Friday, September 30, 2011

Crossing Guard

Crossing GuardImage by .michael.newman. via Flic

Most of you know I'm a Metro-Rider.
(I ride public transit.  
Okay, okay I admit I'm trying to decide if I want a car again - 
or i want to move closer in to all the things i do - 
BUT, that's a story - and a decision -- for another time.)

Thing is, i walk to the bus stop.
This time of year, in the mornings.
I see the school crossing guard.
He was told to stand on the South East Corner this year.
For years he was expected to stand on the South West Corner of the intersection
because that's where most of the children are, needing to cross the busy street
to get safely to school.

Now, he walks out into the street for me 
alerting traffic to stop . . .

hey, that's nifty.

Of course,
this crossing guard serves less children
because they come from the other direction on their way to the school
which is a few blocks further down the street.

The Guard was told to stand on this
new & improved side
Because he was stopping
("inconveniencing" - my word - not his)

The drivers felt it was unfair because they ALSO had to stop with the light
in front of the school.

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Anyone - Besides me - 
think this is bonkers?

The drivers believe their unbroken speed  is more important than the little bodies walking their way to elementary school?

just sayin'

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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Do not pray for easy lives. 
Pray to be stronger men. 
Do not pray for tasks equal to your powers. 
Pray for powers equal to your tasks. 
Then the doing of your work shall be no miracle, 
but you shall be the miracle.
            -- Phillips Brooks

Figs! Can you imagine?  - georgy

Holy One, you certainly didn't choose an easy-peasy path for me.
You've always made sure it turns out okay.  Have no idea how You got us this far.
 Your Ideas are huge, bigger than any of us could manage, somehow 
You pull it off, You let us help,
it's always great.  

love & love
from your maggid,

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Tell it like it is . . . (yikers!)

Assume the responsibility for your fulfillment – 
or surrender to uncertainty and permit it to run your life, 
and create havoc at its whim. 
--Yehuda Berg 

The Garden - Tuesday before Fall - georgy

 I'm working on several things this week,
as i suspect you are - 

Lately my role has expanded to include working regularly (closely) with a few other people.  This is great fun for me.  i am a "team player" by nature, as many musicians are - there's a BUT in here, though.  There are times we all get to communicate with extra clarity, instead of the "right brain ramble" I'd fallen into as a "solo artist."  There's one other point I've discovered . . so far . . . when part of the team has an issue and becomes passionate (angry,) it causes me to look carefully at myself.  If the passion seems materially directed and - maybe even insistent in it's stance - I look to see where, in me, this is mirrored.  

 Perhaps, finding this "heat' in myself, i can self-correct - 
assisting the particular issue
to "lift" 
maybe like fog in the morning
to find the Light Inside -
that allows us all to "win."

Do you have tips, or examples to share?

Lemons - growing in a big pot at The Garden - Tuesday before Fall - g
All This said, I have taken on a new adventure - 
added even more study to my life 
(ya think I'll ever know enough?  
maybe not, 
maybe I'm a slow learner . . hm?)

Moonflower - backyard -
I am grateful for your company.

love & love,


Monday, September 26, 2011

Stepping into something new

If your head is wax, don't walk in the sun.
            -- Benjamin Franklin

Tuesday before Fall - georgy

Do something. 
If it doesn't work, 
do something else. 
No idea is too crazy.
            -- Jim Hightower, The New York Times, March 9, 1986

Rose of Sharon - my backyard -georgy

the learning curve is steep
just the way i like it
finding answers
finding questions
finding a WAY
so everyone wins

this will be
and, especially
Filled with 
love & love,

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Need Nothing.
Want Everything.
And choose what comes your way.

Friday, September 23, 2011

“We must know that we are such excellent and exalted creatures 
that there is no limit to our importance, 
befitting the Artisan who made us.”
  -Rav Berg,
I am not what I ought to be. I am not what I wish to be.
But thanks to the grace of God, I am not what I used to be.
--john newton 

at The Garden 9/20 - -g-

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

another from Yehuda Berg:

Building a bridge to the power above you
requires building a bridge to the people around you –
friend and foe alike.

You cannot obtain one without the other.

what an adventure this is, hm?
love & love,
The Moon of Much GladnessImage via Wikipedia

Give not over thy soul to sorrow; and afflict not thyself in thy own counsel. Gladness of heart is the life of man and the joyfulness of man is length of days.
            -- Ecclesiastes
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Monday, September 19, 2011

It's not that some people have willpower and some don't.
It's that some people are ready to change and others are not.
            -- James Gordon, M.D.

Rose of Sharon from my garden on "Moon-flower Morning" - -g-

Stepping into the future
with lots of curiosity

change is upon us
in the most marvelous way.

love & love
from your
21st Century Maggid

"Before investigating, find no fault; 
examine first, then criticize. 
Before hearing, answer not, 
and interrupt no one in the middle of his speech. 
Dispute not about what is not your concern;
in the strife of the arrogant take no part..." 
- Sirach 11:7-9

 A Sefer Torah, the traditional form of the Heb...Image via Wikipedia

Wednesday was busy.
Tiny Tot Story Time
Torah Stories
(I'll have to retrieve some photos and tell you about the new class - they are delightful.)
and a class on Moses

then a friend gave me a ride
so I'd be on time 
to observe
 a class
that was
Was it a joke?
I kept thinking "stay cool"
until I have some kind of understanding.

How the heck
does one tactfully 
in these 
(less than stellar)

oh my.

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Saturday, September 17, 2011

Always be open to all possibilities. 

 "Moonflower Morning" - georgy
Actually, this is from Yehuda.
He was sharing about miracles.
I didn't want to get into any argument today

So, i got right to the part
I decided was the core of the message.

"Always be open to possibilities.

love & love,

Intimacy is being seen and known as the person you truly are.
            -- Amy Bloom

Friday, September 16, 2011

"It is a fine thing 
to establish one's own religion in one's heart, 
not to be dependent on tradition
and second-hand ideals. 
Life will seem to you,
not a lesser, 
but a greater thing."
      -- D. H. Lawrence

D. H. Lawrence, world famed author (1906)Image via Wikipedia   

Thursday, September 15, 2011

There will be a time when loud-mouthed, incompetent people seem to be getting the best of you. When that happens, you only have to be patient and wait for them to self destruct. It never fails.
            -- Richard Rybolt

from Yehuda Berg:

Everyone who comes into this world 
must choose a “silent partner”—
the dark force of ‘me only’ 
or the light force of ‘you + me = we.’

Take your pick.

I'm thinking about this quote
 pulling together a talk
"Trickster Tales."

got ideas?

love & love,

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Quit now, you'll never make it.
If you disregard this advice, 
you'll be halfway there.
            -- David Zucker

Monday, September 12, 2011

Worries go down better with soup than without.
            -- Jewish Proverb
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Holy One - Great Provider,
Thank you for looking after the needy
Thank you for showing me what's
mine to do . . . 

I shall hear and I shall do.

love & love,
your maggid
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Sunday, September 11, 2011

PracticeImage by jurvetson via Flickr

We cannot deny the facts of nature,
but we should certainly try to improve on them.
            -- Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
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Friday, September 09, 2011

World Population

Oh my fur and whiskers
the number is so big
and growing
faster than i could keep track . . . 
May 5 minutes ago it was:

what a family we have!!!

whew!  I gotta get back to "The Garden" - g

April 30: George Washington becomes the first ...

Be courteous to all, 
but intimate with few, 
and let those few be well tried 
before you give them your confidence. 
True friendship is a plant of slow growth, 
and must undergo and withstand the shocks of adversity
before it is entitled to the appellation.
            -- George Washington
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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

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Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Creativity is...
seeing something that doesn't exist already.
You need to find out 
how you can bring it into being 
and that way be a playmate with God.
            -- Michele Shea

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

To love is to receive a glimpse of heaven.
            -- Karen Sunde

georgy view - thanks to Melissa, who gave me this camera

Monday, September 05, 2011


"We’ve created  a new discourse here. This is the new discourse: We’ve replaced the word pity with the word compassion. We’ve replace the word charity with the word justice. We’ve replaced the word donation with the word welfare. We’ve replaced the word consumer with the word citizen. We’ve replaced the verb ‘to wait’ with the verb ‘to change’. We’ve replaced the word alone with the word together. . . . . "

-- Daphni Leef, Sunday 4th, 20011 (Elul 5771)
that wayImage by dolanh via Flickr
It's choice - not chance - that determines your destiny.
            -- Jean Nidetch
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Sunday, September 04, 2011

Saturday, September 03, 2011

He who is not very strong in memory should not meddle with lying.
            -- Michel de Montaigne

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Friday, September 02, 2011

“There is a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in.”
~ Leonard Cohen

Thursday, September 01, 2011

Never apologize for showing feeling. 
When you do so, you apologize for truth.
            -- Benjamin Disraeli

Tuesday Morning at "The Garden" - georgy