Prayer Books

Prayer Books

Prayer Books

This is my Mother’s Prayer Book that lies on her bedside table. It was given to her by her Tante Frieda on October 11, 1936 on her 13th Birthday in Berlin. It is the Talmud, the centerpiece of Jewish cultural life.

My Oma, my mother’s Mother was a Catholic who fell in love with a Jewish man and married him.  My Grandfather was wise enough to realize it was time to leave Berlin in 1943 and moved the family to Shanghai, China. Another Love Story began in Shanghai when my Mother fell in love with a French / Hungarian / American man who sailed there during the war. After 11 attempts, they finally married at sea, during the 12th ceremony, 3 miles out from Shanghai, on my Father’s ship. Love always wins! My Father was a Christian Catholic and so the roles reversed once again. Love is always the winner, not religion.

As I listen to the news and read all the stories about the present human insanity, and the man who fired up his guns in a synagogue to kill innocent Jewish people, it breaks my heart that there is so much hatred against Jewish communities and people. Temples are for respite, reflection, sanctuary, family, friends, and love. A sacred place to worship and rest in the quiet and silence. So is the church, and any sacred ground of worship . . . no matter the faith or religion. It’s time to come together. And next week, November 6th, it’s time to vote out hatred in this country. Love always wins.

My Beloved Mother’s ancient Prayer Book gifted to her on her 13th Birthday, October 1936.

 

 

Crowns and Melons

Is she stealing my Crown?

A bit of a mirror image born together in the same womb, yet so beautifully unique while joined at the hip and heart forever.  One observes what the other one is doing, and the other twin observes back.  How extraordinary to be joined together from the beginning of life, until perhaps the end of life.

 

Twins First Birthday

Today is the celebration of their first Birthday, my Nephews Twins.  One year old.  Imagine that!  The constant flow of imagination, fantasy, and dreams that all young children dream.  We dress them up as we see fit, but their extraordinary imagination and ideas are so Brilliant, and beyond any human adults understanding.  They move us forward, onward, and upward with their invincible minds, their beautiful thoughts, and gorgeous imagination.  We as adults grow weary of the magic they possess as we grow older. It’s not so easy inside the box, the rigid center of compliance, obedience, observance, and adherence to conformity. It stifles us, it makes us rigid and inflexible, and it distorts all the beauty around us. Somehow our adult years take us there, beyond the imagination of our youth.

Young children hold the same imagination as Peter Pan and Mary Poppins in their Hearts and Minds.  It is pure and vulnerable.  It is innocent.  It is precious.  And it is filled with treasure.  They see and imagine things that we will never see.  And it is my belief that they hold the keys to our future in ways we have never dreamed of.

Healing the planet.  Healing each other.  Healing all the destruction that has gone on for far to many decades.  Our forests and the nature of this beautiful planet, the animals and putting an end to factory farming, encouraging a stronger alliance with Vegan diets, our Oceans and Rivers, and putting an end to over fishing, our Climate Change and putting an end to fossil fuels, . . . our everything that means Everything to the health, well being, and continuation of our planet.

 

 

When I look at these precious One Year Old Twins today, at their first Birthday Party, I can’t help but imagine what they might bring to the world around them. Their parents are beautiful people, and they are what Love is all about…they honor and respect each other.  They work hard to bring good into everyone’s lives. They are blessed to have two healthy twin daughters and they are all about family, and the love within and around that family.  I sense and hope that their children will reach beyond anything they ever imagined and contribute to the health and well being of this planet.  That goes for politics too.  We all need to release the negative BS and start celebrating the positive.  It’s not about party.  It’s about Truth and Honesty and Integrity.  Our basic principles.  Our constitution.  If you haven’t read it lately, I welcome you to re-educate yourself and why it is so important to every American. 

 

The Golden Crown of America is about honesty, truth, and integrity.  It is what our nation stands for.  Go above and beyond your call of duty and recognize what is happening in America today.  Everyone needs your voice.  Everyone needs your vote, especially our children, our grandchildren, our nieces, our nephews, our brothers and sisters, and our parents.  Be Aware!  Be Awake!  Be Alive! Do something…don’t stand still!