Miami Blue Porsche

Wow, I fell in love with this Porsche 718 Cayman. 


Blue like the sky and ocean in Miami.


I got my eye on this one!


Now if only my wife would see the wisdom in why I absolutely need this!


Anyway, I can enjoy the photo and dream for now. 😉


(Source Photo: Dannielle Blumenthal)

The Need For Speed

Speed

In the gym this morning, I watched Joel Osteen giving his Sunday sermon on the monitor. 


The guy is a genius–always on message, always inspiring hope, always uplifting the masses. 


Today, he spoke about acceleration. 


The idea was that no matter how deeply bad our situation in life (e.g. illness, debt, demoted) and no matter how many months or years it would normally take us to recover or get out of it, G-d can accelerate things so that we are healed, solvent, or promoted tomorrow. 


He didn’t say this, but as I understand it, G-d is above time and space, and so he can move you faster out of your funk then anyone would normally think.


Osteen gave the analogy of a bow an arrow, and the further back you are pulled–the more pressure and tension you are under in life–then the further and faster, G-d can propel you forward. 


To me it’s interesting that when we are enjoying a wonderful moment in life, that we wish time would slow or completely stop, so we could savor the good times that much longer or just “stay in the moment forever.”


And at other times, when we are down and suffering, the days of despair and defeat can drag on and on, and it seems like the hours and days just don’t pass fast enough…it’s almost like torture in that it seem to go on forever. And that is when, we hope and pray for a speedy resolution to whatever ails us–we just want to be free from the problems, the illness, the suffering–and so if only, we could leap forward in time and this “would all be over.” 


If you are happy, life is too short.  But if you are in pain and suffering, every moment can be torture.


So if we are worthy, time can magnify and be an accelerant for prolonging the good times and getting out of the bad times (or G-d forbid, it can work in reverse as well–shortening the good times in life and extending out the bad ones). 


Similarly, long life can be a blessing if we are healthy and able to enjoy a real quality of life or it can be grueling for those in pain and suffering. 


My wife told me about this news item from a couple of days ago, where a guy won the lottery, but shortly after was murdered–his life cut short–in a home invasion (this “lucky” guy never got to enjoy his winnings).


G-d who controls time (and space) has quite a lot of leeway to test us or meet out justice–just speed things up or slow things down and the experience and feelings are magnified accordingly. 😉


(Source Photo: here with attribution to spitfirelas)

Beautiful Labor Day Weekend

Ok, here’s my video today from The Shenandoah River along the Appalachian Trail at Harpers Ferry. 


Only I make one little mistake…see if you can pick up on it (everyone can make an oops once in a while–you just got to have a good laugh.)


Also, did you know there are 3 trillion trees in the world?


Sad though that number is almost half from the beginning of civilization and these days we are losing about 15 billion trees a year–that’s crazy!


Anyway, I still love nature and G-d’s beautiful creation and I give thanks to my maker. 😉


(Source Video: Dannielle Blumenthal)

Golden Retriever Swims Like A Fish

Out on the kayak today with Rebecca in Maryland. 



This beautiful golden retriever named Rudder was playing on the bank and in the water. 



He was swimming and chasing a toy that the friendly owners were throwing way out into the pond. 



On this hot sunny day, this dog was having a blast, and the people seemed to enjoy talking with us about him. 



Overall this was a welcome break from the Dog Days of Summer. 😉



(Source Video: Rebecca 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)

For Everyone That Loves Reading

Books
I thought this was a great picture for everyone that loves reading.



Whether you read from traditional paper books, newspapers, magazines, and journals, or you prefer reading from a tablet, smartphone, eReader, or browser. 



Reading expands our mind, challenges our thinking, and builds on our knowledge. 



Here’s to reading…just about everything you can get your hands on. 😉



(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

We Need More Rabbit

Rabbit
This was a funny scene down at Foggy Bottom today.



The Nesquik rabbit was giving out chocolate milk bottle samples.



On a warm August day today, this was nice. 



But also, it was refreshing to see a little light-heartedness downtown. 



We all–adults and kids–need more of this–to enjoy life.



It was interesting how we are so going in the opposite direction these days.



Not only with all the bad news around the world…



But even with how hard we have to work just to keep up (24/7) and with a world where our kids are having to work and miss out on what is supposed to be some more or less carefree exploratory years to find themselves. 



Now it’s SAT prep, AP classes, internships, volunteer opportunities, and extracurricular activities–all the time. 



In this regard, in the Wall Street Journal today, there was a review of a book called Excellent Sheep.



The book’s author explains how “For many students, rising to the absolute top means being consumed by the system…[where they] sacrifice health, relationships, exploration, [and] activities…[those things] essential for developing souls and hearts.”



The kids are often working so hard that they are anxious, depressed, and often miserable. 



When getting ahead and becoming wealthy (a priority for 80%!) becomes the prime reason for our young adults’ existence, maybe we have missed the boat in terms of finding true meaning and joy in life. 



Hard work and striving for success is a good thing, but worshipping the proverbial “golden calf” is not productive. 



Like the rabbit, I would give a thumbs up to those for whom a more well-balanced life rules the day–where success, meaning, and joy all play an important part, and we can drink some chocolate milk and not take everything so darn serious. 😉



(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)