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Five Scenes

My daughter, son-in-law, and two grandies spoiled me for Mother’s Day.

They took me on a scenic drive to a farm, a lavender farm, and as you can see, the lavender was not in bloom.

Who needed the lavender, with such fields of serene beauty.

Before we got to the farm, we had lunch, and walked a bit through the town center that we were in.

Then, we drove to the farm.

If you know me, you realize I like to take captures that might perplex others. It is my way of being.

I see certain qualities in a vision in front of me, and just have to catch the moment.

There is a lot to be said for all of the lovely greenness that surrounded us. That, in itself,

was absolutely amazing, and worth the drive.

Of course, no day trip is complete without purchasing items. I bought English lavender plants, and also French lavender plants. My son-in-law snuck in a beautiful ock, with a lavender painting on it, into a bag of lavender tea cakes, and sachets, that I had purchased.

There were other gifts, that we exchanged at home. But, the greatest gift of all was to be with family members in an outdoor, stunning setting.

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I did finish reading The Hour of the Witch. It was quite the amazing novel. I would rate it four stars out of five stars. The historical information was excellent.

Last night I had dinner at my daughter’s house. We had tacos, for Taco Tuesday. They were delicious. My daughter made a scrumptious Lemon curd pie. Oh my goodness, I am drooling thinking about it.

I hope you are all well and safe. Have a nice rest of the week. Thank you for stopping by.

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Did I Say Books?!

I have neglected my blog the past several days. Between family events, and searching for, and buying a new mattress for my bed, I have been busy. I have also been quite busy reading, reading, and reading. I am reading a few books at once. I alternate between them, as the mood fits.

The Last Bookshop in London: A Novel of World War II, is the latest book I am about to set my eyes on, and will begin reading.

I finished reading The Girl Who Escaped From Auschwitz. I give it a four-star rating, with five-stars being the highest.

The Plum Trees by Victoria Shorr, is a book I am in the midst of reading.

Those Who Are Saved, by Alexis Landau, is another book I am currently reading.

The Light of the Midnight Stars, by Rena Rossner, is a book I have just started reading.

Lastly, but not least, I have pre-ordered the Kindle version of The Hour of the Witch, by Chris Bohjalian. I will physically go to the book store, tomorrow, when the book will be physically available to buy, and purchase it. I will read the Kindle version, and keep the hardcover copy for my personal library.

I often do that with books, read the Kindle version, and buy the hardcover to keep on my bookshelves.

Take a step into nature, if you are able to do so. You will not be disappointed.

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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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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.

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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.

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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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Trying, Stressful Week

It has been a very trying, stressful week. I cannot articulate how the past few days affected me. So much has occurred, not including the election in the United States, which has been played out, worldwide. That, alone, has been difficult enough.

According to CNN, “The United States has passed 10 million coronavirus cases, according to Johns Hopkins University’s tally.

There have been at least 10,018,278 cases of Covid-19 in the US and at least 237,742 people have died.”

Those figures are unfathomable, to me.

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We lost an amazing human being. Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks died November 7, 2020. He was a man of morals, a teacher, a husband, a father, a sage for all humanity, regardless of religion, or no religion. He was the Emeritus Chief Rabbi, formerly the Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth.

There can never be enough prose to accurately encompass his life. For now, I will simply say, that I am extremely saddened.

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On November 9th and 10th, 1938, Kristallnacht (an intense series of attacks on Jews fostered by the Nazi party paramilitary) became known as the “Night of Broken Glass”. The glass storefronts of the Jewish-owned businesses were totally shattered, by both the paramilitary and by local citizens. The interior of Fasanenstrasse Synagogue in Berlin was destroyed, along with so many other structures.

At least 91 Jews were killed in the attacks, and a further 30,000 arrested and incarcerated in concentration camps.  Jewish homes, hospitals, and schools were ransacked, as the attackers demolished buildings with sledgehammers.  Over 1,000 synagogues were burned (95 in Vienna alone), and over 7,000 Jewish businesses destroyed or damaged.”

The photograph above shows the street view of a portion of a window on the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, taken by me.

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Four years ago, today, we lost a woman of great strength and humaneness.  Yaffa Eliach has died.  She created “The Tower of Faces” in the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

“The Tower of Faces” is so profound.  Each time I have seen it, I am left speechless, filled with awe and deep respect for Yaffa Eliach’s tremendous efforts in creating the memorial.  The photographs speak wonders of the individuals, times gone by, a collective history, moments in living, lives lost due to hatred.

One cannot walk through the immense exhibit without it affecting them intensely.

The photograph below, is Copyrighted by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

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Alex Trebek, the Emcee of Jeopardy!, the consummate gentleman, the man with a dry sense of humor, the kind, caring man, died on November 8, 2020. I have watched the game show since its first came on the airwaves. My children watched it with me, as they were growing up, and my grandchildren, my daughter’s children, watch it at home, with my daughter and son-in-law, and at my house, when they visit.

He was loved by millions. He worked until October 29, 2020, and there will be episodes filmed through December.

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Thank you for visiting. -Lorri M.

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Think About It

Let us remember all of the lives lost to COVID-19, in the United States. The tragedy of so many lost lives was preventable, and the count could have been lessened by tens of thousands.

This is not meant to diminish the worldwide lives lost. One life lost, is a life that is lost to the entirety of the world.

With some of those lost lives, the tragedy ended generations of family trees. Yes. You read that correctly.

Trees are beautiful life forms, but more than that, they are reminders of our ancestral past and our present. Their branches flow much like our own family tree, branching out throughout the generations. Generation after generation, life is multiplied, and life also diminishes, but the radiance and illuminations of past lives resonates within our own ancestral branches and our hearts.

What about the fact that some family trees end with genocide, antisemitism, hatred, racism. Yes, that is factual, truthful. Some families lose their last remaining members, with no other branches to form roots, new generations, and familial branches in the future.

Think about that.

Please remember those who came before you.

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