Friday, November 30, 2012

I was reading a beautiful blog post
and it reminded me
to tell you

You are Beautiful
You are Important

If you don't share with us
Who you are, What you think
We will never know
and we'll be missing the most important
part of ourselves

We are all connected
and if we don't have the unique part of you
that's in us
filled with 

We are poor
We are always
A tiny bit empty
Even in the most Joy-Filled Moments
If we don't have the gift of knowing YOU

We are not complete

Yep, today I MUST remind you
You are Important
You are Vitally Important
There is Only ONE YOU

You Are Beautiful

love & love,
Ever since happiness heard your name, 
it has been running through the streets trying to find you.


Wednesday, November 28, 2012


This is a quote i posted Monday, November 7th, 2005.
It seems even more powerful today, so - I'm reposting:

"When someone loves you, 
the way they say your name is different. 
                                      You just know that your name is safe in their mouth."

-- Billy - age 4
love & love,
(still me)


I have a new favorite local teacher
She is founder of a spiritual community
called Harmony Fellowship

When i am able, i attend services where she shares Truth in the most splendid, 
fresh and flowing manner

Français : Courage
Français : Courage (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This week she spent time sharing about courage
She taught us how to choose again
to change the uncomfortable dynamic 
that some of us find in our lives.

She also shared a GREAT TRUE STORY
about a lady
who decided she no longer agreed to spousal abuse.
This lady decided to pile her kids
and her creatures
into her car
and drive away to something better
As soon as she was packed and ready to leave
the person she feared the most stood in front of the car.


This lady chose not to retreat
Not to unpacke the kids, creatures and hopes
and return to the fear
She didn't run the person over, either

She discovered she could drive her car across the grass
AND yesterday that lady was sitting in front of me
next to a different partner
who causes her to laugh
and smile
on a daily basis

Like True Friends


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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

I believe that cruelty, spite, The powers of darkness will in time, 
Be crushed by the spirit of light.
~Boris Pasternak

Pic: La Sagrada Familia, Barcelona.

Monday, November 26, 2012

There for a moment
(maybe a few days)
It looked as if things were working backwards
Every had that happen?
I'm accustomed to success,
This is NOT how it seemed for a few beats

Then, something unexpected happened
Someone i did not hope for called
and stood with me and made things turn out right

It wasn't a person one "assume" would rally
It was a person of authority
and they worked
immediately to make right
what had gone so fabulously wrong
that i was in a true panic-type melt down

Last July I heard a talk given from the heart by a powerful speaker
He explained how his world seem to fall into a pit, as if some dark spell had been cast 
and everything around was crumbling
(many of us listening at the time were in tears)
I do not personally know this teacher
I DO have one thing in common with him

His story turned out PERFECT
although the faces that showed up to support him
were completely different than the ones he used to rely upon

God e-x-p-a-n-d-e-d 
the repertoire of companions

This seems to have happened in my story as well

When i hear, or read about "The Shift"
I suspect this is not something fanciful
I suspect it's time for me
(maybe us?)
to be ready for
New Faces

It will all be
"Good And Very Good"
different than we expected 

Maybe we've closed one story
and begun another

What do you think?

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Marc Chagall (Belarusian-Russian-French, 1887-1985):
 Paris through the Window (Paris par la fenetre), 
1913. Oil on canvas, 135.8 x 141.4 cm. 
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY, USA. 

© This artwork may be protected by copyright.
 It is posted on the site in accordance with fair use principles.

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Friday, November 23, 2012

beautiful photo sent from a beloved, far away . . .
It's too bad Thanksgiving is only one day a year.
 And no, not just because of the turkey. 
It's because recognizing all that we have to be thankful for raises us above the mundane,
 reminds us of our purpose and imbues us with genuine joy. 
But what if Shabbat could be our weekly Thanksgiving Day? 
After all, Shabbat is also a time to come together, 
 have good food and celebrate the gifts in our lives. 
This Shabbat, let's remind ourselves (yet again!) of all the things we are grateful for. 
 Stand by our candles tonight and realize that, for us, 
 Thanksgiving Day comes every seven days. 

---From (thank you) 

I said: what about my eyes?
God said: Keep them on the road.                                         
I said: what about my passion?
God said: Keep it burning.
I said: what about my heart?
God said: Tell me what you hold inside it?
I said: pain and sorrow?
He said: ..stay with it.
The wound is the place where the Light enters you.

~ Rumi

Zero Mostel - If I Were A Rich Man (video)

A Friend of Mine shared this.  
It is far too wonderful to view and enjoy alone, so I'm posting here

love & love,

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

A weed is but an unloved flower.[EXPLORED #317]
A weed is but an unloved flower.[EXPLORED #317] (Photo credit: StylishLensT)
 "So many gods, so many creeds, so many paths that wind and wind, while just the art of being kind is all the sad world needs." 
Ella Wheeler Wilcox
As rain falls equally on the just and the unjust,
 do not burden your heart with judgements 
but rain your kindness equally on all.
— Siddhārtha Gautama

Monday, November 19, 2012

            There are days we find ourselves in a bad mood and we just don’t know why. We don’t have any pressing legal matters or health conflicts. Nobody’s out to get us. We’re simply depressed, angry or easily irritated by others.

It might seem random, but it most definitely is not.

Everything that happens to us is a result of the choices we have made in our past.

Every decision we make is a seed that we plant. If the seed is planted with good intentions and the right consciousness, we may produce a miracle in the future. If we plant seeds with negativity, instead of a miracle we may get very bad news. 

                                                                                                                        --- Yehuda Berg (72 Names of God)

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Have you visited this blog, yet???

There's a lot of beauty to be found.

love & Love,

Friday, November 16, 2012

To Honor Mira Scharf, May Her Memory Be A Blessing.

There are times when the world seems dark, and chaotic. The pain is so deep that all we want to do is cry. It is in those times that the solidarity of women can change the world. Our Shabbat lights and our prayers can turn the darkest darkness into light. Yesterday morning, three Jews were killed in a terrorist attack in Israel. One was 25-year-old Mira Scharf, a mother of three children who was 7-months pregnant. Her husband and children were critically injured. Mira lit Shabbat candles every Friday. Please light your Shabbat lights this afternoon in her honor. She is not able to bring her own special light into the world this Shabbat, but we can bring it for her. G-d should bless the Nation of Israel with peace and bring an immediate and full Redemption. 

Thank You,
Shabbat Shalom
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Rumi Alert . . . .

Love’s glory is not a small thing.

~ Rumi

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Ideals are like stars: 
you will not succeed in touching them with your hands; 
but, like the seafaring man on the ocean desert of waters, 
you choose them as your guides, and following them, you reach your destiny. 

Monday, November 12, 2012

Let's Dance!

At Shul, it's common, right in the middle of service
for people to get up and dance around the room several times.
At Center for Spiritual Living
Maybe Not So Much

Unless georgy is there causing trouble
especially if Mr. Dill is there with her.

Earlier this year
I was at the International New Thought Alliance 97th Congress
in Phoenix, Arizona
The musicians there ended up being a lot like me
They simply could NOT play the "Peace Song"
the way everyone expected.

Instead, they decided to "do something different."

They played "Love Train"
It was electric
I mean, the energy in the room went "electric."
People couldn't connect with one another fast enough
they formed a human train
(we are talking primarily silver headed populace)
They circled the room as long as the music played
 they continued to do this EVERY TIME the Musicians Played it.

I could not wait to return home and explain
these musicians I'd never met
felt the same way I did
Bringing that same
Love Energy into the Sanctuary at CSL-STL

A Human "Love Train"
Continuation of the INTA LOVE


Sunday, November 11, 2012

Touched and Lifted My Heart

Boothnath, released in 2008, is an adaptation of the short story, “The Canterville Ghost,” by Oscar Wilde.  This version is intended to lift audiences into a world of possibility.  It is filled with Bollywood’s best romantic view and designed for adult and child alike.  We are given color, childhood remembrances, a loving understanding of the afterlife and best of all, healing relationships.

Boothnath means, “Lord of Ghosts.”  But, the star of the story, a small boy named Banku, has been promised by his parents there is no such thing as a ghost.  Banku insists so strongly that Boothnath is an angel; the ghost becomes transformed into a caring, protective presence.  

We learn how the family of origin grew apart, and the master of the home remained on earth, locked in memories, even after death.  Banku builds a relationship with his angel friend that transforms everyone else in the story.

There are three generations of male Bollywood stars in this film.  Shahrukh Kahn, Bollywood heart throb, plays an extended supporting role as the father who travels for a living.  India National Film award actor Amitabh Harivansh Bachchan, co-stars as the Ghost/Angel, and Aman Siddiqui plays the energetic boy, who often causes trouble at school until his friend, Boothnath offers counsel and advice.

Bollywood films often run for hours, and Boothnath is no exception, timed at 169 minutes.  It is available for rent via Netflix, which gives plenty of opportunity to dance around with the musical numbers in the privacy of your own home.

Especially fun was a routine with Banku and all his school chums singing and dancing a school yard rumble.  It is pure fantasy and Aman Siddiqui uses some iconic Bollywood dance moves top leading men have performed in award winning films.  It is cute,  clever and will, undoubtedly assist this young man to a career filled with promise.

Boothnath, translated into English for those of us slow with Hindi, is a rentable delight.  

Saturday, November 10, 2012

There is no Gulf that Enough Love  will not br...
There is no Gulf that Enough Love will not bridge.... (Photo credit: -RejiK)
“Never look back. The road ahead may mean difficulty, but the road back means failure. The road ahead may be veiled from sight; but you must teach yourself to regard the unknown as friendly.”
--Emmet Fox
This quote seems tailor made for my circumstances at the moment.
It often seems I'm traveling towards something new.
Last night i attended one of the workshops offered by VLAA
Listening for inspiration - Trusting I Am Already Divinely Guided
and "All Is Well."

Have you "Been There?"  I mean, at a cross road where "going back" is an option, but NOT the best road to travel?  Have you been there more than once?  (Please tell me i am not alone on this ever forward progression of Life . . )

I'd like to hear from you.
love & love,

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Friday, November 09, 2012


Tammy Bowen posted this a few days ago.
I read books about - and by - Yogananda when i was a kid.
I was always sorry I did not get to meet him when he was on the earth.

There's a saying that we'll all recognize the voice of the Master when we hear it.
Some people think that means, when their teacher appears, speaks, calls them, they will automatically realize this as the person meant to guide them to self-realization.  
Here's the funny thing.
Eventually i got to hear Yogananda sing on a tape.
It was old technology, the recording was saved from some live event long ago,
He said,
"I am singing for you
Now be singing with me,
'White Colored Cloud.'"

I know, i know, already i told you, old technology, from the half-way point of last century
it was tinny, abrasive, sounded unpleasant to my ears
I'm happier to be singing today
and just Knowing about Yogananda,
his powerful life and legacy

Grateful for my place in the lineage of humankind
keenly aware
to some i am already odd
in the future
many may laugh

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"Be tolerant and defend the right to be different. Never use the faculty of judgement to blame or condemn anyone, for you cannot read the hearts and souls of others. Look at them benevolently and leniently, and see what is best in them." 
Rose Croix Code of Life
Salon de la Rose+Croix, 1892. Plakat zur Eröff...
Salon de la Rose+Croix, 1892. Plakat zur Eröffnung. Lithographie. 199 x 80 cm. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Rose Georges Cassagne バラ ジョルジュ カッサーニュ
Rose Georges Cassagne バラ ジョルジュ カッサーニュ (Photo credit: T.Kiya)
The Rose is, of course, beautiful.  
This lithographic is amazingly cool in it's attempt to convey higher principle - possibility . . well, at least i think so.
The quote that sparked my interest this morning reminds me of a lyric from Randy Newman, "I'm different, don't care who knows it, somethin' about me s just not the same . . . "

Blessed to receive a long distance phone call from a Loved Mentor.  This weekend is bringing Miracles and Multiple Blessings with it.  I hope Life is Marvelous in Joy Filled Mysteries in Your World, too.

love & love,

Thursday, November 08, 2012

"As humanity is one in essence, our happiness is only possible by promoting the welfare of all human beings, without exception."
 Rosicrucian Manuscript

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

"You cannot get sick enough to help sick people get better. You cannot get poor enough to help poor people thrive. It is only in your thriving that you have anything to offer anyone. If you're wanting to be of an advantage to others, be as tapped in, turned in, turned on as you can possibly be."

- Esther Abraham-Hicks

Monday, November 05, 2012

I'm told these windows are somewhere in Portugal.
I sure like looking at them.
Wonder if the people looking out enjoy a lifted, lovely view of the world.

I hope so.

It's part of the Game of Life
for us to look out from ourselves and see 

To forget about our small self
and create Beauty
Peace, Abundance, Sanctuary
by seeing in through ourselves first

When we are able to accomplish this
we can heal the world all around

How does that sound?
Sometimes it seems HUGE

I'm gonna keep trying.

Really like those windows
I'm grateful someone shred them with the rest of us.

love & love,

Sunday, November 04, 2012

"Isolate yourself for a moment every day, preferably in your Sanctum, and send thoughts of love, harmony and health toward humanity as a whole, especially to those who suffer mentally or physically. Ask God to assist them on all planes and to preserve them as much as possible from the ordeals of life."  
Rose Croix Code of Life

Friday, November 02, 2012

The 20th century British scientist Sir James Jeans wrote that "the Universe begins to look more like a great thought than like a great machine"

Thursday, November 01, 2012

I remember this story from before - BUT, it was sent to me again today - SO, here it is:

yes, this one IS from "Sandy" (the storm)

Back in September of 2005, on the first day of school, Martha Cothren, a history school teacher at Robinson High School in Little Rock, did something not to be forgotten. On the first day of school, with the permission of the school superintendent, the principal and the building supervisor, she removed all of the desks out of her classroom.

When the first period kids entered the room they discovered that there were no desks.

'Ms. Cothren, where are our desks?'  She replied, 'You can't have a desk until you tell me how you earn the right to sit at a desk.'  They thought, 'Well, maybe it's our grades.'
'No,' she said.
'Maybe it's our behavior.'
She told them, 'No, it's not even your behavior.'
And so, they came and went, the first period, second period, third period. Still no desks in the classroom.
By early afternoon television news crews had started gathering in Ms. Cothren's classroom to report about this crazy teacher who had taken all the desks out of her room.

The final period of the day came and as the puzzled students found seats on the floor of the desk-less classroom, Martha Cothren said, 'Throughout the day no one has been able to tell me just what he or she has done to earn the right to sit at the desks that are ordinarily found in this classroom. Now I am going to tell you.'

At this point, Martha Cothren went over to the door of her classroom and opened it.

Twenty-seven (27) U.S. Veterans, all in uniforms, walked into that classroom, each one carrying a school desk. The Vets began placing the school desks in rows, and then they would walk over and stand alongside the wall. By the time the last soldier had set the final desk in place those kids started to understand, perhaps for the first time in their lives, just how the right to sit at those desks had been earned..

Martha said, 'You didn't earn the right to sit at these desks. These heroes did it for you. They placed the desks here for you. Now, it's up to you to sit in them. It is your responsibility to learn, to be good students, to be good citizens. They paid the price so that you could have the freedom to get an education. Don't ever forget it.'

By the way, this is a true story. And this teacher was awarded Teacher of the Year for the state of Arkansas in 2006.

PS: For those of you reading this who are current active duty and those who have served....Thank you!!! 

and - here it is: