"Story Lady"

Monday, September 30, 2013


Last of September

My plans were to be at (and in) The Garden
when it opened this morning.
I haven't been in months.
(phooey)
BUT,
there is a conspiracy for my Good
people are rushing to assist me
and
in a bit I'll have a phone call that will help me
along the way.

Color me grateful.

Thing is
as I look towards October
All I see is Fabulous
Marvelous and Wonderful

AND
The Garden will be there other days
SO
I call this last day of September
a Blessing

How about you?

Any plan changing for the greater good in your life?

love & love,
-g-


Saturday, September 28, 2013


 Start your day with a smile, a calm mind, and a heart of gratitude. 

The way you begin your day has a profound influence on the rest of it.

--yehuda berg

Friday, September 27, 2013


Newspaper Hair . . .

I am truly taken by the idea of this newspaper Wig-hat.
I day dream about wearing one.
I bet we find copies all over the place.

Isn't it interesting?
All the ideas of humanity
Good news. bad news, Coupons, Deals
Scams
Rumors
Weather Reports
Comics
Entertainment reviews and calendars
all spilling out for everyone to see
Made a lovely diversion for all of us
Worn by one of the popular voices of our day

Golly, The more i think of this
The more I'm fascinated



Thank You,Yehuda Berg:

Your Well-Being

Thursday September 26, 2013
 It is imperative to your well-being that you give yourself immediate permission to walk away from anything that is hurting you.

This goes for people, places, jobs, and especially our own behaviors.

No one else can take us out of negativity. We have to do it ourselves, for our own well-being. Then, we can start filling that space with things that give us positive energy. That’s when we see miraculous change in our lives.




Thursday, September 26, 2013

What a day

Caught an early bus - went to our gorgeous Central Library
(my favorite location)
finished reading:
started reading:
Someone mentioned his new book was tremendous - 
had a hero one could believe in - 
so I decided to read his first book.
I don't know why,

Went to the art store because there's a BIG one day sale
thought  i could save on a tinted charcoal set
I thought wrong
they don't carry it in the store
sigh

Arrived early to an appointment
the surprise was on me
had minor surgery
the doctor said it reminded him of Army Days
(I'm good - no worries)

Intended to ride a bus over to the mailbox
I haven't been for a while
Arguh!!!  The stop i needed was across the street 
from where i was standing.
(Ya snooze, ya loose . . )
So, i came home.

Tonight - I'm gonna cheer for Robin Williams

I hope it goes well for him

(added afterwards: - oooh, i LIKED It!!!)

I hope your days are terrific.
love & love,
-g-


Wednesday, September 25, 2013

let's make a point of it . . okay?

Thank you for being my friend
Thank you for taking care of yourself

love & love,
-g-


Monday, September 23, 2013

Our Days are SO Packed . . .

Much of it has to do with the beginning of school
and holidays
But WOWZER!!!!
I really have a chance to
"up my game"
in order to engage students 
and give them 
memorable educational challenges

It CAN be done
therefore
I am able to achieve this

Color me happy in the midst of challenge

We'll have a "regular" pattern soon
By then 
I hope I've been enthusiastic and quirky enough
that the students are eager for more

It's my Hope.




“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage.” 
― Anaïs Nin


Friday, September 20, 2013

Currently Watching:

Enjoying it
A Lot

If you are interested
1. be prepared to think a little
2.  be prepared to read subtitles
3.  you may even smile

love & love,
-g-

sigh . . .


There is a verse by Hafiz in which he says,
 'However great be the teacher, he is helpless with the one whose heart is closed.' ...

This message, written a very long time ago,
eases my heart
and gives me explanation 
for the devastation caused by one self-oriented human

At least now i know the answer and can move along in Peace
KNOWING
the best was offered
AND
No One Can Stop God's Great Good
from occurring in the world


Currently reading three articles - 
subtitled: "Can These Two Spheres Be Reconciled?"
by Ralph M. Lewis, F.R.C.
sent by a lodge brother - 
across time - from 1950 - to NOW - when I needed them.

cool.





Thursday, September 19, 2013

from Manford Carter:

Truth by its very nature cannot be uttered, cannot be given. One cannot give that which cannot be put into speech. So the teacher gives a method for finding the truth, for unfolding it, for unlocking that which seems to be in one's heart. ... It is clearly impossible for anyone to impart his knowledge to another person; he can only show him how to unfold his own knowledge 


Writer's Workshop: What should I title this? "Landing?" "Touchdown?" "First Day?" "Arrival?" hmmmm -

My life adventure began at Olmsted Memorial, on the corner of Vermont and Fountain Avenues, City of the Angels, USA.

Olmsted Memorial names itself after Fredrick Laws Olmstead, a nineteenth century gentleman who helped create marvelous places, like central park in New York City.  Mr. Olmsted insisted parks and gardens were important for everyone, not just the wealthy.  I like to think this was part of my personal map of service.  As if Mr. Olmstead’s ideal was one of the keys to my own mission on earth.

My feet were inked, in order to leave a mark on my first identity papers, then I was wrapped in pink and delivered to a room where a tiny dancer, head turned to the wall, was not at all pleased to receive me. 
Every time someone congratulated her about my arrival in the world, she felt as if they were twisting a blade stuck in the kind of wound that is raw, open and unseen.

She insisted I was not welcome. 


Once she’d said it loud and clear three times all the angels began to sing a welcome song and The Holy One announced the curly haired, blue eyed bundle wrapped in pink had been planned for, hoped for, was and always will be loved.  It was made clear all over the heavens that I belonged to God.
then

now

Adding This to Mama Kat's Collection
(her pretty much world famous writer's workshop)


Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Thank You!

Today the entire school celebrates in the sukkah!
Students, Teachers, Parents,
Everyone
What a delightful beginning,


Monday, September 16, 2013

Sometimes It's Easy to See . . . .

Kindness All Around.

I had an appointment this morning.
Somehow transit moved along faster than ever and i arrived early.
I mean, i was there so early, the place wasn't even open, yet.
The security guard came out to keep me company until he was allowed to let me in.
Then, he kept an eye out for me the rest of the time i was there.

The Doctor Assistant met me at the door with sweet smiles
and encouraging words.

AND
"MY" new doctor is over the moon remarkable.
She is smart, kind, and stunning.

I shared the library book I'm carrying - because, it was the only interesting thing I had on me
Some days it seems I'm surrounded by angels.

Today was one of them.

Reading:

enjoying it - a lot.
-g-


Saturday, September 14, 2013

Friday, September 13, 2013

from James Stone Goodman

Turning 10.10
Why I Wear A Tallit At Night

My tallit is white wool [TZeMeR]
I wear it in the nighttime once a year
When I am drawing down G*d's complete mercy
On my Life.

Out of the narrowness [MeiTZaR] I call on You
When I am in meitzar I need compassion
Drawn down from within my cloak of tzemer
My sins turn white the nature of my deeds Transformed --

Narrowness and Wool meitzar and tzemer
That's why I wear
A tallit
White

At night.

Though your sins are as scarlet, they shall become like wool Is.1:18
From the narrowness I called G*d Ps.118:5

jsg.usa



Thursday, September 12, 2013

The Syrian refugee crisis in numbers - animation - (trying to wrap my mind around this . . what do YOU think???)

From Jewniverse:

September 12, 2013 
The Yom Kippur Debut of the Girl Rabbi of the Golden West


Yom Kippur 1890 was a typical day for Jewish repentance but an extraordinary day for Jewish women: It was the first time a woman delivered a sermon from the pulpit.

Addressing a mixed gathering of Orthodox and Reform Jews in Spokane, Washington, a woman named Ray Frank underscored the importance of the moment. "For a woman to be at any time asked to give counsel to my people would be a mark of esteem," she said. "But on this night of nights, on Yom Kippur eve…is indeed a great honor."


Her message was one of unity in the face of community disagreement over "whether we should cling to the old

orthodox style or take up the reform that has gradually been instituted in the Jewish church" Frank urged the assembled to create a permanent, combined congregation in Spokane.

Almost immediately, she became a sensation – speaking to Jewish groups up and down the West Coast. Although never ordained, Frank became known as "the Girl Rabbi of the Golden West." As Yom Kippur approaches again, let's hail the Jackie Robinson of synagogue women.

Marc Davis





your maggid was surprised
-g-

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Our Friend, James Stone Goodman:

"Feverish morning write
Thinking cap check"


This is what I lack - a super chapeau for feverish writing.
This item is now on my list.

love & love,
-g-


Tuesday, September 10, 2013

I do not know these people - Or anything about this photo . . . . EXCEPT

It just makes me happy to look at it.

love & love,
-g-


Monday, September 09, 2013

Sunday, September 08, 2013

Rumi Alert

I want to see you.

Know your voice.

Recognize you when you 
first come round the corner.

Sense your scent when I come
into a room you're just left.

Know the lift of your heel,
the glide of your foot.

Become familiar with the way
you purse your lips
then let them part,
just the slightest bit,
when I lean in to your space
and kiss you.

I want to know the joy
of how you whisper
" more".

--Rumi 


thank you, Peggy

Saturday, September 07, 2013


The room was packed . . suddenly lively music began and many/most - of the people who had been seated - people who had come from diverse places and did not know one another - Still they got up - on their feet - joined hands and began dancing around the room . . more and more people joined - long lines were formed - lines of people dancing this way - that way - finding ways to fit themselves between the chairs - and the other lines of dancers - no discussions - no worries or frowns - it was lovely . . . Afterwards - Our Rabbi pointed out how amazing that was - and how it proves there is room enough - room enough for everyone in the world - when we dance together for peace . . . .


-g-

Friday, September 06, 2013

A message from Yehuda:

Creating Our Future

Friday September 6, 2013
 Your life today is not a result of what you did yesterday. From the job we have to the people around us, life as we know it today is a result of decisions we made last month, last year, and even years before that.

Every choice you make goes a long way in writing the book that is your life.

What happens in future chapters depends on how you will write today’s.






Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Dip Your Apple - Rosh Hashanah Song... (video)

 May this year be filled with blessings and growth for us all

love & love,
-g-

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

from our friend James Stone Goodman:

It is not in heaven and it is not hidden and it is
not distant but right here it is in your mouth and
in your heart it is sitting next to you on the
bench waiting for the bus it is standing on the
corner in front of Starbuck's watching for the
light to change.

Close that you should do it.

jsg.usa



Monday, September 02, 2013

From Nachshon Art:

A Song of Ascents.
Out of the depths have I called Thee, O LORD.
שִׁיר הַמַּעֲלוֹת:
מִמַּעֲמַקִּים קְרָאתִיךָ יְהוָה.


(I'm having a giggle-fest i think . . . )




I contribute to Peace when I feel compassion toward all those who suffer.

I contribute to Peace when I use my intelligence and my abilities to serve the Good.

I contribute to Peace when I rejoice over the happiness of others and pray for their well-being.

I contribute to Peace when I resort to dialogue rather than to force to settle any conflict.

I contribute to Peace when I respect Nature and preserve it for generations to come.

I contribute to Peace when I do not seek to impose my conception of God upon others.

I contribute to Peace when I listen with tolerance to opinions that differ from mine or even oppose them.

I contribute to Peace when I look upon all as my brothers and sisters, regardless of race, culture, or religion.

I contribute to Peace when I strive to express the best of myself in my contacts with others.

I contribute to Peace when I make Peace the foundation of my ideals and philosophy.