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May Jewish Book Carnival

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The May Jewish Book Carnival is up and hosted by Jennifer Tzivia MacLeod! There are many links to browse through, from a podcast interview, to book reviews, to insights, and to so much more! There is something there for everyone!

Visit Write Kids Books, to see all of the links. Thank you for hosting, Jennifer!

I am sorry for the update-I felt this article to be of importance: Nazi Art Trove: Matisse Painting Returned to Jewish Owners

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Door, Window, Storage

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I like to photograph windows. I found this particular one near a boat ramp. It was on storage building.

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The brown door in the image above is the entrance to a small lighthouse located overlooking the Columbia River at Clover Island Marina in WA.

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And, also, at the marina I came upon this row of storage units. I liked the green unit, and how it stood out, and liked the reflections in the water.

Visit Whimsical Windows, Delirious Doors, for more window and door captures.

Sorry for the update-I needed to add a link.

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William Giraldi on Aharon Appelfeld

I came across this article, by William Giraldi, dated May 13, 2014, entitled Grasping for Words, Grappling with the Past: The long journey of Israeli novelist Aharon Appelfeld. I was totally engrossed in the content.

I am an avid Aharon Appelfeld fan. I have read several of his books, and each time an English translation is published, I immediately buy it. I read his books with heartfelt sadness due to the compelling and intense subject matter. There are no words adequate enough for me to totally depict my thoughts and feelings on his work.

Giraldi does Appelfeld justice, and acknowledges his masterful and brilliant writing. The article is an excellent summary of Appelfeld’s works, but also an intense (albeit, short) account of Aharon Appelfeld’s life’s journey. It details not only his physical, emotional, and mental journey, but his literary journey, as well.

Some of Aharon Appelfeld’s books that I have read are:

Badenheim 1939
Suddenly, Love: A Novel
The Story of a Life: A Memoir
Blooms of Darkness: A Novel
The Iron Tracks: A Novel
Tzili: The Story of a Life
All Whom I Have Loved: A Novel
Until the Dawn’s Light: A Novel
Laish: A Novel

Aharon Appelfeld brings the reader illuminating gems within his novels. His stories are told with magnificent prose and word-imagery. The impact is not normally light and airy, but one that is often disturbing, and on the fringes of horrific events to come. He has a point to make within the pages of his novels, and the concepts and depictions resound and echo through the heart of pain and extreme adversity. He beckons the reader to ponder humanity and the human condition.

I hope you take the time to read William Giraldi’s insightful and excellent article.

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Sunday Scenes: April 26, 2015

Blossoms and bees-unbeknownst to me, there was a bee within the folds of two of the cherry blossom photographs, below. I was surprised to see them when I uploaded them.

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When the flower blossoms, the bee will come. -Srikumar Rao

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Joy comes from places you least expect it. It’s usually the simple things, like watching my son play basketball or going through Central Park when the blossoms are blooming. -Dave Gahan

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The significance of the cherry blossom tree in Japanese culture goes back hundreds of years. In their country, the cherry blossom represents the fragility and the beauty of life. It’s a reminder that life is almost overwhelmingly beautiful but that it is also tragically short.
-Homaro Cantu

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Sunday Scenes: April 19, 2015

sparrow

The little sparrow in the photo above, caught its dinner!

I once had a sparrow alight upon my shoulder for a moment, while I was hoeing in a village garden, and I felt that I was more distinguished by that circumstance that I should have been by any epaulet I could have worn. -Henry David Thoreau

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I enjoyed watching the American Rosefinch, above, having breakfast. It is not a Purple Finch, although it might seem to be at first glance.

A bird does not sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song. -Chinese Proverb

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Lakes, Rivers, Oceans, Ponds, Oh MY!

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I love to be near the ocean, a lake, a river or a pond. I enjoy the natural beauty that illuminates before me, and I find myself in awe when thinking about what is before my eyes.

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One day while walking the perimeter of a lake, I saw a man in a kayak. It got me wondering, and when I went home, I did some research. Here is a post of mine (reflective of that research) from June 23, 2014, regarding Jews and Kayaking.

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Water Scenics and Jewish Reflection is a post of mine regarding the Venice Canals in Venice, CA, and the ocean in Santa Monica.

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The next time you are wandering near a lake, stream, river, the ocean or a pond, take a moment to reflect on the loveliness before you.

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