"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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