Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Happy New Adventure

tiny little song sheets -
Big, Big Dreams

Bring it On

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

I'm supposed to be working - but . . .

this is just too fun. See, I asked the dog, (Osa Magillicutty Happy Pants,) if she would consider taking me for a stroll - maybe just around the block. the weather is really nice and I could use a little moving around. So, Ms. Osa said "yes" and we were on our way. Before we got to the first corner a really large maroon van came from the alley, stopped and then slowly pulled onto our street. The thing is, they were moving so slow i could see the people inside clearly.

Now, if I were home (I'm from the western states, a performing arts family) I wouldn't think a thing of it . . but, I'm NOT home. This is Kirkwood, Missouri. (Need I say more???) This van was positively packed with people who looked as if they'd arrived, from all over the world, in the 1950's.


There was a gentleman with a large handlebar mustache, there were several faces that looked Asian, there were men and ladies who looked as if they'd stepped out of a casting director's office, looking for a role on Leave It To Beaver. It was too amazing.

So - if I WERE home (we've already discussed that) - I would simply think it was a circus family - OR - people taking extra training in circus arts. Here - none of that would be happening.

Whatever - I finally rally and continue walking. By the time we get around the block, I see the van - empty, parked on the wrong side of the road - facing the wrong way (okay, they must not know our neighborhood, or the driving rules for U.S.A. - what's new about that, right???)

A-Ha!!!! Then I begin to spot them. Two by two they are paired, going door to door, knocking and engaging people in conversations when possible.

Definitely not Mormon - must be Witnesses.

Case Closed - but . . it was fun - trying to sort out the circus people.

I kept trying to decide how i would explain it, if i had to . . . now I don't HAVE to - but, still - I've decided to share it with you.

Okay, okay - I'll get back to work.

Once we believe in ourselves,
we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight,
or any experience that reveals the human spirit.
-- e e cummings

Monday, December 29, 2008

A Most Excellent Suggestion:

For peace of mind, resign as general manager of the universe.

— Anonymous

Slumdog Millionaire

I'm still considering this movie.

My first favorite scene was when the people noticed Jamal on his way back for the final round.
When they were sure it was him, they told him they were proud of him and gave him blessings to win.

I am still impressed by the thought - if it weren't for Ram and Allah we'd still have a mother.

The personality type of the main character - was good/interesting teaching.

I love the Hindi principles always upheld. Even though there were difficult things to convey - it wasn't overly graphic. And, the kiss was suggested - but, not shown. (I appreciate the belief system and moral code of Hindi film.)

I am thankful for the gift of a dance production at the end.

And - amazed that World Music has been lifted yet another notch.

I enjoyed this feature film.
An unhurried sense of time is in itself a form of wealth.
-- Bonnie Friedman, in New York Times

Whatever God's dream about man may be, it seems certain it cannot come true unless man cooperates.
-- Stella Terrill Mann

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Be a first rate version of yourself,
not a second rate version of someone else.

-- Judy Garland,
to her daughter, Liza Minelli

Friday, December 26, 2008

Thank you, Einstein

We should take care
not to make the intellect our god;
it has, of course, powerful muscles,
but no personality.

Albert Einstein

Thursday, December 25, 2008


I have friends out working today - handling emergencies.
They call in from time to time with interesting stories.
Their favorite thing to report is, even though parking lots all over the region are empty,
every Walgreen store is packed,
and looks as if there's a really hoppin' party going on.

I hope people have decided to stop for milk or extra candy - and not for aspirin.

Happy Happy - Whatever your celebration style -

It seems to me it's all about The Light.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Nelson Mandela:

The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling,
but in rising every time we fall.

This is comforting - (giggle)

Assert your right to make a few mistakes. If people can't accept your imperfections, that's their fault.
-- Dr. David M. Burns

Friday, December 19, 2008

None of us will ever accomplish anything excellent or commanding
except when he listens to this whisper which is heard by him alone.

-Ralph Waldo Emerson

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Shoshannah sent this

Here's the quote - she found it on

"The sages teach that G-d assists a person to go in the way that he chooses"

I think this is a comforting thought.

You might want to visit Shoshannah Brombacher - she is a Fine Artist -
She's an even better friend - and Maggida

He that would make his own liberty secure,
must guard even his enemy from oppression;
for if he violates this duty,
he establishes a precedent that will reach to himself.
-- Thomas Paine

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Cheryl Pride took this photo

she was attending an eagle release event - so much like her - she never met a creature she didn't want to help - thing was - on release, the eagle went right towards Cheryl - flapped her pretty good while passing - and - this great picture is the outcome.

Another belief of mine: that everyone else my age is an adult, whereas I am merely in disguise.
-- Margaret Atwood, Cat's Eye, 1988

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Could it be true?

"Imagination is more important than knowledge. "

— Albert Einstein

if so, I might be rich, rich, rich.

Saturday, December 06, 2008

Update on "The Box"

It arrived in Los Angeles - eventually it was loaded on a train bound for New Jersey. Turns out the things inside were ordered by Big Lots. I wonder, in a few months, if we visit our local Big Lots, will we find scales, garden supplies and tape measures that arrived in this container.

Oh yes, the ship it arrived on was called "Starlight." Pretty Name, don't you think? of course, the news doesn't tell us about the people on board the ship - only that it's huge - maybe the length of two football fields.

Trains come through here a lot - I know the box is going through Chicago - I'll watch - who knows??? Maybe it will go by while I'm on a bus watching - and i can wave.

Thursday, December 04, 2008

Well known though - always a good reminder . . .

" You must be the change you wish to see in the world. "

Mohandas Gandhi

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

It MUST be close . . .

"The Box's next port of call is Los Angeles, where it is due to arrive on Wednesday 3 December"

It's supposed to arrive today - and, when looking at the GPS tracking map it looks like it's there already - it's just past lunch time there - so, maybe they are looking at the shore . . ya think?

Welcome to the City of Angels!!!!!


"Success is more a function of consistent common sense than it is of genius. "

— An Wang

Monday, December 01, 2008

The Box Update

I'm relieved to see the Box is just some few hundreds of miles from the shore of California. It's unsettling to think of those people out to sea like like. In my imagination they all get to come a shore and get different jobs. (giggle.)

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Aye-yi-yi - i went to check on "the Box" - do you remember? It's the BBC project - tracking a cargo container for a year. Right now it's in the middle of the Pacific. I mean it, there aren't any land markers on the map at all. It's headed towards Los Angeles - I hope everyone on board is safe and warm. I hope they have calm seas. Isn't it funny how we never consider things like that until we make a point to pay attention. If we haven't a person out there, we don't think about how "stuff" gets to us.

"Lord, the sea is so big and my boat is so small." Did you ever learn that poem when you were little???

g'night everyone,
Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.
-- Scott Adams

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

I have a lot to share with you - but, for now - this quote will have to do:

If one speaks or acts with a cruel mind, misery follows, as the cart follows the horse... If one speaks or acts with a pure mind, happiness follows, as a shadow follows its source.
-- the Dhammapada

Monday, November 24, 2008

"The Box"

Remember me going on about "the box?" I'm talking about the BBC experiment of adopting a cargo shipping container and following it for a year. My first surprise was how l-o-n-g it takes to get from place to place. It started out in Great Britain (of course) with a load of whiskey to take to China. It finally arrived and unloaded - then it was filled with clothing (it's called 'consumer goods' now, so - maybe there's more than clothes, I don't know.) The container left Shanghai on November 18th - and, right now, as i type, it's in the Pacific Ocean (looks like somewhere I WOULDN'T want to be - way past Japan - headed towards the California side of the United States.
I'm thinking of the crew members on board. Where will they be? Do they celebrate Holidays this week? Do they miss their families? Will they be warm enough?

I'm enjoying the Box Project - But, I find myself caring about all the people.

Beautiful Monday Everyone!

Friday, November 21, 2008

a morning gift from Pops:

a little bit of cheer.
Without friends no one would choose to live, though he had all other goods.
-- Aristotle, Nichomachean Ethics

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Everywhere I go I'm asked if I think the university stifles writers. My opinion is that they don't stifle enough of them. There's many a best-seller that could have been prevented by a good teacher.
-- Flannery O'Connor

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

In the end, we decide if we're remembered for what happened to us or for what we did with it.
-- Randy K. Milholland, Something Positive Comic, 06-29-06

Monday, November 17, 2008

Box Update

The Box is in Shanghai, it's been loaded with clothing and, guess what????
It will be on it's way to the U.S. - sometime this month (November.)
Maybe one of your will see it and take a picture.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

If you do not wish to be prone to anger,
do not feed the habit; give it nothing which may tend to its increase.
-- Epictetus

("don't feed the bears" . . georgy)

Friday, November 14, 2008


On Thursday (November 13th) i was on the way home from class.
Our bus stopped for a gentleman,
silver headed, good quality shoes with the soles splitting in two.
He was noticeable because he was lifting a bicycle
up onto the bike rack on the front of the bus.
(It always seems to me you need to be pretty strong to do that.
There was a much younger man at the stop
who must have thought something similar
because he stepped up to help the gentleman.)
It took a little time to get it accomplished,
then the gentleman boarded and we were off,
traveling down the road - headed towards my stop,
maybe three quarters of a mile away.
The gentleman handed a transfer to the driver.
The driver looked at the piece of paper
and realized it was for sometime last October -
not Valid.
The gentleman continued to look in his bill fold
for another, proper piece of paper.
By my stop, the valid transfer or form of fare had not been found.
I'd already gotten off but, since the bus was not moving,
waited to see if I was needed.
I always carry an extra pass.
I purchase my monthly pass and an extra day pass - just in case.
(You never know when there might be an opportunity to help someone.)
I started to pull the fare from my pocket, when I saw, on the bus,
about five people walking up to the front of the bus with bills in their hands
(you could see it all in black and while through the front windows.)
I knew the gentleman was well provided for -
so i waved good-bye and walked the rest of the way home.

It was my favorite part of Thursday.
yes, all of Thursday was mighty fine - but, seeing so many people rally -
Love In Action
THAT was my favorite part.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

"We must be willing to get rid of the life we’ve planned,
so as to have the life that is waiting for us."

— Joseph Campbell

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Monday, November 10, 2008

Dear Mother Makeba

My heart is pounding in my chest - it's hard to say good-bye
In exile, you loved us all
and lifted your voice to free your people
I'll remember you
I'll lift my voice, too
I'll remember the Mother who sang Children to Freedom
I'll try to do the same

Love to you,
from one of the children who listened.

Happy Journey Ahead of Us

the note

Sunday, November 09, 2008

This is Cool:


click the link and visit a wonderful page.

(Thank you, Jim)
We have too many high sounding words, and too few actions that correspond with them.
-- Abigail Adams, letter to John Adams, 1774

Isn't this the way it is????

Rose Is Rose - Wimmer & Brady (totally brilliant)

Isn't this the way it is????

Rose Is Rose - Wimmer & Brady (totally brilliant)

(if you click on it - it will grow - then you can read it)

A Brilliant Gift from my Study Buddy

It's from a new site, I'll learn about it and share later -
but, i love this gift so much - I just had to share it with you.

Saturday, November 08, 2008

Are you musical?

This will make you laugh . . .

True and False

Rebbe Reb Zusya said:

If someone says that I have nothing, it's true.

But if they say that I lack anything, it's false.

Sarfei Kodesh, 263

I think I would have liked Zusya. Many of his stories sound a lot like me. This is one of them.

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Here is an interesting quote. It appeals to me -
I wonder what you make of it . . .
Here goes:

To accomplish our destiny it is not enough
to merely guard prudently against road accidents.
We must also cover before nightfall the distance assigned to each of us.
- - Alexis Carrel

Yarn Juggling

Rose Is Rose
by Pat Brady & Dom Wimmer

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

"From this point forward, I commit myself to seeing the good in all others, and to finding the decency and generosity in those who disagree with me, and to keep that in front of my consciousness even as I continue to disagree with the paths that they have chosen - and let that understanding give me even greater energy to act for the causes of social justice and peace."

Rabbi Lerner

Monday, November 03, 2008

Oh my fur & whiskers!

It's been a while since I traveled the nation, schlepping CDs, equipment, guitars and stuff - driving long, quiet distances, having conversations with the Divine. The last few years, I've "suddenly understood" something, in the shower. Not so romantic, I suppose, but it must be the "quiet enough" place - where the new idea can "get through." Color me surprised that now I have fun with ideas while traveling by city bus.

Okay, you know me - just color me having fun and leave it at that.

Anyway. Our class has a reading assignment for this week. I didn't like it. i wanted to travel back in history and kick the author in the chins. Part of my distress is that I mis-understood some of it and part was because the entire story wasn't represented and, you guessed it, part of it i STILL don't like, but I don't care that I don't like it anymore.

Because, my wonderful study partner, sent me the "rest of the story."
I found something else in the story that captured my imagination
and it's had me giggling for a couple of hours.

The story is about the time Moses saw the Burning Bush, right????
When Moses figured out Who it was/is talking to him, he "hid his face."
Later, when Moses wanted to see the Face . . . it wasn't so easy, right???

The story I'm reading suggests, if Moses HAD looked the first time -
he would have seen & understood everything.

I hear from people they would be afraid to look, too.

I imagine, "what if?"

It would have been marvelous.
The Face of the ONE who loves us - really LOVES us.

Then, right there in downtown Kirkwood, on my way to the Post Office,
I picture Moses looking up -
and the music video as we see the Look of Joy, Perfection and Limitless Love on his face -
and the sound track (which is what made me laugh)
was a tune from an old group (I think the "Monkeys")

It's called "I'm A Believer"

I thought Love was only true in fairy tales, and for someone else but not for me
Love was out to get me,( da-da-da-da) that's the way it seemed
Disappointment haunted all my dreams

Then I saw "The Face" - Now I'm a believer
Not a trace - Of doubt in my mind
I'm IN LOVE (ooooh, aaah) - I'm a Believer
I couldn't Leave - If I tried

you can even imagine the footage -
Moses being being put in a basket in the river
Moses being told he wasn't an Egyptian
Moses wandering the Desert
Meeting Tziporrah and her Father

Then - seeing The Face . . . .

If he had looked the first time,
would it have been easier to accomplish his mission?
I dunno

the song is still playing out in my imagination

I hope I look - I hope I see - I hope I have the opportunity

Sunday, November 02, 2008

From My Friend:

My study partner, Maggid Jim Brule
sent a beautiful quote - I share a snippet here:

"A man is free only when he has an errand on earth."

it's from a much longer quote by
Rabbi Abba Hillel Silver (who blesses us still.)

Friday, October 31, 2008

I shut my eyes in order to see.
-- Paul Gauguin

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Here's a good one . . .

“This is the true joy in life,
to be used for a purpose
recognized by yourself as a mighty one,
to be thoroughly worn out
before you are thrown on the scrap heap.
To be a force of nature
instead of a feverish little clod of ailments and grievances
complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy.
I am a member of a community
and as a member it is my privilege
to do for it whatever I can before I die.
Life is no brief candle to me.
It is a sort of splendid torch
that I want to make burn as brightly as possible
before handing it on to future generations.”
George Bernard Shaw

Monday, October 27, 2008

The Box

Checking on the status of "The Box" - we learn that the cargo of whiskey has been unloaded in Shanghai. There is concern about fuel costs in the shipping industry - (but, we could have guessed that, right?) "The Box" is scheduled to hang around the Shanghai area for a little while - then it will take a load of something (so far undisclosed) to the United States.


I'm wondering if I should start another blog about the maggidic journey - my double mindedness about the idea is - (if you remember) - I erased the other blog i had - choosing to share on this one site. What do you think? My friend and study partner will receive s'mich (ordination) in January - which is happy making - but has me thinking about the future.

For today I'll just add "(future) Maggid" to the title bar - and get busy with my writing assignment. i wonder if I can finish the project before the end of May????
The answer, of course, would be "NO" - not if I don't set pen to paper in a more disciplined fashion.

Love to you all!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams!
Live the life you've imagined. As you simplify your life,
the laws of the universe will be simpler.

-- Henry David Thoreau

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Morning Fun

I ride metro bus - metro link and, on occasion the call-a-ride bus. That and walking is how i get around. Now that I've shared that with you, you won't be one bit surprised that I often have a day pack with me. The one above is my "everyday pack." I've been using it a couple of years now. It's still in good shape, so you might see me with it a couple more years. I like it. I DO miss the mountain pack i arrived here with, along with my mountain boots, work shirts and jeans but, that was in 1982 and all that has long since evaporated into time.

I ride the train with lots of interesting and super bright people.
Many of them came from China.
They ask questions, I am always amazed that they speak English so well.
Many of them have really important, life saving jobs.
They like my company because I'm different and because I share.
Sometimes we look at my Hebrew Textbook.
I say it's a brilliant game - they say it's too hard.
I say Chinese seems "too hard"
since they already speak it, they must be the brightest beings on earth.
They laugh at me a lot.

Today is Wednesday.
On Wednesday Mornings I carry cookies, books and sometimes crafts
to "Tiny Tots Storytime."
The picture below is the day pack I usually wear on Wednesday Mornings, unless it's raining.
It's made of re-cycled materials.
I suppose it doesn't look like much in a photo
but, it's really lots of fun.

Below is a photo of it, with the top flap folded up so you can see a little of the color.
There's a lot of Chinese and also some Thai (and English) all over this pack.
Today my friends noticed. It made them giddy with pleasure.
They never considered re-cycled material re-used in a way
that let you see what it had been before.

They read the Chinese out loud and told me what it said.
They explained where the places were - there were people on the bus
who have family members living in the places mentioned on the pack.
They wondered where in the world a person could get a pack that looked like throw-away items.

I suspect they also wondered how they could know a lady who would treasure such a silly thing.

It was a Joy-Filled Ride, that's for sure.

When i got to work and started pulling out frosted animal cookies,
I turned into the "Story Lady"
A person in high regard by children five and under.
To them, it isn't the pack, but the lady

to them it's the cookies, the songs, the dances and the stories

I hope, somewhere in their memories, when they long have outgrown me
They will be people who love the world, delight in it's resources
Find simple joy in thrift - global sharing -
and can laugh with people of all languages -

Yep - reading to and for one another
in every language
colored by love.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Six billion people on this planet - and only one you.

Monday, October 20, 2008

One's destination is never a place but rather a new way of looking at things.
- - Henry Miller

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Dietrich Bonhoeffer:

I Cannot Do It Alone

O God, early in the morning I cry to you.
Help me to pray
And to concentrate my thoughts on you:
I cannot do this alone.
In me there is darkness,
But with you there is light;
I am lonely, but you do not leave me;
I am feeble in heart, but with you there is help;
I am restless, but with you there is peace.
In me there is bitterness, but with you there is patience;
I do not understand your ways,
But you know the way for me…
Restore me to liberty,
And enable me to live now
That I may answer before you and before me.
Lord, whatever this day may bring,
Your name be praised.

- Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Rose Is Rose by Pat Brady & Don Wimmer

Gotta Love It

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

What is a friend? A single soul dwelling in two bodies.


Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

The Box

The Box passed through the Suez Canal October 2nd - it's headed towards Thailand . .
not fast like the internet.

In Illinois they have "early bird" voting.
The polls opened this morning.
I'm in Missouri.
We don't have the practice of early voting
because we are concerned about fraud.

Does your state have some kind of early voting opportunity?
I think more than half of the nation does.

Interesting stuff.

It's really cloudy here - we're expecting a storm.
I'm debating catching the bus and going into town.
I wonder if I'll get there without getting soaked.


Saturday, October 11, 2008

It's been suggested

That we are losing things far more dear than a dollar.
Here's a photo of an Iberian Lynx.
It doesn't have anywhere to live any longer.
We took it's homeland without asking, or caring.

Here's a picture of the rain forest.
We are losing way more dollars there than in the "global economy."

(Global Economy - How can than mean only dollars?)

What about us???
Don't we need the oxygen the forest produces?
(Just one of the VITAL things we are "spending"
or throwing away just because we can. )
Plenty of us who have been here long enough to have silvery hair know
society has changed so much that manners are simply a thing of the past.
It's cute and archaic to look out for neighbors.

We have become separate, like a rip in the fabric of a favorite garment.
Even with all the dollars in the world, once something precious is wiped out it's gone

Perhaps, just perhaps, if we started to cherish what's been given to us -
we'd find ourselves wealthy beyond imagining.
Maybe then things would start to come around right.

This lady wishes she could take her guitar down off the wall and go back to work.
This lady believes the Heart of the World yearns to sing again.

Perhaps if we hum a tune, and tell beautiful holy stories,
the Heart of the World will feel a little better.

Perhaps we will learn to encourage one another,
carry a little extra hope around to share with others -
perhaps this is our opportunity to heal the world.

Hysteria is only possible with an audience.
-- Chuck Palahniuk, Invisible Monsters, 1999

If the people who make the decisions are the people who will also bear the consequences of those decisions, perhaps better decisions will result.
-- John Abrams, The Company We Keep: Reinventing Small Business for People, Community and Place

Friday, October 10, 2008

Good Manners

Looks like this bear is waiting nicely for potato salad.
It reminds me of my storytime kids
waiting nicely for their cookies.

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

The Box - Update

Here is a photo of the box on it's way from Great Britain towards China
(remember? It's carrying a load of whiskey.
I'm amazed how long it takes, aren't you?)

It's now in the "Gulf of Aden" -
(wonder how it got that name???
Curiously like a name we read in The Book, don't you think?)
Anyway, it's near Yemen - looks like the closest city is Al Mukalla.
I doubt the whiskey would be seen in a favorable light there . . .
but, what do I know.
Besides, it's headed onward.

That's what i know today.
(Mostly nothing, but it's fun to learn, hm?)
Let me advise thee not to talk of thyself as being old. There is something in Mind Cure, after all, and if thee continually talks of thyself as being old, thee may perhaps bring on some of the infirmities of age. At least I would not risk it if I were thee.
-- Hannah Whitall Smith, 1907

Thursday, October 02, 2008

Life is like getting dropped off in the middle of the woods, and then year by year, gradually walking home.
-- April Foiles

To the soul, there is hardly anything more healing than friendship.
-- Thomas Moore

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Make the most of yourself, for that is all there is of you.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Middle age is when you've met so many people that every new person you meet reminds you of someone else.
-- Ogden Nash

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

You've got to do your own growing, no matter how tall your grandfather was.
-- Irish Proverb

Monday, September 22, 2008

Perfect Playmate

Happy Fall

The link above is a gift from the BBC. Now we can build our own box.
Right now the actual box is full of scotch whiskey, waiting to go to China.
(Takes a lot longer than i thought.)

I'm excited about the box that arrived on my doorstep filled with a craft project for story time.
The children are really little.
It's extra fun finding a project to delight the little people AND their guardians.
The best part is to see them working joyfully together.

So, I have an October Surprise.
(Story Lady is Grinning.)

Sunday, September 14, 2008


I've just finished watching a documentary called (and about) Bonhoeffer.
There are so many things in this world I don't know, don't understand. This film explains some - (now I'm sorry i know about them . . ) - There is a page sitting in front of me full of notes, but after a while I was simply stunned. Have you seen this already?

I'm certainly glad to know there are good (holy, wise, brave) people in the world. I'm certainly stunned to see how few . . . I am beginning to think the number 36 has Truth in it. Yikers.

This morning before work i finally saw some of the footage and reports from Texas.
It's hard to know what to say, hm? We had a fierce time of it today - and what we saw was just a tiny shadow of what Galveston endured.

Enough goofing off for me. Gotta get some work done here at the desk top - and, get ready to share with my study-buddy this evening . . . (Hurray!)

'bye for now

Monday, September 08, 2008


Torchbearer Ping Yali (L) is accompanied by a guide dog while relaying the Paralympic flame during the Opening Ceremony of the Beijing Paralympic Games at the National Stadium in Beijing on September 6, 2008.

(Photo credit: Xinhua)

Oh, my years of canine training for the Blind - look! an Olympic Dog

The Box

There were several fun things in the global news this morning. One of them is a project by the BBC called "The Box." They've purchased a cargo container, had it painted bright red with their logo on it and installed a GPS system inside. Today we learned it's loaded with scotch whiskey headed for China (isn't that interesting?) The BBC suggested we could have some fun and learn about the global economy, and probably learn a lot of nifty side stories, too.

I'm hooked . . I'll give it a go and try to follow along.
The reporters were sharing afterwards about homes they've seen built out of these containers.

I remember reading about bookstores made out of old shipping containers. All this said, this suggests a fun project.

Saturday, September 06, 2008

Repetition does not transform a lie into a truth.
-- Franklin D. Roosevelt, radio address, October 26, 1939

Thursday, September 04, 2008

Slight not what's near, while aiming at what's far.
-- Euripides, 'Rhesus'

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Hello, Carol!

Rose Is Rose

Sunday, August 31, 2008

I dwell in possibility...
-- Emily Dickinson

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Rabindranath Tagore

At midnight the would be ascetic announced,
"This is the time to give up my home and seek for God.
Ah! Who has held me so long in delusion here?"

God whispered, "I."

But the ears of the man were stopped.

With a baby asleep at her breast lay his wife, peacefully sleeping on one side of the bed.

The man said, "Who are ye that have fooled me so long?"

The Voice said again, "They are God."

But he heard it not.

The baby cried out in its dream
nestling close to its mother.

God commanded,
"Stop Fool! Leave not thy home."

But still he heard not.

God sighed and complained,
"Why does my servant wander to seek me,
forsaking me?"

Forgive the way I've typed this, I loved it and wanted to share.
It's Tagore's own English translation of his own work
read out loud by Prof. Grant L. Voth.
I grabbed it up as fast as I could to keep - and to share.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

I heard this from my friend & study partner, Jim Brule.
If you get a chance to take a class or hear stories from him . . . . do yourself the favor.
You'll be glad.

The quote is from William Gibson:

"The future is already here, it's just not evenly distributed."

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

The longest journey is the journey inward.
-- Dag Hammarskjold

The only people who can change the world are people who want to. And not everybody does.
-- Hugh Macleod

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

If my hands are fully occupied in holding on to something, I can neither give nor receive.
-- Dorothee Solle

Monday, August 25, 2008

But Wait!!! There's More

Okay, a lot of the world went home.
But, Now is time for the bravest of the brave.

The Paralympics begin September 6th.
It may not get the same kind of media coverage.
That can't keep us from cheering.

WE can take a little break
and return to Beijing.
The theme song now is:
"Everyone Is Number One"

I'll have to brush up on the song, "In HIS EYES."

Beat the Drums! The bravest of the brave are about to take their places.

Albert Einstein:

If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician. I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Dear China,

I will cherish your gift

and wish the best for you


Thank You.


Saturday, August 23, 2008

If you would stand well with a great mind, leave him with a favorable impression of yourself; if with a little mind, leave him with a favorable impression of himself.
-- Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Saturday Response

Ah!!!! What a wonderful day.
First thing in the morning we learned about King David. When he used to feel sad, he would go outside and look around the City of Peace. He wrote a song that said, "I lift my eyes to the hills."
We learned how to sing it, using our hands to help tell the story. So, our hands climbed the sky around us, so we could look towards the top of the hills.

Later we learned it's doubly important to listen for G-d's voice.
I remembered the stories from the terrible day in September, when the buildings collapsed and darkness spread around The City. There were so many people who later told the tale of small inconvenience that caused them to turn around, or be late, so they weren't in the buildings.

I think of Yogananda singing "Listen, listen, listen to my hearts song . . . "
Do you think G-d is singing gentle songs to us, calling us closer?

I do . . . .

'bye for now,

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Great Dog Tricks

This is really cute - tell it to sneeze & see what it does.
Type a command and see what it does -
sit, roll over, down, stand.
sing, dance, shake,
fetch, play dead, etc.
It's also cute if you type in a command it doesn't know.
Make sure to type "kiss."

Monday, August 18, 2008

Spectator services -- the smile by your side

From Suzanne . . .

"I get up. I walk. I fall down. Meanwhile I keep dancing." - Hillel

Sunday, August 17, 2008

I want to sing like the birds sing,
not worrying about who hears or what they think.

- Rumi

Friday, August 15, 2008

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Olympic Personal Trainer

That's something worth imagining.
Here's what we did this morning:

Today at Story Time we took an imaginary trip to Beijing, China to compete in the "Tiny Tots Competition."
We decided, since it was a long distance, we would travel via imaginary space shuttle transport. We remembered to fasten our seat belts (see? I AM a good story lady.) WE took off and, after a short while landed in Beijing. There were beautiful, polite people to greet us.
After looking around for a short while we started the competition.
We sang "One, Two, Buckle My Shoe" to start the number counting at a most difficult level. We thought the extra points would do us some good. Besides, we still had our storytime cookies in our hands. For extra effect we discussed what exactly a "Big Fat Hen" is, and what they say. We all played the part of the Hen after "nine - ten." It was a moment of brilliance.
After our first round, we finished our cookies.
This is important because, when singing "One Little, Two Little"
all your fingers need to be showing for "proper form."
We sang with all our might.
First verse we sang, "One Little, Two Little" - using children with a giggle at the end. Second verse we counted pirates and third verse we added monkeys. We thought no other tiny tot team would be prepared to count monkeys.
We got extra credit, because we can also count backwards in the same song.
Our Tiny Tot Competition continued with the Alphabet Song,
Standing On One Foot,

Of course, We "Won The Gold."
There was an awards ceremony
Everyone (contestants, guardians, bystanders) got a Gold Medal on a ribbon.
We sang "We are the Champions."
After a few pretend media opportunities
(it's not everyday your team wins the "Tiny Tot Competition" at the Olympics)
We boarded our imaginary space craft, buckled our seat belts and returned to regular storytime in time to sing some of our favorite songs
and have another cookie
before leaving for home.

All In All
It Was A Wonderful Day.

Love from the story lady

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

The way we see the problem is the problem.
-- Stephen Covey, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
May your walls know joy; May every room hold laughter and every window open to great possibility.
-- Maryanne Radmacher-Hershey, 1995

Monday, August 11, 2008

Olympic Medals - Unique & Beautiful

The medal for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games is designed with inspiration coming from "bi", China's ancient jade piece inscribed with a dragon pattern. The medals, made of gold and jade, symbolize nobility and virtue and are the embodiment of traditional Chinese values of ethics and honor, sending forth strong Chinese flavor.

The medals are 70mm in diameter and 6mm in thickness. On the front side, the medal adopts standard design prescribed by the International Olympic Committee. While on the back, the medal is inlaid with jade with the Beijing Games emblem engraved in the metal centerpiece. The design inspiration of the medal hook derives from jade "huang", a ceremonial jade piece with decoration of double dragon pattern and "Pu", the reed mat pattern.

Noble and elegant, the Beijing Olympic Games medal is a blending of traditional Chinese culture and the Olympism. It gives the winners of the Games great honor and acclamation as recognition of their achievement.

Note: bi, a flat jade disc with a circular hole in the center

Huang, a semi circular jade ornament

Saturday, August 09, 2008

Olympic Village - New Zealand

Traditional Dancing to Welcome Athletes.
A way for nations to share with one another while in the village.


Jackie Chan

visiting the "Story Houses" - this is the Beijing Room.

Friday, August 08, 2008


Some call it the Cauldron

Whatever it's called - it's lit. We'll see it tonight.
The Olympic Torch
Let it remind us of the greater

Li Ning
on the way to Light the Torch

"Three Thousand Disciples"
of Confucius

The Welcome Ceremony
at 8:08 Beijing Time


Welcome Ceremony