Double Take

Taking a second look at life experiences

About This Blog (and me)

About Double Take.

This blog takes a second look at life from my (a wry) point of view. Do you see things differently than most people? Do you have great insights into everyday things? Do you often stop for a double-take? If so, then this is the place to read about similar feelings and hopefully share your experiences. These are musings from my life, but I’d love to hear about yours too. Please comment so fellow readers and I can share your thoughts.

About me.

When I was in the eighth grade my teacher asked us what we wanted to be when we ‘grew up’. What do teachers think kids will write about? Being a mediator for a Fortune 500 business? Being an anesthetist? Do they think that an average 14-year-old has the capacity to think beyond the typical occupations a middle-school student would know about? (I’m thinking teacher, nurse, doctor, orthodontist…you get the point).

Without much thought, the answer I gave was “author” because at the time, I was a voracious reader and very impressed with the people who actually wrote the huge and expansive novels I was reading. I also habitually wrote poems of all types (I say habitually on purpose. Rarely a boring incident would go by that I didn’t try to put into verse. It must have been so annoying to be my parent and have to read all of that),

I wish I could say my poems were about the wonders of life, but I’d be kidding myself and you. I remember writing a poem about taxes (I was nine years old) that my father submitted to the Bergen Evening Record, that published it with this headline “Nine Year Old Writes About Death and Taxes”. How exciting was my life then? Ouch.

Flash forward many years. I didn’t think so much about the activity of writing for pleasure until I enrolled in an educational technology class several years ago. The instructor assigned us to research several blogging platforms and select one in which we were to write just one blog in order to experience posting on the web. I was hooked. Writing that blog about Judaism and Teens (I’ve written over 150 by now) offered me a platform to explore so many issues in a creative context.

Writing is a unique experience that gives me joy and there are so many things that I want to write about, hence this new blog. The process of putting my thoughts into focus is gratifying for me and I hope you enjoy reading as much as I enjoy writing! Please stop by to visit often.

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