“You’re suffering from ‘phone dysmorphia,’” my therapist told me as I described the experience of using my new iPhone. 

My iPhone 13 Pro

Phone dysmorphia is not a real thing. You won’t find it described in the DSM. It’s a metaphor rooted in “body dysmorphic disorder” (BDD), first identified in 1891.

The Cambridge Dictionary describes dysmorphia as when “someone falsely believes there is something wrong with the size or shape of their body.” It comes from the Greek for “misshapenness.”

BDD is a distortion of perception that occurs when what you see when you look at your body in the mirror is not how your body appears to an objective third party. In the most typical case, you may be trim and fit but see yourself as overweight. 

Facial dysmorphia,” focuses on perceived flaws involving one’s skin, hair, nose, eyes, mouth, lips, jaw and chin. Michael Jackson’s obsession with plastic surgery, it is suspected, was caused by facial dysmorphia.

Selfie dysmorphia” has been in the news lately following the revelations by Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen that the social media giant was aware that one in three teenage girls who use Facebook-owned Instagram find the platform contributes to a negative body image.

My own “diagnosis” of phone dysmorphia was an attempt by my therapist to help me understand my surprisingly negative reaction to my new iPhone 13 Pro. 

When I picked up the phone – which is wonderful by almost all measures – I was shocked by how heavy it was compared with my previous device – a nearly seven-year-old iPhone 6S – with its much smaller screen and battery. 

“I see a small phone, one that you can easily hold in your hand,” my therapist noted. “You see something closer to a tablet.”

While “phone dysmorphia” is clearly a construct, it got me wondering: What other types of dysmorphia might there be, allegorically speaking? What can we learn if we reimagine modern society as suffering from “dysmorphia of the social body?” And does this point to any way to heal?

Here are a few select metaphorical dysmorphias.

Science dysmorphia. This is where something has clear science behind it, but you see the situation entirely differently. Take climate change. As extreme weather wreaks havoc around the world, there’s no longer any question that human behavior is fueling the flames. And yet, some people, disputing evidence supported by 97% of all climate scientists, insist that global warming is “natural” and there is no connection to, say, carbon emissions or cow farts.

Health dysmorphia. Here’s where we get into vaccines, which save countless lives, have few side effects and are the best way to break out of the current pandemic. Yet a vocal minority see them as unproven, dangerous or lethal. (For some reason, the same dysmorphia doesn’t apply to other medical treatments for Covid-19 that are even newer, such as monoclonal antibodies.) 

Object dysmorphia. This is what happened to me with my iPhone. Other examples: Our new air conditioner does a great job of cooling off our bedroom, but it’s noisy. Guess which aspect I focus on? Or you have a perfectly fine house, but in your mind, it’s too small. Object dysmorphia feeds envy: You may have a lovely car, but you can’t appreciate it when your neighbor’s new Tesla is taunting you from across the driveway. 

Political dysmorphia. Donald Trump and Benjamin Netanyahu both insist they are still the leaders of their respective countries (Bibi reportedly demands that his Likud followers address him as “Mr. Prime Minister”). The reality is they lost their elections. Political dysmorphia rears its head when you vote for politicians or parties believing they stand for one thing when an objective outsider could tell you that the opposite is plainly the case.

Religious dysmorphia. You see your religion as “true,” so other religions (and different denominations within the same faith) must necessarily be false. The result is almost always a fight, sometimes even war. This may be the most pernicious kind of metaphorical dysmorphia. 

Expanding the definition of dysmorphia to the social body is more than just a semantic exercise – we have reached a point where disagreements have become so toxic, they feel like a real disease. So, let’s treat them that way. 

The most effective way to treat BDD is through “exposure therapy,” in which the person suffering is slowly exposed to his or her fears in a safe environment. 

Exposure is what’s missing in the modern world. Social media is often described as an “echo chamber” because its algorithms only show us what we are predisposed to agree with. Exposure to other points of view can be the cure.

If you only follow Israeli politics, for example, it might seem quite normal for a prime minister indicted for bribery to stay in his job pending the outcome of a trial. But beyond our borders, when police raided the office of Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz as part of an ongoing corruption investigation, Kurz resigned.

When my wife, Jody, and I traveled to Norway several years ago, we learned that most of the workers in the hospitality industry were from neighboring Sweden. Young Norwegians consider such employment beneath them. We never would have known about that if we had not visited the country. 

Unless you’re stuck in a tourist “bubble” (think: cruise ships excursions), travel is one of the most effective forms of exposure therapy.

I don’t mean to dismiss the seriousness of BDD. But by applying “dysmorphia” in an unorthodox way to not just the physical but the social body, we gain new tools that may help us address some of the more vexing problems of contemporary life.

I first created my list of social dysmorphias for The Jerusalem Post.

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Why are so many people in the wellness industry – chiropractors, alternative medicine practitioners, nutritionists and massage therapists – opposed to vaccines and basic science?

Louise Hay (PRNewsfoto/Hay House)

Blame it on Louise Hay.

Hay’s 1984 book You Can Heal Your Life is a load of crock – unsubstantiated pseudoscience at its worst, dangerous in its implications and insidious victim blaming. 

Hay proposes that our thoughts create our physical reality and, while clearly there is a connection between mind and body, Hay goes too far.

The author has created an exhaustive (and exhausting) list of diseases correlated with what mental attitudes supposedly cause them.

Heart attack: Squeezing all the joy out of the heart in favor of money or position.

Rheumatoid arthritis: Feeling victimized, lack of love, chronic bitterness, resentment and a deep criticism of authority.

Bladder problems: Anxiety, fear of letting go and – wait for it – being “pissed off.”

Cancer: A deep secret or grief eating away at the self, longstanding resentments, carrying hatreds.

As someone suffering from cancer, I find Hay’s attempts to shift the cause for my illness to my alleged negative thoughts and behaviors outrageous. But it was mainly an annoyance when wellness-oriented individuals would exhort me to have a more positive attitude in order to “cure” my cancer. 

Now, the wellness movement Hay begat has come back to bite us and the result is devastating and deadly. 

Hay’s books have sold more than 30 million copies worldwide, but you don’t hear so much about the author herself these days (she died in 2017). Still, “trace elements of her philosophy survive when it comes to the wellness industry and Covid,” writes Brigid Delaney in The Guardian.

“The randomness of illness – and the ultimate certainty of death – is far too frightening for some to contemplate,” Delaney explains. “So, they rely on a fiction which makes them feel safe, superior and unconsciously immortal. Hay’s fiction is this: Stop acting like a child and you’ll cure your kidney problems. Her wellness counterparts today say, ‘Eat organic food, do yoga, don’t consume the mainstream media, and you won’t get sick from Covid.’”

Put another way: If we can control our bodies and our thoughts, then our natural immune system should be the best defense against Covid-19, not some newfangled vaccine. If your immune system is working properly, that’s all you need. 

“When this corner of the wellness industry refuses to be vaccinated,” continues Delaney, “it is not primarily out of fear of the vaccine’s side effects or because it was developed too quickly, but more likely comes from a place of arrogance: Those who are well don’t need the vaccine because they have Rolls Royce immune systems. Instead the only people who get sick and die from Covid have a pre-existing illness, or are in some way physically deficient, or have succumbed to the immune system-weakening emotion of fear.”

Dr. Vinay Prasad, an associate professor in the department of epidemiology and biostatistics at the University of California San Francisco, speaking on Bari Weiss’s podcastHonestly, notes that vaccine resistance often has to do with people feeling a lack of control over their lives – at work, in politics, their finances. So, they latch onto something, anything, where they can say, that’s enough, it’s my body and it can fight this without the need for medical mandates.

The implication of this way of thinking – that my immune system is compromised, and I am in some way deficient because of my cancer (substitute for others obesity, diabetes or high blood pressure) – is deeply disturbing. 

Let me make this clear: I didn’t get cancer because I was carrying hatreds and longstanding resentment.

Neither did my friend Sarah, a super healthy eater and vegan, who nevertheless is fighting a tough battle against breast cancer. 

Or my wife, Jody, for that matter, who hoped to knock down her high cholesterol by going vegan. It didn’t work – her LDL levels are still high – although she’s happy about not eating meat for ideological reasons.

This is not to say that diet and attitude are not important. Of course, they are. Fear and stress stimulate the hormone cortisol which has been shown to have a negative impact on the body. There was also a study published in the scientific journal Gut in September 2021 that found that “a diet characterised by healthy plant-based foods was associated with lower risk and severity of Covid-19.”

That’s a far cry from vaccine refusal, though.

And yet, the attitudes central to the wellness industry, given a boost by Hay’s series of best-selling malarky, lead to remarkable insensitivity and illogic. 

Jonathan Neman, the CEO of the Sweetgreen chain of salad bars, for example, posted on LinkedIn that “78% of hospitalizations due to Covid-19 are obese and overweight people. Is there an underlying problem that perhaps we have not given enough attention to? No vaccine or mask will save us.”

What should one do instead? Oh yes, eat more salad! 

How about this: We could all eat well, think positive thoughts and get vaccinated.

Don’t get me wrong: There’s nothing inherently problematic with wanting to be well. But it’s not an alternative to public health measures such as Green Passes, social distancing, and yes, vaccination. This is also not intended to be a blanket indictment of everyone in the wellness industry, many of whom are vaccinated and science positive.

Louise Hay was a proponent of an extreme form of magical thinking, not sound science. Covid-19 doesn’t care if you eat organic or if you “believe” you won’t get sick.

I’d much rather rely on a vaccine than the calumny of a self-help guru.

I first lambasted the wellness industry for science denial at The Jerusalem Post.

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The response to my column, “The narcissism of anti-vaxxers” (August 27, 2021) came fast and furious – and was not particularly kind. I’ll spare you the brunt of the comments, except for one in particular that has stuck with me.

Fake news of a different kind

“We have no way to know what is truly â€˜false’ and what is truly ‘true,’” the letter writer stated, referring to my rant against science skeptics who deny the efficacy of the vaccines. “Anyone can say anything they want. Just because a website says something is false doesn’t make it false. Who knows who’s paying them off?”

Really? Is there no way to differentiate between truth and falsehoods in today’s hyper-polarized media environment?

For those of us trying desperately to navigate the astonishing amount of pandemic-related breaking news, I’ve compiled an 11-point guide to becoming a better media consumer. My hope is that this can help contain the plague of medical antagonism that is driving communities, friends and families apart.

1. Check the domain. Is an article posted on a site like “abcnews.com.co?” Sites peddling falsehoods often add “co” at the end. The Boston Tribune (now shut down) sounded serious but only listed a Gmail address as a contact. 

2. Does a news item seem too good to be true? Is it from a site you’ve never heard of? Do a Google search for the same article and see if any mainstream news sites come up. Or explore other articles on the same site – if any of them seem outright fabricated (“Are globalists controlling the weather to cause agro-terrorism?” is one I found), that’s a sign that you should steer clear. 

3. Does an article use provocative language? Any site or article that calls Covid-19 “the flu” has an agenda. A site using all caps in headlines (“REVEALED!” “GENOCIDE” “DEAD”) should immediately be suspect. Read past the clickbait; headlines are often written to bring in revenue and may bear little resemblance to the story itself.

4. Does a news item reference a study that has since been clarified or debunked? That’s the case with Dr. Ryan Cole, a prominent Covid anti-vaxxer in Idaho who, in a widely viewed viral video, cites a 2018 paper that he says claims, pre-Covid, that mRNA vaccines cause cancer and auto-immune diseases. The author of the paper subsequently responded to Cole, noting that the research he conducted does not support such claims at all. 

5. Is there a financial incentive? Dr. Sherri Tenpenny, an Ohio-based osteopath, runs webinars on why people “should not take the shot.” The cost: $165. Her in-person “Freedom Crusade” event in August had a ticket price of $57. The IRS says she owes more than $500,000 in back taxes. After Tenpenny fraudulently claimed that Covid-19 vaccines “magnetize” recipients, YouTube banned her. 

6. Do not pay attention to what celebrities think about science or public health. When talk show host Joe Rogen contracted Covid, he claimed that the controversial drug Ivermectin had cured him in a matter of days. While there are a few small studies supporting the use of Ivermectin for Covid (including one from my own travel medicine doctor, Prof. Eli Schwartz, in Israel), the overwhelming majority of epidemiologists and health organizations have cautioned against its use.

7. Similarly, don’t listen to politicians pontificating on stuff they don’t understand. U.S. Senator Rand Paul, an ophthalmologist, not an epidemiologist by training, implored in a recent video, “It’s time for us to resist. They can’t arrest all of us. We don’t have to accept the mandates, lockdowns and harmful policies of the petty tyrants and bureaucrats.” Like Sherri Tenpenny, Rand was suspended from YouTube for his Covid militancy.

8. Watch out for wild, over-the-top claims. Ryan Cole insists that vaccines, social distancing and masks are all unnecessary. All you need is Vitamin D, which he says can decrease the risk of hospitalization for Covid-19 by a whopping 90%. That sounds wonderful and, midway through the pandemic, my own doctor’s office sent out an email recommending that all their patients begin taking Vitamin D as a preventative. But repeated studies haven’t backed up Vitamin D as a Covid therapy. I trust the Mayo Clinic over Ryan Cole.

9. Check your biases. Do you want what you’re reading to be true because it agrees with what you already believe or what you want to happen? Or do you want it to be false because it’s about someone or something you love or have voted for? 

10. Use online fact-checking tools. FactCheck.org (from the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg Public Policy Center) and NewsGuard can help determine if a site or story is legit. The latter features an interactive quiz to test your Covid myth-busting prowess. For example, “Based solely on domain names, can you tell which of the following sites – Vaccines.gov, VaccineImpact.com, Immunize.org or ScientificAmerican.com – is an unreliable source?” (It’s VaccineImpact.) 

11. Finally, did a story make you angry? Then it was probably designed that way (and likely not true). If you’re not sure something is real, absolutely never, ever share it on social media – every comment or re-tweet is essentially a thumbs up for Internet algorithms to amplify the message. 

It’s immensely frustrating to have to look beyond the headlines all the time to figure out what’s real and what’s not these days. Being on guard doesn’t make for pleasant media consumption. But when confronted by what journalist and political scientist David Rothkopf has dubbed an “infodemic,” we all have to step up our game – or risk getting sent to a time-out or, worse, a round of sudden death.

I originally tried to help sort fact from fiction for The Jerusalem Post.

Thanks to some of the great sources with lists on how to spot fake (pandemic) news including: Cornell University and NPR’s On the Media.

Photo by Kajetan Sumila on Unsplash

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Ever since Park HaMesila – the train track park – opened in southern Jerusalem, my wife, Jody, and I have been eager to bicycle its length. 

One problem: We don’t own our own bicycles.

That’s no longer an issue now that JeruFun has begun operating in the city. A play on words (“ofen” is the root for bicycle in Hebrew; Tel Aviv has the similarly named “Tel-o-fun”), JeruFun arrived just in time for our summer riding pleasure. 

And what a joy it is to pedal the eight kilometers from our home, not far from the First Station entertainment and dining complex, along the length of the park, all the way to Ein Lavan, the natural spring located just past the Jerusalem Aquarium.

Each station has a mix of up to 16 regular and electric bikes – the latter are distinguished by an orange back wheel protector and an LCD screen at the front.

We opted to go electric – there are a number of inclines where the extra e-push would be welcome.

The electric bikes at JeruFun are “pedal assist.” That means the electric motor kicks in only when you move your feet. You can’t just turn a knob on the handlebars. 

Since this was our first time, we opted for the one-time payment rather than jump straight into a subscription. It costs NIS 4 to “unlock” the bike (free for subscribers) and then six agorot a minute to ride (again, less for subscribers). Non-electric bike riders pay just two agorot a minute; for subscribers, the first 30 minutes is free. 

At NIS 76 for two hours, though, it might have been worthwhile getting the lowest priced subscriber package (NIS 99 for three months for Jerusalem Card holders), even for a trial. 

The JeruFun app – available in multiple languages, including Hebrew, Arabic, French, Russian and English – has all the stations plotted on a Google Map, showing how many bikes of each type are available. There are a total of 80 regular and 120 electric bicycles on offer.

When you arrive at a station, you use your phone to scan the number of the bike as well as your government ID or driver’s license. To save time, we entered our credit card information at home. Once payment is accepted, the bike magically unlocks with a satisfying click.

The bike path from the First Station runs south through the village of Beit Safafa, winds around the Teddy and Pais sports stadiums, skirts past the Malcha train station, bumps along the extensive playgrounds near Ein Yael, before heading towards the zoo via a steep ramp and bridge over the train tracks.

That’s where we discovered that these electric bikes are heavy. 

So much so that, if you don’t get a running start, pushing the bike up a hill or ramp is near impossible.

This is one of the prettiest biking routes in the city. Except for a brief section in the parking lot of the zoo and aquarium, you’re on a dedicated cycling lane, so you don’t have to worry about dodging cars. 

It took us 45 minutes to get to Ein Lavan. Our 23-year-old son says he can do it in half an hour – on his non-electric bike, no less. Did we feel old? No way: We rode all the way from our home to the Jerusalem Hills – so what if it took nearly an hour!

Ein Lavan has been in the news lately; it’s at the center of what’s slated to be a 5,000-unit housing development that will significantly alter the bucolic landscape. Protests against the construction have not resulted in any changes by the District Planning Committee, although Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Lion has pledged to upgrade Ein Lavan’s status to that of a national park.

The spring itself is nearly always occupied by bathers, barbequers, dog walkers and religious Israelis seeking to dunk in a natural mikveh (ritual bath).

On the way back, shortly after leaving Ein Lavan, Jody’s bike suddenly stopped working. The electric pedal assist wouldn’t kick in, even though the battery indicator said there was plenty of juice. 

We were understandably concerned – who had the energy to continue another 45 minutes on an uber-heavy bike without the extra help? Should one of us stay back with the bike while the others continued home to fetch the car? we wondered.

We were about to call JeruFun customer service when Jody – entirely by accident – wheeled her bike in reverse to get it to a more convenient resting spot and, lo and behold, it came back to life. 

“Ride like the wind, Bullseye,” I cried out, quoting Woody from the Toy Story movies. And in case the bike threatened to conk out again, I added, “Don’t stop pedaling until you get home!”

JeruFun is available across much of the city, not just along Park HaMesila. You can pick up a bike at one of 24 active stations – downtown, at the Central Bus Station, the government and museum campus, the Mahane Yehuda market and even in Mea Shearim. 

The latter has generated its own controversy: In order to win approval, the city was forced to disable the electric bike rentals on Shabbat in locations sensitive to the ultra-Orthodox. There are currently only four stations in the city where electric bikes can be taken on the Sabbath (including at the First Station).

But never mind the politics. With the High Holydays upon us, JeruFun is a wonderful addition to the city’s mobility landscape – whether that’s an energetic commute to work or a pleasant afternoon in nature. 

Sign up at: https://jerufun.co.il/

I first wrote about bikes in Jerusalem for The Jerusalem Post.

Barry Davis has a good article about JeruFun, also in The Jerusalem Post.

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Tim Wise wrote a provocative column for the website Medium earlier this month. Entitled “Covid anti-vaxxers aren’t a MAGA death cult – it’s worse than that,” the piece argues that followers of Donald Trump with his “Make America Great Again” slogan are not inherently suicidal despite their anti-masking, anti-social distancing, vaccines-are-evil stance. 

Tim Wise

“Stories are spilling out every day — outpourings of regret from persons who steadfastly refused to get the vaccine, now awaiting intubation â€“ coming to realize they were wrong,” Wise writes. “That they are bellowing contrition and asking for prayers in the hopes they won’t die proves this is no suicide cult.”

Rather, what we’re seeing now amongst outspoken anti-vaxxers is “something more dangerous, sociopathic and sadistic,” he continues. â€œNot suicidal but homicidal… these are people who didn’t and don’t want to die. They simply thought there was no way they would.”

Covid is “only killing the weak,” Wise explains their thinking: “the less good people, the ones who don’t do CrossFit or go to a megachurch or who place their faith in science rather than a Bible study group.” For these types of anti-vaxxers, Wise notes, “those people don’t count.”

Wise quotes conservative conspiracy theorist Jack Burkman, who was surreptitiously recorded revealing what he really thinks Covid-19 is all about.

“Mother Nature has to clean the barn every so often,” he was overheard saying. “So what if 1% of the population goes? So what if you lose 400,000 people? Two hundred thousand were elderly; the other 200,000 are the bottom of society. You got to clean out the barn.”

That’s not just a call for homicide – it’s a prelude to eugenics. 

Such people “aren’t concerned about getting Covid themselves,” Wise explains. “They [simply] don’t care if you do.”

That’s pretty extreme but how else can we explain the 23 people who were pulled off a New York bound plane at Ben-Gurion Airport after it was discovered they had forged their PCR test results. 

If one of them had been positive for Covid, they could have gotten tens if not hundreds of their fellow passengers sick. 

Australia has been roiled over the past week by an indoor, maskless engagement party held in defiance of the country’s super-strict lockdown regulations. It would have flown under the radar if someone hadn’t videotaped the groom joking, “Clearly this is legal because this is a group therapy session.” At least one person in the crowd of 68 attendees turned out to be Covid-positive. The Victoria state government has now tightened lockdown restrictions including a nightly curfew. 

The homicidal moniker is clearly over the top, meant to provoke outrage. Most anti-vaxxers do not have murder on their minds. I would use a different epithet: A strident subset of anti-vaxxers is suffering from a form of extreme narcissism, one that frames everything through the lens of â€œWhat’s in it for me?” rather than “How can I help my fellow human being?”

I was privy to some of that sentiment after I questioned in my last column how the vaccinated should relate to anti-vaxxers who catch Covid. Is it acceptable to feel schadenfreude, I wondered?

“’Anti-vaxxer’ is a derogatory name being given to people [who simply want to] exercise their right to free will,” wrote one person in response.

Free will to do what? Kill others? 

“The people who are dying from Covid have had their immune systems damaged or destroyed through medication and adulterated foodstuffs. A properly maintained immune system is a killing machine that can even beat Ebola and rabies.”

Way to go, blame the victim.

“It’s their choice not to be vaccinated. Plain and simple. The problem is that the governments of the world are controlled by global elites and big pharma. The pandemic is a tool for political power gain.”

Hard to argue with paranoia.

Wise calls for treating anti-vaxxers like pariahs, “cutting them out of our lives entirely: non-invitations to the cocktail party or backyard barbecue, no seat for them at the holiday table, no invitation to the grandkid’s graduation.”

Israel is doing this to a certain degree on the national level. You want to go to a restaurant, sports or culture event, conference, hotel, gym, pool, event hall, museum or university? You’ll need a “Green Pass” showing you’ve been vaccinated, have antibodies indicating you’ve recovered from the virus, or received a negative PCR test in the previous 72 hours.

The Canadian government has announced that it will soon require all air travelers and passengers on interprovincial trains to be vaccinated.

These are good initiatives that, hopefully, will serve to incentivize vaccination holdouts to get their jab.

That said, the vaccines aren’t perfect, as we’re discovering to our chagrin: Immunity wanes over time and boosters will be necessary – sooner than many hoped. 

Then there are the rare side effects, some of which can be quite scary. Israeli researchers have, for example, found a connection between the heart condition myocarditis and the Pfizer mRNA vaccines. It’s not a big number – 148 mostly mild cases reported within 30 days of vaccination out of the over five million people who were inoculated – which gives it a rate of 0.003%. 

Compare that with Covid-19 which has a case fatality rate of close to 1% in Israel. (It’s 1.6% in the U.S. and as high as 9.2% in Peru.)

Whether you call them narcissists or homicidal, this is a cultural and psychological divide that is becoming nearly impossible to bridge. When we can’t agree on basic scientific facts – whether that’s about Covid or climate change or, to delve into the truly bizarre, whether the earth is round or in fact flat – I find myself in existential fear for our future. 

Paranoid? I think not.

Narcissism photo from Marija Zaric via Unsplash.

I first wrote that anti-vaxxers are narcissists for The Jerusalem Post.

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When anti-vaxxers get Covid

August 15, 2021

Is it OK to have schadenfreude (the German expression for “pleasure derived from someone else’s misfortune”) when an anti-vaxxer contracts Covid-19? The Internet seems to think so.

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Eleven tips to stop spinning

August 1, 2021

Spinning when it comes to decision-making sucks away our spirit as we get stuck. Here are eleven tips that can help.

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Traveling to America? Beware the PCR testing shuffle

July 18, 2021

Travel during a pandemic involves some extra hassles. Like scheduling a PCR Covid test within 72 hours of your flight. Here’s our experience.

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Musings of an Israeli in America

July 6, 2021

I just spent three weeks in the U.S. I have nine observations, covering everything from masks to pancakes. Plus one-hour weed delivery!

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The story of Natan and Noga: A Covid baby bust?

July 4, 2021

A Covid near miss: pre-vaccines, our a/c technician could have infected me. Instead, he canceled at the last minute and got married.

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