate in our own development efforts what G-d has created for the good in the world, we are on the right track. ;-)


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Aug 21

We Need More Rabbit

This was a funny scene down at Foggy Bottom today.
The Nesquik rabbit was giving out chocolate milk bottle samples.
On a warm August day today, this was nice. 
But also, it was refreshing to see a little light-heartedness downtown. 
We all—adults and kids—need more of this—to enjoy life.
It was interesting how we are so going in the opposite direction these days.
Not only with all the bad news around the world…
But even with how hard we have to work just to keep up (24/7) and with a world where our kids are having to work and miss out on what is supposed to be some more or less carefree exploratory years to find themselves. 
Now it’s SAT prep, AP classes, internships, volunteer opportunities, and extracurricular activities—all the time. 
In this regard, in the Wall Street Journal today, there was a review of a book called Excellent Sheep.
The book’s author explains how “For many students, rising to the absolute top means being consumed by the system…[where they] sacrifice health, relationships, exploration, [and] activities…[those things] essential for developing souls and hearts.”
The kids are often working so hard that they are anxious, depressed, and often miserable. 
When getting ahead and becoming wealthy (a priority for 80%!) becomes the prime reason for our young adults’ existence, maybe we have missed the boat in terms of finding true meaning and joy in life. 
Hard work and striving for success is a good thing, but worshipping the proverbial “golden calf” is not productive. 
Like the rabbit, I would give a thumbs up to those for whom a more well-balanced life rules the day—where success, meaning, and joy all play an important part, and we can drink some chocolate milk and not take everything so darn serious. ;-)
(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

We Need More Rabbit

This was a funny scene down at Foggy Bottom today.


The Nesquik rabbit was giving out chocolate milk bottle samples.


On a warm August day today, this was nice. 


But also, it was refreshing to see a little light-heartedness downtown. 


We all—adults and kids—need more of this—to enjoy life.


It was interesting how we are so going in the opposite direction these days.


Not only with all the bad news around the world…


But even with how hard we have to work just to keep up (24/7) and with a world where our kids are having to work and miss out on what is supposed to be some more or less carefree exploratory years to find themselves. 


Now it’s SAT prep, AP classes, internships, volunteer opportunities, and extracurricular activities—all the time. 


In this regard, in the Wall Street Journal today, there was a review of a book called Excellent Sheep.


The book’s author explains how “For many students, rising to the absolute top means being consumed by the system…[where they] sacrifice health, relationships, exploration, [and] activities…[those things] essential for developing souls and hearts.”


The kids are often working so hard that they are anxious, depressed, and often miserable. 


When getting ahead and becoming wealthy (a priority for 80%!) becomes the prime reason for our young adults’ existence, maybe we have missed the boat in terms of finding true meaning and joy in life. 


Hard work and striving for success is a good thing, but worshipping the proverbial “golden calf” is not productive. 


Like the rabbit, I would give a thumbs up to those for whom a more well-balanced life rules the day—where success, meaning, and joy all play an important part, and we can drink some chocolate milk and not take everything so darn serious. ;-)


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Aug 20

Bittersweet Greens

So lately, passing by Sweet Greens in the morning has not been so sweet.
The tables outside are being used by those unfortunately with no place to sleep. 
When I see the homeless people under the Sweet Green awning lying on the tables wrapped in ripped clothes and blankets trying to get some much needed sleep, it is completely heart breaking. 
At the same time, I wonder about the health and safety for people who come later to eat on those tables that only hours earlier were somebody’s bed for the night.
Not a good situation all around…and can never understand why a wealthy society such as ours can’t feed, cloth, and shelter ALL its citizens—so they don’t have to sleep at Sweet Greens anymore. 
(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Bittersweet Greens

So lately, passing by Sweet Greens in the morning has not been so sweet.


The tables outside are being used by those unfortunately with no place to sleep. 


When I see the homeless people under the Sweet Green awning lying on the tables wrapped in ripped clothes and blankets trying to get some much needed sleep, it is completely heart breaking. 


At the same time, I wonder about the health and safety for people who come later to eat on those tables that only hours earlier were somebody’s bed for the night.


Not a good situation all around…and can never understand why a wealthy society such as ours can’t feed, cloth, and shelter ALL its citizens—so they don’t have to sleep at Sweet Greens anymore. 


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Aug 19

Panic, Technology To The Rescue

Who us panic?
- ISIS is threatening the West with “dangerous new extremism”
- Syria’s death toll tops 170,000 with more than 10,000 believed tortured to death. 
- Boko Haram is still abducting young girls (and boys).
- Iran says no deal on nukes. 
- Ebola is “out of control.”
- China is emergent as the U.S. pivots east and space becomes militarized with anti-satellite weapons. 
- Russia is resurgent (Crimea is history to Ukraine).
- The national deficit only hints at the true extent of our unfunded liabilities from entitelements.
- The economy is bubbling over the top again, warns Robert Shiller.
- Racial and income inequality continues to divide America (case in point, Ferguson MO).
- Nearly 1 in 3 American adults has an arrest record.
- Almost half the world—3 billion people—live in poverty on less then $2.50 a day. 
Ah, if only technology could solve all our global problems—and this is a big list and not by any means comprehensive. 
It’s a race of the “world is exploding all over" with technology trying to make it better with more and better information, innovation, productivity, security, and cures.
Almost like the war of good over evil—we may lose the battle, but hopefully (let’s pray) in the end, we will win the war. ;-)
(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Panic, Technology To The Rescue

Who us panic?


- ISIS is threatening the West with “dangerous new extremism

- Syria’s death toll tops 170,000 with more than 10,000 believed tortured to death. 

- Boko Haram is still abducting young girls (and boys).

- Iran says no deal on nukes

- Ebola is “out of control.”

- China is emergent as the U.S. pivots east and space becomes militarized with anti-satellite weapons. 

- Russia is resurgent (Crimea is history to Ukraine).

- The national deficit only hints at the true extent of our unfunded liabilities from entitelements.

- The economy is bubbling over the top again, warns Robert Shiller.

Racial and income inequality continues to divide America (case in point, Ferguson MO).

- Nearly 1 in 3 American adults has an arrest record.

- Almost half the world—3 billion people—live in poverty on less then $2.50 a day. 


Ah, if only technology could solve all our global problems—and this is a big list and not by any means comprehensive. 


It’s a race of the “world is exploding all over" with technology trying to make it better with more and better information, innovation, productivity, security, and cures.


Almost like the war of good over evil—we may lose the battle, but hopefully (let’s pray) in the end, we will win the war. ;-)


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Aug 18

Fell, Jumped, Or Pushed

Maybe the jury is still out on whether Humpty Dumpty fell, jumped, or was pushed. 
Of course, it’s very easy to say affirmatively any one of these, but that doesn’t necessarily make it true (even when there is a children’s rhyme or bumper sticker that goes with it). 
I think the point is that this is what investigations, witnesses, evidence, and a trial is for…to figure out the truth. 
He says, she says…or as Judge Judy says, “It’s a lot of who shot John!”
Maybe good not to jump to too many conclusions, especially when opinions may be subjective, biased, or have hidden agendas. 
Heck, even if Humpty Dumpty was pushed, they still couldn’t put him back together again, but at least someone should pay for the bad yoke. ;-)
(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Fell, Jumped, Or Pushed

Maybe the jury is still out on whether Humpty Dumpty fell, jumped, or was pushed. 


Of course, it’s very easy to say affirmatively any one of these, but that doesn’t necessarily make it true (even when there is a children’s rhyme or bumper sticker that goes with it). 


I think the point is that this is what investigations, witnesses, evidence, and a trial is for…to figure out the truth. 


He says, she says…or as Judge Judy says, “It’s a lot of who shot John!”


Maybe good not to jump to too many conclusions, especially when opinions may be subjective, biased, or have hidden agendas. 


Heck, even if Humpty Dumpty was pushed, they still couldn’t put him back together again, but at least someone should pay for the bad yoke. ;-)


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Aug 17

Reflections

We did a little kayaking at Lake Needwood today.
I couldn’t believe they open at 6:30 in the morning already to rent boats on a Sunday.
In the boathouse, there was a huge spider on the floor crawling around, and the boat attendant came with a thingamajig to grab it and throw it back in the lake.
As he took the spider away, he made sure to tell us that is was POISONOUS!
On the lake, I took this photo of the gorgeous trees and greenery and it’s reflection on the water…a perfect mirror image.
Thank you G-d for the amazing world you have created and allow us to enjoy. ;-)
(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Reflections

We did a little kayaking at Lake Needwood today.


I couldn’t believe they open at 6:30 in the morning already to rent boats on a Sunday.


In the boathouse, there was a huge spider on the floor crawling around, and the boat attendant came with a thingamajig to grab it and throw it back in the lake.


As he took the spider away, he made sure to tell us that is was POISONOUS!


On the lake, I took this photo of the gorgeous trees and greenery and it’s reflection on the water…a perfect mirror image.


Thank you G-d for the amazing world you have created and allow us to enjoy. ;-)


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Aug 16

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