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I'm hoping that the upcoming storms aren't as bad as they are expecting them to be. Down here in Maryland, they are one step shy of actually boarding up the windows for protection.

But, either way, I offer a couple of prayers to those that will be out there, regardless of weather, so that the rest of us can all rest safely.

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Wonder and amazement

A coworker, originally from Bangladesh, who has been living and working in LA for the past 10 years, joined our company last summer.

This morning was the first time that she had ever seen snow. Just the wonder, amazement, and sheer joy that she had... I likened it to the combination of both a child and a puppy seeing snow for the very first time.

I know that it doesn't seem like much to get excited about, but it was a special moment.
I am reposting a story that I posted in the summer, because it bears repeating. There are folks that are going through some tough times - unfortunately there are actually too many to name, but all are friends, Family, or family. You are still loved and needed no less.

An old Chinese woman had two water cans which were attached to a yoke. Each day she put the yoke over her shoulders and went down to the river, filled the cans, and walked back to her modest hut. The water can on the right side of the yoke was fine and sturdy; when she arrived home it was always full. But the can on the left had a crack in it. By the time the woman arrived home, half the water was usually gone.

The water can always felt inferior to his partner. He was ashamed that he was cracked and wasn't pulling his weight. One day he turned to the woman and apologized for being defective. The woman smiled gently and said, "Did you think I didn't know that you had a crack, and water dripped from you? Look at the path from the river to my hut. Do you see all the beautiful flowers that are growing on the one side of the path? Those are the flowers that I planted there, that you watered every day as I walked home from the river."
I came to a realization today.

Project Management isn't that hard. As long as you're not being inundated and over-worked (i.e. my last 4 years).

That is all.

Writer's Block: Torn between two lovers

Have you ever fallen in love with two people at once? How did it work out?

Better than I ever could have expected :)

I'm lucky (and very thankful) that it was never a choice between one or the other. I would not trade my Family for anything.


For my birthday, I received an iPod Touch.
And on this iPod, there was an app that was available for free - iBooks.
And with this free app, it came with a complete book (also for free) - Winnie-the-Pooh.

Every once in a while, I've been reading this to Del - for both of our enjoyments. And as I'm reading, very fond memories of the first times that I heard and read these stories, and watching the (original) animated movies, come flooding back like a tidal wave.

I know that we talk about the slate of movies that have been coming out of late, that have been taken from our childhood, and we like to say that "the are killing my childhood" - I know. I say it quite often.

But I can still remember one day in 1996, when there was, I believe the first time, that I actually _felt_ something inside me... change. When Christopher Robin passed away (yes, I know that he never took to being the child in the story, and it put him at odds with his father AA Milne).

I still love the original Pooh stories. And I'll always have a weakness for that silly old bear.

Adam and Derek - I think I know what you might be getting for your next birthday. ;-)

Then, suddenly again, Christopher Robin, who was Still looking at the world with his chin in his hands, called out "Pooh!"
"Yes?" said Pooh.
"When I'm--when-- Pooh!"
"Yes, Christopher Robin?"
"I'm not going to do Nothing any more."
"Never again?"
"Well, not so much. They don't let you."
Pooh waited for him to go on, but he was silent again.
"Yes, Christopher Robin?" said Pooh helpfully.
"Pooh, when I'm--you know--when I'm not doing Nothing, will you come up here sometimes?"
"Just Me?"
"Yes, Pooh."
"Will you be here too?"
"Yes, Pooh, I will be really. I promise I will be, Pooh."
"That's good," said Pooh.
"Pooh, promise you won't forget about me, ever. Not even when I'm a hundred."
Pooh thought for a little.
"How old shall I be then?"
Pooh nodded.
"I promise," he said.
Still with his eyes on the world Christopher Robin put out a hand and felt for Pooh's paw.
"Pooh," said Christopher Robin earnestly, "if I--if I'm not quite" he stopped and tried again. "-- Pooh, whatever happens, you will understand, won't you?"
"Understand what?"
"Oh, nothing." He laughed and jumped to his feet. "Come on!"
"Where?" said Pooh.
"Anywhere," said Christopher Robin.

So they went off together. But wherever they go, and whatever happens to them on the way, in that enchanted place on the top of the Forest a little boy and his Bear will always be playing.
I believe,
If I look hard enough
I will see
That there can be enough
I believe,
I can think clear enough
To conceive
A place where there's enough

If not now, when
If not today then
What about tomorrow
What happens tomorrow

Coffee Party

Anyone have any strong opinions?

I came across them when I was doing some research on the Tea Party.
Part of the Rosh Hashana ritual, if you will, is to try to make yourself a better person, which, in part, will make the world a better place to be.

Psalm 15 (below in its entirety), I found to have some interesting wording:
"he that sweareth to his own hurt, and changeth not"

This, makes reference to the core beliefs of Tyr: If you make an oath, you keep it. Even if it means that you are hurt in the process. i.e. You keep a promise even if it means losing your own right hand.

I do (sorta) take issue with "good", "evil", "vile" since they are all perspective based, and what one person may consider good, another may consider vile.

Please forgive the overwhelming Judeo-Christian wording (or, bask in it ;-) )

15:1 A Psalm of David. the Lord, who shall sojourn in Thy tabernacle? Who shall dwell upon Thy holy mountain?
15:2 He that walketh uprightly, and worketh righteousness, and speaketh truth in his heart;
15:3 That hath no slander upon his tongue, nor doeth evil to his fellow, nor taketh up a reproach against his neighbour;
15:4 In whose eyes a vile person is despised, but he honoureth them that fear the Lord; he that sweareth to his own hurt, and changeth not;
15:5 He that putteth not out his money on interest, nor taketh a bribe against the innocent. He that doeth these things shall never be moved.
So as this year draws to a close, it's time for reflection on how this past year went - good, bad and indifferent.
A time to turn thoughts inwards to analyze one's self and to come to terms with your own failings.
A time to cast away your sins into the water; they happened in the past and there is nothing that can be done to make them not happen.
A time to make right by and ask for forgivness from your fellow man.
A time to ask for forgiveness from G-d by not only praying and fasting, but by living your life in the best way that you possibly can - knowing that we are all part of the same tribe.

To everyone, I wish you a Happy and Healthy New Year.
L'Shana Tova