Birds Dropping In For Lunch

These birds decided to swoop in for some lunch. 

It was funny to see the people go scrambling from the table.

The birds were completely unabashed and took their time over the chow. 

One couple in the corner had ordered this truly enormous meal (don’t worry, I was good and ate only the salad).

Each of them had a full lunch plate PLUS in the center of their table was “The Volcano” of nachos, cheese, chili, guacamole,  sour cream, and jalapenos. 

That was certainly no bird food with The Volcano punching in at 3,500 calories!

I have no idea how any two people could possibly eat that much food.

Probably good that the birds decided to drop in.  😉

(Credit Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Flowers and Bird

Just wanted to share this beautiful painting from Reuben in our synagogue.

I love the plethora of colorful flowers in the vase.  

The sweet bird with it.

The verdant green background. 

The unique etched wood frame. 

Very happy…and all the world is okay.  😉

(Source Photo of Reuben Art: Andy Blumenthal)

See You Later Florida

Love coming to Florida. 


Not a far flight.


Sun shines bright.


Water is blue. 


Birds, fish, and animals like a zoo. 


Nature is peaceful.


Shopping is plentiful. 


Activities day and night.


Swimming makes me feel right. 


Go to the beach.


Eat a peach.


Florida is the place to be.


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Ship+ In A Bottle

You ever wonder how they build that big ship in that little bottle. 


Someone needs very dexterous hands and a lot of patience to put the pieces through the opening of the bottle and assemble the ship inside. 


But this second grader, Dylan Yasseri, upped the game on this whole concept and imagined a whole beach in the bottle. 


The sand, ocean, sky, birds, crabs, fish, umbrella, and even the shack (snack?) bar!


This is one reason that kids are so awesome–their purity of heart and their endless imaginations make almost anything possible.


The fantasy becomes the reality. 


The colors are magical too here. 


If adults could maintain even half the heart and creativity of our children–oh what a world it could be. 😉


(Source: Andy Blumenthal Photo of Dylan’s beautiful painting).

Life Cycles For Carnivores

I thought this was interesting-funny in terms of the the food life cycles for us carnivores:


For meat, it’s:

“From farm to fork.”


And for seafood, it’s:

“From boat to throat.”


Either way, we end up eating it. 


Just plain hungry or only the strong survive. 


Vegetarians and vegans can ignore this post. 😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

When The Wires Get Crossed

So the flight coming back from Israel was technologically challenged. 


I’m sitting toward the front of the plane…more room, that’s good.


But there are a bunch of families with small children and babies…and that ends up being bad. 


The flight attendants bring out this contraption to hook up a crib device to a front wall of the plane for the parents to put the baby in to sleep. 


But there ends up being one small problem.


The overhead lights are seriously messed up.


This passenger with the baby tries to use his button next to his seat to turn the bright reading lights off–this is like row 10 or something. 


But when he hits the lights off button–instead the lights go off in row 22. 


And they stay on in his row keeping his baby awake and crying virtually the whole flight.


The stewardesses are going crazy trying to figure out where the “wires got crossed” here. 


When they go to row 22 and ask them to turn off their lights–thinking maybe that will turn off the lights in row 10 that is keeping the baby up and crying–but instead that turns off the lights further in the back of the plane in row 30-something. 


This was a really bad comedy going on this plane.


The baby keeps crying and crying.


The stewardesses keep running around trying to figure out how to get the lights working where they are supposed to be working.


And the parents are frustrated as hell trying to calm the baby and get some rest on this lengthy, cross-ocean flight. 


Needless-to-say, all the other passengers trying to get some rest weren’t thrilled at this ridiculousness going on.


The plane got us home, but the electrical system didn’t inspire any confidence and kept the baby (and us) up almost the entire flight. 


When you think that this was just the lights–oh boy!  


Because what if the wires had gotten crossed between something important like the accelerator and the brake instead?  😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Special Blue Bird

blue-bird

Just wanted to share a photo I took of this beautiful blue bird that I came across in Florida. 


This bird was something special. 


I couldn’t help admiring his amazingly blue feathers punctuated by the yellow around his smart eyes 


He wasn’t the only beautiful animal or flower that we saw there, there were many.


They all just left me in wonderment at the unbelievable beauty that G-d created for us in this world.


No one is going to tell me this is all random by evolution, and that there is not a profoundly wise and all-knowing Maker behind it.


Perhaps, we never really left the physical Garden of Eden, but being expelled from there meant more of a mentality where we have to work and fight hard to keep it all pristine.


Mankind’s inclination is to take and use abundantly almost without thought as to the sustainability of his actions.


– Cities expand and encroach on natural rural areas. 


– G-d’s beautiful creatures are in retreat and often in danger of extinction. 


– Resources are used willy nilly as we dig and dig, chop and chop, and burn and burn. 


– Garbage is expelled and piles up virtually anywhere and everywhere.


– Pollution fills the land, air, and waterways.


Eden is still here, but people must act more like angels and less like snakes if G-d gracious gifts to us are to survive. 😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

The Fisherman

The Fisherman
I took this photo yesterday of this man standing on the bank and fishing. 



I was out in the water in a kayak enjoying the beautiful surroundings. 



I paddled over near to the fisherman, but not so close as to scare away his catch. 



It was hot and very sunny out on the water–there was only a little shade near the bank of the pond–and I frequently had to wipe my forehead beading with sweat under the open sun.



But it was nice to just be out there–on the water, surrounded by the greenery, the sun overhead, some birds and frogs about, and a even a little breeze shimmering over the the water. 



Even better than paddling itself, is just stopping, sort of sitting back, and just listening to the silence, breathing in the nature, and letting everything else just go for a little while. 



One with nature, one with G-d, and feeling integrated myself. 😉



(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)