St. Louis is one of the nations most affordable cities!
Making a good living is one thing, living well is another. And that often boils down to where you choose to live.
The best places are likely the ones where you can find a job, earn a good salary and buy a nice home. In a 2016 report, job-hunting site Glassdoor calculated the top spots where your pay will go furthest, based on salaries and home values. To do so, the jobs site came up with a cost of living ratio — a city’s median base salary divided by its median home value.
Noticeably missing are some of America’s biggest cities. While you can certainly earn more in hubs like New York and San Francisco, few people can afford to buy a house or an apartment there.
After 4 generations, my grandmother’s dining room table has new chairs! It is almost sacrilegious to replace them, though the set of 12 dwindled to 6 with family members collapsing to the ground during gatherings. My mother used to have them cobbled together, though furniture repair people told her that they could not get fixed anymore. I still have the remaining ones left to use during large dinners, though I now have 6, sturdy new ones that more contemporary and comfy.
A mezuzah (Hebrew: “doorpost”) is a piece of parchment in a decorative case inscribed with specified verses from the Torah that is placed on door frames. I salvaged these from a home in Olivette that I sold so that I could give them back to the original owner.
A mezuzah serves two functions: Every time you enter or leave, the mezuzah reminds you that you have a covenant with God; second, it serves as a symbol to everyone else that this particular dwelling is constituted as a Jewish household, operating by a special set of rules, rituals, and beliefs.
In Ashkenazic tradition, the top of the mezuzah is inclined towards the inside of the room, and the bottom towards the outside. It is believed that placing it in a “standing” position is not respectful, similar to how the Tablets and the Torah scroll were arranged in the Holy Ark in the Temple.
The “Klaf” is handwritten in Hebrew, and it is remarkably small, approximately 2″ x 1.5″ max. The craftsmanship is impeccable, I can only wonder how old they are!
I have traveled to some great places in our fine nation over the last few years and have been going to Puerto Vallarta every January…though I was in a bit of a rut and realized that I had not traveled to anywhere very exotic or far away for about a decade. Recently I received an invitation to visit a friend in Buenos Aires and I jumped on the opportunity to go!
I stayed with my friend in his condo in the Palermo area of town. It is Spring down there and the weather was delightful. I spent my days walking the city, touring, eating lots of steak & just living like a local.
Evita was sort of the theme and I visited her grave, a museum devoted to her & Casa Rosada where she addressed the people from the balcony.
During my stay, I made a trip up to Northern Argentina bordering Paraguay and Brazil to see the famous Iguazu Falls. There really were breathtaking and looked like something you would see in a Lord of the Rings movie. I even saw a toucan!
Unfortunately my iPhone was stolen early on in my trip and I came to understand that you can not buy in iPhone in Argentina. I am thankful that I had my iPad with me and was able to stay in contact….though I did not get to take many pictures.