re: my sporadic posting
I am not suffering from writers block. I've got at least six draft ideas, mostly on Havdala themes (surprise surprise!), saved at the moment. In spite of recent Orthopedic issues I'm not even suffering from writer’s cramp. I'd love to be able to announce here and now that the dearth of new posts indicates that I have gotten over my obsessive narcissistic need for attention but... that would be a lie.
The real reason that you've been hearing less from me lately is that real life has been encroaching on my Walter-Mitty-esque virtual life. Day-job, bills, paperwork, Doctors appointments et al are encroaching on my fantasy as a self-styled widely-read and influential pundit pontificating sagely from the august platform of the NY Times Op-Ed Pages. You see I am in the thrall of a mirage in which my blog gets 10,000 hits a day instead of the fewer than 50 on a typical day that my stat-counter honestly, but mercilessly, records.
I'm hoping that like a stock market correction or a pre-Al Gore hot summer, this is only cyclical and that the halcyon days of prolific e-publishing will return again in due course. In the meantime I may have to do a few re-treads.
בא המבדיל והעמידן על אחת
"Those who cannot tolerate Havdala cannot appreciate Qedusha.