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Meadows Lovely

trees in meadow

hills and meadow

It is the mind which creates the world around us, and even though we stand side by side in the same meadow, my eyes will never see what is beheld by yours, my heart will never stir to the emotions with which yours is touched.”
-George Gissing

How does the Meadow flower its bloom unfold? Because the lovely little flower is free down to its root, and in that freedom bold.”
-William Wordsworth

Every tree and plant in the meadow seemed to be dancing, those which average eyes would see as fixed and still.”
-Jalal ad-Din Rumi

June 17, 2013 – 9 Tamuz, 5773

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Deer Through Forest

Out of the Forest

Out of the forest came a creature. I stopped the car, and had to take a photo, through my rolled down car window. As soon as the lovely deer heard the camera click, he/she turned around and ran back into the forest.

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I realized that Eastern thought had somewhat more compassion for all living things. Man was a form of life that in another reincarnation might possibly be a horsefly or a bird of paradise or a deer. So a man of such faith, looking at animals, might be looking at old friends or ancestors.”

William Orville Douglas


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Wednesday Photographs

odd rainbow.jpg

Apparently, as I took the photo, above, the rainbow that was visible, split itself between the leaves and branches, and gave an odd effect within the finished photograph.

winter dryness

winter dryness2

Much of the inner river area that runs near the lake (the Sepulveda Basin and Dam) is basically dry right now, and not high at all. We have had a bit of rain, which has given the Los Angeles River, that flows near the lake, a bit of water, but not much. The river is normally fairly dry in this area. The other tributaries can be fairly full, especially after a rainfall.

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I have been busy catching up on some reading. I managed to finish two books.

I am about to go for my daily walk, which means that I will drive a short distance to the lake, and take my walk there, this morning.

After that, I need to run some errands, nothing of great significance. Once I am home and settled, I will write a couple of book reviews to be posted at a future date. I have about six to write, and hopefully I will finish at least two of them.

I hope you have a good Wednesday.

January 9, 2013 – 27 Tevet, 5773

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Winter Reflections

winter reflections

Today is the Tenth of Tevet, and is a Jewish fast day (a minor fast). The Tenth of Tevet marks the beginning of Nebuchadnezzar’s siege of Jerusalem 2,500 years ago. Read about it here, and also here.

winter 6

The poem below is from a Jewish prayer book of mine. I have always found it to be extremely comforting.

I wonder if
anything is impossible
to a G-d
who can make
evergreen trees with black trunks
cast blue shadows
on white snow



Today we should reflect on our deeds, and repent for our wrongs.
Speaking of reflecting…I was listening to the news last night, and there was a segment on a man who has a very short time to live. One of his doctors suggested he make a “bucket list”, and so he did. One of the top items was for him to have an iconic type of portrait taken. It was made possible, and he had his photograph taken by a professional photographer. He said, “It’s very important to me to have some kind of image that will remind people of where I was and that I was here, and that’s the most important thing to me,” I thought his statement was so poignant…I shed a few tears.

Here is the online post of his NBCLA TV segment.
My goodness…what a heartfelt story.

Wilhelm Brasse, Auschwitz photographer dies at 95. He was a former prisoner, himself who was forced to take the photographs.

December 23, 2012 – 10 Tevet, 5773


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Sunday Scenes November 25, 2012

The past few days have been productive, as far as reading goes. I have finished reading Salman Rushdie’s auto-biography, Joseph Anton. I will be writing a review soon. I also finished reading The Promised Land, by Mary Antin.

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November 25, 2012 – 11 Kislev, 5773


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Wednesday Words November 21, 2012

I was in the library on Monday with my grandie girlie-girl. On the way out there was a cart that had “free books” on it. I browsed, thinking there might be one for the grandies, and discovered one for myself. I was actually surprised to see this book on the cart.

There it was staring me in the face: The Promised Land, by Mary Antin, in hard copy format. It is a reprint edition, reprinted in 1989, and, it has the library markings on it, but who cares.

What is interesting, is that one hundred years after the first publication of The Promised Land in 1912, it will be for sale in paperback format on December 19, 2012.

Mary Antin was a woman ahead of her time in the aspect of memoir writing from an immigrant experience through her experience in assimilation into a country that was extremely unlike the one she left behind, in Polotsk in the Russian Pale of Settlement.

I have begun reading The Promised Land and find it enthralling.
I was reading a copy of the Los Angeles Jewish Journal, and was captivated by an article about President Abraham Lincoln, written by Tom Teicholz. It appealed to my historical interests in many facets, but the most fascinating factor (to me) regarding the article was how the author suggest the idea that President Lincoln could have been Jewish!

The article is well written, and I am sure it will appeal to all readers.
November 21, 2012 – 7 Kislev, 5773

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