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Testimony Tuesday: Everything is awful!

Testimony Tuesday: Everything is awful!

spiritual growth, spiritual practice, Spirituality, story
I finally thought of an appropriate name for Tuesdays. It is Testimony Tuesdays! A time to share stories or really whatever is moving. Testimony has evolved from the Latin root of "witness" to its current meaning of presenting truth. And yet we know that it doesn't present truth in any form as we watch youtube videos extolling the virtues of some obscure vinegar purge or testimonies attesting to the rightness of whiteness *yuck.* Testimony has lost its virtue. As I type that, I wonder why even use the name above and beyond alliteration? Maybe it is time to reclaim it? To approach TRUTH with a lower-case "t" rather than to bring it trying to proclaim truth for all. In my tradition, witness was the testimony regarding spiritual matters. Well, we are all about spirit here! So, test...
The Miss Reingold Era, a reminder of the narrowness of times gone by

The Miss Reingold Era, a reminder of the narrowness of times gone by

history, memoir, racism
"I remember running from store to store, grabbing as many ballots as I could. In the neighborhood there sure wasn't talk about the election for mayor or governor ... but when it came to the Miss Rheingold Contest, everybody was involved. The talk was all about it. Everybody talked about it ... and everybody voted." John Corrado, resident of East Harlem, New York City during the 1940s and 1950s. As quoted by Will Anderson in his book, From Beer to Eternity Originally published in Brooklyn. Times have changed, and therein lies a joy. Let's hope we don't go back to the narrowness of these days. Resist. The voting every year for Miss Rheingold was a huge event in Brooklyn ... in all the five boroughs in fact. It is said that more people voted for Miss Rheingold than any elections ot

Listening in Circles

story
https://vimeo.com/48321806 Stories move in circles. They don’t move in straight lines. So it helps if you listen in circles. There are stories inside stories and stories between stories, and finding your way through them is as easy and as hard as finding your way home. And part of the finding is the getting lost. And when you’re lost, you start to look around and to listen. Corer Fischer, Albert Greenberg, and Naomi Newman of A Traveling Jewish Theatre, Coming from a Great Distance Sometimes I feel like I'm going around in circles. Never moving forward, but never falling behind either. "Round and round we go", but it's not a merry-go-round. I'm not having fun. Now I know why. I need to listen in circles for the stories within the stories. Sooner or later, I'll find my way thro