Tuesday, August 2, 2011


Welcome to I Had a Thought. I have been blogging politics for many years, but my main interests are science (my career), food (a passion) and history (my hobby). I also have been raising two kids who have taught me over the years how to be (I hope) a good parent. So I want to escape a bit from the world of political blogging and write on a wider range of subjects of interest to more people: health, parenting, genealogy, etc. Life is a wonderful thing, but it can also be hard. If we share our interests and our strategies for handling life's harder parts, we can do better. I hope you find this site useful.

See pages below for the categories I cover.


This page of I Had a Thought covers practical advice for consumers about how to keep your home and health intact and running smoothly. I will include exposing scams when I can and offer advice on what products are good and what aren't.

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Pest Control Advice: Diatomaceous Earth Eliminates Crawling Bugs

Revisting: Preventing and Dealing With Bed Bugs

Shalom, Salaam, Peace: Coffee, Unity and Sustainability from Uganda

Cold Remidies: What Works and What Doesn't

Alternative Holiday Gifts to Match Your Values

Alternative Energy Options in Your State

PASSOVER MATZOH: My Family Agrees, It's Osem

Save Money, Create American Jobs and Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

Booze and Biofuels Meet: Making Whiskey and Fuel Side by Side

Break Up With Your Mega-Bank!...Green America's Community Investing Guide

The time is NOW for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency

100% Green Energy Plans

Better Banking and Better Credit Cards


This page of I Had a Thought covers a scientist's view of health and wellness, trying to dispel myths and emphasize key ways you can keep healthy and deal with problems when they arise.

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Cold Remidies: What Works and What Doesn't

Preventing and Dealing With Bed Bugs

America's Asthma and Allergy Epidemic

Dealing with Mold and Mildew in Your Home

East African Mystery Disease: Nodding Syndrome

Your Health: Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria on the Rise


Traveling the world and eating well along the way...

New York City:


Five Guys Got Together to Make Some Burgers and Fries

NYC Restaurant Review: Manhattan Restaurant and Wine Bar: Reserve

NYC Restaurant Review: Great Sechuan

NYC Restaurant Review: Mia Chef Gelateria

NYC Restaurant Review: Stone Creek Bar and Lounge


Five Guys Got Together to Make Some Burgers and Fries

Things to do in NYC: Brooklyn Heights Cinema

Things to do in NYC: Proteus Gowanus Art Space

NYC Local Business: Community Bookstore, Park Slope, Brooklyn

NYC Restaurant Review: Palo Santo; South American wines and cuisine in Brooklyn

NYC Restaurant Review: Cafe Steinhof, Austrian comfort food

NYC Restaurant Review: Dakar Senegalese Food in Clinton Hill

Los Angeles:

Five Guys Got Together to Make Some Burgers and Fries

Things to do in Los Angeles: The Watts Towers

Saving Money While Fueling Up in Southern California

Los Angeles Travel: Hipster Hotel and Swingers Diner

Los Angeles Restaurant Reviews: Umami Burger and Sake House Izakaya

Must Eat Los Angeles: Addcitive Mexican Food at Tito's Tacos


Traveling in Germany


Traveling in Turkey


This page will cover my own family, parenting information, and genealogical info.


Musical Discoveries: The Evolution of my Son's Tastes in Music

Family Videos: My Son Jacob Dancing in Brooklyn

Family Videos: My Son Jacob Singing the Elements Song

Musical Discoveries: The Evolution of my Son's Tastes in Music

Family History: Record of Adam Wasem's Death February 12, 1922

Saving Heritage: Jewish Roots and a Small Synagogue in Latvia

Meeting Judaism: Purim in Brooklyn


Forced Mormon Conversion of Catholic and Jewish Dead

Ancestors: Who's your great great great great grandpappy?

In Search of Franconia: Wherein I Begin Looking at my German Roots

An American Tale: From Immigrants to American Icon

My search for my Jewish family roots

Saturday, July 30, 2011


Here I will post some interesting musical discoveries. Generally a bit out of the ordinary and often things that surprised me when I first learned of them.

The Late, Great Koko Taylor's Wang Dang early party song!

Musical Discoveries: The Evolution of my Son's Tastes in Music

Blues Roots: Leadbelly

Diverse Jewish Heritage in Music

Musical Discovery: The Music of Mali

Musical Discovery: Remembering Israel Kamakawiwo'ole

Challenging Apartheid: The Music of Juluka

Nina Simone: Powerful Blues Singer and Civil Rights Advocate

Sticking to the Union

Music for the Underdog: Paul Robeson

The Music of Nationalism...the Music of Immigration: Gogol Bordello's Gypsy Punk

Afia Mala, Royal Princess of Togo



On this page I will post book reviews of relatively unknown books I find particularly interesting.

Best WW II Movie EVER: Kelly's Heroes

CHILDRENS' CLASSIC BOOK REVIEW: Watership Down and Tales from Watership Down

One of the Greatest Stories Ever Anime and Manga Form: Nausicaa (UPDATED)

Silly Christian Brawls, History and the Crimean War

Book Review: A Long Way Gone; Memoirs of a Boy Soldier

BOOK REVIEW: This Moment on Earth

BOOK REVIEW: Grief of my Heart

Book Review: "Dream in Color", by Loretta and Linda Sanchez

Book Review: The Yamato Dynasty (From the Meiji restoration to modern times)

BOOK REVIEW: The Political Brain