September 27th, 2006

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Good Morning!!

I am in scurrying mode this morning, but just came across this lovely quote.

    Words from Naomi Shihab Nye:

    Walk around feeling like a leaf.
    Know you could tumble any second.
    Then decide what to do with your time. 

Ah, wrong cut and paste.   I'll leave this one here, though, cuz I love it, and go back for the other one.

When you attend to the way the dawn comes, you learn how to coax the dark."

~ John O'Donohue

Ah, here is to attendance and coaxing throughout our days and nights.
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Experience -

Today, when I go for my fitting for formal wear, I think I've lucked out because the photographer from the IJ is coming at 12:30 and my appointment is at 11:30, but he is early, and, so, more pictures.  It is quite the world.  I hear more stories today from my model friends.   I see how  "healers" can take advantage of the desperate.     I more and more understand the value of Rosen, and the recognition that all healing takes time.

I had my first manicure and pedicure ever.  What an experience!  I am spoiled.  I sat in a chair with one person doing my feet after my feet soaked in a whirlpool bath, and another doing my nails.  The chair I was in massaged me.  It was amazing.  Up and down my back it went.   I am quite pleased with the whole experience, and will try and not get addicted to all of this.  Oh, my!!    There is nothing like being told you "must" get a manicure and pedicure.  It was fun.   They offered me a magazine to read, but I wanted to pay attention to all of it.  What an array of objects used.   I am awake!

One woman today commented on how I always seem to have something to laugh at.   Katy sent me this joke today.   Yes, I am blessed.  My days are filled with laughter.  May yours be the same.    

                    Joke from Katy:

    Poodle Seeing Eye Dog Joke

Two men are walking their dogs, a Poodle and a German Shepherd. They decide they'd like to go into a bar for a drink. "But we can't bring our dogs into that bar," says the Poodle's human.

"No problem," says the German Shepherd's human. "Just watch this." He pulls out a pair of sunglasses and walks into the bar.

"Hey, no dogs!" yells the bartender.

"But this is a seeing eye dog," says the German Shepherd's human. The bartender apologizes and shows them to a chair.

So, the Poodle owner decides to follow suit, whips out his sunglasses, and walks into the bar.

"Hey, no dogs!" yells the bartender.

"But this is a seeing eye dog," says the Poodle's human.

The bartender objects, "Hey, Poodles can't be seeing eye dogs!"

The Poodle owner gasps, "Poodle? They told me they were giving me a German Shepherd!"

This joke isn't exactly politically or Poodly correct.

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Rachel Naomi Remen -

THE VERY OLDEST way of healing is touch, a connection between the hand and the heart. But we are trained to diagnose and cure, to connect the hands to the mind. In our CME workshop on healing, we may ask doctors to do hands on healing with each other. At first it feels a little strange to lay your hands on someone and encourage the life in them. But many physicians say they felt as if something in them had always wanted to touch their patients in this way, and they couldn’t think of a way to do it without being embarrassed. It’s not just physical touch. It’s more about the sense of belonging, of occupying a level playing field, a shared vulnerability and a shared strength. The experience I have, is, you greet the life in someone. You accept its present shape, accept it as it is. You recognize its holiness. After [exchanging] hands-on healing, you never see the person you were partnered with in the same way again.

TO SERVE IS to make whole in some way. Service. It’s more of a grace. It’s very close to love, but a very pure kind of love. A befriending of the life in others, unconditionally.
Rachel Naomi Remen, from an interview with Peter Warshall in "Whole Earth Magazine," summer 2000