"Story Lady"

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Countdown

I keep wanting to share with you
SO Many Things
Lately My Schedule is so busy -
It's seems almost overwhelming

"TUESDAY" production sign (Photo credit: Vaguely Artistic)

BUT - there is the countdown
soon the school term will end
and, although i honestly enjoy it
The few hours I'll reclaim during summer
will be welcome.

I teach (you knew that)
I am also a student
On Tuesday Mornings
I join a class of learners.
We have been studying together for two years.

The classes lately have become super challenging.

I mean, i always enjoyed BOTH my classmates AND the Studies . . .
But, as we round the bend and i see the conclusion -
The classes have become
Super challenging.

This last Tuesday we began a two week study of the "Shoah" (Great Catastrophe)
Okay, that's the word i prefer - the word we are using is "Holocaust" (burnt offering)
Oh My Fur & Whiskers - this subject has always been - difficult for me . . .
This week we looked at how something like this could happen . . . something important for us to understand, i know.  We discussed WHO exactly was responsible . . . yep, we need to understand it wasn't just one person . . . and who was impacted . . . . I tried to forget it was a twelve year period . . I don't like to think of eleven million people . . . and all the PROMISE lost to us - all the families and the wonder and the beauty . . . . (ARGUH!!!) - One more of these to go - only seven more classes all together . . . BUT, there is a second class - and this Tuesday the topic was Redeeming Captives.  It's an interesting exercise when we consider it from a historical perspective . . . but, the comfort level leaves as soon as we apply everything we learn from ancient texts to current life situations . . How does anyone EVER figure out what is the correct response. 

Yes, Seven More Weeks - History and Ethics . . . enough to make my head steam.

Sending You Love,
-g-
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Friday, March 30, 2012

Our Hero (Our Friend)

Human Rights Rabbi of the Month: Rabbi Susan Talve

This month, RHR-NA is pleased to recognize Rabbi Susan Talve, founding rabbi of Central Reform Congregation in St. Louis, MO, as our Human Rights Rabbi of the Month.
Rabbi Susan Talve is the founding rabbi of Central Reform Congregation (CRC), the only Jewish congregation in the City of St. Louis. She and her congregation have been some of the most outspoken religious advocates for universal health care in Missouri. She is among the founders and now serves as the Board President of Missouri Health Care for All, a statewide, nonpartisan, faith- and community-led grassroots movement for quality, affordable health care for all Missourians.
Since being founded at CRC in 2007, Missouri Health Care for All (MHCFA) has grown to include 131 member organizations and nearly 8,000 member individuals. Both organizations and individuals sign on by endorsing a shared set of principles adopted early on by the organization. Rabbi Talve’s vision and leadership have helped the group reach and engage dozens of organizations that would not otherwise be engaged in the movement for health reform, including other faith congregations, faith leaders, and community groups. The organization has mobilized the grassroots and community and faith leaders in dozens of actions and activities, ranging from educational forums about the Affordable Care Act to a “Rally for a Compassionate Budget” to protest proposed cuts to mental health and social services. The rally attracted more than 500 individuals and 50 faith leaders in April 2009. This past Sunday, CRC and MHCFA partnered with 14 other organizations to hold a public meeting with legislators to discuss the Affordable Care Act; nine state legislators and nearly 200 Missourians attended.
In addition to her work with MHCFA, Rabbi Talve is the Vice President of the Board of Dollar-Help, Inc., and is also on the Board of CHIPS, Community-Health-In-Partnership, a free health clinic for the uninsured. She has fostered relationships with African-American and Muslim congregations, and has been active in protecting civil liberties for the LGBT community. Rabbi Talve served as the Vice Chair of Missourians for Freedom and Justice, an organization that supported the LGBT community. She is active in a number of local organizations, including Faith Aloud (formerly the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice) and the St. Louis Interfaith Dialogue Group.
Read more about her courageous work on universal health care and watch Rabbi Talve speak at a rally to preserve Medicare/Medicaid.
Kol hakavod to Rabbi Talve for her leadership in Missouri and beyond.
Sometimes life is going to hit you in the head with a brick. 
Don't lose faith.
            -- Steve Jobs

I respect a person who offers the truth.
Some things are super challenging.
(That's a HUGE Understatement.)

The thing is,
we'd feel so entirely cheated 
if we didn't have a "full spectrum" experience.
If we didn't have our own
white-knuckle-ride
Life Experience
and 
WIN.

I've been there
More Than Once
I can tell you
First, ya gotta "keep breathing."
It's "Game Over" if you stop breathing - 
so, that's Basic.

Then, as soon as you're able
think about what you DO Want
Think about THAT
(the outcome you DO Want)
and begin to take the necessary steps towards your Good.

There is Good out there 
meant especially for YOU
and
You should have it
NOW.

Thanks to every teacher
who shares TRUTH

love & love,
-g-




 

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Video:Shlomo Carlebach - Esa einai - I will lift up my eyes to the mountains


Sometimes you hear us singing this song . . .
This is the first Time I've heard Shlomo:

Monday, March 26, 2012

Francis Talking to the Birds

 I saw this card today
when i was at story time
"Francis Talking to the Birds."
Someone said,
"Georgy, that's just like you!"
yeah, they're kinda right.

It's going to rain soon.
Out my window i have a perfect view of "Crabby Appleton.'
I think i just posted a photo of her
Anyway, here she is just a few moments ago
 (It's Wednesday, 21st of march, 2012, just in case you wondered.)
 Isn't she lovely?

 There are plenty of "garden gifts" to appreciate
I just hurried to add a few
a little blurry - 
BUT
This is the baby, weeping red bud
Today there are the beginnings of leaves - besides the purple blooms

 "Winston Churchill and the Cheerfulness-es"
Have just begun to bloom
It's their second year
Wonder how they'll turn out

 This is the new Ginkgo Tree
Today there are tiny leaves
wow!
 Oh, This tree is now taller than i am,
It's accustomed to me taking portraits
See?  beautiful leaves

I have NO CLUE
what these are
they are in the new mini-garden outside the art studio
pretty blue

okay,
going back inside
or I'll never get my work done

love & love,
-g-

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Had a little time . . .

Nothing great - just an extra hour
So, i went out into the yard
to see what early spring has sent

Do you remember when i told you about the twisted stick in a bucket?
Well, "Crabby Appleton" is now way taller than i am
Looks like she's going to bloom soon

They stopped by for supper.
All kinds of birds visit
they seem to have no problem
with me getting close
I haven't learned how to always keep the camera still
 (sorry)

The newest baby tree is a weeping red bud
If i stand "just so"
the newest addition is framed by my arch
Do you remember seeing those bells??
I take pictures of them pretty often
There's stark contrast
Because things are just beginning to peek out
little bouquet action
Had to sneak this one
Osa Magillicutty Happy Pants
Prefers her privacy

She LOVES Her Garden

I'm sure to take more pictures of
"Garden Gifts"
off & on
but
it seemed a real treat
to have a moment to look for the early arrivals.
love & love,
-g-
(Osa's Mom)






Friday, March 23, 2012

(Video) Native American Elder Speaks And Calls All Tribes And People Together As...

Earthday at Four Corners (2011):

"Greetings Earth Day 4 Corners 2011 Conscious Collaboration Team!  If you were not with us in physical form, we certainly felt you in SPIRIT!  The Earth Changed this past weekend.  There really are no words to describe it and we are all processing the amazing energy and miraculous shift we all felt as we gathered together as One Tribe in Peace for Mother Earth and All Humanity.  Stay tuned as we update the website with our collective visions of how we can all BE an integral part ‘catalysts for positive change’.  WE are the One’s we’ve been waiting for and together, WE can achieve all possible potentials into a living breathing reality!  Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!!!!"

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Be a fountain, not a drain.
            -- Rex Hudler, quoted in 'Sports Illustrated'




I've never quite believed that one chance is all I get.
            -- Anne Tyler



Tuesday, March 20, 2012

The worst loneliness
 is not to be comfortable with yourself.
            -- Mark Twain       

                  
The Past is to be respected and acknowledged, 
but not to be worshiped. 
It is our future in which we will find our greatness.
            -- Pierre Trudeau


Saturday, March 17, 2012

Lakota Indians cancel treaties with U.S. gov’t

Lakota Indians cancel treaties with U.S. gov’t

I'm still thinking about this.
I'm astonished - and - I'm proud of people speaking Truth
Happy people are taking steps to give themselves a LIFE

I am moved by the sentiment
A Person is CREATED to Be Who They Are

Have you read this article?
What do YOU think?




Seek freedom and become captive of your desires,
seek discipline and find your liberty.
            -- Frank Herbert, Dune




To know the road ahead, ask those coming back.
            -- Chinese Proverb


Wednesday, March 14, 2012



It's a sad day when you find out 
that it's not accident or time or fortune, 
but just yourself that kept things from you.
--Lillian Hellman 

Hellman, on jacket of her autobiography An Unf...
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Tuesday, March 13, 2012

 
 
 
Act as if it were impossible to fail.
            -- Dorothea Brande
 



 
 
 
 
 
 

Sunday, March 11, 2012



Creativity can solve almost any problem. 
The creative act, the defeat of habit by originality, 
overcomes everything.
            -- George Lois

My promotional work - from a few years ago . . . click for a sillier view



Friday, March 09, 2012

beautiful!

This postcard arrived in the mail today
from my friends
at
Unity Christ Church

Isn't it beautiful?
Color me Grateful.

-g-

from Yehuda Berg:

 Growing spiritually is like running up a down escalator 
– always in motion. 
The message for us is 
 if we don’t keep going forward in our spiritual work,
 we will fall back to a lower level.

Spirituality is not about stopping or staying at one level;
 it is about always moving ahead and never resting on our laurels.
Okay, okay I'm UP and Moving
again 
(giggle)
love & love,
-g-

Did i tell you
at Our Center
people asked for name tags

I think it was intended to make visitors comfortable
So, i made tags and set them out
so anyone who wants one
can have one.

You would think I'd be the first person to be excited about this
because remembering names is one of my challenges

Well, I'm happy that some are happy
interested that others are not 
and feel the need to say so
Me?
Nope, I do not wear a tag
I'm too tempted to write a "name of the day"
You could find me with
"Priscilla of the Desert"
or
"Cheshire Cat"

The Cheshire Cat from Carroll's Alice in Wonde...
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or
the blank would be filled
according to the whim of the day
(oh, i am trouble . . . smile)
-me-
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Thursday, March 08, 2012

What an unusual day . . .

Trying to re-center my Heart
i stopped at my new favorite motorcycle shop
that also serves an excellent latte
(Makes me feel - as if i have company in this world)

They are getting ready for a special event

I hang out for a bit, reading, sipping, listening -
Unusual as it might seem
it's good to know there's a place
like this
in the world


Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Monday, March 05, 2012

Friday, March 02, 2012


Always work hard on something uncomfortably exciting.
            -- Larry Page

Okay - THIS QUOTE fits my current situation perfectly.
In "Over My Head" 
- so to speak - 
and
learning to Love It.

Photo Taken WAY before i was asked to serve - Place has seen a lot of changes - I'll remember to take a new photo - AND - Now there are cars in the parking lot - people in the pews -

Totally convinced it is led by The Holy
and
"All Is Well!"

How about you?
Thought any impossible thoughts lately
and then
seen them manifest?

Wish I had time to visit, read, study, think, rest - in The Garden

Would LOVE to Hear from YOU.
-g- 

He who asks is a fool for five minutes, but he who does not ask remains a fool forever.
           -- Chinese Proverb


Question Everything
Question Everything (Photo credit: dullhunk)
I know, i know - we are always told there are "No silly questions," right?
But, speaking for myself, I DO feel dorky
when asking a question . . . 

Maybe NOT in a classroom
BUT
I'm pretty inquisitive
and often I'll be asking a very simple question
about something I've just discovered.

What's marvelous
is the countless people who answer, without reserve - 
so many wonderful people willing to share
keeps me willing to feel foolish time & time again 




Question Mark, I think
Oh, and the treasures I find
when people answer
are priceless