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Sunday Scenes – May 19, 2013

pond in middle

And, you think you might have it difficult, or you might have family problems! Three sisters had the BRCA test, tested positive, and each one opted for double mastectomies. After their initial surgeries (one sister in October, one in January, and one in February) it was determined that one of them, indeed, did have breast cancer. The surgery saved her life. They don’t feel sorry for themselves, but feel glad to be free of cancer.

Getting tested is an individual choice, and is not the right choice for everyone. For some, the option is not covered by insurance, for others, they do not want to be tested, and for some it is simply not necessary due to their family history. We each have our own circumstances and decisions that factor into getting or not getting the BRCA test. That is not what the blurb above is about, and I am not promoting getting tested or not getting tested, or trying to alarm anyone. It is about the fact that not one, but three sisters tested positive for the genetic mutation, within less than a year’s time, and each one had a double mastectomy. It is not something you read about every day, and it caught my attention on the front page of the news edition.

Did you know that Ashkenazi Jews have a higher risk of Breast Cancer?

In book news:


And the Mountains Echoed
, by khaled Hosseini, will be released on May 21, 2013. I enjoyed his previous works, The Kite Runner, and also A Thousand Splendid Suns.

The 2013 Canadian Jewish Book Award was given to Matti Friedman for The Aleppo Codex.

hills and pond

May 19, 2013 – 10 Sivan, 5773

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Sky and Earth

Some days, it is the simple skyscape or landscape that encompasses the beauty of nature and its profoundness.

Visit Michelle, at Nature Notes Wednesday, to see more photos from around the globe.

October 16, 2012 – 30 Tishrei, 5773

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Sky, Earth, Water, Quotations

Movement is tranquility.
Stirling Moss

When we are unable to find tranquility within ourselves, it is useless to seek it elsewhere.
François de la Rochefoucauld

It is vain to say human beings ought to be satisfied with tranquility; they must have action; and they will make it if they cannot find it.
Charlotte Bronte

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August 8, 2012 – 20 Av, 5772

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Sunday Scenes – August 5, 2012

I took a walk recently on the various paths that surround a local lake and took some photos. Four of the results are below. I wanted to get some captures that didn’t include the lake, for a change.

On a serious note, I discovered the poem below, on the Velveteen Rabbi’s blog. It was written by Syrian poet Ali Ahmed Said. I find it to be emotionally evoking, lovely and inspiring.

A Prayer for Syria

Shekhinah, in Whose womb creation is nurtured:
when your children are slaughtered you weep.
Bring peace beneath Your fierce embrace
to Syria. Let a new image of the world be born
in which American Jews pray for Syrians, who pray
for Israelis, who pray for Palestinians, who pray
even for American Jews. Fill the hearts
of the insurgents with Your compassion
so that when the regime comes to its end
no one seeks the harsh justice of retaliation.
And for us: strengthen our resolve not to turn away.
We bless You, Source of Mercy. Bring wholeness

August 5, 2012 – 17 Av, 5772

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Benches, Fences and Shadows, Oh My!

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What men call the shadow of the body is not the shadow of the body, but is the body of the soul.
― Oscar Wilde, A House of Pomegranates

Keep me as the apple of the eye, hide me under the shadow of thy wings.
-Bible (Old Testament)
Psalms17:8.

Where there is much light, the shadows are deepest.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

August 4, 2012 – 16 Av, 5772

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Pathways for Thought

It’s not just a question of conquering a summit previously unknown, but of tracing, step by step, a new pathway to it.
Gustav Mahler

What sunshine is to flowers, smiles are to humanity. These are but trifles, to be sure; but scattered along life’s pathway, the good they do is inconceivable.
Joseph Addison

“In the way of righteousness is life; and in the pathway thereof there is no death (Proverbs 12:28).”

“As a single footstep will not make a path on the earth, so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind. To make a deep physical path, we walk again and again. To make a deep mental path, we must think over and over the kind of thoughts we wish to dominate our lives.”

Henry David Thoreau

July 26, 2012 – 7 Av, 5772

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