I was tagged for this meme by Snoopy The Goon at Simply Jews, to produce my memoir in six words....
San Diego Los Angeles Israel Hogwarts
Not the kind of response you would expect from a Torah Zionist Jew, who is sometimes called a "right-wing extremist," is it?
I suppose this warrants some explanation, mind you, only "some" explanation.
If I had not been blessed with growing up in cities with two-word names, I probably would have thrown in a few more place names. The fact these cities have more than one word in their names are representative of how I see myself: complicated.
I used location names, as life has been very much a journey from place to place for me, and not just physical, but mental, emotional, and spiritual as well.
San Diego is where I was born. At the age of two, we moved to the suburbs, but I never lost my connection with the "big city," the border of which was only a few miles away. I went into town or to the beach when I could, and after college and graduate school, moved back to "America's Finest City." My education began there. My Jewish education, my secular education, and my street education.
Los Angeles is where my education continued,...my Jewish education, my academic education, and my street education. This is where I first lived on my own, so I have a connection to this city as well, the city many non-Californians seem to hate, until they end up moving there themselves.
Israel is where I finally made my home, and where I have continued my education. Yes, that includes my street education (Detect a pattern here?), as well as my "hilltop" education, along with my Torah education, which I hope was obvious to you already.
Hogwarts is a fictional place, representative of my increasing access to my developing creative side. Yes, I would like to write a novel some day. But the only thing that should seem unusual to you is that as a Southern Californian, why am I not writing a screenplay....
I do not particular like tagging people, so I'm not gong to, except maybe a few. I do like BEING tagged, though, just to let you know.
TNSPR (The only one I can think of so far who would tolerate a tag.)
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