Beit Alpha Shomer

A shomer, or guardian, watches over some herbs in a garden at Kibbutz Beit Alpha in northern Israel. (The little sign reads, “shomer.”)

Ben-Gurion Graves

Midreshet Ben-Gurion is located in the Negev Desert in southern Israel, and is probably most notably home to the graves of the first Prime Minister, David Ben-Gurion (right) and his wife, Paula (left).

Ben-Gurion Grave Stones
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Flower of Purple Prickly Pear CactusThis past week, many of the cactus plants near my house began blooming.

Purple Prickly Pear Catcus

What I think when I scroll through the massive blocks of @mndottraffic (the Twitter account for the Minnesota Department of Transportation, actually really helpful by listing crashes and other stuff) posts about our recent winter weather:

Scrolling through MNDOT
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Plowing Nicollet Mall
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Until a few days ago, I was only familiar with one version of David Bowie’s “Cat People (Putting Out Fire).” It’s probably the only version most people are familiar with; it was also used in Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds. There is a faster version featuring Stevie Ray Vaughan (the blues guitarist) that is on Bowie’s Let’s Dance album, and it’s really awesome. I especially like from ~3:15 on.

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