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Do You See What I see?

Do you see what I see?

When we are enveloped within nature’s beauty, our eyes often focus on the various natural forms, and we envision the scene before us in different manner than the natural environment projects. Or, maybe the environment does project it the way we see it.

What are your thoughts?

Some forms/shapes, are visions painted through our souls, our hearts, and our eyes become the canvas of brush strokes of the environment before us. -Lorri M.

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Snow, Tree, Sunset, Shabbat

Between every two pines is a doorway to a new world. -John Muir


Come Down Angel of Peace

Come help us set up Shabbat.
We will set out the Kiddush cup and candles.
Tell G-d to gift us with remembrance of Shabbat.
Help us set the tablecloth and light the candles.
Come down, Angel of Peace.
Come help us set up Shabbat.
–Gabe Streisfeld


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Hanukkah, Pearl Harbor

My daughter, son-in-law, and two grandies, have decorated their home for Hanukkah. Their front door is a decorated to illuminate the celebration of the Hanukkah lights. Most Jewish homes have their own menorah to light during the eight nights of Hanukkah.

Hanukkah begins the evening of December 10th.

My son-in-law is extremely creative and definitely handy with constructing items.

The menorah, to the left, behind the panda, was built by him. He created it from wood, by himself. It stands almost to the top of the house. Each night of Hanukkah, the pertinent light/lights will be ‘lit’.

The Magen David, Star of David, above the garage doors, was also built by him. I love their exterior decorations, illuminating the fact that Judaism is meaningful to them, within the neighboring homes being decorated mainly in a Christmas theme.

What is heartwarming, kind, and sincere, during this time of year, is the fact that several of their neighbors put a little gift upon their porch, each night of Hanukkah, or knock on their door with homemade deliciousness. The thoughtfulness makes me teary-eyed, as at times, I have been to their home, and witnessed the event/s.


Today is National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. It is the 79th anniversary of the attack, which occurred on December 7, 1941. 

Let us take a moment to remember all of those who were killed during the attack on Pearl Harbor, and all of the victims who suffered physical, mental and emotional duress.

Let us give thanks to our military, and honor their dedication to protecting our country, during times of extreme duress and horror, such as this particular moment in time.


Let us not forget this devastating day, and let it be remembered through the decades, centuries.

“Yesterday, December 7, 1941— a date which will live in infamy— the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by the naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.”

-Franklin D. Roosevelt


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Autumn Leaves Came/Went

Autumn leaves literally came and went, in a flash, recently, with heavy winds blowing the leaves off of the trees within a few days.

This is a portion of a tree in front of my daughter’s house. The leaves had started to fall, when I took these three photographs.

A couple of days later, there were barely any leaves left on the tree. Such is life in a windy, blustery environment. Autumn was joyous while its colors illuminated their presence in the trees. Even the leaves in the yards, and on the street, and ground, held their own beauty.

I have always loved the quote below, by George Eliot. It speaks to me, and if I could, I would travel the world, seeking autumn’s beauty and wonderment.

“Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns.”


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Trio of Doors

Without doors, I wouldn’t exist, and my aura would not be a brightness illuminating in time’s continuum. -Lorri M.

Ancestral doors preceded me, and doors will follow me, sequencing new generations, into beginning life forces. -Lorri M.

Kindness shown to others can open doors that have been closed, and shine the light of caring upon the person receiving the kindness. -Lorri M.


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The forest is for me a temple – a cathedral of tree canopies and dancing light. -Jane Goodall

Nature’s creations, tree canopies in a forest, bring me silence, the silence of wonder, that leaves me inhaling and exhaling contentment, mindful of the joy before my eyes. -Lorri M.

The trees align the pathway, elderly sages, and awkward teenagers, stretching their arms high and wide. Their beauty never fails to bring me a feeling of warmth and hope, within the chaos of today’s world. -Lorri M.


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Shabbat Shalom, to those who celebrate.

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