Brave enough to live a Jeremiah 29:13 life.

flower child of the 60’s, young woman of songs and prints, communes and ecology, of poems and bell-bottoms

love beads, headbands, puzzle rings,

peace and harmony, love children if it feels good, do it

we were encouraged ‘go find yourself”

far from the post-war pendulum swing of the 50’s

conform or be banished

but where does one look for oneself as a young woman set free to be unlike anything before

looking for the soul in the bookstore

looking for the lover in the nightclub

looking for life in a living in the 70’s, the ME generation

monetarily making it while the consuming soul wastes the spirit

groping blindly for a place to settle in the 80’s

only to fall feet first into a black hole in the ground attached to HELL in the sewers of cities

‘go find yourself” so very far away from the starting points

lost and languishing until…

we were found by Light’s Originator,

found in the darkest places, blind, broken, belittled

but called by name and we heard a Voice Call our name

encouraged to Come and be brave

come close by following the voice until the dark was gone

close enough to hear and learn more

encouraged to take hold and not let go

to hold on and let go all else

to be:

Brave enough to live a Jeremiah 29:13 life..


Vocabulary Word

Thanks to CBT professor Dr. Sheabra Simpson, I learned a new vocabulary word, but this one has only tangentially to do with the class’ subject of cognitive behavior therapy:


I have nothing original to offer on this, but the following link is spot on!

In my gallivanting over social networks lately, however, I have run across a few rule-breakers and social oafs.  Thinking of them promptly while reading the rules I thought to spread a Truth, if not a little common decency and manners my mother(s) taught me.

More to be shared after midterms are done…


Should Jews Be Considered a Minority? [a I developed for a class assignment]



Should Jews Be Considered a Minority?

(a I developed for a class assignment)




Anti-Semitism is still alive and well around the world, and, it also appears to be freshly a-simmering in stew-pots all around the U.S. Not everyone I meet, however, agrees with that claim.  While definitions of ‘minority status’ may be distinct in today’s academic rhetoric, I still hold there are grey areas of sentiment that float just beneath the surface of our post-modern, post-9/11,first world society.




Whether we choose to admit it or not, sentiment still counts.  I believe what my husband says, namely, “Thoughts are things.”  If I think something and truly believe the thought, it takes on the characteristics of matter. The thought becomes a substance.  If the thought is believed long enough, it is very likely going to be spoken aloud, and speaking is an action. Words spoken often enough, and by enough people, whether they are actually true or not, will eventually be thought of as true.  And then, what follows are more actions along the the lines of the original sentiment articulated.




This axiom holds true, whether the thoughts and sentiments behind them are creative or destructive, affirming or annihilating.




So, if you wish to view the Prezi, you will need to set up an account (free) at and then follow my link again. The presentation works much like Powerpoint; just click the advance arrow when you finish viewing the current screen.




Happy Advent and Happy 4th Day of Hannukah!




Custom-made Plasticine

Sam, what’s new in your part of the world? Please stay in touch!




This fall term, I began making a large-scale sculpture of a woman figure. I was molding her out of water-based ceramic clay. She was very high-maintenance, always needing to be watered and kept moist. One week, I left campus and went home. When I came back, she had cracks all over her! It was absolutely horrifying,both from an artist’s standpoint (seeing my project literally falling to pieces) and that she looked like a petrified mummy. I was very frustrated and desperate for a solution.

A wonderful professor helped me move forward, suggesting I start over with plasticine. Plasticine is a non-drying, oil-based clay. It’s typically expensive (a 2lb block of Roma plastillina is about  $12So we researched plasticine recipes, experimented and came up with a custom batch of clay!

If you have the time and patience, I highly suggest the D.I.Y route. This recipe is cheap, clean and easier…

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Ironic Icons

English: "A symbol that Messianic Jews be...

English: “A symbol that Messianic Jews believe was used to identify the first Messianic congregation, led by Yeshua (Jesus)’s brother Jacob in Jerusalem” (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

An article appearing in today’s Tablet Magazine online navigates amazing obstacles to unity among some Jewish soldiers on duty in Kuwait.

Read it here:

The season of three weeks of mourning losses and curses upon Israel is disturbing in that ;  that is observing, traditional, racial, converted and Messianic Jews.  As the latter type myself, the pinched irony is not lost on me.  The destruction of the Second Temple has been said to be in part fault of those Jews in 70 A.D. who followed the teaching and Person of Y’shua ha Maschiah vis a vis the Ruah ha Kodesh at the time of Masada. To orthodoxy, the choice of Messianic Jews spoke nothing less than treason as the Roman Empire raised the Second Temple to the ground as prophesied.

It was the headline that grabbed me.  Is this what “Jewish” is like in our new millennium?  American Jewish soldiers in Kuwait led in a religious observance by a chaplain (who is only a chazan, not the rebbe? This is a first. OY! what is this world coming to?) a fast in observance of grief over the destruction of The Temple…twice, and other losses throughout history.

Messianic Jewry holds that the Temple of haShem is well and good, and alive to this day.  There is no longer shanda fur de goyim for within each and every person who believes, Y’shua paid all the sacrificial requirements of indebtedness for sin. teaches the Order of the Day on TISHA B’AV:

(Note: Special rules & certain variations apply if Tisha B’Av falls on Shabbat or Sunday. Click here for the details.)

Afternoon of the 8th of Av

The restriction against studying Torah—other than sections that discuss the destruction of the Temples or other sad topics—commences at midday on the eve of the fast.Tachanun (penitential prayer) is omitted from the afternoon prayer, as well as from all of the Tisha B’Av prayers.1The final meal consists of a hard-boiled egg and a piece of bread dipped in ashes. Shortly before the fast begins, we eat a “separation meal.” This somber meal is not very plentiful—it follows a larger meal eaten a bit earlier. This final meal is eaten while sitting on the floor or a low stool. It consists of a piece of bread and a hard-boiled egg dipped in ashes, a symbol of mourning. (No zimmun is conducted when reciting the Grace After Meals.)With sundown, all the laws of Tisha B’Av take effect.

Tisha B’Av Eve

In the synagogue, the curtain is removed from the Ark and the lights are dimmed. After the evening prayers, the book of Lamentations (Eichah) is read. The leader reads aloud, and the congregation reads along in an undertone. In some communities (not Chabad), Lamentations is read by the leader from a parchment scroll.2Lamentations is followed by the recitation of a few brief kinot (elegies) and the “V’Atah Kadosh” paragraph, followed by kaddish (minus the stanza beginning “Titkabel”3—which is also omitted from the kaddish recited at the end of the morning prayers).

Tisha B’Av Morning

When ritually washing the hands in the morning, pour water on your fingers only until the knuckle joints. While your fingers are still moist, you may wipe your eyes with them. It is not permitted to rinse out one’s mouth—or brush one’s teeth—until after the fast.Considering that we don’t wear leather footwear on this day, the blessing “Who provided me with all my needs,” which primarily thanks G‑d for providing us with shoes, is omitted from the morning blessings.Tallit and tefillin are not worn during the morning services. Tefillin are referred to as our “glory,” and on the Ninth of Av our glory is absent. Tzitzit are worn the entire day.Those who follow Sephardic tradition insert the “Aneinu” passage in the Amidah. The priestly blessing is omitted from the cantor’s repetition.The Torah reading in the morning is Deuteronomy 4:25–40, which speaks of the destruction of the Land of Israel. A chapter from Jeremiah (8:13–9:23), which also speaks of the destruction, is read as the haftorah.Tefillin are referred to as our “glory,” and on the Ninth of Av our glory is absentAfter the morning prayers, it is customary to read the kinot elegies. The service then concludes with “Uva L’Tziyon” (omitting its second verse, “And this is My covenant”4) and “Aleinu.” The Song of the Day and “Ein K’Elokeinu” are omitted.Work is permitted on Tisha B’Av, but discouraged. On this day, one’s focus should be on mourning and repentance. If one must work, it should preferably begin after midday.It is customary to give extra charity on every fast day.

Tisha B’Av Afternoon

It is customary to wait until midday before starting the food preparations for the post-fast meal. The intensity of the mourning lessens in the afternoon, as is evident from the relaxing of certain restrictions.After midday, it is once again permitted to sit on chairs and benches of regular height.Many communities have the custom to clean the house and wash the floors after midday, in anticipation of the Redemption which we await.In the synagogue, the Ark’s curtain is restored to its place before the afternoon prayers.Men don their tallit and tefillin for the afternoon prayers. Before starting the afternoon prayers, it is customary to say those prayers omitted from the conclusion of the morning services.Many have the custom to clean the house and wash the floors in anticipation of the RedemptionThe Torah is read before the Amidah. The reading is Exodus 32:11–14 and 34:1–10, which discusses how, in the aftermath of the Golden Calf incident,Moses successfully interceded on theIsraelites’ behalf and attained forgiveness for their sin. After the afternoon Torah reading, the special fast-day haftorahIsaiah 55:6–56:8, is read.The sections of “Nachem” and “Aneinu” are added to the Amidah. (Note: “Aneinu” is recited only by those who are actually fasting.)

Post–Tisha B’Av

Before breaking the fast, one should perform netilat yadayim, this time covering the entire hand with water, but without reciting the blessing.The Temple was set ablaze on the afternoon of the 9th of Av, and burned through the 10th. Therefore, the restrictions of the Nine Days (such as not eating meat, swimming, or laundering clothing) extend until midday of the 10th of Av.However, if Tisha B’Av falls on a Thursday—in which case the 10th falls on Friday—one may wash and cut one’s hair on Friday morning in honor of the Shabbat.

1. This is because there is a verse (Lamentations 1:15) that refers to the Ninth of Av as moed, a word that can also mean “a festival.” This is a reflection of the idea that Tisha B’Av is the birthday of Moshiach, and contains the potential to be a great holiday—a potential that will be realized with the coming of Moshiach.
2. In some communities that read Lamentations from a parchment scroll, the reader recites the blessing al mikra megillah beforehand.
Levush writes that the prevalent custom to not read Lamentations from a parchment scroll is based on the fact that such scrolls were rare. Scribes did not customarily inscribe this scroll, as an expression of the yearning and great anticipation for the time when the Ninth of Av will be transformed into a day of rejoicing and happiness.
3. Omitted because it is a petition that our prayers be accepted. We read in Lamentations (3:8) that “my prayer has been shut out”—so how can we petition G‑d to accept our prayers if they have been shut out?
4. This verse is omitted because we are forbidden to study Torah—G‑d’s covenant—on Tisha B’Av. Also, so that it does not appear as if we were establishing a covenant with G‑d over the destruction.