April 16, 2008 | 6:24 pm
Posted by Dikla Kadosh
The Calendar Girl’s blog is written by Dikla Kadosh and Danielle Berrin
They say your name is your identity, and in my case, the adage is fitting. Dikla means palm tree in Hebrew and I share many qualities with the tropical tree: I thrive in warm climates such as Southern California, where I grew up, and Israel, where I was born. I am deeply connected to my faith, as the palm tree, symbolizing peace and plenty, is deeply rooted in Judaism. I am a nurturer and intuitively provide comfort and aid to friends, family and strangers, as the palm tree has provided shade, sustenance and protection from the harsh desert winds for centuries. I am flexible and willing to bend with the changing winds, but it takes one hell of a storm to break me. And like the majestic palm tree that lines the streets of Beverly Hills, I like to stand tall and stand out, be a leader, but a gentle one.
Born in the sticky heat of the Everglades region, where hurricanes whirl by every summer and mojitos are as ubiquitous as water, I was raised in a loving family on a green acre enclosed within a hedge of oak, ficus and palm trees. The year-long summers of Florida meant my recent move to Los Angeles wouldn’t be too shocking - I was merely trading hurricanes for earthquakes, humidity for smog. But I didn’t come here for the weather, it’s just an added benefit. I ventured across the country because Hollywood is where dreams come true, and although I am woman of many passions, I find myself enjoying the pursuit of journalism. “And however hard I tried to put words between myself and the world, I couldn’t find any that were suitable to clothe things anew; because all my words were hard and freshly hewn: saying them was like laying down so many stones.” -Italo Calvino
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