"Story Lady"

Monday, December 27, 2010

Joseph CampbellImage via Wikipedia
If you can see the path laid out before you,
You are on somebody else’s path.

–Joseph Campbell


Probably so.  Still, I keep looking.
g
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Sunday, December 26, 2010

"There is often a wide gap between what we want and what we think people expect us to want."
--Y. Berg

he goes on to suggest we ask ourselves often "Is this what I want?"

My awareness of this human experience/clash/tension came super early.  By now i expect you've discovered it as well, yes?  One very painful time for me was while i was still in High School.  My friend and acting partner, having a painful time in his teen years, decided to leave us.  he came to school one day and gave his good-byes, which we didn't recognize until it was too late, and that same evening, drove into the desert and shot himself.  yes, that's painful, BUT - what happened next was very hard - at least for me.  the school set up a special award, a HUGE trophy - in his honor - in his name.  Since i was winning awards all over the United States for acting, it was expected i be the first winner/recipient, therefore a bronze plaque with my name engraved on it would be the very first affixed to this . . mobile monument.  I was uncomfortable - i was grief stricken and grown-ups all around me were behaving like pack animals gone wild  (which is another story in itself.)  My classmates reassured themselves everything would go according to plan and - in memory - the story/saga would have some romantic twist.  ARGUH!  I refused to attend events - i refused to compete - I refused to talk about it - i came very close to refusing to attend any classes at all . . . .

Being difficult to control, people  are often upset with me.
yep.  It happens all the time, in big and small ways - we do what's expected of us - even when the pressure is too great - or it makes us unhappy (isn't that a little like being dead - not being able to live your own life & dreams?)

So, if it's choosing ice cream, or a career, or - well - anything at all.
I agree with Yehuda.  feel free to ask yourself, "Is this what I want?"
And act accordingly . . . well, if you dare . . you certainly have my permission . . . 

Come on, New Year, Bring It!

Let's see what Beauty we can build/achieve this time around, hm?
love & love,
g

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Saturday, December 25, 2010

Neale Donald Walsch:

Holy Tree in Sikhism, according to Guru..Image via Wikipedia


"During this holy time,
know that all times are holy,
that every religion holds truth,
that each tradition is sacred,
and that it is in the simple sharing of love
that we make our beliefs come alive,
and our dreams come true."


Friday, December 24, 2010

"Yet More"

The minute you settle for less than you deserve, you get even less than you settled for.
            -- Maureen Dowd

Be fit for more than the thing you are now doing.
Let everyone know that you have a reserve in yourself;
that you have more power than you are now using.
If you are not too large for the place you occupy,
you are too small for it.
            -- James A. Garfield
 

Am i too small?  Certainly there is MUCH MORE for me to do.
Usually i feel either lost or a failure.  I try to cheer myself by singing, "I'm not lost, i am exploring!"
Then, i try to remember it's not about me - so "suit up, show up" and the Holy One will take care of the rest.  


Is it the same for you?  Are you still reaching for your most possibility?  What or how are you doing?
Got tips for the rest of us?  Any of us feeling self-secure?  (If so, how did you manage this?)


Are you taking stock of the year past?  Are you looking expectantly towards the the year ahead?
Are you like me - doing this several times every year?


Want to share best times?


Sending LOVE,
g

"The Face of Peace" - Picasso


Wishing the Best
The Highest
The Holiest
for 
Everyone


love & love,
g
Laughter is an instant vacation.
          -- Milton Berle  



Thursday, December 23, 2010

Good friends give you space to screw up,
learn your lessons, 
and go through your process. 
They don’t disappear on you.
- - Y. Berg












Thank you for being most excellent friends.
love & love,
g

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Headshot of Louisa May Alcott (November 29, 18...Image via Wikipedia
I am not afraid of storms, 
for I am learning how to sail my ship.
            -- Louisa May Alcott

How are we all doing?  Have you been taking stock of what you've accomplished in the last few months?
Oh dear, are some of you in the middle of the shopping craze? 
I just thought of that, perhaps my timing is a little off.  
Well, if my instincts are correct and shopping
is the activity of the moment . .
please be careful - 
YOU are more important that a thing . . . 
YOU are more important than a dollar . . . 
YOU, Beautiful YOU are the gift . . . 
so, whatever the moment is saying to you -
STILL Value YourSelf Highly . . okay???

So, back to why i thought i was logging in . . . 
The reason this quote caught my attention . . .
I've been through a lot of changes since the Century Change.  
It's all turning out rather well, i think.  
I don't for a moment think I'm where I'll end up - 
not "finished," so to say -
but, the adventure is turning out to be worth taking -
not that i consciously chose it,
but - since I was headed this way -
Yeppers, I seem to be learning to "sail my ship."  
And, feel pleased at the doing/being.

So, I just wanted to ask you - how's your adventure going?

Thank you for being such good companions along the way,
love & love,
(should i say "Ahoy!" - ?)
g
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Saturday, December 18, 2010

Every day holds the possibility of a miracle.
            -- Elizabeth David

I suggest we Expect this possibility
I promise you - that's exactly what I'm doing . . . 


                                                  Here's a photo of Elizabeth David
                                            There's a Wikipedia page for her - HERE


love & love,
g

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Every once in a great while i see why the Holy One set me off on this unique path.

On Wednesday Afternoons/Evenings I get to share stories with young people.
It's a great deal of fun and a small amount of classroom management.
I enjoy it, but still miss the "first georgy."  (The person I spent most of my life being.)

This term one of the young people asked if I'd tell about his namesake, Josuha.
It was the first time I've had a request like this and i decided to honor it,
adding Joshua to the curriculum we already cover.

What an immense JOY.  These stories are not what the people generally get to hear.
They sat forward, eyes and hopes glued - towards me, in my direction, maybe, but they were seeing the story Itself, finding a treasure for themselves in the ancient writings, meant to give them Hope and a Future.

This HAS happened lately - in different types of groups -
and, I've been satisfied with the doing -
But, yesterday, before an ice storm, I felt I had the great privilege of handing out
LIFE.

It seems the Holy One has a Great Job to do
And, we get to help . . .
And - maybe, that's why my feet were placed, in an unusual way, on this path.




love & love from your 21st Century Maggid,
g
Quote from Henry David Thoreau on Library Way ...Image via Wikipedia
[Water is] the only drink for a wise man.
          --Henry David Thoreau  


I type this thought in, while enjoying a cup of coffee . . 
with cream . . . 
perhaps i can't claim myself wise, hm?


He that can't endure the bad, 
will not live to see the good.
            -- Jewish Proverb

I once had a friend who would call late at night, almost every night.  She was excited about a television program called "Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman."  Try as she might, she could not get me to watch it - but, it made her laugh so hard, she just HAD to share.  So, besides seeing the wisdom in the thought (quote) above.
It also makes me think of some of the quotes I'd hear over the phone (long distance, back in the day long distance was a huge communication investment . . . )

"Tell me the one about the silver lining again, it's my favorite."  - - - from "Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman" - via my friend.


I have a chum experiencing a challenge - I don't know if it comes under the heading "BAD."  But, it IS concerning . . AND - today, may of us are dealing with an ice covered world - an inconvenience compared to what many people on earth have faced and over come.

I think about the Truly Challenged often.  (Like right now) - i pray for them and wish them well - and remember, as long as i still grimace about that television show i never saw - I have nothing to complain about.

Sending out Warm Smiles today,
g
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Monday, December 13, 2010

EpictetusImage via Wikipedia
Know, first, who you are; 
and then
adorn yourself accordingly.
            -- Epictetus

I hope dress code and goodness do not necessarily reflect one another.  i mean, i know some exceptional people who dress impeccably.  I think they must wake up well tailored in the morning.  Since it hurts my mind to shop, or be like anyone else, I always seem to present in a backwards sort of way.  I mean, don't get me wrong, I'm clean and covered - but, all the rules of fashion are completely ignored.  The only time in my life i ever looked "ordinary" was during the modeling period of my life, which was blessedly short.  Then someone dressed me, did hair & make-up
and  I showed out for the time allotted, then promptly ditched the facade and got back into my hiking boots, jeans and baseball hat -
golly, that was way back - last century.

Isn't that fun to say, "Way back last century?"


love & love,
g

Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest.
            -- Mark Twain
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Friday, December 10, 2010

I saw this quote - and giggled . . .

The secret of eternal youth is arrested development.
           -- Alice Roosevelt Longworth

Of course, i WOULD identify with this quote,
here are some photos of my dad . . . . 






love & love,
g

Thursday, December 09, 2010

Bite off more than you can chew, then chew it.
Plan more than you can do, then do it.
            -- Anonymous

I remember being taught our plans MUST be too big for one person to achieve.
In fact, we MUST make our plans SO LARGE that, even a group of people working together would not accomplish it.  ESPECIALLY, if it's a good plan, one to bless/empower a lot of people, maybe even Mankind Itself.  Because, then the plan will SURELY Succeed because God will step in and show out.

Often I've had friends grumble about plans on my list that fling far out into the future.
They are always happy with the outcome after it's achieved.

Yeah God!  Thanks for giving us Vision.
Thanks for giving us Hope and a Future!


I'll continue to fling Inspiration way out - farther than possible - and, I'll continue to believe
The Holy One Make All Things Possible . . .

I'm Planning And Doing - How about YOU?
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Monday, December 06, 2010

Another Great Thought from Yehuda Berg

Title page of first printed edition of the Zoh...Image via Wikipedia
I heard a saying yesterday - I meant to write it down . . I didn't BUT it is still calling to me today - so, now it may be slightly "georgy-ized" -

One who finds True Love has been favored by God
One who does not has become One with God



Yehuda Berg offers  this:
"The Omitted Verse"

The term “Son of God” appears in the Zohar, but it refers to everyone and anyone who masters the art of miracle-making. The Zohar explains that when someone reaches this level of being: “There’s no separation between the Son and the Father. They are one. And all the treasure of the Father’s house is there for the Son to use.” Most modern day translations of the Zohar mysteriously omit these verses because they are so powerful. I’m reminding you because it’s time to remember your potential.

may we become ONE
May we become
Our Own Most Possibility

love & love,
g




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Kumbaya Movie

Desmond Tutu and Mary RobinsonImage by Oxfam International via Flickr
Faith Filled Movie




I chose a photo of Desmond Tutu and Mary Robinson
because . . . well, Because of who they are, what they've done and where they came from . . .


Reminds me we all have greatness.
So, what do you think of the film clip?
Is it so different from your personal style?
Is it inspiring?


AND, do you realize how grateful i am for you in the world?
Wishing you the Happiest Day!
g


ps - thank you for lifting me up for the "dream date." 
love & love,
g


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Friday, December 03, 2010

"Dream Date"

See this beaming face?
This is my friend, R. James Stone Goodman.  
He is FRIEND (and Rebbe) to many.
Once a month he opens his heart 
(and the door of his magic gathering space, Neve Shalom)
To all who care to enter.
He teaches, tells stories, sings,
causes the Holy One to stay with us longer each time we gather.
Sometimes he has invited guest who also get the share their hearts.
For three months I have been bubbling over with joy
because tomorrow 
(Saturday Evening, December 4th - 28th Day of Kislev @ 8 P.M.))
it's my turn to share.

You are invited.
I've been thinking of this evening as my
"Dream Date."

Love & Love,
g

Evening Lights

This evening is our December Evening Lights gathering.
We'll light the Lights.
We'll sing and share Holiday Stories.
Carol is bringing Cake (isn't she wonderful?)

There's been ongoing discussion about Evening Lights.
I wonder if you have an opinion

Sending you Love,
g
I didn't take this photo - I couldn't figure out HOW to get a good portrait of the little visitor.  I don't know if he's a "him" or a "her."  I do know "he" is interesting and amazing and brave.  So, earlier this week i was out in the driveway trying to put a huge amount of styro-foam squares back into the shipping crate that carried them here.  I thought something was broken in the house - like maybe the washer - or dryer - because I heard a loud, persistent (mechanical sounding) squeak-ish sound - over & over.  I stood inside the kitchen, the sound was LOUD.  i walked towards the laundry room, quiet . . . . (since one of my ears doesn't listen to worldly sounds, direction is challenging to guess.) - Eventually I figured out it was right out there - in the driveway - and, it wasn't mechanical - it was a bird.  "He" allowed himself to be seen - and, golly, it seems "he" was thankful for the feeder I'd hung in the tiny tree by the new fence.  :He wasn't even afraid with me standing just a few feet away.  "He's been visiting for a few days, it's getting cold out.  Won't "he' be flying somewhere warmer soon?  I realize not everyone enjoys the birds as i do . . . but, this little "guy" can count on a meal when "he" stops to visit . . .

"Dream Date" and a favoite learning:

SafedImage via Wikipedia
First, my "Dream Date" concert with Rabbi James Stone Goodman is this this weekend - (of course, you are invited)
Here's the link: http://jubileestreet.blogspot.com/2010/12/dream-date.html

Second, my friend Celeste is in Israel.  She will be thinking of me, especially when she visits Tzfat.  I will be thinking of her, especially as i sing "Face of God."

Third:
(a learning i enjoyed earlier this week)

"No, the Exodus did not destroy evil in the world.  What is did was set up an alternative conception of life.  Were it not for the Exodus, humans would have reconciled themselves to the evils that exist in the world.  The Exodus establishes the dream of perfection and thereby creates the tension that must exist until reality is redeemed. . . Where does Israel get the strength - the chutzpah - to go on believing in redemption in a world that knows mass hunger and political exile and boat people?  How can Jews testify to hope and human value when they have been continuously persecuted, hated, dispelled, destroyed?  Out of the memories of the Exodus!. . . "

- - - -Irving Greenberg, (Yitz)

love & love,
g
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Thursday, December 02, 2010

Good Morning!
Happy December!
Happy Time of Hope!
Happy Time of Lights!

Thinking of you this morning
and sending you LOVE,
georgy


To see the earth as it truly is, 
small and blue and beautiful in that eternal silence where it floats,
is to see ourselves as riders on the earth together,
brothers on that bright loveliness in the eternal cold.
            -- Archibald MacLeish



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Thursday, November 25, 2010

Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier.
            -- Mother Teresa

A very long time ago i was given something to do.
The Holy One asked me to notice every person that passed my way
and, while i was looking at them i was to think
  (silently . . I wasn't to say anything out loud)

 i was to look - notice - see them - and THINK: 


"I Love You."

It wasn't about me at all . . 
It was a favor I was asked to do for (and by) the Holy One.


After many years, i noticed - almost by mistake, that the thinking
was bubbling over into words - 
But,
Not "normal stuff" - 
Nope,
Loving stuff the Holy One wanted saying . . . 


Odd, hm?
Maybe you want to listen - Maybe there's a favor you can do  . . . 


Love & Love,
g

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

It does not matter how slowly you go so long as you do not stop.
            -- Confucius

Now, this is a comforting thought.
I seem to plod along, happy as anything for the most part,
But, my pace is "slow, but steady."


I'm certainly thrilled with all the changes Life has provided.
At this moment, I'm grateful for a few hours to do as i please, maybe catch up a little with you.
I'd take a camera out to share the day with you but,
It's a little cold beyond comfort - AND - WET . . (burrrrr.)
So, sending you my Love will just have to do.


Wait a minute, a friend sent me a beautiful cyber-flower.
Let's see if i can retrieve it for you . . . hold on . . . 


Ta-Daaa!  From my friend James - to YOU.
Happy Thanksgiving.
AND - I want to thank you for sharing the Journey with me.
I KNOW - we don't meet over coffee - although, that would be really nice - 
Please know, you mean a lot to me, I am Grateful for You in my Life.
Sending You Love
And
All Wishes for Peace Profound,
g

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Thomas Szasz 0482Image by zsoolt via Flickr
Men are afraid to rock the boat in which they hope to drift safely through life's currents,
when, actually, the boat is stuck on a sandbar. 
They would be better off to rock the boat 
and try to shake it loose.
            -- Thomas Szasz

Since this is a "Story Time Morning,"  
I have 'my kids' front and center in my thinking.
First i think, "Row, Row,  Row Your Boat"
Then i think,
"Merrily We Roll Along."
THEN
Life as i have experienced it comes to mind
and
rocking the boat fits perfectly.

Although, I've used another phrase for it all my life.

When I seem stuck or stagnant
I insist to mySelf:

"When In Doubt Do Something."

I Trust the Holy One can put me on the right track
as long as I'm (not only willing but)
moving out.

A little like Abram
(not that I'm in his mighty league, but still the story is there for us to learn, right?)
The Holy One says,
"Go Forth!"
promising that as Abram does
Great Things will happen.

So, I "Do Something"
Trusting the proper corrections will be made in the journey
and I'll end up exactly where 
The Holy One
designed.

On the way to Story Time this morning
I think I'll sing quietly to mySelf,
"rock, rock, rock the boat"
Maybe I'll sway, as if the bus ride is an ocean going craft.

Why not?
There might be a greater possibility waiting . . . 

Sending you Love,
g
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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come. You wait and watch and work: You don't give up.
            -- Anne Lamott

Remember Mother Teresa's prayer, "Do It Anyway?"
yepper -   That's the key.  You might momentarily find yourself surrounded with nasty, unkind, unsupportive people -
Take it as a good sign, that you're on your way and "Do it anyway."
(you are NOT alone . . . )
Love,
g





Make visible what, without you, might perhaps never have been seen.
            -- Robert Bresson

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Rabbi James Stone Goodman

The Aristocratic Shabbes Bride

The Aristrocratic Shabbes Bride
She arrives on Friday evening
as if for a wedding
– do we imagine her?
dressed all in white
the jewels the train of the bride
the costuming
where’d she get that dress?
We do. We do imagine her,
We sing her a wedding song
the wedding party
we anticipate her as the sun
makes its way home in the west.
We dress nicely for her
[it’s a wedding]!
We dress in white
wool cool in the summer
warm in the winter
the way wool holds the body heat
wool made from sheep ordinarily
could be made from rabbits I suppose
Angora
or Cashmere
made from goats,
I suppose you could make wool from any furry creature
but not that greasy cat that lives in my basement
wool from sheep’s wool from sheep
sheep’s wool has scales that overlap
like shingles on a roof,
Wool taken from sheep produced for meat
typically it’s more coarse
merino wool, nice, very fine
moths love it.
Don’t think me irreverant to describe the mystical bride
this way.
– it’s just
that I am seeing her as I write this
and the wool is
fine, fine
super-fine.
The wool is clean white long fine
and free of defects from the environment
that alone would be worthy of a proper welcome
especially from someone like James Joyce
or Dylan Thomas who wrote poetry and
wore wool, scratchy, smelling like tobacco.
Neither of them would think that the whole Shabbes bride
imagery was a lot of hooey
I guarantee it
they would go deep into it
for its beauty in language and form
and for its wool that they wore every day,
greeting her or not.
Wool has greater crimp,
crimp –
the number of bends per unit length along the wool fiber
a fine wool like merino may have up to a hundred
crimps an inch
wool fabrics have great bulk and retain air
which causes WOOL to retain heat.
It works both ways
how do we understand that?
Bedouins of the great deserts and Tuaregs wear
wool to keep the heat out.
I saw this myself in the Sinai
my Bedouin driver wore wool sweaters buttoned up in 120 degree heat.
He didn’t sweat into the wool either.
Well, gotta go –
The sun is skating down her dress the last of its rays
she is looking for us
it’s time to welcome her
this way: Come my beloved
let us greet her
the wedding song the wedding poem
forget about what she’s wearing
sing the wedding poem:

Lecha Dodi likrat kalah
p’nai Shabbat n’kabbelah.

Shhh, here she comes
the Bride
check out the wool
yes, yes it is fine white
well crimped
can’t make out the details
only this:
She has come looking for God.
jsg, usa

Good Morning!

 I'm sitting at my desktop, waiting for the sun.  I wonder if she's going to smile through this window while I wait . . hmmm . . .

Language exerts hidden power, like a moon on the tides.
          -- Rita Mae Brown  

This is a good reminder for me today.  I'm packed and ready for school, have two classes of trusting, young people.  Always i remind mySelf we were given such great power.  We were told we have the choice between Blessing and Cursing . . . and we were prompted to choose Blessing.

AND - if that weren't enough, we are told God lives in the Praises of His people.
Let my mouth be full of Blessing and Praise today (and all other days, please.)
Let me be an Encourager, please.
Let me pass along the great Gift  - Hope and a Future.
Amen.

love & love,
g

Friday, November 12, 2010

Two Morning Quotes:

Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions.
Small people always do that,
but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.
            -- Mark Twain
 
Isn't this the truth?
Do us all a favor and follow the dream of your heart.
You were created a unique, beautiful gift
to the world.
If you don't share yourself,
we all lose
a one of a kind wonder.
If EVER someone tries to belittle you
and/or your dreams
pretend it's a game
like a video game
and move along to the next opportunity
AND
if
(because it might happen)
something has occurred to sideline you for a moment
Dust off your knees and begin again
We need you
I need you

Winston Churchill really had it right:
"Never Give Up."


The most beautiful adventures are not those we go to seek.
            -- Robert Louis Stevenson
 
Okay, okay - you may be tired of me telling you.
It looked like it was all over
the National Tours
The fulfilling music
In fact,
it was briefly suggested I'd be in a wheel chair until it was time to leave forever
AND NOW
I have the best life ever
Never dreamed,
Didn't know it was possible

AND - 
Since it happened for me
It will for YOU, too.

(*See Quote from Winston Churchill above)

Love & Love,
(Happy Day)
g

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Joel Lurie Grishaver:

Maybe 300 years ago there was a famous teacher,
Dov the Maggid. 
Students came from everywhere to study with him.  
They thought, if they could repeat every lesson and insight,
they would know Torah.

The Maggid, however, had one special lesson.
He used to tell his students:

"DON'T JUST SAY WORDS OF TORAH,
BE TORAH."


Tuesday, November 09, 2010

This caught my attention -

American comedian Conan O'Brien at "Stand...Image via Wikipedia
Nobody in life gets exactly what they thought they were going to get. But if you work really hard and you’re kind, amazing things will happen.
 -- Conan O'Brien
Final Tonight Show Speech, 2010 


Sometimes it seems kindness is a rare commodity. 
I agree - 
Amazing Things Happen - to Open, KIND people.


love & love,
g
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Friday, November 05, 2010

I was taught a lady never finds herself in danger -

page du Talmud Source : scanner illustration l...Image via Wikipedia


Meaning, we should take care where we put ourselves - THEN, should we need assistance (or saving) we can depend upon it, because we have behaved appropriately. Today I saw this quote, that reminds everyone . . .




Never expose yourself unnecessarily to danger;
a miracle may not save you...and if it does,
it will be deducted from your share of luck or merit.
            -- The Talmud





Here's a happy quote:

A smile is the shortest distance between two people.
            -- Victor Borge

Happiest Day to You!
love & love,
g



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Monday, November 01, 2010

Lifetime Wish:

Carl Sandburg, American poetImage via Wikipedia





Sometime they'll give a war
and nobody will come.
           -- Carl Sandburg

How To Be Creative

The best way to get approval is not to need it.
            -- Hugh Macleod


Arguh!  Don't we KNOW this one.  Right?  How many times have we started out on a project and been flooded with people ripping it (and us) apart at the seams, before we've even finished what we started.
I'm wondering if there's a way to insulate ourselves from this outside ambush.

Then, i wonder how to insulate myself from self-doubt - BUT - perhaps that's another subject.

Got thoughts?


Love to You,
g

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Pete Seeger at the Lincoln Memorial on the Nat...Image via Wikipedia
Education is when you read the fine print.
Experience is what you get if you don't.
            -- Pete Seeger

Ai-yi-yi!  I've sure had opportunity to amass plenty of this extra "Experience."

Fortunately, The Holy One is always willing to help a True Heart and we find opportunities to set things right.  Eventually we get to start all over with new projects that seem so much better, the sting  from those "bumpier times" become fond memory.

Happy End of October
I think November has Great Things in store for us
Love & Love,


 
Pete Seeger at the Lincoln Memorial on the Nat...Image via Wikipedia

Education is when you read the fine print.
Experience is what you get if you don't.
            -- Pete Seeger



Ay-yi-yi, I've had ample opportunity to learn this lesson the hard way.  By now, of course, i know the difference, BUT, you know, even now I get the chance for extra "experience" because I didn't have enough paperwork in place before I started a project.
(humpf!)

Thankfully, the Holy One always helps a True Heart to turn things around, get things right - and start again.

Sending you love - Happy End of October to you -
Looking forward to what November brings - I just know it's going to be wonderful.
g






Saturday, October 30, 2010


Small opportunities are often the beginning of great enterprises.
            -- Demosthenes

If we all did the things we are capable of doing,
we would literally astound ourselves.
            -- Thomas A. Edison


I've got my day pack filled with books, folders, ideas and crafts
Off to another day of inspiring young people
Although, I believe I receive way more in this adventure

I keep thinking of Kim Clement's Chant-able poem:

"I'm somewhere
In the future
And i look much better
Than i look right now."

See you on the other side of this day
I have Pops in my heart
and
You on my mind.

Love & Love,
Georgy



Friday, October 29, 2010




We may go to the moon, but that's not very far.
The greatest distance we have to cover still lies within us.

            -- Charles de Gaulle


and, believe me,
I STILL have a 
l-o-n-g way to go.

love & love,
g




Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Thank You!

Tuesday Mornings
Really Early
I catch a bus and go to school
It's super worth it
The classes are so exciting
It's hard to control the wonder
and the joy

Today was over the top terrific
Because i took the long way home
In order to check the mail box

Guess what i found
Lots of LOVE

I hope everyone has a Chummy Chum Chum
To make their life
Sparkle Brighter than Bright.

Love & Love,
g


Monday, October 25, 2010

Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Sholomi

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Rabbi Zalman taught several times when i was a student.  I learned so many things from him and promptly began adding
his techniques/suggestions/style
to my "tool belt." 
I mean to say,
i out right copied what I saw him do.

He inspired me
A LOT
I would enjoy more time with him -
BUT
this isn't what i want to tell you.

What i want to share
has to do with the fact that i never feel certain that I'm doing a decent "job."
(Not that what i do is hard work - it's a JOY, I'm just not secure  . . . 'nuff said.)

So, I'm teaching on Saturday last
and asked each student for commentary
or story having something to do with our
topic of the day.

My heart was made so happy
it was a challenge to keep happy tears a secret.
Many of them gave answers
beginning with conversational sounds of speech
THEN
 Suddenly breaking into song when they got to the best part of their story or answer.

AH!  Right AND Left brain answers -
definitely ZALMAN.

I may not seem 'good enough' (to me)
BUT - my Teacher, Zalman - is Stellar - and, these young people, without realizing,
have and are sharing Sparks from this great man.

A Maggid Report that makes me Glad to share with you.

(See? Spirit goes ahead of us all - makes the way straight -
gets it done - if we just say yes -suit up & show up. . . . . Hurray!)

Love & Love,
g

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Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not one bit simpler.
            -- Albert Einstein, (attributed)


I often wonder if the path meant for us is actually simple.  See, i know a lot of 'complicated' people.  Every decision seems so challenging they often choose not to do anything at all, or to wait so long the thing they were debating is loooong gone.
yet, so many of my heroes seem to "go forth."  Knowing everything will be made right - because the Holy One is in charge.  All they need to do is act.

Now, I'm not saying i 'simply' get things right all the time.

I'm just wondering if our paths might be simple, if we would choose to follow our heart - (or, better said, "Our HEART")







Having a dream is what keeps you alive. Overcoming the challenges make life worth living.
         - - Mary Tyler Moore   





'Have Dream, Will Travel'
how about you?


Love & Love,
g

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Saturday, October 23, 2010

Rabbi James Stone Goodman

 
If i ever, EVER
Grow up

Could i be a little like this man?




Friday, October 22, 2010

Hard work spotlights the character of people: 
some turn up their sleeves, 
some turn up their noses,
and some don't turn up at all.
            -- Sam Ewing


Oh, is this speaking to me?
I can't count the times
I've stood backstage re-thinking my choices.
I used to tell myself, 
if i was too frightened to walk out in front of the audience,
I could always become a Laundromat attendant.

Oh, you'd be surprised how much i enjoy laundry,
in fact, i have a couple of loads going as I type.
I've often though a Laundromat  would be a stellar place to work.
It does seem I've been designed for another purpose, though.

I often consider not showing up.
Really!
I get to a gig
and then think I'd like to go home now.

BUT
I believe my job is to 
"suit up and show up"
I figure the Holy One has a plan
and is responsible
so, eventually the fear is overcome
I enter/engage in the situation
and 
afterwards
It always seems to turn out

Good
and
Very Good.

I hope you decide to 
show up, too.
It's gonna be worth it.

love & love,
g