Friday, August 18, 2017

Sabbath Music - Brighten the Corner








This song is from my childhood, and I was reminded of it this week.  I remember this rendition of the song Brighten the Corner Where You Are by Burl Ives. 

The lyrics are included, so I hope you'll enjoy it, sing along, heed the words, and think about what you can do to brighten your corner in the week ahead.

Rest, worship, refresh, renew and enjoy your Sabbath.


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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Thankful Thursday - Refrigeration





This week, I'm thankful for all things related to refrigeration.  Things like my refrigerator, freezer, and most of all air conditioning.

Since I was born in the very early fifties and am a life-long Florida gal, I remember a whole different world than what we enjoy today. When I got married, in the late 1960's,  I had a 1950's refrigerator which required defrosting the freezer. It looked a lot like this:

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1950's refrigerator. (source Bing.com)

This week, I was thinking about this fine old antique and the defrosting process.  I'd put pots of hot water inside the freezer and wait for the ice to drop.  It was a monthly chore since the ice built up pretty quickly.  I was beyond excited when we purchased a new, side-by-side refrigerator that had a frost-free freezer.  Oh, happy day!  Thank you, Father, for my wonderful, frost-free frig.

And air conditioning, oh how I love thee.  I remember growing up without it.  We slept with our (screened) windows open at night and had a big window fan that pulled the air through the house.  Believe it or not, it was cool.  But in the daytime, not so much.  All of the houses in our neighborhood had front porches, and people sat on them to stay cooler. My parents got a window air conditioner in the late 1960's, and I was spoiled forever.

 Image result for window air conditioner

 When I got married and left home, we didn't have an air conditioner.  We did have a big attic fan, though, and it kept the house cool in the daytime as well as night.  The house also had awnings that really helped keep the temperature bearable, too.  But I remember getting our first window air conditioner.  I was happy, happy, happy!  Thank you, Father, for air-conditioning, especially central air.

Not all cars had air conditioners back then either.  My first car, in 1967,  was a pretty little Chevy II, and it did not   I can remember driving that car with sweat rolling down my legs like a river.  And I'd get so irritated that I had to keep the windows down and my hair would blow around.  Ahhh....those were the days of Aqua Net hair spray, but even that couldn't hold hair blowing in the car wind.  The cars had little triangle windows that you could use to direct the wind toward you.  That, too, messed with the hairdo.  So, thank you, Father, for car air conditioning.

Image result for 1965 Chevy II Nova

I went through elementary, junior and high school without air conditioning.  The building had huge windows along the walls to let the air in, but that air was hot, so we were sweaty, believe me.  Churches were the same.  At least the churches had those nifty cardboard fans.


All of this got me thinking about another thing I'm thankful for . . . disposable diapers and electric dryers.  But that's a post for another day.  :)

I think it's good to reflect on the things we take for granted these days and be thankful for them.  We are blessed to live in this day and age, don't you think?

Thankful Thursday is my day to focus on and be thankful for all the good things in my life.  

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Guts, Truth, and Common Sense


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The horrible tragedy in Charlottesville, Virginia this week has been heavy on my mind.  It's spurred me on to write this post.

I'll start out by letting you know that I condemn every hate group represented at that event.  My heart breaks for the mother who lost her daughter, and for those who were injured.  Violence revolts me.

Second, I'll say that the Confederate flag is not a symbol of white supremacy for me.  I'm a Southern gal whose ancestors fought in the Civil War.  I'm proud of my heritage, and I fly that flag in my yard to show my love for the South.  I'm not a racist.   We are Jews, and we know about hate, bigotry, and racism from personal experience.  My husband is a Southerner and a historian of the Civil War.  He has done years of research on the subject and speaks to groups to help them understand the truth about our heritage.  The characterization of Southerners as racist bigots is a lie propagated by the media, plain and simple.  I must remind you that we, as Southerners, have the First Amendment right to express our views and to fly our flag without fear.

Third, it is still not clear to me which group was permitted first to hold a protest in Charlottesville.  If it was a group such as the Sons of Confederate Veterans wanting to protect their Southern heritage, then I'm with them one hundred percent.  If it was a hate group that claims whites are superior to other races, then I'm one hundred percent against them.

The videos of the violence turned my stomach.  The way the network news handled it made me even sicker.   I began to feel hopelessness creep in.  I feel that every time I watch the network news.

But then, I watched President Trump's press conference yesterday and felt a great surge of hope shower over me.  I heard him say that ALL of the hate groups were at fault and condemned their actions.  He then went on to say (about the removal of Confederate statues), "Where do we go from here?  Will Lincoln or Washington or Jefferson statues have to be removed?  Where does this end?"

Finally, the voice of common sense was raised.  The truth was spoken.   My hope was renewed.  I sat still, basking in the knowledge that we have a great president.  I felt so glad that he's not afraid to speak up against the evil things happening in my country.


I've felt that hope every time he comes out with his frank expressions of truth.  America has lacked truth and common sense for a long time, my friends.  We've watched politicians pad their pocketbooks and their pride with backroom deals and good old boy shenanigans till we got sick of it.  We voted for Trump because he said he would "MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN."  He talked about "draining the swamp," and we liked that.  We liked that he wasn't part of the swamp, and he didn't need anybody's money to build his empire.

So, he was elected. . . and now all of the devils in hell have come forth to beat him to a pulp.  They've been saying for the past two years that he could not get past his latest tweet, but he comes through with flying colors every time.  Why? Because we read his tweets and we like what he says.  We like that his words can't be twisted by the media propagandists.

I made the mistake of watching the network news again last night,  just to see if they'd air his entire statement.  Of course not! But they did air his condemnation of the hate groups and violence.  And they aired the statement about "where does it end?" Hip! Hip! Hooray!  But, I waited too long to turn it off.  They began to twist his words, and attack him without mercy.  I got so mad, I wanted to throw my shoe at the TV.  My calm, level-headed husband calmed me down and told me everything would be okay.

He's told me that so many times, friends.  I'm beginning to believe him now because I can see that Trump is not going to back down.  He's not going to cower and run away with his tail between his legs.  He's a man of conviction, and he's going to fight for us.  He IS fighting for us.  You won't hear about the good things he's done on the network news.

I encourage you to read and listen to the news from alternative sources.  Turn off the propaganda.  Read Trump's tweets.  Watch videos on Twitter and YouTube to hear his words without edits.  Here's the full press conference from yesterday.  This is from Fox New Phoenix.


Please pray for our President.  He's got a hard row to hoe, as my daddy used to say.  It's a big job to drain the swamp, and he has to fight off vicious snakes (politicians) and alligators (the liberal media), and it's not going to be easy.  Pray that he will be protected and that G-d will lead him in the paths of righteousness and justice.

Two years ago, I prayed and hoped for a change when the time drew near for Obama to leave office.  Donald Trump was not my first choice, but I am well pleased with the job he's done since taking office.  The man has a deep love of America, is unafraid to speak the truth, and he has common sense.

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Friday, August 11, 2017

Sabbath Music - Oseh Shalom Bimromav





These words are a part of our liturgy, which we repeat every Friday evening in our synagogue.  This commandment's reference is found in Exodus 20:8-11 and 30:13.

He really is serious about keeping His Sabbath(s) and has never changed it.  I pray you will listen to His voice and take the day as His gift.  Rest.  Be still.  Refresh.  Renew.  Enjoy Shabbat Shalom -- the sweet peace that comes from obedience to His command.

Here's a song we sing on Shabbat: Oseh Shalom Bimromav.  The song is in Hebrew, with English lyrics and is all about Adonai's peace.  This song begins slowly and builds up the pace, so put on your dancing shoes, Gail-Friends.  Worship Him with dancing.  Yes, it's in the Bible.  Psalm 149 makes it clear, not only to dance but to use a tambourine and lyre.

 Sing to Adonai a new song,
his praise in the assembly of the faithful.
Let Isra’el rejoice in their maker,
let Tziyon’s children take joy in their king.
Let them praise his name with dancing,
make melody to him with tambourine and lyre
(CJB)



So grab your dancing shoes and your tambourine, and make melody to Him with JOY!


Good Shabbos, and blessings of shalom to you all, dear Gail-Friends.

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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Thankful Thursday - Silliness

no, it's not a Samurai sword

They say laughter is good medicine, right?  Well, on hubby's birthday, we laughed hard and long, and the medicine was sweet.

Not happy that he had to stop eating for the picture.

Jem got the You Are Special Today plate that always comes out on birthdays.


And he enjoyed his favorite meal -- chicken tortellini alfredo with peas and broccoli.  Jonathan loves it, too. Yes, my grandson can come to the table without a shirt.  This is GiGi's chance to spoil him, and I take advantage of it. (Big smile) Besides, the first thing he does when he comes over is take off his shoes, then his socks, and then his shirt. I do draw the line at the shorts, though.


He helped PawPaw blow out the candles.


And then, the cake was cut.  It's his favorite -- German chocolate, with vanilla ice cream.  This was his at-home cake.  He was a blessed man to have not one, but two, birthday cakes.  The cake below was his cake for the synagogue birthday party.


After dinner, we retired to the living room to recover from the sugar overload.  Well, they had to recover.  I don't eat sugar, so I was good.

William showed us a new phone app called Face App.  It takes your picture and then changes your face to younger, older, fancy, and the opposite sex.  It was hilarious, and we laughed ourselves silly taking pictures and seeing the different changes.  Here's Amanda's (her middle name is Silly):



and here's mine:


My old picture looked the same as my present face, so I guess they couldn't add any more wrinkles. How about those new teeth they gave me?  And how do I look as a man with a mustache?  (That's why I keep it waxed!)  Ahhh...we laughed so hard.

And then, PawPaw decided it was time for him to teach Jon the Hawaiian dance, this accompanied by his rendition of a Hawaiian song.  Enjoy and have a good laugh!

video


I'm so thankful for my husband who makes me laugh every day, my daughter and son-in-love who are crazy funny, and my grandson, who has a hilarious, very dry sense of humor.  Every week he brings us jokes, dissertations, and quips that keep us laughing.

What are you thankful for this week, Gail-Friends?

Thankful Thursday is my day to focus on and be thankful for all of the good things in my life.

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Friday, August 4, 2017

Sabbath Music - Hodu L'Adonai




Greetings, Gail-Friends.  Thanks for stopping by today,

The song I'm sharing today is one we sing every week in our synagogue, and it's been running through my mind all day.  Often, after we sing it, Rabbi Jem asks each person to tell what they're thankful for.  I always enjoy hearing the testimonies of what Hashem has done for the Ma'gen Da'vid family in the past week.  Even the little three and four-year olds share their blessings.

One little boy, James, started sharing, but then started complaining that Mommy had moved his toys.  Rabbi chuckled, and then said, "James this praise time, not complaining time!"  We all laughed because we all fall into that hole sometimes, don't we?

I always start my praise with, "I praise G-d that I can see, and hear, and walk, and talk, and think, and that I have strength." I learned that from an eighty-year old Jamaican lady years ago, and it's stuck with me.  I don't take those things for granted.  Everything is by His merciful hand.

Have a good week, and enjoy this song Hodu L'Adonai (Give Thanks) by Barry and Batya Segal.


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Thursday, August 3, 2017

Thankful Thursday - The Best Husband in the Whole, Wide World

                                                

So much to be thankful for this week. . . His blessings are abundant.  Most of all, I'm thankful for my sweet husband, whose birthday is today.  How could I not be happy with a husband who:

gets up early to have morning tea ready for his groggy, foggy wife,

greets me every morning with, "Good Morning, Gorgeous!"

tells me how much he loves me many, many times a day,

prays with me and for me,

alway, always tells me, "That was a delicious meal!"  This no matter if it was a can of soup.I'll say, "All I did was open the can."  To which he replies, "But you do it so well!"

washes the dishes after the meal. I always hug him and say, "I love a man with dishpan hands."  He likes that.

built a beautiful pond and garden for me to enjoy during my morning quiet time,

keeps the Golden Cottage landscape and garden looking like a magazine,


loves and tenderly cares for our pets and any strays that come by the Golden Cottage,

loves me, protects me, counsels me, and always has my best interest at heart,

is always kind, caring, humble, generous, and always thinks the best of me,

makes me laugh every day.

These are just a few of the things he does for me.

He's first and foremost, a family man who:  

loves my children as if they were his own.

places family time and get-togethers as a priority.

goes out of his way to help our daughters and their spouses even if it inconveniences him.  I'll never forget the time he had the flu but went out in the freezing rain to feed their dogs. . . because he said he would.  Or when our daughter said, "Come, I need your help,"  he dropped everything and drove two and a half hours to meet that need.

is the best grandfather in the whole, wide world.



As a rabbi, he:

is a mensch, a Yiddish term, meaning a fine, upstanding man,

lives what he teaches,

is honest,

has pure integrity and a stellar character,

has a pure heart,

turns his eyes away from evil, including scantily clad women on the TV, or in public. I admire that so much.



makes us laugh.

is completely committed to his calling as a teacher of Torah, and to leading his congregation in observance of G-d's commandments.  In all of his years of our ministry, he has never missed a service due to sickness.  He's been sick.  He's been in pain.  He's never given in to it.

preaches with his life.  You won't find him pounding the Bible over people's heads.  He lives the Bible in his everyday life, always with a desire to point others to G-d,

is always looking around him to see if someone needs help.  His name should be Jem Good Deeds Golden.  If he's running late, he'll still stop to help someone in need.  (He very rarely runs late.  If he does, it's usually because of me.)


is a people person who relates to the young as well as the old,

is disciplined in all areas of his life and ministry.

Jem is a military veteran who served in both the Navy and the Army.  He did two tours in Viet Nam and received many medals, including the Purple Heart.  He is my hero.

 He is a passionate patriot who loves his country.  No matter how dark things look on the "propaganda show" (aka the network news), he chuckles and tells me not to worry.  He believes in America, and in the American spirit that he assures me is alive and well.   He inspires patriotism in all who know him.

He works to support men and women who love America and will do whatever he cn to keep America from going down the tubes.  He is not afraid to talk about politics in his teaching at the synagogue and refuses to be politically correct.  I love and admire him for his firm stand on the things that are vital, to keeping America great.

Is he perfect?  Pretty close, but when he does something I don't like, I always ask myself, "How important is it?"  Usually, I can just let it go.  But if it's important, he always listens to my side and is open to making a change if needed.  Just one more thing I love about him.

I am so thankful for him.  I often ask him, "How did I get so blessed to be your wife?" He always replies, "You said, 'yes.'"  I'm so glad I did.

Here's another post I wrote about the love of my life:  Listening To My Husband

What are you thankful for about your husband?

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