Wednesday, November 27, 2013

"Methuselah Ate What He Found on His Plate"

Methuselah ate what he found on his plate,
And never, as people do now,
Did he note the amount of the calorie count;
He ate it because it was chow.
He wasn't disturbed as at dinner he sat,
Devouring a roast or a pie,
To think it was lacking in granular fat
Or a couple of vitamins shy.
He cheerfully chewed each species of food,
Unmindful of troubles or fears
Lest his health might be hurt
By some fancy dessert;
And he lived over nine hundred years.

-- Rex Eae Hrusoff, 
Cook, United States Marine Corps Served in the trenches in WWI

Monday, November 25, 2013

Saturday, November 23, 2013

All mystics speak the same language,
for they come from the same country.
—Louis Claude de Saint-Martin

Friday, November 22, 2013

To be wronged is nothing,
unless you continue to remember it.

Rose is Rose by Don Wimmer / Created by Pat Brady

(my favorite comic strip)

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Today I am enjoying:

I have "quiet time" - riding the bus, train, bus to and fro on Wednesdays
I am carrying this with me today

This very moment I am home
(lunchtime for the creatures, of course)
I was watching:
But i stopped for a moment to share with you.

Couple of chores,
back on the bus, train, bus to teach
(end of our first tri-mester)

It's a Good World.

love & love,

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

I was asked to share something about stories

Well, ONE story
Can you imagine?
ONE Story, from the lady who thinks 
All of us ARE 'the story.'

I've remembered so many
BUT, i keep returning to the movie
"Raiders of the Lost Ark"
from the very beginning
to the absolute end
and every breath i took in between
I was invested
hanging on to the arm rest of my theater chair
and leaning in
it was pure adventure

I often think Life is like this
we'd feel cheated if it wasn't

you know?
true, amazing adventure
first breath to last.

hey, what do YOU think?

love & love,

Monday, November 18, 2013

Just what i needed to hear today - from Yehuda:

Every decision you have made, for better or worse, has led to who you are today, a person who is wiser, stronger and more evolved than yesterday. 

Don’t be ashamed of your past. Be grateful for it. 

It’s what taught you and brought you to the present.

Things all around me are terrific
So much better than a year ago
it MUST be time
to let go
and realize
"All Is Well"

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Saturday, November 16, 2013

from Jeannie:

My Friend Manford sent this:

Oh, I really like this photograph

I mean, all by itself it's amazing
Who inspired who???
Oh, a world like this
causes delight.

Love & Love,

Friday, November 15, 2013

Traveling w/Leonardo

I'm still reading about his life.
I hope to find some inspiration.

I read that there hasn't been anyone since
that tried to accomplish so much.
It's said he was the demonstration of 
trying to reach way beyond our grasp.

I think this sounds like the saying:
"Keep Both Feet On The Ground and Reach for The Stars."

what do you think?
He kept a book of questions.
Have you ever tried to write out a sheet of questions?
I mean things you might like to know?

I've begun.
It's fun, because i am always encouraging students to ask
to question - even if the answers don't seem to come right away.

So, I'm practicing Questions
Looking for inspiration along the way
while Traveling  w/Leonardo.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

wait - there's more . . . .

Aren't they nifty?
Three of us are still on earth
we weren't smiling
because the promoters wanted the world to think we were older
(and, i had braces - ruins the effect, ya know)

The cutie in front
is the lead singer on this song
he was also our drummer
a super fine human being
he is STILL
an excellent Human
and STILL entirely adorable

HE (Mike Lyman) is singing lead 
on this song:

(back-up vocals . . . yep, your maggid)

love & love,

Monday, November 11, 2013

An example of "What Goes Around - Comes Around . . "

This song returned to the United States
at the turn of the century

It was recorded in the 1900's
Then, set aside in a warehouse
eventually someone purchased everything 
in the music warehouse
and started putting songs on compilation discs
selling them in Europe

Some of the music became popular
all by itself
no promotion
just people hearing and liking 
Eventually the "favorite stuff"
 started showing up 
via independent radio stations
everywhere - even in the USA

 when i most needed reminding
everything in Life is intended to Bless 
this song found me
so did many of my friends

All those voices?

love & love,

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Caught Myself . . .

is it possible i'm the slowest learner on earth?
right in front of me
there's a wonderful map
all i have to do is follow it
i don't even recognize the fear

i get invitations to do what i'm supposed to be doing
i balk
it's weird.
I ask for guidance

then pretend i don't know what's going on

(bet a quarter I didn't "notice' a thing
bet an angel is cheering so loud i can't miss it anymore.)
I remembered a hospital story
it was right at the turn of the century
I started to refuse
treatment intended to save my life
the miracle-working doctor
turned around and asked me
"what are you afraid of?"
I "heard" his voice again today

again, perhaps an angel

and, suddenly realized what I'd been doing
that i was wasting time
perhaps i should return to mySelf
you learn lessons
at a much faster pace.

love & love,

Saturday, November 09, 2013

Night of Broken Crystal . . . (a link to James Stone Goodman's Blog)

James Stone Goodman

It's such a beautiful sounding word
after all these years
the story

I wonder, if we stand together and shine
Truth and Love
into the story
will we be able to create a
21st Century Response
of Hope, Love, Freedom 

love & love,

This Weekend - "Ed Fair"

This weekend is gonna be great.
I teach Saturday
(of course)
Sunday, I attend an Education Fair
I'll get to learn good stuff
and see good friends

a lovely time

wish you were here
to join the fun

love & love,

Thursday, November 07, 2013

Tuesday, November 05, 2013

From Our Friend, James Stone Goodman:

On the fourth day I began to ask for forgiveness. I sank into silence and an animal I cannot identify (it had somewhat elaborate horns) wandered by and nibbled from a loaf of bread I carried with me. I spread a piece of bread with peanut butter, Jif smooth, and the animal signaled to me in some abstract, trans-species way its approval.

Then the animal spoke. It's about forgiveness, isn't it -- the animal said. 
Yes, it's about forgiveness.

Give me your burdens, the animal said, I am a load-bearing animal, I am a yoked animal, I submit to the yoke of your burdens and I carry them gladly into the Wilderness.

So I took my burdens -- my self consciousness, my separation, my isolation, my flight, fear, especially my fear -- everything that separates me from G*d and all I love the most, and I laid them on the shoulders of the animal. On the back of this beautiful yoked beast I gave up my fear, and I watched as the animal disappeared into the hills.

I lifted up my hands and said, to the trees, to the sky, to the stones, to the dirt, to the dirt especially, to the mud:

Is this the way it works?
From a distance I heard,
Yes, this is precisely the way it works.


Opportunities . . . . I'm In

I was taught that we are most valuable when helping others.
I was also told, helping others is the best way to help ourselves.

Have you found this true?

Always, in the past, I found assisting others to achieve their dreams
ended up a miracle for everyone.

Although, I have encountered an incident, doing my ultimate best, the person saying they wanted help behaved like a 'drowning man" - and went entirely out of the way to destroy everything.
I don't have a rule for that.
Do you?

I remember God gives us Blessings,
So, this destructo-action
Must have Mega Good in it.
(although lately i feel like the joke about the kid in a barn full of manure . . 
so, shall we hold the "dark before dawn" thought and continue on?)

Okay, Okay - here's what i want to tell you.

I've been gifted with two opportunities to invest in someone else.

The first is a local artist
who has really lifted himself up
and given a hand to others in our community
here is his link:

The second opportunity arrived this morning.
There's a group of people making a film that entertains,
teaches and inspires.

In the past, I've just helped by doing.
This time resources were requested.
There's a funny thing about that.
In the past, my time was super  valuable,
it cost me a lot to stop and help someone else.

Now, when our economy is challenging
our resources are what's requested.

I'm thinking something stellar is about to happen for us all.

What do YOU think???

love & love,

Sunday, November 03, 2013