About Me: Rii :))

“How do I know what I think until I see what I say?(E.M. Forster)

Basket of White Roses

© Photo: Riihele. All rights reserved

I am a female of the species who has lived in many countries and diverse cultures. One who has changed an abode from place to place, country to country. Now am in Finland again.

In my blog Me Newsy- Letters, I will keep writing and airing my thoughts on miscellaneous things in and out of my sphere.

I love to take photographs of various things as in scenery, plants and objects. More of my photos are at Riihele @ Flickr. Do have a look in there, too. The main photo of the Bougainvillea at the title page was taken by me in Israel.

© Photo: Riihele. All rights reserved

“The pen is the tongue of the mind.” (Miguel de Cervantes)

11 Responses

  1. החלפת קישורים

  2. Hi Rii,

    My name is Avi (Abraham is the legal name, but you know how it is in Israel), and of course you don’t know me, but I just happened to stumble on your beautiful page, as I searched for the word: “Alonim,” in this new search engine called: Cuil. Com

    It was so nice to read how you described Pnina Rom, which I know and have a recent picture of. (It’s funny, but Pnina and her husband Benyamin, live right behind my mother’s apartment).
    You see, I was born, (1956) and grew up in Kibbutz Alonim which I then left in September 1979, after meeting a Swiss girl I’m still happily married to (with three kids).
    My father, Meir Kegel, was also an Ulpan teacher in Alonim, (he died in July 1993).

    Anyway, it’s so nice to see that people have such nice memories from the kibbutz ulpan.
    I’ve lived in New York City since 1980, but I go to visit Alonim every year. My mother, Chaia Kegel still lives there.

    It’s funny, but my daughter Stephanie, who will be turning 18 at the end of August, is going to Israel in Early September, guess for what, you’ve guessed it, to do an ulpan, but not in Alonim, they don’t have the program anymore, but in a kibbutz called: Mishmar Asharon, which is very close to Natania.

    Anysway Rii, if you want to see Pnina Rom, please let me know, and I’ll attach the picture I have of her and her husband.
    Of course, if you want to see some more of the new and improved Alonim, I’d be happy to send some more pictures, and of course, I can always direct you to my Picassa website, where you’ll find many pictures from Alonim and many others I’ve taken over the years.

    Anyway, I’m happy that you had a good time in Alonim, and please visit again soon.

    All the best,

    Avi Kegel

  3. Hei Avi

    THANK You so very much for this most wonderful note to me!

    So very SORRY for the lateness of my own response for my life has not only been ‘half-hectic but the full throttle’ lately, let me tell ya!! lol

    I would be so thrilled to see your pics on Alonim for i do indeed have great memories of this fine kibbutz. Please, do mail me the addy to your Picasa site.

    I do wish all the best for your daughter doing the Ulpan and to you and your family, good health and keep safe.

    Kol tuv. Rii 🙂

  4. Hei Eric

    Toda raba for the fine comment!
    Ha kol beseder.
    Kol tuv.

  5. Moi! Rii!

    Toivottavasti osaat suomea….
    Löysin kivat sivusi ja olen lukenut tekstejäsi ja katsellut kuviasi Suomesta ja Israelista, sekä vilkaissut sivustoa Irlannista.
    Ja: olen hämmästynyt!

    Oma sukuni (äitini puolelta) on kotoisin Lapista, mutta olen asunut koko lapsuuteni Pohjanmaalla. Kuinka ollakaan, olen kiinnostunut nyt yhä enemmän äitini kotiseudusta, kuten puolisonikin. Ja: toiset kiinnostuksemme kohteet ovat juuri Israel ja Irlanti.

    Nyt sinulle varmaan selviää hämmästykseni, kun löysin tällaisen sivuston, jossa kerrot asuneesi lapsuutesi Lapissa, muuttaneesi sitten eteläisempään Suomeen, ja sittemmin olet asunut Irlannissa ja myös Israelin kibbutsilla 😉

    Shalom ja hyvää päivän jatkoa sinulle,

  6. Hi Rii,


    I can fully understand how busy life can be, and how sometimes we don’t get to do all that we should, or want to do, so don’t worry, we’re all in the same boat.

    In that site, there are many pictures, some of Alonim, and many others, and of course you’re welcome to browse thorough all of them.
    Somewhere there, there is also a picture of Pnina Rom and her husband Benjamin.

    Again Rii, all the best and be well.

    Avi Kegel

    • To Avi– you will not remember me, but in 1979, I studied with your father on the ulpan at Alonim. Like many other ulpan participants, I worked in the factory and in the grapefruit orchards–but in my case, because I was beginning a teaching career not long before our sojourn to Israel, I ended up teaching an English conversation class for older adults on the kibbutz. It was a turning point in my life–no exaggeration in this statement–because most of my students were refugees or Holocaust survivors, and their stories became the “texts” of our course. Your father shared a great deal with me over a period of six months. He continued to teach me by mail after my wife and I returned to California. Your parents visited our home in San Jose some few years later–as did Rena and David Tadmor. As for me, I eventually found my “best self” in classroom after classroom, never forgetting the models I had encountered at Alonim, most especially your father. I now direct a regional office for the educational organization, Facing History and Ourselves, http://www.facinghistory.org, and if you check out the site, you will understand the debt I owe so many of the people of Alonim, those of your parents’ generation, as the spirit of our work is related to so much of what I learned during my time on kibbutz and with such special people. If you wish to connect with me, I would welcome the chance to ask about many people who figured largely in my life. My email is jweinstein50@yahoo.com. Best wishes. Jack

  7. Hei Teija

    Wow —
    all these connections that you have
    to the places that are so dear to me!

    Todella ihmeellistä.
    Terveisin Rii 🙂

  8. Hei Avi

    I did have a good look at your pics in Picasa —
    though, did not comment, yet that is!
    Keep so safe and well.

    Shavua tov. Rii 🙂

  9. Is this blog still viable?

    • Hei Rosemary!

      Thank you for your question. Indeed it is. I just do not have the time anymore to be writing new blog entries right now, but hope to get back to writing in the near future.

      Are you the Rosemary Maker that I think that you are? From Flint?! If so, it’d be super fun to get in touch and hear more news of your ‘world’ and in mine… 🙂

      Take good care and hope to get your reply ASAP on this blog.

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