Thursday, July 31, 2008

Taken by "White Shadow" O'Fallon . . . pretty, huh?

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Hot! Hot! Hot!

That's what the weather report sounds like. (Hot,hot,hot.)
I'm about to get out into whatever this summer day brings. I get to meet a girlfriend for lunch. Spiffy, huh?

The other thing all over the news seems to have become one of my favorite rants. (Is a rant the same as an opinion?) All I want to say is, once again some committee is picking on China.

Is this the way to behave? These committee people, are their lives, relationships, countries PERFECT???? They are great examples? Is it possible (Okay, it might be a huge stretch, so correct me here) but, IS it possible China has something to teach, offer, share - that may be marvelous? IS it possible we can visit and be good guests?

AND if these committee people have perfection to share, is it possible they can teach by example?

Because, if someone said my windows weren't clean enough for them to come have lunch with me - depending on the day I'd have one of two answers . . if it's a "Skippy" day (an ornery day) I'd be delighted because i didn't want to make lunch or have them over anyway . . if it was a better day, I'd counter that there are lots of public spaces, great restaurants to visit - some are bound to have acceptable windows . . .

Perhaps their homes are a better example - but, maybe we don't want to go somewhere for lunch where the host inflicts severe limitations upon us . . . . ah! Besides - they only offered criticism, not invites.

What a crazy circle.

Perhaps we could let China BE China - and committee people can be critical commentators and I can turn off the news and go enjoy this Hot! Hot! Hot! Day.

talk to you later.

Monday, July 28, 2008

World Population

Of course, it increased by the time i typed it.

Smiles from Great People . . .

To be great is to be misunderstood.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson, An Essay on Self-Reliance

People everywhere confuse what they read in newspapers with news.
-- A. J. Liebling

Opinion Free Zone

I started to consider this again.
I heard Maryl Walters offer this concept about a year ago, I guess.
This morning it came to mind.
I am guilty of taking up time trying force "my" opinion on others.
Seems to me I must have been adding a lot of static to the environment.
I'm really sorry for this mistake.
I'm laying it all down
I'm accepting an
Opinion Free Zone
Who Knows?
Perhaps, now that I'm quiet
I'll hear Truth.

Today I'll take up a new habit.
I'm gonna smile at people as if they are chubby little babies.

Note to Self . . .

Say little, and love much; give all; judge no man; aspire to all that is pure and good.
-- White Eagle

Saturday, July 26, 2008

The Best Night EVER

Last night the Unity Cafe was really bubbling over with LOVE. The place was packed with smiling faces, lots of laughter, singing and JOY. It was simply the best night ever.
Thank you Everyone.


Friday, July 25, 2008

This makes me smile . . . .

-- Amy Carter, (President Jimmy Carter's daughter) when asked by a reporter if she had any message for the children of America

Looking Forward to This Evening

After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.
-- Aldous Huxley, "Music at Night", 1931

It's been a long time since Mr. Dill & I have played an evening of music. I wonder how many lyrics I'll actually remember. We are all so fortunate to get to hear Mr. Dill's music. he's been working with other bands (good ones.) If you've been out & about you've probably seen him either doing salsa music with Phil Gomez and the Salseros - or, with the Chia Band (along with another one of our talented friends, Bill Ulkus.) he's been so busy, so booked, so in demand - it's way cool that he'll be playing w/me this evening.

Beyond that, it's "like the old times" except BETTER because we are working in the basement cafe of a Unity Church in Saint Charles. Once a month they turn the community room into a cafe. Cool, huh???? There will be cabaret seating, like the St. Marcus concerts, there will be treats and the possibility of making new friends, or sharing with the chums arriving with you - there will be NO Smoke, No competition with birds, bugs or traffic. Since it looks rainy today, we will be safe & dry. Just the fun of it all . . . . and the "no stress" situation of me - looking for lyrics in my memory . . (giggle, this will be FUN.)

If you are in the region (Saint Charles, Missouri) - you are invited. It's the Unity Church on Yale Blvd. and starts at 7:30 (until 9:30.)

What are you stretching to do today?????

Thursday, July 24, 2008

14 Days

We've been invited to the party
In China

Photo taken on July 21, 2008 shows a part of the embroidery work named
“Harmony: A Hundred Year Olympic and A Chinese Dream”
in Suzhou, east China's Jiangsu province, July 21, 2008.
(Photo credit: Xinhua)

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

1. The Divine force established its rule, might, eternity and unity through thirty-two secret paths of the descending Upper light and concealed itself in three categories: The book, the story-teller and the story.

- - - Sefer Yetzira, 18th century B.C., abridged version

Monday, July 21, 2008

17 Days

The wheels on the bus are battery powered . . .

Looks Comfy

If i could attend the Olympics,
I would ride the bus.
Guess What?
China has manufactured
Battery Operated Buses
That's what they'll be using to take everyone from one place to another.
That will be nifty
I hope someone remembers to tell us all about their bus ride.


(Shalom - Peace - Nothing Missing, Nothing Broken)

What a beautiful place this is, don't you think?
I'm still thinking about Friday Evening. of course, last Friday was our once a month "Evening Lights" event. Every time we present, i learn more. This time the stories everyone shared had me in absolute awe and wonder.

Thinking that word "awe" reminds me of the evening on the television when we saw the government version of "shock & awe." Please notice the small letters - but, when I think, or notice G-D's version of awe - it's entirely different - so was Friday Evening. There was such a rich tapestry of background and sharing from the collected group. All of us dedicating the hour to the Divine Presence - therefore all our stories were given as a gift, and lifted in the process. Golly, it was beautiful.

I'm entirely grateful for school (I am half way through a maggid program.) These opportunities came up because I am practicing (and translating out to my community) what I am learning.

I can hardly wait until the next opportunity. You never know what treasures are just around the corner.
It is better to wear out than to rust out.
-- Bishop Richard Cumberland

A compliment is a gift, not to be thrown away carelessly, unless you want to hurt the giver.
-- Eleanor Hamilton

Friday, July 18, 2008

Gotta Love It


by Dannielle Malcolm

Bakersfield CA - April 1, 2007 - Police were called today to the Kern County Fairgrounds to investigate an incident involving an Akita dog and a 9 year old child. The American Kennel Club sanctions the event, held by the Kern County Kennel Club annually. Thousands of exhibitors and spectators were in attendance.

According to witnesses, the child was walking near the show rings unsupervised when she suddenly came face to face with the 110 lb Akita dog. The child threw her arms around the dog's neck, reports say, when the unthinkable happened. The dog began enthusiastically licking the girl's face as his tail wagged briskly.

"It was awful", said one bystander, "there was nothing we could do. That dog was just giving that child every once of love he had and no one did a thing to stop it". Another witness, who took video of the event, said "This happens all the time; I don't know how it hasn't made the news before now".

One spectator, who declined to be named, told reporters "The sounds were just heart wrenching, all that laughing and giggling. It made me smile so hard my face hurts. I plan to sue for pain and suffering".

The handler of the dog admits this is not the first time such an incident has occurred, and that the owners were "well aware of the stable, loving and patient temperament of this dog". She further admitted that she would continue to permit the dog to act in this manner in the future. The owners were unavailable for comment.

The five year old male Akita apparently has a history of sudden, unanticipated acts of joy. The large, powerful dog has been sighted at a number of recent events happily greeting fanciers and families. "I don't know why we are being singled out", stated the handler, "I've seen dozens of other Akitas acting in the exact same way." She went on to offer examples of similar incidents involving Rottweillers, Dobermans, German Shepherds, and more. "If people just opened their eyes to the social side of these beautiful dogs, these incidents wouldn't seem so random or surprising."

Akitas are a member of the AKC's Working Group, a classification of dogs who are renowned for providing specialized services and tasks to their owners. Akitas, which originated in the Honshu district of Japan, were revered for their hunting and guarding abilities as well as their intense loyalty.

Police state that the handler, who was noticeably unrepentant, was cited for Reckless Entertainment. The dog was given roasted chicken treats and was not taken into custody.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Oldie but Goodie

When you point your finger at someone, three fingers are pointing back at you.
-- Anonymous

Do You Remember The Roses?

If you have known me a long time
You remember the roses - placed on the stage, for you to take and give to neighbors, friends, strangers, loved ones - or maybe to keep for yourself.
Yep. We had an account with a florist who was good to make sure we had enough roses to share and to spare.
There was also a single white rose in a vase, on a small table
To remind us Who We Are

If you are a new friend
Well, roses are beautiful

I remember what i was taught
a long time ago

Inside everyone

Over time I chose a White Rose
To remind us of the Possible
Perhaps Even
Treasure we actually are
and can (may - perhaps will)

Love & Love,

Sunday, July 13, 2008


It's a great word/concept - it was also a popular song sometime last century. It started something like, "Cherish is the word I use to describe all the Love I have hiding here for you inside . . . " There was lots of harmony vocals and was part of the very "in" sound of it's day.

The song came to mind this morning while I was having a conversation with my friend Phyllis Clay-Sparks. It started about what we are thinking of these days. She mentioned recycling being a spiritual idea - outwardly expressed in action today. I got to thinking about the things I'm studying. There have been times and cultures where older things and people had more value.

It seems (or at least, this morning it seemed) that we have developed a "throw-away" society. It's gotten to the point that scientists are finding our plastic bags swirling around deep in the ocean, and threatening life forms far away from the cities where they were used for five/ten minutes, then discarded.

On PBS we honor old things on a wonderful Antique Show. We are educated a little about where an item comes from - then we all super "WOW" when we learn it would sell for a lot of dollars.

I remember my aunt crying because when I was young I was repeatedly told I wasn't wanted. Now I'm reluctant to return to do things for the same people who never liked, or wanted me. She (my aunt) says I should not have been treated like a "throw away" child.

None of us should feel, or BE "thrown away." Actually, it's a human mistake, not one that our Creator makes. We are all LOVED more than we'll realize in this world. But, that's another story.

Wouldn't it be nifty if we only collected (wanted, purchased, consumed, owned, claimed) the treasures, "cherished" the rare and wonderful, the quality, or uniqueness in whatever (whoever) is presented . . . . ?

Ah, I'm dreaming the beautiful dream again, aren't I?

I hope, when I see you, my heart is singing, "Cherish . . . . . "

Happy Day!

Friday, July 11, 2008

Rose Soup

An idealist is one who, on noticing that a rose smells better than a cabbage, concludes that it will also make better soup.
-- H. L. Mencken

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

29 Days

My Cousin sent this along:

Whenever I'm disappointed
I stop and think about Jaime Scott.
Jaime was trying out for a part
in the school play.
His mother said he had his heart set on being
in it, though she feared he would not be chosen.
On the day parts were being awarded
She picked him up from school.
Jaime rushed up to her.
eyes shining with pride and excitement.
"Guess What, Mom,' he shouted,
"I've been chosen to clap and cheer!"

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Irena Sendler

I think I should have no other mortal wants, if I could always have plenty of music. It seems to infuse strength into my limbs and ideas into my brain. Life seems to go on without effort, when I am filled with music.
-- George Eliot


Monday, July 07, 2008

Bedtime Bubbles

Rose Is Rose by Created by Pat Brady; by Don Wimmer

Brilliant Idea, don't you think?

Saturday, July 05, 2008

The great thing in this world is not so much where you stand, as in what direction you are moving.
-- Oliver Wendell Holmes

Yesterday I saw a movie at the Landmark Cine called "The Visitor."
Here's the official movie link:
It doesn't end in the slick Hollywood feature film manner a lot of us expect.
It does allow the audience to think, and feel.

All that said, you might want to give it a go.
I really enjoyed it.