I am disgruntled. The number of cards and letters that I send by regular mail and which subsequently disappear into the ether without ever reaching their destination is dramatically increasing.
These days, when it is so much easier, quicker and, frankly, cheaper to send greetings by email or from a thousand and one online greeting card websites, there are still those of us who choose to spend our money to send mail by regular post. We treasure the experience of thoughtfully picking out or making a card, sitting down and writing snippets from our day or sending greetings across the miles. Once dropped in the postbox, we then imagine the face of our loved one when finding an unexpected envelope in their mailbox, their anticipation of opening it and then holding and reading the greetings which have journeyed to them from so far away.
I gave up sending checks or money as presents by regular mail long ago, as apparently it is just too much of a temptation for some, even if taking it is a felony offense. Now when illicitly opening my letters all they’ll find is “love and kisses.” Sadly, even they don’t reach their intended recipient any more. Explain to me then why I should throw out good money after bad to send my love and heartfelt congratulations, good luck wishes, condolences, prayers for speedy convalesce and festive holiday cheer by registered mail to ensure you hand-deliver them to the homes of my nearest and dearest when I have already purchased that service by buying a stamp and sticking it on the envelope and which, according to your declared service contract, you are then supposed to deliver.
As time goes by, and as fewer cards arrive at their intended destination, it is reasonable to assume that I will choose alternatives to sending cards by regular mail. In my view, that is a loss for both of us.
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Chocolate Covered Matzo via “My Bissim”. Hilla has the most amazing, lovely blog on cooking, which is not only tasty, but is also serious eye-candy. I first happened across her Hebrew blog on WordPress.com’s “Blog of The Day” and she finally started blogging in English a few months ago, to the joy of all.
1 lb. semisweet or bittersweet chocolate chopped in pieces
1/2 c. margarine
1 tbsp. hot water
1 tbsp. potato flour
Preheat oven to hot (200ºC/425ºF). Combine the chocolate pieces, margarine and hot water in a saucepan over low heat until the chocolate is melted and the mixture smooth. Set aside. In a large mixer bowl beat the eggs at high speed until thick. add the potato starch and chocolate mixture until well blended.
Spread the batter evenly in a greased 8″ springform pan and bake for 12-15 minutes. The cake will be soft in the center and will firm up as it cools. Refrigerate well-wrapped until ready to serve. Serve with fresh raspberries and/or raspberry pureé with 1 tsp. sugar. (via aish.com)
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The official change from summer to fall is here and brings with it another birthday. Where has the time gone?!
May the coming New Year 5769 be one of health, happiness, peace and prosperity for everyone.
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PS And a warm and heartfelt thank you to the former Prime Minister of Israel for the early birthday present. Buh-bye!