|December 24, 2014||The Purpose||no comments|
|December 18, 2014||Chag Ha Banot The Festival of the Daughters||no comments|
|December 16, 2014||Culture, Nostalgia, Insidious, Legacy, Feminism, Je ne sais quoi, Innovation, Surreptitious, Auto...||no comments|
|December 10, 2014||INTRODUCING MARSALA: PANTONE 18-1438||no comments|
|December 09, 2014||We Are All Yogis||no comments|
|December 04, 2014||Notable Books 2014||no comments|
|December 02, 2014||Funny And Right On||no comments|
|November 27, 2014||Affirmations To Help Increase Gratitude for Thanksgiving 2014||no comments|
|November 25, 2014||The House Hunt||no comments|
|November 20, 2014||More Than The Eye Can See||no comments|
How can you get to this state? Love your body''s sensations; its quirks and aches and blocks and movements; its feelings, its textures, its hot and its cold. If you do this, you will begin to untie yourself. The cords around your heart will fall away. You will see that you are your own gift, the one you have been waiting for.
The Instruction Manual for Receiving God by Jason Shulman; page 127
On the new moon of Tevet, the seventh night of Chanukah, Monday night, our family will reclaim and celebrate Chag Ha Banot, The Festival of the Daughters with this Women’s Chanukah candle lighting ceremony:
We will use the feminine form of the prayers:
Traditional- Baruch Atah Adonai Elohaynu Melech Ha'olam asher kidshanu bemitzvotav vetzivanu lehadlik ner shel Chanukah.
Feminine- Berucha Aht Yah Mekor Hahayim asher kidshatnu bemitzvoteyha vetzivatnu lehadlik ner shel Hanukah.
Praised are You, Source of Life, who makes us holy through Your commandments and commands us to light the Chanukah candles.
Traditional- Baruch Atah Adonai Elohaynu Melech Ha'olam she'asah nisim l'imoteynu vela'avotenu bayamim hahem bazman hazeh.
Feminine form- Berucha Aht Yah Mekor Hahayim she'astah nisim le'imoteynu vela'avoteynu bayamim hahem bazman hazeh.
Praised are You, Source of Life, Who performed miracles for our ancestors in their day at this season.
For next year- here is the shecheheyatnu recited on the first night only:
Traditional- Baruch Atah Adonai Elohaynu Melech Ha'olam shecheyanu ve'kiyemanu ve'higianu lazman hazeh.
Feminine- Berucha Aht Yah Mekor Hahayim shecheheyatnu vekiyematnu vehigi'atnu lazman hazeh.
Praised are You, Source of Life, Who keeps us alive, sustains us, and brings us to this moment.
We will light each candle in the honor of:
the first honoring Judith and all historical Jewish women heroes.
the second candle honoring contemporary women heroes we admire.
the third candle honoring women who teach.
the fourth candle honoring our mothers and grandmothers
the fifth candle honoring daughters and granddaughters.
the sixth candle honoring our family.
the seventh candle honoring Shekhinah, the Indwelling Feminine Presence
We will recite the Misheberach for health and well being:
May the One who blessed Sarah, Rebekah, Rachel, and Leah, bless and heal us and grant us vitality and courage. May we be strengthened as the heroes of Chanukah were strengthened. May we be granted the boldness of Judah Maccabee, the fierce love of Hannah, and the bravery of Judith. Send blessing on the works of our hands and show us kindness, peace, justice, and compassion. Amen.
What do the ten words above have in common? They are Merriam-Webster's top ten words for 2014 compiled from year-over-year increases in look-ups on the dictionary's website.
Maybe culture was #1 because of all of the ways it is used: consumer culture, rape culture, culture of transparency, and coffee culture to name a few but #6 je ne sais quoi made the list simply because of its use in a fast-food drive-in chain commercial.
Every year since 1990, after an exhaustive process, the Pantone Color Institute has announced its pick for the Color of the Year: Marsala, a naturally robust and earthy reddish-brown hue that promises to enrich our minds, bodies and souls.
Marsala represents the growing movement to step out and create quiet zones that disconnect us from technology and help us unwind, giving ourselves a soothing escape from the everyday hustle and bustle and instead time to stop and be still.
With its Core Values:
We believe in the transformative power of yoga.
We believe yoga is for every body and that every body is worthy of love.
We believe in eradicating negative self-talk and body snarking.
We believe the slogan, “love your body,” is a fully dimensional mantra promoting body acceptance in ourselves and each other.
We believe body positivity is more than a #hashtag, marketing slogan, or commodity – it’s conscious action and lived practice.
We believe in critical thinking as a core component in raising consciousness.
We believe in conscious marketing and messaging as related to body positive media content in language and imagery.
We believe media literacy education is key in deconstructing and creating new media imagery.
Who doesn’t love a good novel? The New York Times came out with their list of 100 Notable Books of 2014. It’s nice to see some of my favorites like The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher: Stories. By Hilary Mantel, Lila By Marilynne Robinson and The Paying Guests By Sarah Waters.
And a few of my other favorites from 2014: Tinkers by Paul Harding, The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, The Wanting by Michael Lavigne, Perfect by Rachel Joyce and A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers by Xiaolu Guo.
I’ve always said, ‘okay, what’s the angle no one’s talking about? And what if the thing that everybody’s talking about is wrong?’
I follow a couple people on Instagram. You’ve got to follow all that stuff. You have to understand it, because if you don’t, then you’re going to sound like an old guy. You got to have the ability to use it as a reference. A lot of the time, the difference between hip and unhip is just reference. We did some sketch the other night on SNL, and in it I tell my wife—actually, we messed it up, but it was better in the dress—anyway, I tell my wife, “Hey, honey, the cab’s here.” Then I look at it again. I go, “You know what? We got to rewrite this.” “Hey, honey, the Uber’s here.” That little difference, it’s a big, big deal. I remember seeing Robin Williams at Town Hall. He did some Elmer Fudd bit, and I was like, dude, if you change that to SpongeBob—
Being a comedian, 80 percent of the job is just you notice shit, which is a trait of schizophrenics too. You notice things people don’t notice.
There’s an advantage that Bush had that Obama doesn’t have. People thinking you’re dumb is an advantage. Obama started as a genius. It’s like, What? I’ve got to keep doing that? That’s hard to do! So it’s not that Obama’s disappointing. It’s just his best album might have been his first album.
I always call Ellen DeGeneres the gay Rosa Parks. If Rosa Parks had one of the most popular daytime TV shows, I’m sure the civil-rights movement would’ve moved a little bit faster too.
When we talk about race relations in America or racial progress, it’s all nonsense. There are no race relations. White people were crazy. Now they’re not as crazy. To say that black people have made progress would be to say they deserve what happened to them before.
Little things add up to something big.
One door closes, another opens.
The past has no power over your future.
Happiness is a choice. Acceptance is the key.
Nothing is static; everything will change.
There is an endless supply of light and love.
Trust yourself in the creation of your own reality.
Everything, yes everything, is a gift.
Appreciate your family as it is without feeling any need to change it.
Count the memories, not the calories.
Last week, the PG reported that although real estate prices are on the rise and wage growth is weak, Pittsburgh is the fifth most affordable U.S. metro area for housing following Atlanta, Minneapolis, St. Louis and Detroit.
69.8% of residents in the Pittsburgh metropolitan area are homeowners as opposed to the national homeownership rate of 65.3%. The least affordable metro area is San Francisco where 55.1% of its residents are homeowners.
Home sales in the Pittsburgh region were up 10.6 percent this year through September. A total of 21,547 homes changed hands during that time frame compared to 19,475 homes sold during the first nine months of 2012.
Statistics don’t mean much when people like my daughter are actually trying to find something to buy. We combed every area of the city and found workable starter houses few and far between. The condition of most of these houses was appalling, requiring thousands of dollars to get them livable and up to code. When we did find a real workable possibility, it became the immediate subject of a bidding frenzy taking a toll on the nerves as well as the pocket book.
One way to find something affordable is to look at foreclosures. About 5 million homes have gone through foreclosure in the half-decade since the housing collapse. That era has ended with only 2.39% of our homes, the lowest since 2007, in foreclosure. We did try for one owned by Fannie May in Morningside but were immediately taken out by multiple higher-than-asking-price bidders with deeper renovation pockets.
I could go on and on about the poor condition of the housing in our affordable city but since Sarah did find a workable alternative to her liking, I’ll be happier spending my energy with multiple visits to IKEA and Home Depot.
One of my fellow yogis introduced me to Lauren Walker’s Energy Medicine Yoga. Being a long time yogi and also a student of energy worker Donna Eden, Laura does something quite innovative by integrating all of the essential energy balancing techniques in to the yoga context.
It is a struggle to absorb all of Lauren’s information in the book form, so I started googling the different ideas and came up with several great videos that demonstrate her ideas.
Even if you are not interested in yoga you will learn so much about your body if you simply start with this short routine that balances energies and increases vitality. Then when you are as impressed with how good this feels as I was, go on to view any of Donna Eden’s videos- particularly the ones that relate to your individual body issues.
Next for those who are interested in yoga, move onto these restorative yoga videos, then these chakra-opening poses and these added mudras. I know it’s hard to absorb and integrate everything into your practice, but whatever sticks will make a world of difference- I am living proof.