Thursday, September 30, 2010

Sometimes you can't see yourself clearly until you see yourself through the eyes of others.
            -- Ellen DeGeneres

I am taking some really interesting classes.
Tuesday, our new class read:

". . . It was taught: 'And they went three days in the wilderness and found no water.'  (Exodus (Shemot) 15:22) Those who interpret the law metaphorically explain the 'water' refers here to the Torah, as it says: 'Ho, everyone that thirsts, come to the water' (Yishayahu (Isaiah) 55:1).  Since they had gone three days without Torah, they became exhausted.'

Okay, Okay, i see I have some "splaining" to do.  ("Splaining" is from 'Ricky Ricardo', just a georgy-joke)
On Tuesdays all term I have two classes - so, we do LOTS of reading - My imagination just took to this thought.  It comes from an ancient text called "Babylonian Talmud, Tractate Baya Koma B2a"

You remember the story, Moses led the "children - or people" across the sea, into the desert.  After three days the water they brought with them ran out and - wow!  They panicked.

Look how these teachers so long ago used this story to teach.

First, I want to tell you the word "Torah" - means a couple (or several) things - But, for today - let's use the term "TEACHING."

AND - let's use BOTH the Exodus story - and the Talmud Story - and think about us, in the 21st Century - traveling across time - If we haven't learned anything about LOVE Itself - maybe haven't even shared or received LOVE Itself - we will lose Hope, we will panic, we will feel poor - 
Perhaps we will begin to see scary or concerning stories in the media.

SO - I will teach that we MUST share, teach, live, express, what we have of LOVE Itself - 
and consider it almost emergency proportions if we haven't shared a Giant Dose of 
Love Itself
at least once every three days.

What do you think?

Love & Love 
from your 21st Century Maggid,


The last post tried to get persnickety - so, I posted and decided to continue on (oh yes, we are crafty.)

I MUST keep Confucius in mind while preparing class content.  I find "Understanding" and encouraging individual Thought far more important than any fact that could be later found, if needed.

I find, building a sense of community far more valuable than the ability to repeat something previously said.
I've found students filled with wisdom i have yet to learn.

I suppose i should admit I learn far more from the class than they might ever learn from me.
I hope, tongue in cheek, the refer to me as "Their teacher."

Tomorrow is October,

Love & Love,

Good Morning!

preparing for the day AND "weekend" ahead.
I say "Weekend" because Friday, Saturday, Sunday are almost always packed with stuff to do.
I understand why we use the term, but these days never seem like the end of anything to me.

But, if i start playing with words,
I suppose I'll never post this terrific quote,
and it's an important one
Here goes:

I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.

Monday, September 27, 2010

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You must have a room, or a certain hour or so a day,
where you don't know what was in the newspapers that morning...
a place where you can simply experience and bring forth 
what you are and what you might be.
            -- Joseph Campbell

I keep thinking about songs

"In My Room"
"Up On The Roof"

Centering Time:

love & love,

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Friday, September 24, 2010

It's "Officially" Fall

And, today feels like it.
It seems i need to clearly define this blog, golly what a gift this is.

Since it's the beginning of a New Year, Since it's my favorite time of year, I feel refreshed and ready to proceed into this "Possible Georgy."  It's a terrific adventure, since it's way more than i ever thought or imagined.

Cool to have clear proof of Unending Love in ours lives, hm?

Putting on my shoes, out for a real (first time) adventure.
I wish for all of us
Plenty of Joy
Limitless Peace,

love & love,

Happy Fall

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One word frees us of all the weight and pain of life: That word is love.
            -- Sophocles

What a perfect thought to begin this day's adventure.
I'm off - and hope to return in time to finish up my "at home projects" 
Since my weekend is a little too packed for comfort.

How about you?
Got a great Friday going on?
Got plans for this weekend?

Sending you Love & Love,
oh yes, Carol - just for you I'll include "Love Letters" in Evening Lights
If you enjoy it, I'll remember to bring at least one every time . . . . AND - 
A Retreat sounds Marvelous (haven't been myself for too l-o-n-g - just the thought gives me peace.)

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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

ideas i gotta remember . . . .

There ain't no free lunches in this country.
And don't go spending your whole life commiserating that you got raw deals.
You've got to say,'I think that if I keep working at this and want it bad enough I can have it.'
            -- Lee Iacocca

The evil of the world is made possible by nothing but the sanction you give it.
            -- Ayn Rand

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

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I take pleasure and pride
in the new order I have created
by clean sweeping emotional clutter 
or in honoring what has meaning.

Oh, I don't know who the author is on this quote.
It's an affirmation i just saw.
What's fun, I'm sorting out a situation
and looking for a happy solution
Perhaps a way to move on
This little message 
resonates in my thinking.

What are you working on today?
What phrase caught your attention?
(Maybe helping in your possibility progress?)

Do you take time for personal study/prayer/meditation/listening
most days?

(Every day?)

is it time to begin our exploration of the Books of Jubilee???
I wonder.

Happy Day!
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a thought from Yehuda Berg:

The biggest mistake you can make is to do nothing because you can only do a little.

Happy Day to You!
love & love,

Monday, September 20, 2010

Guide to Literary Agents - 18 Easy Steps to Becoming a Writer

Guide to Literary Agents - 18 Easy Steps to Becoming a Writer

I have been giggling over this brilliant post for a few days. 
It just MUST be shared, so here it is.  i hope it gets you giggling, too.

Your Maggid is happily preparing for this week's class.  I'll probably be back to visit later.
After Services of the last couple of weeks, i feel all brand new and ready to go.

How about you?
Have you been refreshed and renewed?
Are you ready for a new adventure, or perhaps - A New You?

Official Fall begins soon & very soon . . .
Where i come from, we had eternal green - here there is local color, followed by the bleakness of winter - (if you consider winter bleak.  Personally I'm good with winter, except ice.  I prefer firm footing.)

I'd love to hear from you,
'bye for now,
love & love,

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Give what you have. To someone, it may be better than you dare to think.
            -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Friday, September 17, 2010

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Take the attitude of a student,
never be too big to ask questions,
never know too much to learn something new.
           -- Og Mandino 
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The toughest question has always been, "How do you get your ideas?" How do you answer that? It's like asking runners how they run, or singers how they sing. They just do it!
            -- Lynn Johnston
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Thursday, September 16, 2010


Soon & very soon
we'll hear the sound of the shofar
blasting in the assurance
We've been forgiven
Blasting in the Jubilee

I figure, we'll start reading the Books of Jubilee then
And see how it might apply to 21st century people, hm?
Of course, I'll be reading in English - (no super scholar here, sorry)

Today, this morning, i was with some very small children and their guardians
This is an interesting and intimate group
Often i learn things i never realized before
Today, one of the smallest attendees
Suddenly started to cry
I don't know why
He just did
Another very small child answered the call, and began to wail in unison
I wondered if the entire room was going to erupt
All the adults giggled
I started to sing
The children turned to pay attention to the music
All was right in the world once again.

Amazing, Amazing

love & love,

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Wow!  It's so good just to have a moment to stop and say ""Hello."
Have you been super swamped? 
Here, it's a very good thing, of course, but it's been an overly busy couple of weeks.  Pretty soon my new schedule will take over and, even though it's pretty packed, it WILL be a schedule I can work with . . color me Thankful.

In the meantime, today i can get a few things caught up.
The first thing is to say "Hello!" 

How are things with you?
Sending Love,
It is no profit to have learned well, if you neglect to do well.
            -- Publilus Syrus

Friday, September 10, 2010

School Begins

Oh yes, I am loaded up and ready for the first day of school.
Are your kids enrolled????

love & love,
Now, here's something different.  Today I attended a meeting of the local chapter of the National Speakers Association.  I wondered if, maybe they are a good choice for me.  This was the first meeting of the season, they have streamlined their meetings, and have a new space - which is beautiful.  The guest speaker was teaching us how to set up a room, you know, how to arrange chairs for meetings.  You might think it would be discouraging . . you know what?  I learned a lot.  AND - I really liked the people.  I think I'll be back.

Now, the question is, will I set up chairs differently for our next Evening Lights?

Maybe . . . .

love & love,

Thursday, September 09, 2010


Although, this morning i could not figure out how to be in two places at once,
I believe I had the day intended especially for me
and the community I serve.
What a glorious day it has been.
It's not over, yet
still lots to do
Here's snippets of the garden
before the rain begins.

A sweet future to us all
love & love,

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

We do not believe if we do not live and work according to our belief.
            -- Heidi Wills

Monday, September 06, 2010

Looking for a way to make this blog unique
maybe even helpful.
For now, I'll just share a little.

I have to admit
I had no clue what i was "getting into"
when i started this path.
Now, I'm thrilled with every step
even though much of it is a surprise.

School is upon us
I am teaching
I am taking classes.

There is a place of constant amazement
(I'm in the Midwest)
When i arrived here (Feb. 1982) this place was a gorgeous field
lovely trees, a club house
I used to be invited often to sing, play guitar for camp.

Now, this large plot of land has turned into the most fantastic Center.
There's a recreation center
including swimming, family recreation
there's a sate of the art theater
There are apartments, assisted living, senior housing
children services
holocaust museum
adult education
teacher accreditation
a top flight library
(which includes every book I had to search for when i was in school)

Why I ever flew back & forth across the nation when we had more to offer right here
well, the Holy One is in charge of all that
besides, I STILL thought the place i now visit regularly was a nifty field
who knew?

I encourage anyone considering a maggidic path to do so
You won't be sorry
I strongly urge you to look around your community
Might be
If you've felt "called"
What you need is easy-peasy to find.

Sending Love,

I wanted to share with you
the origins of a story i enjoy sharing
when the heart of the world opens.
This is supposed to be true,
although many of the sources can't remember
the when or who of it.

There was a rabbi who never attended the annual S'lihot Service
It had become the tradition at this synagogue
and, after awhile
people began to believe
and share the belief that their rabbi went to heaven
to watch over his people
to make sure all their prayers were heard
and that all would be well for the coming year.

Eventually an inquisitive person decided to spy on the rabbi
maybe to see what it was like, this going to heaven.
Members of the congregation tried to talk him out of this,
but the more they advised
the more he determined to go.

So, on the evening of S'lihot
the spy hid in the bushes outside the rabbi's home.
Eventually the rabbi came out, carrying an enormous axe.
The spy kept his distance, but followed the rabbi
deep into the woods.
He watched as the rabbi cut and split logs into firewood
for hours on end
then the rabbi carried all the wood to the home of some of the poorest neighbors
making sure they would have enough fuel to be warm and healthy
all through the very cold winter.

The next time people from the congregation saw the spy
they asked
So?  Did the Rabbi go to heaven?

The spy answered,
"no, he went much higher."

You see, doing for others is a much better blessing
Yes!  Doing for others is the Greatest Blessing.

And, that, wonderful friend
is the source for the georgy S'lihot Story

love & love,

Friday, September 03, 2010

Point Of Wonder

I was entertainment director for a hotel chain in the early '80s

(yes, yes, way back last century . . another life ago)

There were times I would "work" a room for a length of time until i had booked several months of performers.

Well, I was in Chicago and it turned out people liked me a lot.  
The room was packed six nights a week for months.

Since I was there for such a long time

I sent for my books and returned to studies.

One day I burst out of my room (I lived in the hotel)

Certain we could all hear the Universal Melody –

Even if we weren't paying such close attention

The way we are used to "elevator music" or "supermarket music"

I mean, our public lives are orchestrated in urban areas

So, perhaps we have put the Holy Music of the Spheres in our background music mind

Well, people were amused and knew for sure it was their "quirky artist on staff"

Just a kid in overdrive –

I would take them outside and show them they were hearing all kinds of stuff –

Birds, traffic – if they stopped just a moment they could hear the hum of the hotel lights, the click of changing stop signs – they easily could hear all that – but could not grab the fact that the Universe MUST be singing.

Oh well – I was happy with the understanding (which I believe I hear all the time.)


Okay, okay – get this point of wonder.

Yesterday, while reading a little about Hildegarde of Bingen, You know her, she LOVED music, she wrote SO MUCH and people still perform her compositions to this day. She lived in the 10 Hundreds. Now THAT'S a different century for sure, hm? Anyway, she became convinced that we could all hear the Celestial Music, Music of the Divine – Once it surrounded mankind – that First Man heard and was guided, comforted by it every day – until the first breaking away.

(Did you want to be reminded of the "breaking away? Hildegarde was a conservative Catholic of the 11th Century – her take was the Eve adventure. Georgy thinks, as any of us pull away from the Holy, we suffer. . If you want more of either story – just ask, okay??? )

I am so delighted with this find, this point of wonder, I just HAD to share with you.

Well, this looks too long, so I'll close for today.

You are all invited to Evening Lights this evening – we'll have cake.

Love & Love,


I was experimenting with digital uploads - this photo is so pretty i thought I'd leave it to share with you
Happiest Day!

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

If you do not tell the truth about yourself you cannot tell it about other people.
            -- Virginia Woolf

I really like this quote.

I hope we learn to see ourselves the way the Holy One sees us.
I hope we first lean to accept this about ourselves, then I hope we happily see in others how wonderful they are, How marvelous we all are,
Oooh, then, i hope we share THAT TRUTH.

have you been super busy lately?  As we all fall into our new, Fall Schedules, i hope it is filled with Joy.
Love & Love,