blessings

“Bless the World with Your Eyes
There is a beautiful practice in Jewish tradition of blessing the day.  In this worldview, each act becomes worthy of blessing. Gratitude is offered for the gift of every moment: upon awakening, when crossing a threshold, eating a meal, lighting candles. The Talmud calls for 100 blessings each day.

This act of blessing is really a special way of paying attention. It is a moment of remembering wonder as our primary response to the world. It is an act of consecrating the day.”
-Christine Valters Paintner
Abbey of the Arts

note: Quotation taken from Abbey of the Arts,

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You wonder

Nature can dazzle, sometimes becomes too absorbing

temperature can change while on the road

one moment in the nineties then dips into sixties

The sky darkens, hail as big as marbles starts falling, bombarding the car

your emotions show like a pre-determined consequence

you drive faster, the children suddenly quiet.

The sky brightens and back to nineties again

You explain to the children what’s happening

They start singing and laughing

You begin driving evenly, gentle on the curves

On the rest area you will stop and have a picnic.

When you look for pleasure you find meaning,

when you look for meaning you find understanding,

understanding can lead to renewal of the spirit.

And you wonder why labor pains always start at night.

 

veraison

it’s August
veraison starts in the vines
stay awhile

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note: Mrs. Abstract and I and five new friends whom we met at the River Cruise last June enjoyed wine tasting today at the Sullivan Vineyards & Winery in St. Helena, CA. Sullivan Vineyards & Winery is known for the “big reds”: cabernet sauvignon, merlot, and Bordeaux blend.It offers also Sauvignon blanc & chardonnay.