God doesn't require us to succeed; he only requires that you try. -- Mother Teresa
Remember when she came to visit us here? I sure do, and think about her often. She helped change my life. I wrote down many of the things I learned from her in a little book. I don't have to find the book though, because she wrote her Self on my heart.
Today Story Time was in Carondelet. I think my favorite part was on the journey home because it's so beautiful outside and as it got warmer the people started to brighten up. Waiting for the train, people walking by in their different colors - some with special fragrance - like a Spring Garden.
I was walking along the "magical way" a path between businesses and private homes i follow on the way to catch an east bound bus. It's green and lovely most of the year, which is why I call it "the magical way." Anyway, Thursday i was on my way and noticed a REALLY LARGE BIRD moving around near the walkway. I've been here for a few years and this was a first. When i got close enough I decided it was a confused, maybe young, turkey. Golly! Who knew they were so tall? It would run in one direction, until it found itself facing a bush which it could have run around but somehow didn't then it would run in a big confused circle and find itself facing the same bush all over again. I was going to have to pass the bird, or go home. I decided to make those "calming sounds" generally used for frightened children, cats and dogs. The bird surprised me by running straight towards me. Maybe it wasn't wise to make "calming sounds" for large wild birds. It stopped a few feet in front of me and just looked for a bit. I guess it decided to take extreme measures because it ran a couple of steps and took off, flying to the roof of the nearest business which happened to be an automotive repair place. Gee, I doubt that was wise. It would be illegal to harm the turkey, but I kinda doubt the workers inside the building would have cared about that if they'd realized the prize on their roof. The bird sure looked out of place walking around up there. Maybe up there it got a view that offered some kind of turkey direction because it flew off the roof, touched down on the magical way momentarily, then took fight again, flying over the rooftops of the neighborhood, presumably homeward. Turkey and Maggid encounter certainly something for me to remember.
Inbetween events, I stopped at Big Bear Grill. I like the name. It reminds me of wonderful times in the mountains in California (yes, you guessed it, California is my home.) I used to get off late at night at home and stop at the Big Bear Grill, which was always open late because there were so many performing artists headed home at that hour.
My absolute favorite was grilled cheese and pepper. (Yum!)
When I got here this afternoon I took time to read a couple of blogs. It's a little like being able to stop by and visit friends without really bothering them at all. Wise words from Rabbi Goodman, Kind words from Carol Now I'm ready to do my best at a concert this evening.
The moment we begin to fear the opinions of others and hesitate to tell the truth that is in us, and from motives of policy are silent when we should speak, the divine floods of light and life no longer flow into our souls. -- Elizabeth Cady Stanton, 1890