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I learned how to make borscht and homemade gefilte fish from Ina. I just tasted the gefilte fish, which we made in kosher chicken stock with carrots and onions, and you have to boil it for an hour, taste the broth, add this or that, taste the broth again. Then you have to put it in the refrigerator until it gets cold. Well, I ate a piece with a little horseradish, and almost died. But this is a picture of the borscht I made. You cannot believe what that broth tasted like. It's made from beets. When I was in Cuba, they used to have a lot of Russian food at El Club, the restaurant for the elite artists etc. And I loved borscht. You put a spoonful of sour cream in your bowl, if you have no meat in it. Well, I'll do that when I serve it for Shabbat dinner. I'm gonna die. Here is a picture of the borscht cooking. It's art.

Our Visit to Corpus Christie

Elliot took me to the beach at St. Padre Island, off Corpus Christi, TX. The beaches are as beautiful as Georgia, and the dunes reminded me of Marina Beach, CA.

Les Pets

If anyone was curious as to how our pets are doing, here they are in all their glory!

Sara Cat


Harry Bird

Grace, "What do you want from me now, you inferior, tiresome creature?"



Knishie, our girl Puli dog

Mazel Tov, aka Mazey, our boy Puli dog

Our Trip to Nuevo Laredo, Mexico

As Laredo, TX, is Spanish Texas, the beauty and sublime nature of Mexican art shines as bright as the sun. When Marilyn, Ricarda, and I went to Marti's store in Nuevo Laredo, we had a wonderful time. These are just some pictures of us enjoying a marvellous afternoon.

Girl with the Pearl Earring

We all dream of being the most beautiful woman in the world. There are several painters who found her. Leonardo found Mona Lisa, and Vermeer found this girl. This is my favorite painting, and when I had my fake pearls made into real ones once again, I fantasized myself with her turban and costume, and those unforgettable eyes looking into your soul.

Marti's Store

I went to an astonishingly beautiful store in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, the day before yesterday. Here are some of the things I saw, featuring the finest art of the beautiful country of Mexico. Click on each picture to see the artworks in full size:


There are no words to describe the beauty of this place. There are, however, words to describe getting out of a camping van in 35-degree weather to go to an outdoor public toilet at 3:00 am. I will not mention them here. :-) I remember in Monterey, CA, I was invited to a hang gliding outing, and the club-owner's daughter said, "Does Barbara know it's camping?" Prophetic, she was. :-) Here is the magnificent Yellowstone:

Grand Tetons

America, America, God shed his light on thee, with purple mountains' majesty...


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The Road Not Taken

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I--
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
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