Peace To All Mankind!

Today is Tisha B’Av.


It’s a solemn day on the Jewish calendar when we commemorate so many terrible events that happened in our history.


We have to remember the lows, but also pray for G-d to bring us ever back to the highs.


Peace, health, prosperity, and happiness.


It all comes from the One Above! 


May G-d have mercy on us and bestow only blessings for good times to come. 😉


(Credit Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Nature Boy

When I was a kid and I went to the supermarket with my mom, I remember always seeing the “Andy Boy Broccoli” in the produce aisle. 


Of course, I was always curious why Broccoli was called Andy Boy–what boy or any kid for that matter likes to eat broccoli???


And like most things in life, there really wasn’t a good answer except that this company, “Andy Boy” grows and distributes it. 


Anyway, I was always a nature boy feeling most at home and at peace in the countryside. 


I love being in nature, surrounded by G-d’s amazing beauty, and at one with the universe and with G-d.  


In building all our great cities, buildings, and structures, aside from the crowding, pollution, crime and traffic that we have consequently, we have also lost something elementary to our lives with the absence of real nature. 


A park is not a forest.  A pond is not a river.  A plant is a not a lush valley.  A garden is not a farm.  A hill is not a mountain range.  A pet is not a teeming ecosystem of diverse life.  


The city is man made and fake, but nature is from G-d and real. 😉


(Credit Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Beautiful And Serene Hiking Sunday

Hiking

So after lunch out, we went for a little hike at Lake Needwood. 


Today was absolutely beautiful.


The sun was shining bright and emanating warmth, but the air was cool with a breeze–that is the best of all worlds. 


The path was quiet and serene except for some occasional bikers yelling, “On your left”–might as well have said get the h*ll out of the way–one bike, two bikes, three bikes…okay done. 


Dossy and I held hands like newlyweds and just walked and talked along the trail. 


The daily stress and worries seeping out and away–and I am just floating with a renewed peacefulness and gratitude to Hashem.


Thank you all merciful G-d for granting us peace–one of the greatest of all blessings–may it spread around the world and last for all eternity! 😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)