@Tree Top Park, Davie, Florida

It’s funny that just as I am expressing gratitude for the peace, mindfulness, and zen good feelings, a plane is loudly flying overhead in this Florida park.  


No winning even in nature anymore! 😉


(Source Video: Dannielle Blumenthal)

Courage To Do The Right Thing

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So it takes courage to do the right thing. 


It’s the easy way out to shut your eyes and overlook when things are wrong. 


Taking a stand and standing up for what’s right often means fighting the good fight. 


But who wants to fight?


Everyone wants to live in peace and quiet. 


In fact, every day we pray repeatedly in the Amidah for peace


In the 19th prayer…

May it please you to bless your people Israel at all times and in every hour with your peace. Blessed are you, O Lord, who blesses his people Israel with peace.


Then again after the prayer for thanks…

Bestow peace, goodness and blessing, life, graciousness, kindness and mercy, upon us and upon all Your people Israel…May it be favorable in Your eyes to bless Your people Israel, at all times and at every moment, with Your peace.

And yet a third time at the end…

He who makes peace in His heavens, may He make peace for us and for all Israel; and say, Amen.

What can be more desired than peace and wellness in our lives?


Yet, when we see corruption, wrongdoing, and evil, people are called on the confront it, and stand up for good. 


Because when evil prevails, there is no real peace in the world. 


Hence, the courageous and righteous are called on to stand up based on integrity, merit, and values, and to work to return a state of justice and peace. 


G-d watches to see to it that good ultimately prevails over evil. 


May He who makes peace, make peace for us and all Israel, and let us say Amen. 😉 


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Washington Like The Powerful Great Falls

Great Falls

We went to Great Falls on the Virginia side yesterday. 


It started to rain a little as we got off the highway, and so we started to turn back disappointed. 


But before we got back on the highway, the rain stopped and we continued our “Sunday Funday” trip. 


With 3 beautiful overlooks of the Potomac River–even on a cloudy, chilly Fall day–it was marvelous. 


Because of the changing weather, it wasn’t too crowded and we were able to get right up on the overlooks for some spectacular views and photos. 


At one point a (rescue?) helicopter suddenly pulled up from nowhere beneath the cliffs and was like right there up close in our faces, but we had already started to pull back to the trail and I missed a cool photo that I would’ve like to capture. 


The current of the water is really strong at Great Falls and an average of 7 people die a year there. 


Also, sometimes there is such enormous flooding that the water crests above the high overlooks–75 feet up!–and overflows onto the park’s grounds. 


We watched some climbers scampering along down on the rocks by the water (on the left) as they got close, but not too close to the water’s edge. 


As I think about it, living in Washington, D.C., the capital and superpower political hotbed of the world, the symbolism of being on the edge is not lost. 


Some people wade too far and get overcome by the rising water and powerful currents, and others may be too apathetic or fearful to even get close enough to dip their toe in the muddle. 


Even for those that sincerely care and want to try to make a difference in the direction and future of where we are going–technologically and success-wise–it’s water, water everywhere.


Like Great Falls, DC runs with a powerful current–a lot of it simply running nowhere, much is hidden beneath the surface, but overall with enough force to shape our country’s destiny for better or for worse. 😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

New York?

New York?

This is not the New York I remember (dirty, crowded, dangerous–ugh!).

My daughter went on a Shabbaton to the Big Apple.

They put her up in an amazing multi-million apartment overlooking Central Park.

The contrast between the city and the nature-y park is stark and stunning.

I guess the have and have nots are alive and well in NY.

But wow, this would be nice to wake up to in the morning. 😉

(Source Photo: Michelle Blumenthal)

The Sugarloaf Overlook

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Went hiking on Sugarloaf Mountain in Maryland today.

The trails were awesome–with amazing climbs and descents over and around rocks, trees, vines, and the natural vegetation.

This is a picture from the West View of the mountain, and what I liked about this photo is the story that it tells.

In it, you can see on the left, the rocks, which represent to me the obstacles in life to climb over, maneuver around, or even to push through–the last option is for the littler ones. 🙂

On the right, you can see the trees–areas for shade, rest, and sustenance on your road trip of life.

And in the center, in the distance, you can see the beautiful overlook view of where you are going–for miles around, there is heaven and earth and the meeting of the two.

There are shades of light and dark where you stand at the overlook, there bright times and dark–on the road–it is not all fun or all hard work, but it is a journey that combines the two.

I went with my wife and girls and together the trip–to overlook–was nicer and more peaceful, together.

I was happy going with them–yet, afterward, I was a little sad looking at some of the pictures, and thinking if only it could always be the way it is, right now.

But life keeps moving forward, through time and space, and what lies over those rocks and trees is but a glimpse of what truly lies ahead for each of us.

I love the peace of the moment, but the moment passes and the hike along the trail continues with more ascents and descents and around lots of curves.

I pray and hope for more beauty, health, sustenance, and peace–both along the way and at the end of the passage.

(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)