Every Time I Go Mexico

Beautiful guitar band @Lake Needwood today.


First, we went for a nice kayak boat ride around the lake.


Then I couldn’t help stopping and listening to this relaxing and peaceful music. 


These guys were great–I’d pay to listen to them. 


Just a bunch of friends getting together to play beautiful music.


This is life as it should be. 😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Longing For The Slow and Happy Bungalow Days

So I used to hear from my wife about when she was young and went to the bungalow colony in the Catskill Mountains.


And today, I heard from a wonderful young Ukrainian woman whose family does the equivalent in the mountains there in the summer. 


When I listen to the stories, it sounds so good to get away with your family and friends for the summer to the countryside. 


Just live simply in a cabin, stay up late by the campfire singing songs, get up lazily in the morning, and during the day play sports, go fishing, and swim in the lake. 


I can’t imagine talking 3 months a year and actually being able to do this…so natural, so carefree, so back to living!


Yes as kids, we went to camp, but it’s not the same as living communally like this in such freedom and fun. 


Honestly, listening to the stories about this, left me amazingly jealous!


Perhaps, it’s a lesson about life these days…we’re adults, we’re responsible, we have to earn a living and take care of the bills and all of life’s responsibilities. 


But maybe, just maybe, there is something–a lot–to be said for letting loose a little, and just being with your loved ones, and living, really living again. 


Why do we have to wait until we’re old…too old to work anymore…and maybe too old to appreciate life as life was meant to be.  


We can’t run from our responsibilities but isn’t it worth looking for ways in life to enjoy more than a long weekend or a week vacation.


Life is too short to let it get away from us. 


Balancing the contributions of our hard labor with the enjoyment of family, friends, and fun…those are the memories that last a lifetime and beyond. 


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Cat Nap

What a great place to take a cat nap!


So many gorgeous cats in Israel. 


They don’t run away either. 


So friendly and happy. 


Sort of got a feeling like they were old souls inhabiting these cats. 


Old souls are very often wise souls.


Cute and wise cats.  


Enjoy!


(Source Photo: Rebecca Blumenthal)

The Ultimate Rejection (Not)

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Ok, folks.


This picture is not the message you want to get before Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year and time of judgement). 


We want to see the long hand of G-d come down with love, caring, forgiveness, and blessings!


A flick of the Almighty index finger, definitely not what we want to see or get.  


Worse would be getting the middle finger, of course. 


But I definitely don’t think G-d does that! 


Talking about rejection with a big R. 


To all my family and friends, a most happy, healthy, peaceful, and prosperous New Year!  😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

 

Best of the Caribbean

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Wow, I love this artwork from Haitian artist, Alix Baptiste, who works out of Savannah, Georgia. 


This one is called “Best of the Caribbean”–and I think it really is!


The colors and style he uses is so amazing. 


Someone else I know had one his artworks called, “Island Living” and it was so spectacular.


Somehow it feels like being there…almost. 


Baptiste has a website where you can see and shop from some of his other originals and lithographs.


I am so glad I found this…it really makes me happy. 


Thank you G-d for the beauty of life and in art!


(Source Photo: here with attribution to Alix Baptiste) 

Trickle Of A Waterfall

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Took this picture in New Jersey last weekend. 

Went for a nice walk around this man-made lake…very pretty. 

At one end, almost like an infinity pool that merges into it’s surroundings, a trickle of waterfall overflows here into the moss below. 

From this position, the lake itself was at eye level, so it was cool seeing it almost as if you are part of the lake itself. 

For me that was a special effect, and felt very one with nature and the universe. 😉

(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Hamsa Most Gorgeous

Hamsa

The Hamsa is a Middle Eastern symbol for thousands of years representing the hand of G-d.


Chamsa in Arabic or Hamesh in Hebrew is actually five (or 5 fingers as in a hand). 


The Hamsa serves as an amulet to nullify the evil eye (Ayin Harah). 


A Hamsa is frequently decorated with an eye, ornate etchings, beads, and gems. 


This Hamsa that I found in New Jersey by an Israeli artist is actually one of the largest (almost 2 feet) and one of the most beautiful. 


It is made of lacquer over oil paint on wood, and I think weighs about 5-6 pounds. 


Each finger is a different and vibrant color, and it has poetry about the hand in life you are dealt and handling life the best you can. 


It has a big happy and peaceful face with rosy cheeks and a heart on its forehead. 


It is such a magnificent piece that I actually saw it in the window of a fine art store while almost driving by it in a car.


Awesome, beautiful, and G-d should bestow it with the powerful energy to help protect us from all evil and illness, defend us from any bad judgements and dangers, and shower us with his infinite mercy and blessings all the days of our lives. 😉


(Source Photo: Dori Sobin)

Bird In The Bush

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Thought this was an absolutely amazing and spellbinding photo of a bird peeking out from a bush.

I’ve never actually seen anything like this captured up close like this. 

The bird seemed to cooperate.

It reminds me of a baby gestating in it’s mother’s womb, so content, so sheltered. 

Not quite ready to come out into the real world, but snug in place, yet observant.

Too soon to be contemplating next steps in the complex world outside its immediate cozy shelter. 

Perhaps, there is a part of us that craves that simplicity, innocence, and existence sheltered from all the bumps and bruises.

Oh, to have such peace of mind and spirit, absent heart-wrenching day-to-day dilemmas we face.

Like a bird nestled in a bush looking out with that simple wonder and purity of life itself. 

(Source Photo: The Highly Talented, Rebecca Blumenthal)

The King And Queen

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Took this photo of these two Chinese porcelain statues.


They remind me of royalty–a king and queen. 


They stand so tall, proud, and elegant. 


Together on the mantel, they make a wonderful centerpiece to the room. 


I like the contrast colors–him in tan and she is white with the accent colors on their robes. 


His grasp on the long beaded necklace and her open fan give them a air of motion and life.


Yet, the faces are calm and balanced. 


These are awesome pieces of art work. 


Don’t know what they are worth, but to me they have value of beauty. 😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)