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Travels with Ripton...

By Michael Rosen on October 22, 2012 1:36 AM | 0 TrackBacks

I've been doing some traveling with Ripton lately...
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He''s been busy... and for me,,,
a dad is a dad, emotion is emotion is emotion, love is love...
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So we when I had to travel, I made sure he came. We went to Jerusalem...
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We visited with Rabbi Charlie Buckholtz, who used to be in our reading group in New York but moved away some years ago...
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And we were lucky to spend a little time with our new friend, Moses Michael Levi,
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And then a bit later we were lucky to be in Beijing on a particularly sunny day...
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It was so bright that it was hard to get Ripton clearly and at the same time capture the history around...
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But I think we managed, especially considering the nuance of grandeur...
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We were lucky that the day at MuTienYu was also clear...
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Ripton seemed to be his normally expressive self...
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And I'm grateful for that, and far more.

When I studied anthro at Penn, we were taught about cultural relativism...
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and so many meat eaters are fine eating Christmas ham or bacon at Sunday brunch...
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and is the judgment that Old Major is perhaps less acute than Lassie, or cares less for his children then her, or sees the colors through more muted eyes, or senses the sublime less sublimely...

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But Amundsen was evil and Scott ate his ponies.

This is my morning friend Thinh...
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Doing what he beautifully does. Flowers and Christmas trees and apples...
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and his coffee is yes beautiful and delicious and part of what I look forward to...
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