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Chair-poachers, trees, our café of ease

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A marvelous outdoor café (Etz Tzion) has opened up in our local neighborhood. This is a welcome relief as I now I have no excuses to wallow in blessed solitude. I shall begin to mingle. This morning the sun was shining and the birds were vocalizing, so I decided to “hang” out and observe the surroundings. There were a few surprises: a minor traffic jam, a crow swooping down like lighting, raiding a vacated table’s dry scraps. There were even a few moral dilemmas.

People talked, some with loud voices, others with whispers. I sometimes cringed from the loud mobile phone conversations. I couldn’t help but notice that those speaking German were significantly louder. I attributed that to coincidence. Building community at Café Etz Haim (photo by the author)

Though the flies started to nudge me, they were a temporary inconvenience. I wound up staying for a few hours, basking under the tall green pine trees while they waltzed; even the churning of passing trucks couldn’t ruin the peace and calm of my surroundings.

I soon needed a restroom, so I left most of my things at the table, including my tablet and cup of coffee, and departed around the corner. When I returned, my chair had disappeared. “Perhaps one of the crows stole it with the food scraps?”, I joked to myself. But the chair was no where in sight. I turned to the adjoining table, noticing that there were more people sitting there. I asked politely, “By........

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