Good Face, Ugly Mask

So many faces, so much phoniness. 


Why can’t we just deal with genuine people?


Not like the dummies in this picture. 


Everyone seems to put on a face. 


One person comes in the room, puts on a big smile and then drops it like you do your pants in the bathroom (excuse the comparison).


But it’s just so wax!


Another person is talking it up, but you can see just under the thin veneer, they are a boiling powder keg ready to go off. 


Faces are for expression–to feel and to share. 


However, they are used to deceive and fool the world around them.  


Is it a face or a mask.


What’s behind it–good or evil?


If you don’t look past the superficial then you are the real dummy.  😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

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Wise Man Watcheth

Asian Sculpture.jpeg

I just loved this Asian sculpture that I found in this cool antique store.


It was white and slim with a Asian man face, long beard, and tall hat. 


The face was so expressive.


The eyes so alert and watching. 


The beard and hat made him look old and wise. 


As a real person, this is someone who has seen and learned so many things.


Forever watching.


Forever seeking to understand.


Forever trying to learn the secrets of the life. 


This is a person to consult and get guidance from. 


With age comes wisdom.


And with (occasional) reincarnation comes more opportunity to learn the painful lessons that we haven’t, but must.


How long has this man been sitting there watching and learning–how long must we?


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Minions Help Me!

Minions

This was a funny picture I took in Washington, D.C. 


This women is sitting on the Metro. 


On her lap are two big bags.


One bag (a knapsack) has a Minion on the front. 


And on top of the Minion bag is her overfilled buldging handbag.


The Minion is slanted sideways with the heavy handbag on its head, practically squooshing his face.


From the likes of it, the Minion looks like he’s got one big headache and wants out of there. 


His eyes pleading for a new owner to loyally serve or just to get that darn heavy handbag off its head. 


Feel better Minion…unfortunately, it’s not your day.  😉 


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Smokem Peace Pipe

Peace Pipe
So we are almost all settled in our new place (now about 2 1/2 months)…



And in the kitchen, I am re-organizing one of the top cabinets. 



I reach in the very back, and I feel something all the way in the corner. 



I pick it up and pull it out, and it’s this really weird looking smelly pipe. 



The pipe has a face on it and a blue and red stone above and below it. 



My wife says it looks like a peace pipe, although I’ve never really seen one of those before. 



There are no feathers or pictures of Indians on it, just this crazy-face staring up with crooked teeth and a big schnoz. 



Did someone actually smoke this thing? 



Ick, washed my hands like 3 times. 



Left it on the counter to show the rest of the family.



Throw that G-d darn thing out!



Dirty smokem peace pipe with ugly face heading down the garbage chute–wonder if I should’ve sold it on ebay. 😉



(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Lady You Bring Me Up When I’m Down

Lady
I’m been wanting to post this gallery photo for a while now. 



I think this is a great expression of the beauty that some women possess. 



The hair, eyes, lips, shape of the face…G-d is a terrific creator!



This makes me think of the song by the Commodores, Lady You Bring Me Up When I Am Down.



BTW, my wife is even more gorgeous (true)! 😉



(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Guard Your Menorah

Zebra Menorah
This was a funny picture I took of a zebra with the stripes that are in the shape of a Jewish menorah. 



The menorah has a center stem from which to light the branches extending upward to the left and right on the menorah. 



Last night at a Shabbat dinner, someone said something very interesting about keeping G-d commandments and staying innocent and holy.



He said a person face, which has 4 of our senses (mouth, eyes, nose, and ears) is actually like a menorah.



These start at the center of the face and then are emanating upwards and outwards:



– First, the mouth (speech)  is sort of the center stem–and our words needs to be carefully spoken so that we speak nicely to others and not to hurt them with what we say. 



– Second, our nose with 2 nostrils (smell)–we should smell holy things like the sacrifices and incenses to G-d, and not things that make us improperly attracted to worldly impurities, like inappropriate sexual partners, drug, smoking, and alcohol. 



– Third, our 2 eyes (sight)–we need to see the good in others and the world around us, but guard ourselves so that we do not see things that make us want, desire, and lead us astray after falsity. 



– Fourth, our 2 ears (hearing) –we work to avoid hearing “evil speech” about others and instead seek to perceive words of insight, spiritually and growth. 



I would add the following to complete our 5 senses:



– Fifth, our 2 hands (touch)—because if we but lift our hands up to heaven in prayer and servitude to G-d, then we use our sense of touch for helping rather than hurting people. 



So while this zebra has a menorah on his side, we have it built into our very faces and bodies. 



And with a little effort, we can use all our senses for doing good, and guard ourselves from the otherwise seemingly natural impulses to do otherwise.  😉



(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

$5 to Plop Someone In the Face

$5 to Plop Someone In the Face

Everyone in Washington, D.C. is Spring Crazy today.

Outside, kids raising money for Strike Out Illiteracy.

For $5 donation, you get to plop a plate full of whipped cream and chocolate syrup in someone’s face.

That’s worth it! 😉

(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)