It's a beautiful day. I wanted to post a picture of all the birds enjoying their feast but, that's a problem because, if i go out, they need to fly to safety. The little bush stands bravely right where its planted, so . . you get this vision of little bush in the new snow.
Last night was really special. If you ever have a chance to attend anything "Tia Adkins" don't pass it up - because she is the future She gave a crowd of people a living experience last night they will remember a very long time.
I'm having a silly day, i guess . . well, what else is new, hm? I COULD have taken photos of my adventures - had trusty camera in my pocket all the way - I meant to show you Broadway Bean and my wonderful friends there . . . but, NO! I goof off being myself - and don't think of taking pictures until i return home - and find birds waiting . . . First, I have to tell you this day is filled with Light - and plenty of Miracles . . . even if i didn't stop the flow to take a picture . . well, of course, you can't expect Spirit to stop and pose . .right??? SO - the first shot (meant to be the final - but I loaded in backwards. . . oh, giggle, now you know I'm happy . . but not perfect . . right?) So, back to the little tree. I call her "Crabby Appleton." I sing to her in a REALLY LOUD VOICE - which, I'm sure the holy neighbors appreciate . . . at least, if they can hear my voice, they know where I am, right? So, in the summer, on a day that was bright and brutal in the sun, little Crabby Appleton was sitting in a tin planter - with a sale sticker on her - in the middle of a fenced off portion of one of my favorite hardware stores. It wasn't looking so good for her - the heat and lack of water was beginning to show. So, she came to live in this yard. Golly she's pretty. This is her first winter here . . . I'll keep singing - at least once a day - so she knows I'm cheering for her . . . AND - I have several bird feeders up - so she has constant activity around . . I hope it helps her do whatever baby tress need to do in winter.
Oh yeah, I couldn't decide which quote i most wanted to share - so . . here's the first one:
He has achieved success who has lived well, laughed often, and loved much. -- Bessie A. Stanley
I didn't take a picture of every feeder . . . just this one, which I decided to call "feeder number one" but that name is just for today - I never really named it . . just wanted to give it an official title for today. It sits right outside of the "prayer porch" which is screened in. It's cold here today, AND - I'm spoiled, so, "official prayer" is taking place INSIDE until further notice . . except, I pray "unofficially" all the time - and that happens just about everywhere i go . . but, you knew that.
Next Quote to Share:
The problem is never how to get new, innovative thoughts into your mind, but how to get old ones out. Every mind is a building filled with archaic furniture. Clean out a corner of your mind and creativity will instantly fill it. -- Dee Hock
Isn't THAT the truth? So, I'm working on a couple of things One is a class for next year And it's based on this kind of thinking
Even if you can't come learn with me (although you are certainly invited) You COULD decide to try out the idea of clearing out old ideas In order to Live a Personal Best Life . . .
Just a Thought
There they are! Bird-feeding Feet Aren't I silly?
Maybe you don't remember because it WAS a long time ago now BUT - these feet were told they'd be in a wheelchair Well, no - I was told to expect my life to be shortened dramatically and that the remaining time on earth would be in a wheelchair - that would include these Bird-feeding Feet.
Well, the wheelchair just didn't look cute enough besides . . . we are supposed to have beautiful feet delivering Light (always a "georgy interpretation")
Unless there was a Basket, Colorful Ribbons in the Spokes, and Super Spiffy Bell I wasn't getting in the chair. (color that a BIG PERIOD.)
Well, whatever - enough about your maggid.
I always love hearing from you.
AND Whatever you are Celebrating (because I'm sure you are celebrating) May it - and ESPECIALLY YOU
If a problem has no solution, it may not be a problem, but a fact - not to be solved, but to be coped with over time. -- Shimon Peres
Ah! What a brilliant quote. It reminds me of the wise lady who told me this truth, in her own words several years ago. I'd had a health challenge that changed many things for me . . and, i wasn't "moving forward" - meaning, i was waiting for some magic to turn things right back to the way it had been.
That never happened. This lady gently pointed out i may need to watch for the "next thing" in my life. It took a lot for me to understand this simple truth and the "next thing" turned out to be brilliant - better than i could have imagined.
Now, all i have to say is - I agree with Shimon Peres in this quote - and, I can honestly share with you - no matter how it might seem or look - if someone is in that season of unexpected change - it will turn out "a-okay" - if you let it . . there will be a delightful "next thing" to make you happy once again . . and, probably the "next thing" will bless everyone involved in the story.
I really enjoy Bollywood movies. Well, okay - not ALL Bollywood movies, I prefer ones with a strong spiritual undercurrent and plenty of dancing. I like to jump up and pretend I'm dancing along with them. You know me, i dance along to muzak in supermarkets. Life seems plenty joyful to me. Anyway, yesterday i watched a movie (they are translated so i can understand what the actors are talking about) - and, in the process of meeting his true love, a gentleman (who was once a thug) learned about Gandhi. The character learned so much that Gandhi-ji appeared to him and helped him transform his life, bringing marvelous changes to the people in the story . . it was grand!!! So, I was not at all surprised when my cyber-friend (meaning I only know her through her internet offerings, but i love her just the same) Karen Chase posted this quote at the bottom of all her story-gifts:
"If we are to teach real peace in this world, and if we are to carry on a real war against war, we shall have to begin with the children."
It's said Gandhi referred to the "lower caste" as "Children of God" -
Our friend, Rabbi Goodman insists that either 1) We are all outsiders - or 2)There are no outsiders
As a child I was often told I was unwanted - which is great because I know how people feel - I agree - there are no outsiders - (No one outside "the camp" - and we are all Children of the Divine)
I'm not yet tired of singing "Child Of God" - so, if I see you this evening - maybe we can sing it together . . ???? If I don't see you sometime soon - you can count on the fact I'm still loving you exactly the same . . . (AND - I'm probably talking good about you behind your back.)
Okay, we might be busy, but isn't this a beautiful day? Here in our bi-state area we have warm air and bright sunshine. We've been promised our first real dose of winter tomorrow. Maybe even our first few flakes of snow. Today, however, seems like a special gift. I traveled into Maplewood to send something at the Post Office and - even though there was a line when I arrived, by the time I'd filled out the information on the envelope and filled it with good things, the line was gone and I got a beautiful smile from the postal clerk. I stopped at Foundation Grounds (don't you love how they pour lattes with art floating on top - and goodness inside?) it was probably the only lull of total Peace they'll have all day. I got a pumpkin muffin and latte and went outside to wait for the bus home - it was just too pretty to sit inside.
We may have rehearsal this evening, there may be several things to be edited and memorized in the next couple of days - but, today, this moment, seems like a total gift to me. I'm going out to make sure all the bird feeders are full . . look around to see if, by any chance there's still a flower in bloom - I'm going to say THANK YOU - for this perfect day -
Last Night I heard there was a double booking. Well, in my world it happens so rarely - I wasn't concerned - in fact, it seemed perfect after the second thought. For months we have been scheduled to meet in the sanctuary for Evening Lights this month. It turns out, if we do that, some bride will have her rehearsal ruined.
How perfect for all of us. (After all, no harm has been done, right?) The topic is "The Journey." Isn't it fun that we'll meet upstairs, and travel around to the other side of the facility - to have our celebration in the community room - which I have been told is now decorated to match our story. All In All a lovely opportunity, don't you think???
Earlier Thanksgiving Week I was riding into town, getting ready to catch the train into the city. A conversation popped up about the Feast Day almost upon us. Many of the women sitting up front were sharing their remembered favorites, things like sweet potato pie. When they spoke their lips smacked and their eyes glistened. Several of the ladies pointed out the diet they enjoyed as children were deemed dangerous by dietitians today. The more I listened, the more I realized we were celebrating the love and the lives of our Grandmothers. Oooh, they worked hard to produce those remembered meals. They worked hard and joyfully, looking forward to the gathering of so many loved ones under the same piece of sky. Every pie, biscuit, casserole, took ages to prepare, real effort to personally mix & whip & peel.
Our bus made a stop at a major intersection and while we waited for the lights to change - we dedicated the rest of our morning ride to the love and memories of those who have gone before.
This morning i rode the bus to story time with a gentleman from Afghanistan. He has lived in the United States for a long time now and he says this is the best and the worst nation. Our bus driver asked him to explain.
He said when he thinks of this nation he sees a bright candle standing taller than all the others. Everyone in the world looks up to see the ideas shining far above the rest of the nations, a sparkling shining beacon of freedom. This is the best.
He said the worst is, a person, or a family could live in an apartment for twenty years but, after living there for all that time they could get two months behind in their rent and find themselves out on the street. he assured the bus driver that would not happen in other nations - because people would help . . . .
I enjoy conversations with the community. Happy Thanksgiving from your maggid.
The grass is not, in fact, always greener on the other side of the fence. Fences have nothing to do with it. The grass is greenest where it is watered. When crossing over fences, carry water with you and tend the grass wherever you may be. -- Robert Fulghum, It Was on Fire When I Lay Down on It
Evening Lights Tonight (Nov. 6th/Every First Friday) We'll be in the Community Room The weather is so nice, feel free to arrive early and stroll the garden (Oh yeah, click the trailer to visit a page with details) Love & Love, georgy
This is just a role he played in a movie called Jhoom Barabar Jhoom - (something like sway around sway) - His career is spectacular - 90 or more films. Most of the films I watch have a Spiritual Foundation - and this one was no different. The song, Jhoom Barabar Jhoom calls to the Holy One - Who Destines Love for Everyone . . . . I'm going to put a link - because i had a fun time watching, listening AND dancing to this
Our building was built for our Torah. When it's unrolled it extends from the Bimah to the back wall . . . as it unrolls our rabbis will say "Here's the story of Noah," or "Here's the Story of Jonah." We dance around the building and really celebrate. You can see a picture of our three rabbis - and, here at the end you can see Rabbi Talve holding up the Simhat Torah Challah (awesome bread) that Michael baked (he's amazing.) You can only see his arm in the photo . . If you could see a full building view - you'd see some of the happiest people ever . . . .
Let a good man do good deeds with the same zeal that the evil man does bad ones. -- The Belzer Rabbi
Art has never been made while thinking of art. -- Niko Stumpo, The Wooster Collective, December 2006
What else is new? Well, if i get a chance later I'll post an invite to our Simhat Torah Celebration . . NO!!! Wait, I'll post a link to my site - hold on . . . . CLICK HERE! You are invited. It will be lots of fun. My class will be there - you can come sit with us, if you want (or, dance with us, if you want.) Thing is you're invited, okay???
I'm putting stamps on postcards for 1) Baby Bean Storytime and 2) November Evening Lights . . .and, if you're out and about - I'll be at Foundation Grounds a little later today - because I'll ride into Maplewood to get more stamps at their stellar Post Office . . . so, we could enjoy a latte together, if you have time (yep, i KNOW its still raining - we'll drink inside.)
So? What's new in your life? I'd like to hear. love & love, g (yep - your maggid)
We laugh at the rain if it thinks it can keep us from story time. You're invited to join in the fun - Thursday, right before lunch (11:30) - we'll be upstairs at Subterranean Books . . .
AND . . d'ya remember singing "I feel in love with a roller derby queen????" - well, I saw "Whip It" last night . . .
A-round - A-round & round . . . . (maybe you need to remember the song, hm?) It reminds me we are working towards another "singing in the new" concert this January . . we may not do that song . . but, we'll do plenty of others you might remember from days gone by . . . AND - I'll get to introduce you to one of my marvelous friends . . . .
hey! keep in touch . . tell me a story . . . give me a giggle . . . (can you tell I just finished reading the "Mysterious Benedict Society?" I'm still in a goofy mood . . . )
This evening I get to sing the part of Becky Thatcher - just doing some scratch tracks so an actress will have an easy time learning her part. The songs were written by my good friend Steve Givens . . .
Seems to me a maggid gets to do the best of everything - I highly recommend this a career path (giggle)
One of the most important ways to manifest integrity is to be loyal to those who are not present. In doing so, we build the trust of those who are present. -- Stephen Covey, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
Ach! I'm just a little busy (isn't that nice) - the lady who needed a "new life" certainly hit the jackpot.
Here are two quotes that made me smile this morning.
"It is better to wear out than to rust out." -- Bishop Richard Cumberland
Of course, this quote is wonderful. It reminds me of all the times I said I needed a new life because I loved the first one so much I wore it out. Maybe like an old teddy bear . . but, that's a story for another day . . .
Then, this quote:
"Gardens and flowers have a way of bringing people together, drawing them from their homes." -- Clare Ansberry, The Women of Troy Hill
Although, I have to add "Choirs" to the list - because right now the CRC Choir is singing for the services at the Chase . . . . (wow-eee color me the happiest alto in the world.)
I wish New Life to You, Sweetness in the Times Ahead
Thursdays at 11:30 . . . Story time There was a quiet moment at Family Service a few weeks back, and a parent asked if i would consider a story time in their neighborhood. She even suggested two places - the first (best) is Subterranean Books - saying, "you know, the only bookstore left in the neighborhood. " (Isn't THAT the truth?)
Well, thanks to Kelly, it's happening - every Thursday - 11:30 - (right before lunch, hm?) We've been given the cutest, coolest space, upstairs, where the world looks like magic. Come on up and join us, please.
Bite off more than you can chew, then chew it. Plan more than you can do, then do it. -- Anonymous
The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining. -- John F. Kennedy
Some think it's holding on that makes one strong; sometimes it's letting go. -- Sylvia Robinson
Other peoples words lifted me over the wall Lifted me over the debris of what was before
Before, i thought I had everything I thought it was wonderful Shiny Beautiful I thought it was part of what was good in the world.
That before was blasted to bits
On gentler days I think - what was - got worn out Either way - it's gone now Only rubble Finally I've learned to look up - listen to the Sound of Hope Notice what IS here
For a long (too long) time I walked around in the debris
There are untrained beasts lurking in the debris Waiting to take anyone who tarries there . . . . We can no longer afford to stay
Other peoples words helped me Other peoples smiles guided me Led me gently
Now i find myself in good - NO STELLAR Company
Thank you, Carol and Melissa and Donna Thank you R. Goodman and Shapiro and Talve Thank you CRC Thank you friends and companions Thank you for every smile, hope and dream - Thank you for every Evening soul (spark, light)
Wild beasts? Either tamed, or left to the heap - They belong to another light, I suppose
For me - for the rest of us We move Higher - Learn of even Greater Beauty We Heal - and Love One Another We sing our songs, tell our stories, and yes, We make this a much Better World
I am here for a purpose and that purpose is to grow into a mountain, not to shrink to a grain of sand. Henceforth will I apply ALL my efforts to become the highest mountain of all and I will strain my potential until it cries for mercy. -- Og Mandino
Well, I'm not into the "Highest Mountain of All" - But, certainly the Best Mountain I can be . . . (I AM a 'mountain kind of girl' after all.) Right now I get to "grab the cookies & go." By the way - they are Schnucks Brand - Chocolate with Chocolate Frosting type sandwich cookies . . and I'm telling another story from my ever growing "Peace Collection." Then, off to my second Wednesday Class . . . It's gonna be "The Best Day Ever!" . . (to quote Sponge Bob Square pants)
I took a few photos as we were setting up. It was such a beautiful evening, we could work outdoors. Once they were there, the musicians started, maybe 15 minutes early, just because they couldn't resist playing under that huge oak tree. I got one picture of the early arrivers - then it was time to "get to work." People continued to parade down the walkway and staff scrambled to line up more and more chairs. Thank you to EVERYONE for the Best Beginning Ever! Love & Love Your 21st Century Maggid
I just watched a documentary about Swaziland. It was well balanced, or at least in my opinion it offered thoughts from several perspectives. I know nothing (much) about the politics of this or any people . . and it wasn't my personal focus as I watched. Instead, I could understand better "our story." I continue to think about the ancient tale of a people who had been planted in a land because there was famine in the world. They had a family member who encouraged them all to move - therefore their lives were saved. But, 400 years later, these same people felt marginalized. They felt they lived in a "Narrow Place" where they had few options offered or available to them. A plan was put in place for anyone interested to join together and create a new identity. They could become responsible for themselves - they could be FREE.
We learn, through the story, and later we learn through our own lives that Freedom isn't easy. It's full of possibility, yes . . . . but it certainly is a lifelong lesson . . . .
I don't say everyone should view the documentary. I just say it gave me a fresh, new perspective on the story we will share this month at Evening Lights. For us, it won't be difficult, (as it certainly must have been in ancient times - and certainly is in Africa.) Nope, we have good music, lots of laughter and singing, stories and cake - all of us together . . . now that's "Evening Lights" - brilliant as the night sky.
Gettin' excited. Evening Lights begins in its new home this Friday. I heard the band play last week - talk about fun. The cake was ordered last month. They were concerned it won't be the same blue as your collectible story card. Heck, I figured it would be wonderful as long as it was edible - heck, its CAKE, right????
My friend and I discussed how negativity can be catchy. Each of us shared an experience where we were overwhelmed. In my case, I noticed the moment of "overload" and went to my alternative health care practitioner asking for assistance. Boy-O-Boy was he surprised. I gather I was the first patient he'd ever had with this request. He did rally - and we found way to "cure" - overcome - and, even protect ourselves from this possibility (for future reference.) . . . . (hurray!)
I am glad OgMandino has a similar philosophy:
Do not listen to those who weep and complain, for their disease is contagious. -- OgMandino
May you stay well - and avoid continuous/recreational* complainers.
*(We DO want to assist anyone with a genuine need . . that is - as long as they desire a positive outcome . . giggle)
" . . . You are a child of the universe, no less than the tress and the stars and you have a right to be here. Whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should. Therefore, be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be. And whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace with your soul. With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. be cheerful. Strive to be happy."
What a perfect evening this was. There are more & more photos on the way (I'm sure.) Here you see Steve Givens, I call him my brother. He's one of the best people I know - and talk about talent, he writes, sings, plays guitar, and inspires people across the globe. Then, you see the Legend, Jeanne Trevor. If you have Jeanne for a friend, you have real treasure. You may have seen her on stage, or maybe you have one of her albums, or, perhaps you have attended one of her concerts. That smile of hers is genuine.
Soon, i hope to have photos of the musicians and the radio personality and our hosts for that evening.
We collected mounds of food for the pantry And do-re-mi for the day care center
Well, it's suggested we use of talents for good so, we do
Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense. -- Ralph Waldo Emerson, (attributed)
We are told that talent creates its own opportunities. But it sometimes seems that intense desire creates not only its own opportunities, but its own talents. - - Eric Hoffer
Are you a Lewis Carrol Fan? The "Red Queen" used to think several impossible things before breakfast.
Here are a couple of terrific quotes for the morning:
Nobody can be exactly like me. Sometimes even I have trouble doing it. -- Tallulah Bankhead
If someone offers you a gift, and you decline to accept it, the other person still owns that gift. The same is true of insults and verbal attacks. -- Steve Pavlina, How to Win an Argument, 08-31-05
One more thought - entirely possible - "Evening Lights" has been revived and will begin in it's "official" form the first Friday of September. You may remember it was the "internship" program pulled together in partnership with Rev. Sallie Fox and the board at Unity Church of Peace - to help me grow into a maggid. School is over, I'm "official" (thank you, everyone) - and with the best staff imaginable, "Evening Lights" has a new life in a new home. Of course, you are all invited. Stay Tuned for the "rest of the story."
I wanted to share one more place with you today. I promise, after this the camera went back into the pack and I just goofed off (the way I generally do.)
This is called the butterfly house. I went there to sit in it for a while and pretend it was already in my own back yard. Some people came around the bend and recognized me. Their young son was with them so, he and I discussed our imaginary gardens.
He imagined that his garden had the same little "house" and a pond, with no rocks to fall off, some gold fish, water flowers, visiting dragonflies . . . by the way - his garden is filled with imaginary friends. They are SECRET friends - so, we do not know their names.
Me? I think it's great to imagine I could walk outside my door any day of the week and find so much beauty. But, I have to admit - just visiting the Garden is more than enough. AND - I don't have to imagine my friends. I'm blessed with you.
In the Chinese Garden, there's this enormous flowering plant. Until this moment, i forgot they don't simply sit on top of the water like some of the paintings we see. Golly! These were almost as tall from the water as I am from the ground. You remember the well known chant, (Nam yay ho renge kiyo - excuse my transliteration) - " from the mud the lotus grows" . . . do you? Do you remember? This is like from the mud the lotus explodes towards the heavens.
There are lotus blooms in the Chinese Garden, Japanese Garden and English Garden. I couldn't really get close enough to do it justice for you. Fortunately the Garden allows us to post their professional photos, I'll do that for you next.
My main mission was to see the lotus flowers in bloom. An email message went out a couple of days ago to let us know they were at their peak. There are so many stories, ideas and beliefs about these beautiful flowers that I decided I would go appreciate them in person. Who knows? Perhaps they have something special to tell me.
The bus ride there was really fun. I met new people, and saw new sights. When i arrived, I took out the camera (thank you Melissa) and headed first of all back to the Ottoman Garden. Remember? I PROMISED to return to give you a little view.
Of course, today is a perfect day, the weather is positively blissful after the long heat wave of the last two weeks. But, no matter what the weather, the Garden is always a place of inspiration and refreshment for me.
Anyway, there's my ticket - and a couple of glimpses of the Ottoman Garden - Your Maggid FINALLY keeps her promise.
Yes, of course, Rose Is Rose by Don Wimmer & Pat Brady
In summer, the song sings itself. -- William Carlos Williams
One More Consideration Well, maybe one or two thoughts . . . It's finally beautiful outside and I am SO Grateful. In one moment I'm off to turn in my page turners card at the library. (Hurray!) And, I hope beyond hope I can get to the Gardens tomorrow to see the Lotus Flowers in Bloom and i hope I'm not too late, since the bulletin went out a day ago.
Here's the cool consideration. When we judge, we set up a boundary between us and the judged.
When we judge harshly, we are only pointing out things we do not like about ourselves.
I gotta think about this a while. If you have ideas - feel free to share them - I think I understand the basics concerning this Principle, but want to dive deeper . . perhaps you have the key.