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804, 2020

Trepidation

I write this column with trepidation, as it discusses how the ultra-orthodox Jewish cities and neighborhoods in Israel have become the central hot spots of the coronavirus. With trepidation, because no matter how careful I [...]

3103, 2020

BC-AC

BC-AC? No, it’s is not the name of a band. That’s AC-DC. BC-AC is a term we’re going to hear a lot more in the coming weeks, months, and maybe years. I first came across [...]

2103, 2020

Dancing at two weddings at the same time

On Thursday, I watched Martin Rapaport’s webinar. The webinar ran for almost two hours. As Rapaport carried on, I became progressively more uncomfortable. Did he ask valid questions? He sure did. Here are some of [...]

3010, 2019

Tequila Sunrise

Earlier this week, Vlad Yavorskyy posted a story about Mandarin Garnet on Facebook.  He wrote: “In recent years many new gemstones have been unearthed in distant and exotic places, occasioning great excitement in the gem [...]

2410, 2019

The girl of yesterday

In early September, the head of the IDEX design team sent me the draft of the info mailer that announced the publication of IDEX Magazine’s September issue. If you haven’t seen it, take a look. [...]

1010, 2018

Time for OUCH: Openness, Understanding, Cooperation and Harmonization

This October, CIBJO – the World Jewellery Confederation will hold its annual congress in Bogota, Colombia, and shortly after that the delegates of the World Federation of Diamond Bourses (WFDB) and of the International Diamond [...]

Welcome!

On this blogsite, I publish my professional, political and literary efforts, both in English and in Dutch, my native language. Each of these sections also has an archive.

While I have been writing all my life, I’ve not been diligent about ‘organizing’ my writing – columns, op-ed pieces or short stories, into a framework. So here we are, and I hope you’ll like what you find and read here!