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Posted on Oct 20, 2011 |

How It Feels Not To Feel Guilty

How It Feels Not To Feel Guilty

Last night officially ended the Jewish High Holy Days. It’s a string of four holidays strung over the period of a month. Besides the Holy of Days in which (if you’re a good Jew) you fast for your sins; the rest of the holidays are filled with celebrating, eating, reflecting, appreciation. All of that cleansing and  renewal is just behind us and besides the bananas browning and the rains starting earlier in the day, nothing indicates to me the passage of time, of a new year. It’s September so my kids are ‘supposed’ to be starting another school year. I’m ‘supposed’ to be entering my soul and reflecting on what I feel guilty about, and I come out blank. My mind and soul are blank; I am totally at rest; I don’t feel guilty about anything at all. “Come on, Gabi. Think,” I say to myself “You’re not a saint and traveling the world doesn’t mean you haven’t hurt anyone, you have nothing to repent for”. Well, there was...

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Posted on Oct 18, 2011 | 15 comments

These Small Hours

These Small Hours

In Meet the Robinson‘s Rob Thomas sings “All life remains in these small hours”, and I know it, I know it, now. Until we can catch up (never) and make a video of it, I ‘d like to share a collection of videos dear to my heart. This, This, This is why we are a nomadic family traveling the globe. Not to discover foreign lands (an added bonus), not to raise trilingual children (looks good on a resume), not to create open-minded world citizens (though it’s cool), and surely, not to live our one life to the fullest by making our dreams come true (ok, so I’m almost lying). But, why do this nomadic family thing? Watch the videos and find out! (and tell me what you think!)  I Found It “Someday I’ll find it, the rainbow connection; the lovers, the dreamers and me.” I already did. I found out why we left our serene lives in Israel to travel the world. It’s called time. I have time now....

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Posted on Oct 9, 2011 | 2 comments

No One Told Me I’d Be Lonely

No One Told Me I’d Be Lonely

  This entry has video of me crying, cuz I’m really sad. The kids lately have missed their friends; Kobi misses having friends. I was the empathetic listener, until I broke down, and felt something missing, empty too.  I miss having people who love me and have known me for a loooooong time [These are Gold]. As a nomadic family traveling the world, we are constantly meeting new. beautiful strangers-turned-friends. [Those are Silver]. But, because I suck at keeping up with people; I feel sad. Of course, in a second, I could fix that; but I don’t. These are the sad moments when I feel lonely on the road as we travel the world. In Alto Boquete, Panama  We’re in the cabana in Alto Boquete, Panama and investing some very quiet time, introverted within ourselves. We don’t want to fall in love with any new friends; we don’t want to get hurt again, leaving them. And so, we’re spending a great deal of time just us. We’re using Panama...

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Posted on Oct 8, 2011 | 6 comments

Dirty and Injured..

Dirty and Injured..

Backin the day when we homeschooled, a parenting schoolgraduate of mine (and dear friend) took the kids for 10 hours a weekto explore the world. Yael would take my three darlings out to nature trails,places of work, and anywhere that magnetized them, to learn from the serendipitousmagic of whatever came up. My directions to her were always the same, “Forme to consider this day with you a successful one, you are required to dotwo things: return my children to me dirty and injured”.. That’sall I ever wanted from her. To return my children to me dirty and injured.Dirty and injured, to me, means that my kids engaged their bodies, exploredtheir world; touched, tasted, smelled, and saw the important stuff. Dirty andinjured, for me, means my children moved their bodies and were moved by nature.I always tell parents in my parenting groups on the radio show I had back before becoming a nomadic family;” kids are meant to fall off bikes andfall out of trees”. Ibelieve that is something we...

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Posted on Oct 3, 2011 |

Sick Chicks

Sick Chicks

As a nomadic family, it doesn’t make sense to have any pets. Back home in Israel, we had a dog for 15 1/2 years (who was hit by a car the year before we left) and several adorable cats. We are animal people and so, it’s been nice to have chicks in our lives on the road. It’s nice until they get less fuzzy and Mommy has to beg the kids to take care of them. (That’s another story). This blog reflects our lives with chicks, in pictures and in movies, and all the amazing lessons children get to learn having pets in their lives: responsibility, physical affection, and the cycle of life. So, it was lovely in our ranch life in La Lucha de la Tigra, Costa Rica. We kept them until I got sick of the smell; gave them to Sonia and Don Jose Ramon; and we’re sure they’ve made a delish lunch by now.In the weeks we had them, the kids cuddled, danced, and sang with...

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Posted on Sep 29, 2011 |

New Friends in Old Places

New Friends in Old Places

This is our fifth time in Panama. My father moved here back in ’99. He remarried to a Panamanian woman and created his own little tropical paradise, if you will. So, the Chiriqui District of Panama is very familiar and precious to us. Over the years, we’ve made dear friends with a local family here and have had the honor of watching them (and them watching us) grow. Today, we met something else. Something new, something special. Today, we had the honor of speaking at the Tuesday Community Meeting in the Boquete Community Players auditorium. There, we found a full house of open-minded, attentive kindly folk with a spark in their eyes, and an easy laugh upon their lips. As one who spends a great deal of her time lecturing to large audiences; it still amazes me, how within a matter of minutes total strangers become friends. Of course, it always helps when you have adorable kids singing songs in a foreign tongue, and we thank Dahnya for setting...

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Posted on Sep 24, 2011 |

If I Only Knew Then

If I Only Knew Then

As a Skype family therapist, my parenting clients stutter when I ask them “what will your chicks have under their wing when they fly from the nest? What tools will you have given them to lead meaningful, joyful, productive lives?” And when I ask myself those questions too, I stutter. I want to teach them so much, but there’s always soooo much to do. “One day’ I’ll get around to that, too. And if I don’t get around to it as I travel the world, when the hell will I? I want to teach my kids lots of great things; but, you know, we’re developing an online business, creating this remarkable Clean Your Soul course, and….oh yeah, traveling the world. I also had really good excuses back home. So, what wisdom will we bequeath unto our offspring? It was largely inspired by 72 hours of non-stop begging and whining in the streets of  New York. These were our very first exhausting moments of nomadic family life, and we knew...

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