July 2017


Words For The Week

I didn't know what to write this month. But, then it happened. The Story Came. This is serious stuff. In my classroom, there is a chair. This is no ordinary chair. It opens up to a bed. This squishy chair as I call it, has been my rock. I bought it in Walmart over ten years ago. Worth every Walmart penny. Come lunchtime, I wouldn't go listen to Teacher Talk. Nah. I'd lay down. Sometimes sleep, sometimes meditate, sometimes stare at the ceiling listening to chakra balance music or tibetan bowls with rain. But whatever the day, this chair did its job. From stressful bosses who are on the warpath to late night wonderings where my kids are, this chair/bed has been my solace. 10-15 minutes on the squishy chair and I was ready for the rest of the day. Lately though, sciatica started so I knew after 15 years it was time. I could see the dent. Come the fall, a new sofa/chair will take its place. You know the saying, out with the old, in with the new. I'm ready. Throwing away that chair was not as hard as I thought. It had absorbed so much stress, sadness, anxiety and depression, it was time to go. I'm starting a New Chapter. Just moved, kids are grown and counting down to retirement. The new sofa/bed will have a new personality, peaceful and positive. Now that I'm in a new place physically and mentally, time for a new piece of furniture to go with the New Chapter, the New Outlook.


Fireworks have a long and ancient history. The first ones were created in China to ward off evil spirits in times of celebration. I can't help but think that in a strange way, we still do that, which is why Fireworks is a topic in my newsletter. The first firecracker was created in 200 BC by taking a bamboo shoot and throwing it into a fire. Between 600-900 AD gun powder was perfected by the Chinese who stopped stuffing bamboo with it and started using paper instead of bamboo. By the 13th Century, fireworks found their way to Europe where they were popular in European courts because nobles could illuminate their castles on special occasions like military victories. John Smith even had a fireworks display in Jamestown in 1608. By the 1800's the Italians added color to fireworks. But, it was John Adams who discussed how he thought illuminations would be a great way to celebrate our New Country and that this activity would be carried on for many generations to come. The fire, sound and flash of color not only bring us together in celebration, but I can't help to think that we are scaring away all the evil spirits or negativity for another year whether it's our country's birthday or some other celebration. In celebrating, you wish them well, no bad luck, so we clear the way using fireworks.


Wave Listening

With beaches now open, Summer has officially begun. My favorite quiet sports is, Wave Listening. To lie by a body of water and just listen to its waves is extremely peaceful if not healing. Phone is shut off, a quiet spot away from crowds or early in the morning, I just sit, close my eyes and listen. Between the sand and the sound of the waves, I am cleansed. It doesn't have to be large, crashing waves, I honestly like the low tide lapping sound. A little sun on your face, the warm sand soaking up your stress and wave listening can't be beat. Once Summer is over, I take my wave listening indoors with YouTube. I particularly like the ocean waves with tibetan bowls. But, nothing beats real wave listening. Try It.


Jewel of the Himalayas

This past January, I woke up to a dead car. All dressed up for school and no way to get there. Of course, it was a Friday, so by the time they towed me in, there were no loaner cars. By noon, I had given up and decided to look for a place to hide and drink wine. After walking in snow and ice for awhile, I stumbled into this Jewel. The waitress greeted me with, Namaste. I smelled incense burning and heard Buddhist chants playing quietly. My day was getting better. Jewel of the Himalayas is located in Scarsdale, NY. This is the second location, the first being in Yorktown Heights. I really felt like I had walked into Tibet. Over the bar, videos of the Tibetan countryside are shown. The food is an Asian fusion of Tibetan, Indian and Nepalese cuisine. My favorite was a side order of what looked like pita bread, but stuffed with almonds and cranberries. But, the lamb I had as my main dish was also off the hook. On certain nights there is live entertainment. I actually returned to hear a Tibetan sound healer. If you're looking for something off the beaten track, try Jewel of the Himalayas. This place truly transports you into a different country, Jewel of the Himalayas.