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Meirav M.
Lives in England


thank you, autocorrect.

someone emailed me from her phone and my name came out as Miracle :D

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ROFL. I like that!
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from my archives, for your enjoyment

#andthentherewaslight   #andonthefirstday   #meiravberalephotography  
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not from today, but this is what our windows kind of look like this afternoon.

very blustery outside too - one of those "don't bother with an umbrella" days (because the wind will blow it inside out anyway). (which makes it rather interesting if it's still raining when I'm heading for church. it's only a 5-minute walk from the car park, but quite enough to get drenched in certain weather conditions...) (anyway, there's still a couple of hours to go, and this is England - anything can happen, weatherwise...)

(we even had a warm sunny afternoon recently! Friday was gorgeous!)

(yes, when you live in England you tend to talk about the weather a lot. back home it would be pointless, there's only so many times you can comment on how hot it is without it getting boring.)

anyway - hello, people of plusverse. cookies?

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blustery here too, but no rain.
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ok, time to start switching my brain off. twenty past four according to this new summer clock thingie.

nite nite, folks. talk to the penguin. and remember: no running around with scissors.

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+Paul Hartzer oh yes, that is seriously important. and the oxford comma, obvs.
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the list of ingredients seems wrong though...

via +Ninja On Rye's plusspam, for which I'm grateful. you're a hoopy frood, Ninja.
I didn't know this was a thing... Now all I need is a pair if Joo Janta 200 Super-Chromatic Peril Sensitive Sunglasses and I am good to go !
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+Ninja On Rye I expect nothing less from you :)
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okies, folks, it's four in the morning and it seems we haven't had a duck for a while, so here you go, I just made this.

no ducks were harmed, etc.

nite nite, folks.

#thatyellowduck   #digitalart   #pixlr   #goodnightgoogleplus  
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I'm gradually falling in love with Siri.


h/t +Jeremy Hodges.
Guess Siri doesn't do poetry. 
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meh. someone crept in when I wasn't looking and stole an hour.


(yes, I did know it was going to happen, but still... meh.)

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just what I needed to see in my stream. thank you for plussing this post, +Jeremy Seifert.

psst... +Heidi Bouman... #betterthanhamsters - right? :)
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+Heidi Bouman I feel I could easily spend hours watching this.
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what's the problem with making universities "safe spaces"?

I urge you to read this article to the very end.

and let me state clearly: I've been through enough traumatic experiences myself and know about the vulnerability that results from that. and I appreciate the importance of having some places of safety to which you can retreat when the world out there is too much. I just really really really don't think it is reasonable to turn a whole university - a place which is meant for academic learning and which requires freedom of speech as a necessary condition for that learning to happen - into such a "safe space". and I really really really don't think it's a good way of preparing students for the world out there. but read it to the end and see what effect this attitude is having on students. so wrapped up in their cotton wool environment that they can't see a real vulnerable person when she's standing right in front of them, with security guards to protect her very life. </rant>

h/t +Todd Walton.
Universities, rather than being forums for free expression, are encouraging “safe spaces” to protect delicate sensibilities.
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yes, agreed.  I'm more referring to its gross overuse. 
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greetings, plusverse.

the sky is not quite that gorgeous today but I don't mind, as I'm staying in.

I have, to my great surprise, found myself actually doing some tidying-up type stuff which has made me feel a lot better - that was the key really. conversation with self went something like:
but... but...
but you'd be doing it for you
(context: what do I do or not do on the sabbath) (it's complicated) (well, at least on my planet it's complicated) (freedom means choices) (choices take thought)
anyways, my desk is now slightly less cluttered, and there are a couple of things I should have put in the car about... hmmm... nearly two months ago and they are finally on their way there. (I've put them in my handbag now so they'll get taken to the car when I go out tomorrow.) and I'm feeling much more relaxed and happy.

another good thing was that God woke me up less late today.

on the other hand, tonight we have the annual visit of the thief who comes and snatches an hour. (for my US friends, this means we finally go back to the normal time difference, after a few weeks of being out of synch because your time change happens earlier.)

here endeth the collection of random trivia from my day.

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April 17, 1962
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Berale, MeiravBerale, Mrs M., Lyagushka, Tsfardea, דודשלה, דּוֹדָשְלָהּ, How Do You Spell That
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Shalom. greetings. aloha. hi. nice of you to pop round. put your feet up. coffee? there's biscuits in that tin over there, help yourself.

Who am I?

My name is Meirav. I'm human. My penguin's name is Quentin. I enjoy meeting fellow humans online. I like good intelligent discussion, as well as a good healthy dose of frivolity. I'm fascinated by human nature. I love words and languages. I'm bilingual - grew up in Israel speaking both Hebrew and English. I write. I blog. I have a tendency to speak my mind, sometimes a bit bluntly. (That means if I pay you a compliment, you can know it's for real.) I'm married. I live in England. I'm Jewish. I'm a fallible and imperfect follower of Jesus. I like cats, though currently I don't have any pets. I love chocolate. I'm an introvert, which means I need lots of solitude and quiet and time to hear myself think, and I don't do well in crowds and/or noise, which is part of why I find online social networking so valuable. I love reading. I don't currently own a TV. I have a strong aversion to order and structure, and a deep need for a certain level of chaos in my environment. I am annoyingly pedantic and tend to take words very literally. I like buying pretty stationery. I like purple, and pink. and I like randomly listing stuff :)

I keep rewriting the bit about photography here, because it's been evolving so much. I started out (in 2010) just pointing at things and snapping, but this whole thing grew on me and now I'd say I am someone who uses a camera to create visual art.

In terms of the technical side, I'm a pretty clueless beginner with a simple point & shoot camera. But I get a huge kick out of taking shots of stuff that I see and sharing some of them with the rest of the world. I'm fascinated by shapes and textures and colours and I love chopping a random rectangle out of the world around me and presenting just that bit, without context - it's the aesthetics I'm into, not the documentary value. Sometimes I mess around with a photo and turn it into an image that is not attempting to be realistic. Digital photo editing tools allow me to take a piece of photography and use it as art material. One of my friends said that what I do is painting without paint. I like that.


If I've added you, that could be because you said something intelligent in a comment somewhere/your posts look interesting/your profile looks like you might be fun to get to know/I think I know you from somewhere/someone I respect recommended you/a whole load of other reasons. It doesn't mean I expect you to add me back, nor does it mean I necessarily want to be your bestest friend forever and ever. If you want to add me and read my posts, that's cool! Most of my posts are public, and comments are very welcome (as long as they're on topic and courteous, obviously). If you interact with me on my posts, I might get to discover what a fab person you are and add you back. (Though it's perfectly ok to just read quietly and not say anything, if that's what you're comfortable with.)

Thank you for taking the time to read this. I look forward to getting to know you more.

p.s. I don't do Hangouts. I much prefer typing to people than doing that face-to-face live conversation thing where you have to think up answers on the spot and you can't edit and rephrase or delete that totally stupid rash comment - it's bad enough having to do that offline, I don't come to G+ for more of the same. I'm a socially awkward penguin. That's just the way it is.

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