[Tour of Israel 2017] Roundup of posts

Although it should be easy enough to find the posts themselves, I will post a round-up post for those interested in a certain day or a catch-all. Click on the “Day Number” to link to that post.

DAY 0: Flights to Israel, meetup with the group.

DAY 1: 9/11 Memorial, Pardes Institute, Tachanah Rishnonah, Western Wall, Eucalyptus Restaurant

DAY 2: City of David, Old City of Jerusalem (Jewish Quarter)

DAY 3Yad Vashem, Shuk Machane Yehuda, Israel Museum, Ben Yehuda Street

DAY 4Masada, Dead Sea, “Shabbat of a Lifetime”

DAY 5: Shabbat in Jerusalem

DAY 6Neot KedumimEin ShemerNof Ginosar

DAY 7Tzfat, Golan Heights jeep tour, Ein ZivanEin Gev

DAY 8Zichron Ya’akovHadera, Rabin Center, Tel Aviv

DAY 9: Downtown Tel Aviv, Old Jaffa, conclusion

Enjoy reading!


[440/441] In the bag

This post is inspired by a post that I read the other day from The Daily Tay. I would have posted about it yesterday, but I had already written my Riddle post when I had read her post. So, let’s take a look at what was in my bag yesterday… and by bag, I mean backpack.  I do not own a “murse” (man-purse).  Let me spread out the bag on a Table of Contents…

A treasure trove awaits!

(Round Two MAPLE X) Categories and tags

You may have noticed that I have recently added new categories and called said categories “NEW.”  I have also started tagging posts, which I did at the beginning but then did not do until a while ago.

I got curious about categories and tags a few weeks ago, in seeing how others might use them in their blogs.  What happened surprised me.  Clearly, I know that many people on Facebook abuse “hash-tagging” when it is not even supported there.  This blog does not use hash-tagging, but from here on out, will use tags on all of its posts.

The “category” can be considered to be the “table of contents” of the blog.  Therefore, I think it would be a good idea to simplify to a few different categories rather than the wide variety that I had.  The old list of categories was this laundry list.

  1. Academic Considerations
  2. Article Response
  3. Blast From The Past
  4. Events
  5. Freewrite
  6. MAPLE
  7. Miscellaneous
  8. Music
  10. Perspective
  11. Quick Update
  12. Random Thoughts
  13. Religion
  14. Sports
  15. The Week That Was
  16. Travelogue

WOW, that is a lot of categories.  After reading this webpage, I realized that the way I was doing it was basically to have too many categories.  After all, some of these are really offshoots of one another.  For example, MAPLE and OCTOBER and Music Memories are all “Series,” and Travelogue, Blast From The Past, and sometimes Events can all be combined into the better category “Full journals.”  The sub-categories of these major categories might fit better in tags, actually!  Therefore, once I am done streamlining, there will be just seven categories:

1) Full Journal

2) Memory Compilations

3) Thoughts

4) Series

5) Article Responses

6) Soul of Wit (short posts)

7) Miscellaneous

This, I think is a much broader way to categorize the posts in my blog, as a holistic thing for people who are interested in certain topics.

The tags are the “index” of my blog.  I can use it for both sub-categories, as well as key words from each post.  It remains to be seen how effective that will be, and whether I will eventually put up a “tag cloud” on my homepage in order to show what is most commonly written.

The first thing that I must do is to re-categorize and add tags to all the previous posts in the blog.  Considering that I am posting every day this month, and since this is a hobby and not a career for me, the project to re-categorize my blog might fall into as great of a deficit as my deficit of journal transfer!

Since I’ll be re-categorizing and re-tagging posts, does this make me a revisionist now?


Today is the tenth day of MAPLE — that makes one week and three days.

היום חמישה וארבעים יום. שהם ששה שבועות ושלושה ימים לעמר