Monday, October 24, 2016

Dream Dancing

Beautiful dreamer, wake unto me,
Starlight and dewdrops are waiting for thee;
Sounds of the rude world heard in the day,
Lull'd by the moonlight have all pass'd a way!
Stephen C. Foster 

Belle Epoque Beauty Reclining
On A Settee With Roses
Paul Antoine de la Boulaye

I stand amid the roar
Of a surf-tormented shore,
And I hold within my hand
Grains of the golden sand-
How few! yet how they creep
Through my fingers to the deep,
While I weep- while I weep!
O God! can I not grasp
Them with a tighter clasp?
O God! can I not save
One from the pitiless wave?
Is all that we see or seem
But a dream within a dream?
A Dream Within A Dream
Edgar Allan Poe

Sunrise Over The Sea
Artist Unknown

Bring me all of your dreams,
You dreamer,
Bring me all your
Heart melodies
That I may wrap them
In a blue cloud-cloth
Away from the too-rough fingers
Of the world. 
Dream Keeper
Langston Hughes

Party Dream
Pino Daeni

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Autumn Road Trip

Winter is an etching, Spring a watercolor
Summer an oil painting, and
Autumn a mosaic of them all.
-Stanley Horowitz

Boldt Castle
Thousand Islands, New York
 Photograph By Doug Tolluch

"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."  

George Eliot  

Snow Geese From A Bird's Eye View
Photograph By Kevin Fleming

"All things on earth point home in old October:
 sailors to sea, travelers to walls and fences,
 hunters to field and hollow
 and the long voice of the hounds,
 the lover to the love he has forsaken."
- Thomas Wolfe 

Autumn Mountain Glory
 Great Smoky Mountains
Gatlinburg, Tennessee

"Looking on the happy Autumn-fields,
An thinking of the days that are no more.
  Alfred Lord Tennyson

Original Lord Of The Southern Plains
Wild Buffalo
Wichita Mountains National Park and
Wildlife Refuge

I prefer red chile over my eggs
and potatoes for breakfast.
Red chile ristras decorate my door,
dry on my roof, and hang from eaves.
They lend open-air vegetable stands
historical grandeur, and gently swing
with an air of festive welcome.
I can hear them talking in the wind,
haggard, yellowing, crisp, rasping
tongues of old men, licking the breeze.

Jimmy Santiago Baca

The Spice Is Right
Chili Peppers Drying In The Autumn Sun
New Mexico

In the gloaming, oh, my darling!
When the lights are dim and low,
And the quiet shadows falling,
Softly come and softly go;

When the winds are sobbing faintly
With a gentle unknown woe,
Will you think of me, and love me,
As you did once long ago?

In the gloaming, oh, my darling!
Think not bitterly of me!
Tho' I passed away in silence
Left you lonely, set you free;

For my heart was crush'd with longing,
What had been could never be;
It was best to leave you thus, dear,
Best for you, and best for me.

-Meta Orred

Sunset Over Monterey Bay

No harm has come to us, just puzzling times,
in never knowing why this came to be
Perhaps a tribe once lived here long ago;
Their roaming spirits, still alive and free. 
 Sandra Haight   

Rising From The Mist
Junction Lake
Indian Heaven Wilderness
Gifford Pinchot National Forest
Cascade Mountain Range
Washington State

The great north land
Is sung by every band,
The coast from north to west
Has a grand quest.
It is home to sourdough and gold;
It honors the brave and bold.
Eight stars rest high above
And fresh white snow below.
Together the bears run
Under the midnight sun.
The northern Eagles flew
Over the deep ocean blue
To see this majestic place
And its wondrous grace.

Patrick Czyz

"Please Don't Feed Me!
You Are Far Too Tempting For My Diet."
Sincerely Yours,
Mama Grizzly
Denali National Park

 "And God said,
Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens
to separate the day from the night, and let
them be signs and tokens of God's provident care,
and to mark the seasons, days, and years,
And let them be lights in the expanse of the sky
to give light upon the earth.
And it was so."
Genesis 1:14-15

 Autumn Night at the Pond
Kevin Palmer

Friday, October 14, 2016

Sabbath Blessing

Yom Shishi 12th of Tishrei, 5777
י״ב בְּתִשְׁרֵי תשע״ז

Shabbat Shalom, Eretz Israel!
Sabbath Peace And Blessings To All

May the Lord protect and defend you.

May He always shield you from shame.

May you come to be

In Israel a shining name.

May you be like Ruth and like Esther.

May you be deserving of praise.

Strengthen them, Oh Lord,

And keep them from the strangers' ways.

May God bless you and grant you long lives.

(May the Lord fulfill our Sabbath prayer for you.)

May God make you good mothers and wives.

(May He send you husbands who will care for you.)

May the Lord protect and defend you.

May the Lord preserve you from pain.

Favor them, Oh Lord, with happiness and peace.

Oh, hear our Sabbath prayer. Amen.
"Sabbath Prayer"
from the movie musical,
 "Fiddler On The Roof"
Lyrics By Sheldon Harnick
 Music By Jerry Bock

Sabbath Prayer for the 21st Century
Marty Goetz

Today much of the world is standing in
opposition to the continuing existence of the
nation and people of Israel.  
An ancient evil is rising, rearing it's
ugly head in the form of appalling media bias
and an international call to ban Israeli-made products,
but perhaps worst of all is the increase of shocking violence,
often resulting in serious injuries and death,
not only against Israelis in their own land,
but against Jews around the world.
It is called Anti-semitism.
Yet, despite this, there are many people
here in the United States of America who
love and support the nation and people of Israel.
I am one of them.

 Israel You Are Not Standing Alone!

 Psalm 122:6a Hebrew
 Sha-alu Shalom Yirushalayim
(Pray for the peace of Jerusalem)

 Dove Of Peace
  Israel Rubinstein 

 "Pray for the peace of Jerusalem!
May they prosper who love you,
the Holy City!
May peace be within your walls
and prosperity within your palaces!
For my brethren and companions'
sake, I will now say,
Peace be within you!
For the sake of the house
of the Lord our God,
I will seek, inquire for, and
require your good."
Psalm 122:6-9

Sunday, October 9, 2016

The Woman In The Mirror

"Lean on, trust in, and be confident
in the Lord with all your heart and mind,
and do not rely on your own 
insight or understanding.

In all your ways
know, recognize, and acknowledge Him
and He will direct and make
straight and plain your paths.
Be not wise
in your own eyes;
reverently fear and worship the Lord,
and turn entirely away from evil."
Proverbs 3:5-7

By Edgar Albert Guest

I have to live with myself, and so,
I want to be fit for myself to know.
I want to be able, as days go by,
Always to look myself straight in the eye.

I don't want to stand, with the setting sun,
And hate myself for the things I've done.
I want to go out with my head erect,
I want to deserve all men's respect.

For here in the struggle for fame and self
I want to be able to like myself.
I don't want to look at myself and know
I'm bluster, a bluff and an empty show.

Snake Oil Salesman
Morgan Weistling

I never can hide myself from me;
I see what others may never see.
I know what others may never know,
I can never fool myself, and so,
Whatever happens I want to be
Self-respecting and conscience-free.

 Painting By Lee Bogle


"This above all: to thine own self be true,
And it must follow, as the night the day,
Thou canst not then be false to any man.
Farewell, my blessing season this in thee!"
-William Shakespeare
Hamlet Act One, Scene Three

Rainy Sunday Ramblings

Slow Me Down, Lord

Slow me down, Lord!
Ease the pounding of my heart
By the quieting of my mind.
Steady my harried pace
With a vision of the
eternal reach of time.

Give me,
Amidst the confusion of my day,
The calmness of the everlasting hills.

Autumn in the Smoky Mountains

Break the tension of my nerves
With the soothing music of sighing streams
That live in my memory.

Old Dam Site on the Moose River
Jackman, Maine

Help me to know
The magic restoring power of sleep.
Teach me the art
Of taking minute vacations of slowing down
to look at a flower;
To chat with an old friend or to
make a new one;
to pat a stray dog;
to watch a spider build a nest;
to smile at a child;
or to read a few lines from a good book.

Charlotte Spinning Her Web
An illustration from the classic 
childrens' book,
"Charlotte's Web"
By E.B. White

Remind me each day
That the race is not always to the swift;
That there is more to life than increasing its speed.
Let me look upward
Into the branches of a towering oak

Red Oak Tree

And know that it grew slowly and well.
Slow me down, Lord,
And inspire me to send my roots deep
Into the soil of life's enduring values
That I may grow toward the stars
Of my greater destiny.
-Wilferd A. Peterson

October Aurora
 Steve McDougall

Sunday, October 2, 2016

October Poems, Songs, & Praise

Who knows what bright October suns
May light up distant valleys mild,
Where as our pathway downward runs
We see Joy meet us, like a child.
-Dinah Maria Mulock Craik

Autumn on the Prairie
Flint Hills, Kansas

   "For this is the message you
have heard from the beginning;
we should love one another."
1 John 3:11

Beautiful Fall River Scene

Slow Down

Slow down and stop your hurry,
Take your time, for life will wait.
Smell the flowers, hear the birds
Even if it makes you late.

Let your eyes feast on the beauties,
Let God touch you as you stroll.
As you view His great creation
Let His message fill your soul.

Slow down, and take time to listen,
You'll have joy as your reward.
The sky of blue, the sea that glistens
All are miracles of the Lord.

Walking in gratitude and wonder
Finding pleasures ever new.
The blessings of our great Creator
Made for us to daily view.

Slow down, take it not for granted
All this beauty 'round to share.
But know that all of Nature's beauty
Speaks of God's great love and care.
-Helen Gleason

The Glory of the Season
Ogden, Utah

"Creator of the stars of night,
Thy people’s everlasting light,
Jesu, Redeemer, save us all,
And hear Thy servants when they call."
"Creator Of The Stars At Night"
7th century hymn

 October's chilly nights are a
stargazer's delight!

"Show me Your ways, O Lord;
teach me Your paths.
Guide me in Your truth and faithfulness
and teach me, for You are the
God of my salvation;
For You do I wait expectantly
all the day long."
Psalm 25:4-5

Flying Free
Terry Redlin 

The Feast of Trumpets

Rosh Ha'Shanah
29th of Elul 5776

כ״ט בֶּאֱלוּל תשע״ו

The Feast of Trumpets

Although it is common for relatives and
friends to send each other greeting cards to
wish them a Happy New Year,
Rosh HaShanah, or the Feast of Trumpets
is a time of serious reflection,
followed by the Ten Days of Repentance
and Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement.

Prior to Rosh Ha'Shanah, the shofar,
or ram's horn is blown to call
people to repent and to remind them
that the holy days, or the times
of God's holy convocations,
are arriving.  During the
synagogue services at Rosh Ha'Shanah,
the shofar is blown 100 times. 

According to Jewish tradition,
God writes every person's words, 
deeds, and thoughts in the Book of Life 
which He opens and examines on this day.

 If the good deeds outnumber
 the sinful ones for that year,
the person's name will be inscribed in the book
for another year on Yom Kippur.

 Christians whom study the
Hebrew roots of our faith,
believe that the four spring feasts
(Passover, Unleavened Bread, First fruits,
and the Feast of Weeks) were fulfilled
with Messiah's first coming, and that
the three autumn holidays,
(Feast of Trumpets, Day of Atonement,
and Feast of Booths) will be
 fulfilled at His return. 
The only way to have one's name
inscribed in God's Book of Life, 
which in Revelation is called,
the "Lamb's Book of Life" 
is through having faith in 
Messiah Jesus,
the spotless Lamb of God,
Who takes away the sins
of the world. 
It is only in and through Him
that we are made righteous before
the throne of the Father.

 "Lamb of God, we fall before Thee,
Humbly trusting in Thy cross.
That alone be all our glory;
All things else are only dross.

Thee we own a perfect Savior,
Only source of all that’s good.
Every grace and every favor
Comes to us through Jesus’ blood."

"Lamb Of God We Fall Before Thee"
Joseph Hart

Apples dipped in honey is a tradition at
Rosh HaShanah. The apples represent God's provision,
the honey for sweetness during the coming year.

L'shanah tovah tikatevoo
("May you be inscribed in 
the Book of Life for a good year")

May You Shine · Zemer Levav
As Long As I Breathe
℗ 2007 Galilee of the Nations Music USA, Inc.