Monthly Archives: December 2012

Rita Levi-Montalcini Dies at 103

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The world has lost a woman of substance, a woman of humaneness who always thought of humankind, and endeavored to find answers through her outstanding research. She was known as “Lady of the Cells”, for her tireless efforts in scientific research. “She shared the 1986 Nobel Medicine Prize American biochemist Stanley Cohen for their groundbreaking research carried out in the United States. The research increased the understanding of many conditions, including tumors, developmental malformations, and senile dementia.”

May Rita Levi-Montalcini Rest in Peace. May her memory be for a Loving Blessing.

Read about her, here.

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Lorri’s Book Review: The Poe Shadow

thepoeshadow2 The Poe Shadow, by Matthew Pearl, is part mystery, part intrigue, part fact, part fiction, but always brilliant in the author’s desire to unearth the details surrounding the death of Edgar Allan Poe. If you like suspense mingled with twisting and turning plots, then this is the book for you!

It is one of life’s peculiar facts that it is usually those no longer alive whose stories preserve the truth….”

Quentin Clarke, an admirer of Poe’s, is immersed in finding out the truth of the circumstances behind Poe’s death, at the risk of his own career as a lawyer. The local police seem uninterested in finding out why Poe died, or how he died. His partner laughs at him, mocks him, yet Clarke is determined to find out the facts, and ends up living and breathing every one of his waking minutes trying to encapsulate the last days of Poe’s life, and what led to Poe’s demise.

Clarke’s obsessive behavior takes him to France, where he meets a mysterious female, and two men claiming to be the “true” person that one of Poe’s characters is fashioned after.

We are given a look at 19th Century Baltimore, from its back streets to its upper echelon of society, from its slave trade to libraries and reading rooms. Pearl takes us on an adventure, both domestic and internationally. No stone is left unturned in his quest to present us a novel filled with the essence of what Baltimore was like, during that time period, from street scenes and scents, attire, transportation, mindsets, social graces, and so much more, our senses are on a constant roller coaster ride. Pearl’s vibrant descriptions and images are filled with clarity.

The author combines mystery with historical fiction, bringing vivid characters through his brilliant writing and research. Pearl, himself, was trying to solve the mystery of the death of Poe, and in the end, gives us much to ponder in this intriguing mystery. Poe would be proud of Matthew Pearl’s accomplishment.

Edgar Allan Poe is buried in the Westminster Presbyterian Cemetery, in Baltimore, MD. A few years back, I visited the Edgar Allan Poe Museum in Richmond VA. It was fascinating.

December 31, 2012 – 18 Tevet, 5773

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Sunday Scenes – Last one of 2012

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The pictures of the pelicans, great white egret and other birds were taken about a week ago while walking at the lake. The shadow photograph was taken then, as well.

Conference Time

The Beak of the Pelican
By J. Patrick Lewis
She looks for wiggly fishes,
At least so it appears,
To stuff inside the suitcase
That’s swinging from her ears.

And though she’s very graceful
When flying round and round,
How does she get that faceful
Of luggage off the ground?

Pelican White Egret

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December 30, 2012 – 17 Tevet, 5773

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Rituals

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Rituals are an important aspect of Jewish life. As Jews, we can perform rituals at home, like praying, giving Tzedakah, keeping ourselves (washing our hands upon rising from sleep, is one example) and keeping our house in proper order. There are also rituals that are weekly ones, such as Shabbat, which can be held at home and also in the synagogue.

Marriage offers its own rituals, as does child birth, Bar/Bat Mitzvah, rituals for the deceased, and the rituals of mourning.

The rituals that are performed on a yearly basis, such as the High Holy Days, Festival of Purim, Passover, Tisha B’Av, Chanukah, etc., bind us together as a community, and intensifies our connectedness with each other, and with G-d.

Jews, as a community, are concerned about the environment, and hold in awe and wonderment nature’s illuminations.

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Compassion and concern are vital elements within the customs the Jewish community fulfills and carries out, no matter the circumstance.

Think of the rituals in your own daily lives, weekly lives and yearly lives, customs that are held and performed. Get creative, if possible, in holding tradition within the walls of your home. Let illumination shine within.

Shabbat Shalom!

December 28, 2012 – 15 Tevet, 5773

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Wednesday Tic, Tac, Toe!

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Tic, Tac, Toe!

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Wings and Fluff

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The above collage (of older photographs) is my submission for Nature Notes Wednesday. The top left shows a cardinal, the top right shows a black-capped chickadee, the bottom left shows a house finch, and the bottom right shows a squirrel.

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December 25, 2012 – 12 Tevet, 5773

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