Sunday, October 27, 2013

4 Word Sentences

Because 4 letters is not polite. (reminiscent of the "I is the ninth letter" joke).

I am really upset.
I am very nervous.
I am so stupid.
I am incredibly irresponsible.
I am feeling vulnerable.
I am feeling disappointed.
I have been disappointed.
I am lacking determination.
I have no motivation.
I feel very overwhelmed.
I feel very foolish.
I am actually scared.
I am also frustrated.
I am crying lots.
I am acting irrationally.
I am not prepared.

But I just remembered that it's the Rebbe's project. Zehu, I'm giving it over to the Rebbe to ensure its success. It was never about me anyhow. The message of Shlichus and Ahavas Yisroel are the Rebbe's messages and therefore the Rebbe will make sure all my characters show up and that everything falls into place.

Ok, new 4 word sentences :)

I feel much better.
I will see success.
I will feel success.
Baruch Hashem for everything.
Everything will be great.
People will have time.
Everyone will show up.
I will remember details.
I will stay calm.
I will spread joy.
The book will rock!!!!!!!!!!

Friday, October 25, 2013


As I said, as I know, as I declared, as we agreed.

Ironic silence after and ironic wistfulness now.

It's all good and like a train, life moves on. 

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Amtrak, where souls meet souls.

My Amtrak, where souls hug souls.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Longest Single Destination Journey

I'm about to embark on what I'm fairly certain is my longest single destination journey*. 30 hours. Of course, India/Nepal comes to mind but that was destined (according to nature) to take quicker. Also, that was super fun and adventurous and entertaining and culturally tsunamic so doesn't quite count.
Ahh, am I not the luckiest gal on the planet??

*barring cheeky possibilities such as "life", "happiness" or the like.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013


What a wonderful world we do indeed live in! Here is the source and additional photos of incredible scenes.

ire Wave - Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada

Milky Way over Joshua Tree National Park, California


Perseid meteor streaking over the lightpainted double arch in Arches National Park.

High Mountain Lakes.. Montana

Edinburgh Castle, Scotland

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Art, the thief

I need to leave the house in 4 and a 1/2 hours for a full day of: donating blood at 8am and then attending a spine assessment bla bla seminar from 9am-5pm.
Before I go, I need to shower,daven, eat breakfast, prepare food for the day, get massage equipment and school supplies.
And I need to sleep. I really need a good night's sleep before such a tiring day and I ought to have prepared everything beforehand but -
Art has grabbed my soul and I must obey its call for ransom.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Oh Barney ;)

“In my body, where the shame gland should be, there is a second awesome gland. True story.”

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Talya's Thoughts on Tzion (recommended!)

"Wow. I'm enamored by your delightful and singular writing, paralleled only by your exquisite attitude towards life. "
Was my comment on Talya's latest blog post describing her entry into our Land as an Olah Chodasha. Here is a snippet:
"Unreal only captures the feeling to an extent, but what I can break down of my sleepy nervousness offers me a distant understanding of what occurred. I recognize in awe the tremendous support I felt from my Midreshet people, my friends and my family greeting me at the welcoming ceremony. The dreamlike connection to the excitement of being home falls buried under the stones of anxiety raining down in anticipation of the next 3 days of my entirely Hebrew seminar and the isolation of not joining the IDF with all 125 heroes my age. My body trembles in doubts and aches of the unknown waving hello."
 What a refreshing individual. I wish you much luck, Talya!

Friday, October 11, 2013

A small comment by a great man, "You belong here every week", to a small woman, has made the woman great.

Really just an extension of the class.


Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Reb Eliyahu was seriously ill. The Tzemach Tzedek told him he should move to Eretz Yisroel and indeed he lived another twenty years. Afterwards, the Tzemach Tzedek explained that his illness, if found in a kosher animal, was subject to amachlokes between the Beis Yosef and the Ramo as to whether the animal in considered a "treifa" (not going to live). The Beis Yosef holds that it is not a "treifa, and in Eretz Yisroelthe ruling is like the Beis Yosef. By living in Eretz Yisroel, Reb Eliyahu could stay alive.          

Sunday, October 06, 2013

The Rebbe taught that not only should we make sure that a child never eat without making a bracha, but we should also give him snacks to increase his opportunities for making brachos.
 (שיחו"ק תשל"ז ח"א עמ' 460)

Thursday, October 03, 2013

What if I became a leading expert on massage and autism?

What if I studied and researched and my papers and my success gained acclaim and I'd travel extensively to lecture on and demonstrate the near-miraculous effects that massage has on autistic children and adults, and I'd do it all without a single college degree?

Satisfied and proud to the point of popping, comes to mind.

All my yearnings coming together --

Massage, special education, teaching, writing and traveling.

Gd, lead me on this path...?


Tuesday, October 01, 2013

According to US Census figures, some 414,000 Iranians live in the country, most of them in the California area.