Thursday, August 30, 2007

all gone?

is the summer finally over? technically it will be on Sept 22. but for those of you who mourn the loss of summer, take heart, there's glorious fall. which is, in many ways, even better.

fall marks the beginning of so much more. the beginning of school, college, new relationships, new jobs, of married life together. why is fall over shadowed by a season known only for its warm weather?

fall has warmth but also cooler evenings. fall has its share of festivals, gatherings and holidays. fall is not selfish but gives way to winter, snow and the end of the year.

summer will return in less than 10 months with all its heat and sizzle. enjoy fall and enjoy beginnings.

Saturday, August 18, 2007

alone at last...

even in the heat of the summer, one needs to find a shady spot of solitude. this sunny season is best known for bringing people outside to enjoy each other's company. beaches, picnics, games, reunions, yard sales, block parties--so many events where there are crowds.

and yet we still need to be alone. to reflect, meditate, daydream, write, paint, bake, nap. it is refreshment for the soul. silence can be peaceful, especailly after noises of crowds at an amusement park, the firework displays, roar of the ocean. time to find our "center."

you won't waste time if you spend time with yourself. the sun may be shining, the crowds beckoning and the water tempting, but keep a few minutes for you.

Monday, August 13, 2007

is it unlucky?

today is the 13th of the month.
for centuries the number 13 has been associated with bad luck. people fear it so much that there is no number 13 in horse racing. many buildings forgo the 13th floor. some people even avoid going into work on Friday the 13th.

upon closer inspection the number is no different "luck-wise" than the 12 that come before it and the infinite ones that come after it. many professional baseball, football and basketball players have worn 13 and had great careers (Rodriguez, Marino, Chamberlain). there are also a number of lottery winners who credit 13 for their winnnings.

perhaps the number became unlucky because of its connection with the Tarot card deck--the 13th card is Death. and since it is a prime number it is not easily divisible.

but our luck is what we make of it. today may be your lucky day. enjoy your good fortune.

Friday, August 10, 2007

shake up someone's world...

we become lured into the doldrums in our lives. it's easy. things are humming along and we become machines, executing our daily duties on auto-pilot.

but isn't it great when a letter comes to you out of the blue? a phone call or an e-mail from someone who wants know how you are doing or invites to you to a special gathering. these are the (good) things that shake up your routine.

there are of course the bad things. the big and small storms; the moves, the losses of jobs, finances, loved ones. things that alter everything we beleive.

today let us be the ones who positively shake up some one's world. challenge them to a tennis match, take them to lunch "just because." drop off flowers or just say "hi, thinking of you." shake them out of their doldrums in a positive way.

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

did you say a prayer?

Yesterday and Thursday (Aug 6 & Aug 9) mark the 62nd anniversary of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. the US used the atom bomb on two Japanese cities to end the war.

it's estimated in less than 10 seconds over 100,000 people died. both times.

sudden death for many innocents. they never got a chance to prepare for that final moment. may they rest in peace.

and may we be spared the unprepared death. may we live our lives to the fullest every day as though we are ready to leave at any given moment.

Friday, August 3, 2007


as iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend...a proverb which means without friends we would lose our edge.

it happened just the other day when i ignored this blog. visitors stopped by and had to look at weeks old material. i should have updated. without their comments i would not have thought about the "freshness" of this content.

we are at the beginning of the end. the final month of a season called summer. time to fit things in--fast. just like my promise to update every other day. so when friends stop by they'll have a new thought to read on a nearly daily basis.

so i need to get on the ball. get sharp and fit in as many blogs in one month as i possibly can--i challenge you to do the same. and to visit the following friends: