Lights in the Distance

Observations and musings regarding new mommyhood and life in general.

Tuesday, April 20, 2004


Welcome to the first posting for Lights in the Distance. If you're reading this, perhaps it's because you were intrigued by the name, or the fact that it's another perspective on life in a volatile part of the world, far from your own. Or maybe you were just bored, surfing the Net to kill time and avoid real life. In any event, since this is just an intro, I'm going to try to keep it short and simple.

First, a little bit about yours truly. I'm an American woman in my mid-30s, living in Israel (for nearly 13 years) with my Israeli husband and our 12 year-old dog (think Murray from the 90s sitcom "Mad About You"). I'm working as a technical communicator in the hi-tech industry, and have been working from home for the past four months due to a high-risk pregnancy. With any luck, I should be giving birth in just under two months' time. Needless to say, I'm looking forward to being released from doctor and husband-imposed "house arrest"...

I read an article in one of the local newspapers last Friday about native-English-speaking bloggers in Israel, and when I read that the overwhelming majority of them are right wing religious types (not that there's anything wrong with that - some of my good friends fall into this category), I decided on the spot to try to even the odds by offering a different perspective.

Well, if you stayed with me this long, you certainly deserve to know how I chose the name "Lights in the Distance". I get so mad when I hear about the people who try to deny the existence of the Palestinians as a people, because when I look out my windows or stand on my porch and look East, I can see the lights in the distance, the lights shining from the homes and towns of our Palestinian neighbors on the other side of the Green Line. It's so obvious to me that they exist as a fact on the ground just as we do. How can people deny it when I can see it with my own eyes?

You cannot deny the existence of a people simply because you wish that they weren't there, and both sides must realize this. We all deserve the right to live in dignity and in peace, and we owe it to our children to provide them with these basic rights that people in other parts of the world take for granted.

Anyway, I suppose that's enough (and some of you are probably saying more than enough) for a first post. It will be interesting to see if I've got the discipline to keep this going, as I love writing, but haven't managed to maintain any kind of a journal since my childhood, writing about such riveting subjects as the Sweathogs and Barry Manilow. Gotta love those 70s...


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