In life, we can either let our experiences make us bitter, or we can channel that feeling towards being a good example in order to improve things.


Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Going up

Eh, I decided to save my break for another time so I can share with you something that I wrote for Shavuos.

Going Up

Looking up and looking all around
He is everywhere.
Larger than life
And encompassing the universe.

We walk around as days go by
Not noticing until later a certain need.
What is it?
We search and search
And finally find it.
Our neshama is crying out to be
Connected to Him.

The week ends and Shabbos comes.
We pray, reaching up
To that world that's beyond.
And gather at home with
Family and friends.
Our neshama says,
"Now that's what I'm talking about!"

Our journey continues
As we go further.
Choosing to learn and practice about
Guarding our tounge from gossip.
It is so challenging, yet so
Internally rewarding.
And our journey keeps continuing
As we go up the ladder of life.

Thank you Hashem for the Torah
That's helps us connect to you.

Here's some good info
For Jews
For Non Jews

Sunday, May 28, 2006

taking a break

I'm going to take a break. I will talk to you later. Have a good week

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

The night sky

Have you ever seen a meteor shower? These things are breathtaking. Personally, I have never seen one. But it would deffinately be an interesting and incredible experience.

Really, just seeing the stars at night is nice. With so many city lights though, just a few are visable.
Oh well, at least it's something. I didn't really pay attention to the stars until I took astronomy. Then I started looking up at the night sky and really looking at the stars. I wasn't sure though if it was actually a star I was looking at or a planet or sattelite. Later someone told me how to tell. However, they still all look the same to me. :) Anyway, it's still cool none the less.

Sunday, May 21, 2006

On today's episode.....

Welcome to the Lvnsm show. On today's episode, we have with us this woman who has written like five books and is planning on writing a bunch more.

Me - Tell me about your first book.

Her - Well, my first book is about fire and the magicalness of it.

Me - Interesting, what inspired you to write about that?

Her - Well I was looking at some lit candles and then an idea popped into my head and I decided to write about it.

Me - Cool, so what's your second book called?

Her - 'Hot and Cold' It's about food and what tastes better for what. Also inspired by the candles.

Me - Aha, and how long are your books?

Her - Ten pages, somtimes 20, and sometimes 30. I write one every two weeks and then send it out to the townsfolk to read.

Me - Interesting. What are your other titles?

Her - Well my other titles are:

'Traveling And Finding The Hot Spots'
'The Song'
And 'Wow, Time Flies'

Also, other titles that I'm working on are
'The Blue Wave'
'Bird's Eye View'
And 'Building Your Music Collection'

Me - Wow, they all sound very interesting. Thank you for sharing with us.

Her - You're welcome.

Me - Okay, now we will go into the audience and ask them about some interesting book titles that they can think of.

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

On conversation

Over the years you pick up on things and then know what to do. Okay and so there are a couple of people I know that give a whole shpiel when they say something that they feel is important. For example, when they ask me to do something, they don't just say a short sentence, they go on and on about it and then finally finish. I used to reply, 'okay I'll do that' while they were talking, to let them know I understand. But they just continue because they want to make sure I understand how they feel. And so now I just wait until they are finished and then I say okay.

I noticed this in myself too, but with other topics. Sometimes when a friend and I are talking about a certain subject and I want to get my point across, I keep explaining, eventhough they get it. I guess it's because I feel that they think they get it but don't really. I should probably though just take their word for it. Or I could ask questions to see if they understand. I also noticed this in my friend too. For instance, we're talking about something and then they say something, and I feel like adding a few words like 'yea, I agree there's......' but they keep talking and talking and don't like when they're interupted and so I just wait until they're done and then say what I wanted to.

What gets me though, is that when I'm saying something, I have to shorten it, but the other person still says their whole big thing. Oh well.

Deffinately helps with practicing and improving patience. Which has improved, BH.

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Dream or no

Do you ever think to yourself, 'That was a interesting dream.' And then realize that it wasn't a dream but really happened?

What happened was, I thought I dreampt about my friends mentioning about a sheva bracha that they went to. And then I was thinking, wait, that actually happened. And remembered that they spoke about it during shalosh seudos on shabbos. Maybe I dreampt about it later and so I thought the whole thing was a dream.

Did that ever happen to you?

Sunday, May 07, 2006

What an experience

shoshana tagged me to write an Israel experience that I had or one that I heard. Since I haven't been to Israel (yea, I know I need to go ASAP) I'll post about something I read.

I love this article by Sara Yocheved Rigler called
A Taste Of Heaven which is about this lovely couple in Jerusalem who invite and have a huge number of guests in their home for Shabbos and Yom Tov. Eventhough a lot of people there have a lot of guests, this couple has an extraordinary amount and they keep it up every shabbos.

Here's a piece from the article

""For more than two decades Rabbi Mordechai and Henny Machlis have opened their home to an amazing assortment of Shabbat guests. Every week 60-100 guests show up for Friday night dinner, and an equal number for Shabbat lunch. Who comes? Travelers, yeshiva students, university students, the homeless, the mentally ill, Hadassah ladies, tourists, lost souls, U.J.A. mission visitors, new immigrants, drunkards, widows, orphans, Sar El volunteers for Israel, Birthright participants, and truth seekers.

While most of their guests are from English-speaking countries, the Machlis family has hosted people from every continent, and from countries as far away as Japan, China, and the Philippines.

Some people come hungry for food -- the ample helpings of home-cooked gefilte fish, chicken soup, chicken with barbeque sauce, at least three kinds of kugel, an array of salads, vegetarian alternatives, and four kinds of cake. Of course, destitute souls could pick up food at a public soup kitchen, but what is Shabbat without Shabbat songs and words of Torah, which Rabbi Machlis provides as profusely as his wife's cooking?

Some people come hungry for love and warmth. Two orphaned young women in their early twenties have an apartment and good jobs, but on Shabbat they miss the family atmosphere they once knew. A refined 67-year-old widow ate alone every Shabbat for five years after her husband died; her independent persona dissuaded her friends from inviting her. Now all three enjoy the palpable warmth of the Machlis table.

Some people come for the spiritual inspiration and unconditional acceptance Rabbi Machlis radiates. Religious and secular guests sit side-by-side, most wearing kipot, some opting not to. Most people say the appropriate blessings, often for the first time; some opt not to. Everyone is encouraged to say a few words, of introduction or wisdom or personal reflection. Everyone is lovingly received.""

When I eventually go to Israel IY'H, I would love to check out this experience.

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Thinking poem

Want to write
A bunch of ideas
All bucnched up
In my head.
What to write?
What to write?
How about... no.
Or.... no.
Don't know.