Thursday, February 9, 2017

Melt That

I was sitting in synagogue and we read aloud as a congregation:

The forests saw and trembled; the mountains, they melted like wax. 

With concerned eyebrows, my neighbor urgently turned to me, whispering:

My radiator in the car melted like wax!!!

And I laughed so loudly that people looked at me.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Time Capsule {Before a New Month Begins}

It's the last day of August for the year. In 45 minutes it will be September. 

This coming month, I will: 
-reflect on where I am to prepare for the upcoming High Holy Days
-push forward on refugee aid (plan our upcoming speaker panel and art sale), and 
-look for a job. 

Yes! Look for a job! When my youngest baby starts school next week (!), my time is my own again. At least 16-30 hours per week is. And I'm looking for a job that continues my social activism into a paid arena. Whether that's Legal Aid as an attorney, or work at my temple (perhaps), or something as yet unforeseen. 

I am excited, unworried, and content even in the possibility alone.

And while doing all this, I want to enjoy and savor time before a job. Visit with people a lot. 

Goodnight August. {Hello Spetember!} Love, Monica

Monday, August 22, 2016

My Summer with Sean

I was lucky enough to live with my sweet brother-in-law for the summer. He's 18 and between mint tea and discussions on math, dating, philosophy, and cooking, life was full and grand. On that topic, here's that quote, Sean. You are doing so well. Keep up the good work, my dear.

“In the time of your life, live—so that in that good time there shall be no ugliness or death for yourself or for any life your life touches. Seek goodness everywhere, and when it is found, bring it out of its hiding place and let it be free and unashamed.

Place in matter and in flesh the least of the values, for these are the things that hold death and must pass away. Discover in all things that which shines and is beyond corruption. Encourage virtue in whatever heart it may have been driven into secrecy and sorrow by the shame and terror of the world. Ignore the obvious, for it is unworthy of the clear eye and the kindly heart.

Be the inferior of no man, or of any men be superior. Remember that every man is a variation of yourself. No man's guilt is not yours, nor is any man's innocence a thing apart. Despise evil and ungodliness, but not men of ungodliness or evil. These, understand. Have no shame in being kindly and gentle but if the time comes in the time of your life to kill, kill and have no regret.

In the time of your life, live—so that in that wondrous time you shall not add to the misery and sorrow of the world, but shall smile to the infinite delight and mystery of it.”

― William Saroyan, The Time Of Your Life

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Universal Heartbeats

I heard the sound of two black holes colliding yesterday on the radio, as converted from gravitational to sound waves. And more than the magnificent confirmation of Einstein's theory about the nature of gravity (as a wave versus a force) this is what made me catch my breath: the beat of the universe was the same as my sons' fetal heartbeats on ultrasound.