Monday, November 30, 2009

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???

What a beautiful world.

love & love,
(your 21st Century Maggid)

Friday, November 27, 2009

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.

A trip well taken.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

A hero is no braver than an ordinary man, but he is braver five minutes longer.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Metro Conversations

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.


I believe that if it were left to artists to choose their own labels,

most would choose none.
-- Ben Shahn

Monday, November 23, 2009

It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare;
it is because we do not dare that they are difficult.

-- Seneca

Saturday, November 21, 2009

We have too many high sounding words,
and too few actions that correspond with them.

-- Abigail Adams, letter to John Adams, 1774

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Monday, November 16, 2009

That best portion of a good man's life,

His little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and of love.
-- William Wordsworth

He who reigns within himself and rules his passions, desires, and fears is more than a king.
-- John Milton

Friday, November 13, 2009

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

Friday, November 06, 2009

The true traveler is he who goes on foot,
and even then,
he sits down a lot of the time.

-- Colette,
Paris From My Window,


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,

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Amitabh Bachchan

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

Monday, November 02, 2009

A man does not have to be an angel in order to be a saint.
-- Albert Schweitzer