Flower 4 Monday

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Just wanted to share this beautiful flower that I came across on the hiking trail yesterday. 


I have never seen a flower with pedals of pink and white candy stripes like this. 


Like a candy cane or perhaps the outfits that volunteers helping people at some hospitals wear. 


It also has these yellow buds in the center, which add to it’s eloquence.


What magnificent creations that G-d has bestowed on us to enjoy. 


Hope this is a little something to cheer up your Monday and make you even more productive this week. 😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

What Is Peace + Happiness?

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I loved this piece of art work with the colorful Buddhas.

It got me thinking about peace and happiness–is it the same for everyone?

To one person, career, achievement, and money seems to make happy–as one of my friends told me about one of his extremely successful bosses who heads a large corporation and has not 1, not 2, not 3, but 4 mansions on the water, in the mountains, and overlooking Central Park in NYC.

To another person, it’s being able to do what they want to in life–doing what makes you emotionally happy instead of what you have to do; the freedom to choose and to be passionate about what you do and how you spend you time every day–whether it’s a profession, an activity or sport, or even exploration and travel.

Yet others, find peace and satisfaction in spiritual and religious pursuits–joining the clergy or learning about G-d and philosophy, doing G-d’s commandments or helping his creations by doing good deeds. 

Many of course, find peace and get nachas from their families, the loves of their life, their beautiful children and grandchildren, and helping the next generation to grow and prosper after us. 

That can also extend to friends, community, and even colleagues–when we surround ourselves with other good people, those who we enjoy their company and have things in common, then we can find happiness with each other.

Being here in Florida for the holidays, I’m reminded of all the sun, beauty, and body-worshippers, those people who love their physique and good health, working out, looking good, being with others that look good, and even designing and making things that are beautiful. 

And at the other end of the spectrum again are the intellectual nerdy nerds who get their energy from being brainiacs like one of my friend’s nephews who is one of silicon valley’s serial innovators.

Whatever you love, have, and do that makes you happy is something to be extremely grateful for.

Nothing is forever, and nothing is owed to us.

Use the gifts that G-d has given you with the wisdom to reach enlightenment by being good and generous to others and so that you truly merit these beautiful things and thank the creator who blessed you. 

(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

From Cocoa Trees To Honey Pizza

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Had a chance to take in the United States Botanic Garden. 


Loved going in the greenhouse. 


The air was fresh and the flowers beautiful. 


The 2nd to last photo is a cocoa tree, which I had never seen before. 


It was incredible to me that those pods hold the amazing stuff that gives us chocolate. 


G-d’s creations are so amazing. 


Also, we went for dinner and my daughter had this amazing pizza with cheese, figs, spinach, and honey. 


I couldn’t have the dough because of my Paleo diet, but I just tasted the toppings, and it was literally like heaven. 


I was glad that the taste didn’t show up on the scale this morning. 


To me the wonderment is how our senses can literally indulge in so many wonderful things almost like the Garden of Eden. 


Thank you G-d for giving us life and the ability to enjoy your amazing creations. 😉


(Source Photos: Andy Blumenthal)

Reflection, Summer Don’t Go

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Starting to feel Summer slipping away, again. 


Kids are getting ready to go back to school.


Weather is starting to feel a little cooler. 


But got to love the beautiful nature we have this time of year. 


When the flowers are in bloom and the days are long. 


Appreciate every moment of every day.


It’s a gift from the One Above. 


Some people have a bucket list of where they want to go or what they want do, extravagantly, before they die. 


For others, it’s about material possessions: finding the precious gems of “things” out there, and collecting, hoarding, and showing them off. 


Really though, it’s not the places you visit, the outrageous things you get to do, or the possessions you accumulate, but rather what positive influence you can have–even on a single life or the more the better.


That good lasts a lot longer and has much more wide-ranging impact than the momentary high of simple and selfish–my places, events, and things.


We all need to enjoy life–it’s wondrous and beautiful–but perhaps not live for the empty revelry alone.


Smell the roses and enjoy G-d’s gifts of life, and then get back out there and do some good stuff, won’t you. 😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Love ’em OR Leave ’em

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An age old question, “Love ’em or leave ’em?”


I heard one young man say, “I love her…but I’m not in love with her.”


So what’s the difference?


He’s been seeing two girls, one is steady and stable, earns a good income, and is head over heels for him–when he is sick, she makes the chicken soup. 


Then there is this other girl, foreign, cool accent, good-looking, intelligent, has similar interests, but no serious income–however, there is some serious hots there. 


What do you do?


Girl #1 or #2.


Who’s the better bet–Ms. I love her or Gal I’m in love with her?


One women said that years ago, mothers would tell their daughters, “If they bring home a paycheck and look better than a baboon, marry them!”


Back then, marriages were often arranged by the parents or the village elders (“Matchmaker matchmaker, make me a match, find me a find, catch me a catch…”).


These days, there is much more a sense of the need for compatibility, chemistry, and passion–I can’t live without him/her.


Without the mutual respect and passion, it might as well be in the bedroom like, “Let’s just get this over with” or something pathetic like that.  


In some ultra religious circles, I’ve heard some women sadly simply referred to as “baby machines.”


Yet on the flip side, I remember hearing this story when I was young about this famous model (it could have been about Bo Derek, but I can’t remember for sure), and they interviewed her husband who was known to have married her for her unbelievable gorgeous looks, and they asked him, “What would you do, if she had a terrible car accident, and was horribly disfigured?” And his cold, hard response was, “I would leave her!”


Ok, so looks are skin deep, and passion is important but doesn’t replace shared values, genuine commitment, and selfless giving to one another. 


Maybe the answer is it’s not 1 or 2, but 1 and 2–we need someone that will make the chicken soup when we are sick, but who we also find hot in the sack. 😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

DC Is Not NYC

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This is a funny sticker on the streets of Washington, D.C.


It says, “This is not New York.”


And it advertises a website called StuckInDC.com.


“Formed by a few friends who’ve probably lived in the capital long enough, but lack the wherewithal to move elsewhere.”


Having come from NYC, I can empathize in many ways. 


The DC metro area is great if you are interested in working in some very cool jobs for the Federal government, and it has a fairly nice lifestyle for families here (clean and green). 


While not as exciting as NYC (it doesn’t have the vibe), it’s also not as dirty, congested, or generally dangerous (in DC, there are lots of gun-totting federal agents everywhere).


If you yearn for someplace nicer to live, maybe Florida for the Caribbean climate, beautiful nature, slower lifestyle, and fun atmosphere or then again, there is always the awesome Holy Land!


For now stuck in DC, after retirement who knows. 😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)