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Still Wednesday for Me

I promised myself I would write a post, today, Wednesday. The day got away from me, but it isn’t midnight, yet.

I have been extremely busy. I received some ancestral information from a relative in Scotland, and could not stop researching what was given to me. I spent hours upon hours the past two days on ancestral websites, including Jewish Genealogy dot org, Ancestry dot com, and Family Search dot org. I was consumed, to say the least.

My research garnered many positive results in locating ancestors and their history. To say I am delighted is an understatement. I am also extremely exhausted, but a good, productive form of exhaustion.

I feel more knowledgeable about my family roots, history, locations, and percentages of ethnicities. There is gratification, gratefulness, and appreciation for all that I have discovered. With each new document and its contents, I literally cried. I knew much of the information from decades of research, before the internet, even. But, obviously there was so much to still garner, and I am loaded with piles of information printed out, and stored in files on my computer, and backup devices.

Reading historical, familial information brought me to tears. Tears of joy, sadness, and tears of completeness, of knowing for certain, who I am composed of, who flows through my veins, my cells, my organs, my entire body. I could see similarities within ancestral backgrounds and photographs. It is amazing how generations later, one can see themselves in photographs of others, and one can fully realize certain traits about themselves were based upon relatives/ancestors who lived 300 years ago. The same goes for medical history.

There was a sadness, maybe a yearning or wishing, for the fact I would have loved to have known all of these individuals that form the composite of Me, my body, my soul, my Being. But, I am grateful to know them in the forms that I do, through documents and some extremely old photographs. I have that to read and reread, as often as I want to. I feel their presence, because it flows through me.

So, here I am, writing at 11:02 pm, still Wednesday, in a state of complete exhaustion, but a positive exhaustion, repeating myself. Please excuse my rambling. I think I will end this post, on the high note that I am feeling.

Good night. Thank you for visiting.

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Sunset, Shabbat

It is Friday morning, which means Shabbat begins at sunset tonight.

Here are four photos taken last night, during sunset.

The first two looked somewhat ominous with those dark clouds. Then within seconds, the clouds moved on, and the illuminations that remained were pastel-toned beauties, with soft grey tones within the pinks and lavenders.
I appreciate all of nature’s sky scenes, darkness, lightness, sunsets, and sunrises. Sunsets appear distinctly different each day, and so do sunrises.

I wish all of you peace and joy this weekend. For those who celebrate, Shabbat Shalom!

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Textures, Layers

I enjoyed coming upon this scene, the deteriorating architecture with its many textures and layers.

One could compare the setting to be an analogy of our own life, which is also filled with many textures and layers. Each minute creates new illuminations of our physical being, our landscape through which we grow, mature, learn from lessons that might not have been successful.

But, then, what is successful to one person, is another person’s success, through failed attempts, but within those attempts we learn what path to continue on, and our textures become survival layers. I dislike using ‘failed attempts’, and rather see the attempts to be negative aspects from which positivity blooms.

We all, and I do mean ‘all’, have gone through issues that we have overcome. Do not let any negativity hold you back from moving forward, and building new layers, from the textures of life.

Shabbat Shalom to those who celebrate. Everyone, I hope you have a lovely weekend. -Lorri

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Moon Between

This very grainy photo was taken on May 26th. The full moon was nestled between two enormous clouds. I liked the brilliance of it, illuminating the bottom cloud’s edges.

Speaking of evening, Shabbat begins tonight. For those who celebrate, Shabbat Shalom.

I wish everyone a wonderful weekend.

Thank you for visiting. -Lorri

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Books I am Reading, or About to Read

The screen shot, above, of books, shows what I am in the midst of reading, or about to read.

This weekend will be lovely, for many reasons, but especially the fact that my daughter and family are having their portrait professionally taken, and have included me in the family portrait. I am excited, to say the least.

Other than that, not much is new, here, and I won’t elaborate on anything in order to fill up space, or in order to write a post.

Shabbat Shalom to those who celebrate. Have a wonderful weekend, everyone! -Lorri

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Streaming Along

I needed to breathe the air, within a natural environment. Off to the canyons I went. I found a new path to wander over. There were several areas where I could see streams.

I loved this particular spot, with how the tree branches reflected subtly in the stream, and how the blueness of the sky illuminated the bare, beautiful branches.


It is quite interesting to me that I came upon this particular spot. I normally see it from the other side of the stream. I never realized that through the trees, past the three stools, and across the stream, there would be another path to walk on. It is covered over, when the trees are filled with leaves, and branches hover over the stream and path.

All in all, it was a lovely walk, and I was able to relieve some stress, and to meditate on the glory and wonder of nature. Bare tree branches hold their own beauty, reminding us of rebirth and a time to replenish our lives.

Chag Sameach. Happy Passover to those who celebrate.

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