As I See It...

Experiences, Life Lessons, Observations, Thoughts...
a little bit of this and that...as seen through the various tinted glasses I wear.

** 2017 Life Lesson ~ Life is too short not to rejoice in all that is amazing, say all that needs to be said, share all that we find to be awesome, and change all that we see needs transformation. It is time to say, to do, to mean it, to live it, to be it... and yes, even to blog it!**


The Miraculous Festival of Lights

December 13, 2017




Amid all the 'what do we say at holiday time so people are honored and not offended', several of my friends have mentioned that unlike Christmas or even Yule, they have no real idea what Chanukah is about.

Most folks do not realize that there is a very prominent Jewish presence in my lineage and traditions. The details and how and who and such is not for the public but the fact remains that in my closest branches on my family tree are intertwined, Irish Catholic, Romanian Gypsy, Russian and Polish Jews, and more. We are all an extraordinary conglomeration of so many cultures and peoples. (Makes one wonder how ANYONE thinks they can judge another for who they are - but I digress).

SO... Chanukah in a tiny nutshell (with more info available upon request via message or via reputable accurate links that I can provide).... The Greeks were religiously and culturally oppressing the Jewish people in Jerusalem. They stormed the Temple and desecrated it, breaking their altars and other sacred items and spaces in many ways. The war that ensued was a tiny battalion of Jews - the Hasmoneans - against the great Greek army and the Hasmoneans prevailed. THE FEW OVER THE MANY. The (supposed) weak over the mighty. They returned to their temple and began to clean it and ready it for re-dedication. The needed to light the menorah which was a constant sacred item - not just for one holiday as it is nowadays. That menorah had 7 branches (while now there are 8 for the 8 days of this miracle plus one higher than the rest which is the 'shamesh' - the one used to light the others) - but they could not light the menorah as only the purest olive oil overseen and sealed by the High Priest could be used for this sacred task. It took 8 days to make the oil - to refine and purify it... and they could not find any. Distraught that the temple would lay empty, the people not yet able to return to worship and have sanctuary there as according to their traditions, they just about gave up... and then one bottle was found... enough to burn for just ONE day - they lit the menorah with this oil knowing that they would then be 7 more days without until more could be made but better to light now than not at all. The miracle is that the one bottle of oil - enough for one day lasted the FULL EIGHT DAYS needed until new oil was ready.

The energies and traditions and lesson of this season... miracles happen when we hope and believe and do our best all at once... that the few and apparently weaker CAN overcome the most aggressive and violent oppressors, and that light is a Divine gift given to us in many ways to light our way and rekindle the belief in our heart.

As a side note.. the game of 'draydel' - the wobbly square shaped toplike toy with a Hebrew letter on each side was a game children played to look like they were just playing when the Greeks would pass by....they were really studying their heritage but would hide books or stop lectures as their oppressors approached and would appear to just be playing innocently and harmony with their rules of no Torah study. The letters on the sides are the acronym for the Hebrew words that state 'a great miracle happened there' and in Israel itself the last letter is different as there it depicts a great miracle happened HERE'.

Miracles are available to us all - and it takes our hand in partnership with Divinity .... by any name you call it.

Happy Holidays to ALL. 


 

The Beautiful Bounty of Spring

April 27, 2017



 

From mid-April through the full month of May, Spring is lush and bountiful, luxurious and beautiful. Nature sets the stage, and the vibrancy in the air is electrifying. Spring has its own palette of colors, range of aromas, and symphony of sounds. It is no wonder, that those who honor and celebrate the festive sanctity of Beltane, anticipate it with such excitement and passion.

With every sense awakened and seeped in pleasurable sights, sounds, smells, and sensations, it is easy to submer...


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Cognizance and Conscience

April 6, 2017

This started as a Facebook post - which I suppose has become my new 'rough draft scribble pad'. I see headlines, reactions from others, and my opinions surface and sometimes even solidify into words.

So, about this Pepsi ad debacle – really – about how the majority of us at least some of the time – are missing the mark in forging a world of inclusivity, equality, fairness, and love.

People must engage the brain....that is not a slight at anyone’s intelligence, but rather a reminder ...


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There Are Days....

March 27, 2017

There are days the pain wants to take over.

Sure, sometimes you can see it coming. Somethings trigger it, bring it out of the recesses, into the well-lit forefront.

Many feel it is random, sporadic, luck or unluck of the draw on any given day.

It is frustrating when we have a day planned, tasks of maintenance, things and concepts to discard, ideas and experiences to create, and pain shows up and derails us, delays the actions, and holds center stage.

I have come to believe that it comes...


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When There Are No Words

February 21, 2017

I say this every year.

Every year since that 2am stumble across words that changed everything.

Each year, words, no matter how carefully chosen and crafted, fall far short of what they are trying to explain.

There are some people who are vast in skill, generous in heart, infinite in genius. Their works are known, their kindness has affected many. They are, they do – SO much.

Still, there are people who are… more. So much more. Not to just one person, nor even to just a few, but to s...


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Timing ...is Everything... and Nothing

February 14, 2017


Here is it nearly mid-February.

As 2016 came to a close, I planned to write an end of year blog. I didn’t.

On New Year’s Eve, I considered writing the cliché ‘beginning of year’ blog. Then I didn’t write one.

I justified my blogging lapse with the reality that tons of folks write such posts at those times, so mine would be redundant. Justification or insecurity of getting lost in the masses… six of one, half a dozen of the other….or just plain busy. Or maybe it just wasn’t ...


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From This Day Forward..... (post election perspective)

November 9, 2016


This morning I am reading the gloating posts....

I am reading the terrified posts.

I am reading the terrified posts presented as hopeful posts

I am reading the 'uplifting' posts.


None of it sounds right to me.


I personally cannot love harder - I love so hard it usually breaks me... be it a cause, a cat, a person, a belief....

 

I personally will not hide my head... um.. anywhere and hope for a miracle (yet my son does keep pointing out that jail and impeachment are not off the table and may be so ...


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Lessons in Loyalty

November 8, 2016


In recent weeks, the concept of loyalty has come up in several sectors of life, and more conversations than I can count. Ranging from loyalty to customers in business, friends even in divisive times, to family amid challenge and crisis, to partners of all kinds, to faith, to self.

One, of a 'mere' handful of things, I will admit to being unwavering and unrelenting in, is loyalty. Personally, I cannot love, support, partner in business nor in any capacity of life, dedicate my heart, my soul, ...


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Before The Flood

November 6, 2016
This video is a 'must watch' for every human being on the planet.

Put aside ego, preconceived notions, and political rhetoric, and open your mind. Allow yourself to see, before your very eyes what is happening to our world.

Consider the viewing of this video to be your rent for this day as a living being on this planet in this lifetime.

Think about it, YES, dwell on it all... and change, facilitate change, encourage, support, seek change... today and every today... so there is a tomorrow that is...
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Don't Shush Me... A Lovely Day in Today's Politics

November 4, 2016


Last night I clearly was on a political posting spree (on my personal Facebook page). I'm wondering how anyone can NOT be, at this point in time.



Let me be clear:

I would have preferred Bernie though I knew he didn’t have the marketability to become POTUS.

I think it is SO important that a woman is a candidate for the presidency (and given current choices hopefully will be POTUS) - for the sake of 'anyone can', anyone should be able to be a candidate elect based on their ability to b...


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