Today’s Spirit Day: Let’s Not Forget All The Others

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Millions go purple on Spirit Day in a stand against bullying and to show their support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth. Observed annually since 2010, individuals, schools, organizations, corporations, and public figures wear purple, which symbolizes ‘spirit’ on the rainbow flag. [From the GLADD website]

I remember the day after Tyler Clementi tragically committed suicide. The world was trying to understand why he did it. The press was pointing to the epidemic of bullying based on perceptions of sexual orientation. Over dinner that night, my friend Tony and I – both of us homos a generation or two older than Tyler – were a little dumbfounded. Continue reading →

Sharing Some Awesomeness: Sunny Side Up Edition

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So…I’ve been a little underwater IRL. There are some pretty big changes coming up in our life, and I’m trying to make sense of that. Plus my calendar has been filled to overflowing.

I just want a week.  That’s all. A week with no holidays, or business trips, or funerals, or hospital visits, or family events, or life news. I just want a week where I can immerse myself in every-day vocation and relationship. To go to work, to come home,  to break bread and laugh with friends, to share joys and frustrations with my husband, to snuggle on the couch and watch mindless TV. That’s all I want.

That’s a few weeks away still.

And I’m experiencing some measure of compassion fatigue. It’s too easy for me to see the news in the world as univerally bad. I see people being horrible to one another in profoundly destructive ways. It’s overwhelming.

And, so, I fight this rising tide inside me. I often do that with music.

My newest musical obsession is Paolo Nutini.  I think I’m in love! He’s a twenty-something genius with a Scottish brogue and a voice so thick and soulful that it should belong to a man twice his age. He mashes up R&B, folk, raggae, and jazz in an intoxicating soup.

My favorite album, by far, is Sunny Side Up. It’s a compilation of hope-filled songs. And the world needs a little hope these days…I know I do.

Here’s a taste of some pretty inspiring soup. Enjoy! (Lyrics printed below the video).

My hopes are high but my eyes can’t
Believe what they see,
Give me something to believe,
Gime me something to believe.

Oh, I’ve got lucky in life and had plenty to eat
and I saw this world as one big pool of opportunity
Oh, but there’s too much mind corruption,
Too little remedy (or that’s how it seems to me)
Yeah we need a moral education
To set the young minds free…

So let us change what we can and
Accept what we can’t
And impart some of the wisdom
From that tried and tested man
Oh, there’s no harm in being wrong you know no,
In fact to me, it’s common ground.
So take that feather from you cap sir,
And pass that feather around…

My hopes are high
but my eyes can’t believe what they see
Give me something to believe in,
Give me something to believe

Realizing God

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In my inbox yesterday morning was a note from our Rabbi, Sharon Kleinbaum, that included this sentence:

Martin Buber taught, “God does not want to be believed in, nor be debated and defended by us, but simply to be realized through us.”

I’d never heard of Martin Buber before, and I don’t know what led him to that statement; but it made a huge impact on me. I haven’t been able to shake the thought since I read it.

Burber’s words reminded of beautiful prayer – a perfect prayer, really – written by another Rabbi. Continue reading →

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