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 - 
Not "normal stuff" - 
Loving stuff the Holy One wanted saying . . . 

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

Love & Love,

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
All Wishes for Peace Profound,

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."
Life as i have experienced it comes to mind
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

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,
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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 . . . )

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
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
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.

love & love,

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
(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
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)

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:


Tuesday, November 09, 2010

This caught my attention -

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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,
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Friday, November 05, 2010

I was taught a lady never finds herself in danger -

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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,

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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,