Tuesday, August 30, 2011



 Use your enemy's hand to catch a snake.
            -- Persian Proverb

Tuesday Morning at the Garden - georgy






















Saturday, August 27, 2011

Find out who you are and do it on purpose.
-- Dolly Parton

Tuesday Morning @ "The Garden" - georgy

love & love,
-g-

Don't compromise yourself. 
You are all you've got.
There is no yesterday, no tomorrow,
it's all the same .... day.
-- Janis Joplin

Tuesday Morning @ "The Garden" - georgy
love & love,
-g-

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Love is the big booming beat
which covers up the noise of hate.
            -- Margaret Cho

Last Tuesday in "The Garden" - georgy



To find a fault is easy; to do better may be difficult.
            -- Plutarch

Georgy's Tuesday trip to "The Garden."

 love & love,
-g-

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

I was feeling just a little swamped . . .

 
Like the kids say,
"It's All Good"
But,
This morning 
NO
Yesterday Afternoon
I felt 
a little overwhelmed
So
I got up early, rode the bus to 
The Garden
and was at the counter
waiting for it to open.

photo - yep, "The Garden" this morning - georgy
Now, I am refreshed

love & love,
-g-


Sunday, August 21, 2011

Emily Dickinson's Garden:  The Poetry of Flowe...Image by asterix611 via Flickr





 Forever is composed of nows.
            -- Emily Dickinson







My "Nows"
have become the best adventure
of all.

Find MySelf
Amazed
and
Totally 
Grateful

-g-









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Friday, August 19, 2011

Tell me Somthin' Good!


Rev. Dr. John Bennett (left) and Rev. Allen Ladage (right) of Missouri Interfaith Impact give Central Reform Congregation's Jennifer Bersdale and Rabbi Susan Talve the first annual Amos 5:24 Justice Avocate Award during CRC's Shabbat services Friday night. Photo: Kristi Foster
 
 CRC Receives Social Justice Award
 Posted: Wednesday, August 17, 2011 12:29 pm | Updated: 10:17 am, Thu Aug 18, 2011.
Reverend Dr. John Bennett felt last week's Shabbat experience more than lived up to his expectations.

"I have known and worked with Rabbi Susan Talve and it is such a joy to be in her presence at any time but in the congregational setting it was even more so," he said. "I just wish every congregation, including those I have served as a pastor and as a member, had the sense of prophetic vitality that Central Reform does."

And if Missouri Interfaith IMPACT, the statewide organization that Bennett was representing last Friday evening, has anything to say about it, every congregation will hear of that prophetic vitality. Bennett was there to present congregants with the Amos 5:24 Justice Advocate Award honoring the house of worship for its commitment to social justice.

Amos 5:24 reads, "Let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an everflowing stream."

"We wanted to begin to say thank you for that kind of commitment, that kind of work because we just don't see as much of it taking place within the state," said Rev. Allen Ladage, chair of IMPACT. "It was time to lift up those who are doing these things in order to support them and help people know there are others doing this kind of work also."

Ladage also attended the Friday night observance, which coincided with the congregation's monthly Social Responsibility Shabbat Service.

But the award isn't just a first for CRC. It's also a first for the organization giving it. Though IMPACT was founded in 1980, this is the inaugural year for the honor.

Jennifer Bersdale, director of advocacy and communications for the synagogue, said the award really recognized the totality of CRC's work in a number of areas, not for any single specific program.

"It's really for our overall tikkun olam programming," she said. "It's based on work we've done on a variety of issues but the top criteria are that the recipients must address the root causes of poverty, racism, sexism and other forms of injustice. Addressing the root causes of those issues is really what a lot of our advocacy is about."

The other criteria for the honor include challenging and seeking to change unjust societal structures and promoting transformative and sustainable change.

Ladage said the award is meant to recognize congregations that lend a more progressive voice to religious dialogue and he was personally impressed by the work CRC did on health care issues.

"It's a great time and a great day for all congregations to work together to find different concerns that they can begin to respond to, not just on the mercy side of fixing the problems of one person but moving on to the justice side and looking at what the causes of injustice are and then responding to say no," he said.

Bersdale said that the criteria spoke strongly to the ethos that drives the congregation's efforts.

"We recognize that programs where you are directly helping individuals are important but you also have to pair them with trying to change the system so that individuals aren't hungry so that they need food drives," she said.

CRC Rabbi Susan Talve had high praise for the two presenters and said the award challenges her temple to strive even more diligently to maintain its mission.

"It's a high bar and it's a wonderful organization," she said of IMPACT. "That they would consider us for their first award means we have to take it seriously. It's a challenge to make sure we deserve it by continuing to work hard on justice issues in the state."

Talve said it was especially moving that the award wasn't merely local but reflected a wider swath of the region.

"Sometimes we wonder as Jews if we are really making an impact statewide because while there are Jews in St. Louis and Kansas City and a few [outstate], you don't think as much about the community making an impact in rural areas across the state," she said.

Bersdale said CRC was happy to host the pair, who traveled from Jefferson City to make the official announcement. The temple has known about its selection for about a month, she said.

"They really wanted to come at a time where they could share it with the whole congregation," she said.

Bennett said the experience meant a great deal to him.

"It was a joy for me personally to worship at Central Reform Congregation," he said. "I said before my remarks that I was humbled to be in the presence of brothers and sisters and Abraham and Sarah. It was a special interfaith moment for me."

Talve said the nature of the award recognized the power of collective action.

"What's wonderful about this award is that it is for the entire congregation. That really is honoring the whole community, not any one of us but all of us," she said. "It reminds us that we can do so much more as a community. We can really make a difference when we all live our core values together."


Absoultely HAD to share this with you:

This was sent to me by Richard Vergara.  He is a friend of mine . . .

"The Green Thing"


In the line at the store, the cashier told an older woman that she should bring her own grocery bags because plastic bags weren't good for the environment.
The woman apologized to him and explained, "We didn't have the green thing back in my day."
The clerk responded, "That's our problem today.  Your generation did not care enough to save our environment."
He was right -- our generation didn't have the green thing in its day.
Back then, we returned milk bottles, soda bottles and beer bottles to the store. The store sent them back to the plant to be washed and sterilized and refilled, so it could use the same bottles over and over.  So they really were recycled.

Examples of Milk Bottles from the late 19th ce...Image via Wikipedia

But we didn't have the green thing back in our day.
We walked up stairs, because we didn't have an escalator in every store and office building. We walked to the grocery store and didn't climb into a 300-horsepower machine every time we had to go two blocks.
But he was right. We didn't have the green thing in our day. 
 
Back then, we washed the baby's diapers because we didn't have the throw-away kind.  We dried clothes on a line, not in an energy gobbling machine burning up 220 volts -- wind and solar power really did dry the clothes.  Kids got hand-me-down clothes from their brothers or sisters, not always brand-new clothing. But that clerk was right; we didn't have the green thing back in our day.
Back then, we had one TV, or radio, in the house -- not a TV in every room. And the TV had a small screen the size of a handkerchief (remember them?), not a screen the size of the state of Montana . 
 
In the kitchen, we blended and stirred by hand because we didn't have electric machines to do everything for us. 
 
When we packaged a fragile item to send in the mail, we used a wadded up old newspaper to cushion it, not Styrofoam or plastic bubble wrap. 
 
Back then, we didn't fire up an engine and burn gasoline just to cut the lawn. We used a push mower that ran on human power.  We exercised by working so we didn't need to go to a health club to run on treadmills that operate on electricity.
But he's right; we didn't have the green thing back then.
 
We drank from a fountain when we were thirsty instead of using a cup or a plastic bottle every time we had a drink of water. 
We refilled writing pens with ink instead of buying a new pen, and we replaced the razor blades in a razor instead of throwing away the whole razor just because the blade got dull.
But we didn't have the green thing back then.
 
Back then, people took the streetcar or a bus and kids rode their bikes to school or walked instead of turning their moms into a 24-hour taxi service. 
We had one electrical outlet in a room, not an entire bank of sockets to power a dozen appliances.  And we didn't need a computerized gadget to receive a signal beamed from satellites 2,000 miles out in space in order to find the nearest pizza joint.
But isn't it sad the current generation laments how wasteful we old folks were just because we didn't have the green thing back then?

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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

A little fun . . .

Sending Love to You All!
-g-

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Hear Our Cry

It's the 9th of Av
AND
I think my heart will break.

My neighbor is washing her white plastic fence.
Using her hose 
water flows freely
making a little stream 
the birds enjoy.
 
This is lovely,
BUT
 
I am hearing stories
of families
walking 25 days,
40 days,
3 months
looking for help
the famine is so severe
they have nothing
and will surely die if they don't walk.

As they walk
their children drop and die along the way
there is not enough strength to carry
or bury their beautiful
children
 
They continue walking,
with a hope to find help enough to save children
still breathing.

They have nothing,
I see plenty here
but
can't manage even a cup
of refreshment
for those
still walking

those arriving
being told there are too many
 
Eternal One
hear my heart cry
amplify it
add it to the others
HEAR US
We need Your Help Now


 
-g-

Thursday, August 04, 2011

An Interesting Rememberance












i was totally stunned
when, many years ago
I visited Salt River Cemetery
(Farmer City, Illinois)
to see  resting places of family members past

i remember clearly my Father's father
(actually i remember Both my Grandfathers
clearly and with a Lot of Love)
BUT
On seeing his headstone
I realized
I was not yet here
on earth
the same time as
 LeRoy Rock
(my Paternal Grandfather)

AND
Although I have seen film footage
of the wonderful man
the films showed a pudgy,
fun loving, lively man
fishing and playing pranks in younger days
in Farmer City, Illinois

the grandfather i knew was frail
slim
leaving the earth rather soon

I was not building a dream world using
archival, family footage

BUT, before he left
before i arrived
we spent quality time together
in Encino, California
in a formal house my parents owned for a while


I guess it's not uncommon,
hm??

How about you?
Have a remembrance built out of LOVE?

In researching, to see if i could find something for you,
I see "Maple Grove Cemetery."
I wonder what's up with this
I remember "Salt Creek" distinctly -
but, it doesn't seem to exist . . . (having a twilight zone moment . . . yikers!)


Tuesday, August 02, 2011

What I am actually saying is that we need to be willing to let our intuition guide us, 
and then be willing
to follow that guidance 
directly and fearlessly.
            -- Shakti Gawain


love & love,
-g-

Calls to the heart . . .