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Love Trumps Hackers

 

As I was coming home from running errands this morning, my friend Phil called me and told me that my Yahoo account had been hacked. I smiled and said, “Let me guess that you received an email saying that I was in some exotic place and got robbed and needed you to wire money to me.”  I had received similar emails over the past few years from friends’ email addresses and each time, contacted them to inform them as well. Phil answered, “Yeah, it says you were in Spain and the hotel you were staying in, had been consumed by flames and you lost everything.” When I arrived, I turned on my computer and discovered emails from several friends, a few  checking out the veracity of the message, but mostly to inform me that it had occurred. Several said they knew I hadn’t sent it since it wasn’t my writing style and it was poorly versed. Within a few hours, I had received texts, phone calls, emails sent to my other address and via facebook. With each message came the assurance that all was well. I felt quite loved. I posted a few times that it was a hoax, that although in someone’s vivid imagination, I was in Spain, I really was at home in Pennsylvania and there was no need to send money.

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I then contacted Yahoo and spoke with a lovely woman named Barbie who helped to rectify the problem and I set a new password. She also assisted with restoring my lengthy address book which was a huge blessing since it has taken me years to accumulate it.

A few things occurred to me as I experienced this short term inconvenience. One was how sad it was that people can be this dishonest as to attempt to scam people when their intelligence and computer aptitude could be better used for good rather than malice. Another was that they didn’t know how smart my friends are and that they wouldn’t fall for their deceit. I also knew that it would be resolved well and it is. Lastly, I am appreciative of my circles of friends worldwide who expressed concern. Some joked about having sent me funds.

What I know is that love trumps everything, including hackers.

http://youtu.be/148Rm-KcP2k Sesame Street- Cookies and Computers

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September 11th Remembered

 

As I am writing this entry, the calendar reads 9/11/12. Hard to imagine that 11 years has passed since another ‘day that will live in infamy’ occurred. Like the day JFK and John Lennon were killed, most people can tell you where they were when they heard the news that terrorists had done the unthinkable and that countless lives were lost. I was working as a social worker in a nursing home called Golden Slipper Uptown Home in Northeast Philadelphia. The Residents were just finishing their breakfast as I walked into the day room. The television was broadcasting what I initially thought was a movie in which a plane crashed into The World Trade Center. It didn’t take long before I realized that this was no movie, it was jarringly real. I had two immediate thoughts…the first was that I was grateful that some of these folks had dementia and had no clue about the events unfolding on the screen before them and the second was that I wasn’t going to give the terrorists my fear. I know that emotions such as fear and anger feed the common pot that I didn’t want to stir. I held strong in the face of tragedy and was of support to staff and those Residents who did have the mental capacity to comprehend. Some of them had survived WWII and the Holocaust, so this may have been re-traumatizing for them.

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I also had concerns for my sister in-law and then brother in-law who lived in NJ, but worked in the financial district. I couldn’t reach her for most of the day and when at last I did, I was relieved to know that both of them were safe and sound. I had another friend whose son was initially among the missing, and whose photo was plastered on a wall in case someone should happen upon him. As it turned out, a police officer recognized his face as someone he had seen in a hospital and he and his father; cosmically coincidentally, also a (retired) police officer, were reunited. I heard numerous miracle stories, including people over-sleeping, missing rides, calling out sick, and the like, so that they were elsewhere when the towers fell or the Pentagon was under siege or a field in PA was bombarded.

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We have two choices about the way we view this dark day…through the eyes of fear and anger, or love and coexistence. While I mourn the loss of life, I celebrate the drawing together of people from all around the globe in the cause of healing the fracture in our lives. Philadelphia area singer-songwriter, John Flynn wrote a song not long afterward that so perfectly echoes my sentiments of that day and those that still resound a decade plus one later. I was in the audience when John performed this song, at the Philadelphia Folk Festival.

God Bless The Whole World….No Exceptions!

http://youtu.be/g0tSC8x3V9E  I Will Not Fear-John Flynn

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Religion For Atheists

As I was traversing a long road home from VA to PA this past Sunday morning, I was flipping through the radio dial and stopped on an NPR station that featured an interview with Alain De Botton who founded a center in London, England called The School of Life, where folks from all walks, could come and learn about life, the universe and everything. One thing to know is that De Botton considers himself someone who has no religious affiliation and yet, he has values and practices that for some, would be part and parcel of their own religious belief system. It sounded like a place I would want to visit and at which I would love to teach.

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He has written a book that has an oxymoron for a title: Religion For Atheists. Controversial in its concept, it is based on the idea that one need not have a religious orientation in order to have sound and solid moral values and actions. He espouses the idea that rather than argue against religion and those who hold such beliefs, one could use the best of what spirituality has to offer and:

build a sense of community

– make our relationships last

– overcome feelings of envy and inadequacy

– escape the twenty-four hour media

– go travelling

– get more out of art, architecture and music

– and create new businesses designed to address our emotional needs.

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At the core, all religions propose that certain rituals and practices are meant to help us live better lives. De Botton, the son of secular Jewish parents, expresses the beauty of the world without a belief in a  God of creation and sustenance. He seemed to be at ease with his status, even in the face of people who object to his contention that there is no higher power, He laughingly shared that this book was raising a ruckus in both camps, since those who view themselves as religious, saw it as  near sacrilege and  those fellow athiests felt he betrayed their camp but gleaning anything of value from spirituality.

My own take is that there is a life force energy that permeates everything. I don’t think that the God of my understanding gets huffy if people don’t believe. I have no right to tell anyone what to believe, since it is an inside job. I express often that love is my religion and God’s too big to put in a box. What are your thoughts?

www.alaindebotton.com

www.theschooloflife.com

http://youtu.be/B4CRkpBGQzU What If God Was One of Us? -Joan Osborne

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Puddle Splashing

Today I was at the one year anniversary celebration of my friend Kathy Tooley’s yoga studio called Anahata Yoga and Wellness Center. The word means ‘heart chakra’ in Sanskrit and truly it is a place where glad hearts rejoice, sad hearts find comfort and broken hearts are healed.  People from the community gathered to hug, play, learn about wellness techniques, experience various modalities, eat healthy munchies and  listen to inpsiring speakers. I was honored to be one of them. First up was Heidi Garis who offers EFT (Tapping)  and calls herself a Money Mojo specialist. This woman is all about a-bun-dance and we were all movin’ and shakin’ it to stir up our receive-ability. Next in line was my dear friend Sandy Levenson who I call my favorite chiro with hands and heart of gold who spoke about The Wellness Make CENTS concept that had us laughing knowingly:

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Chiropractic: Gentle, compassionate care since 1983

 

Exercise: Targeted programs designed for you.

 

Nutrition: Recommendations to create interest and balance

 

Thoughts: Promoting “Create Your Reality”

 

Sleep: Recommendations for restful, peaceful nights

 

and then I shared my thoughts about Living An Amazingly Ridiculous Life, with concepts and techniques that allow us to experience our joy full out. One such person who exemplifies that  idea is Septugenarian Mary Dunphy who teaches yoga at Anahata. I met her a few months ago and was dazzled by her contagious enthusiam for the practice. She shared a story with me that I would love to pass on to you, with her permission. When she was a little girl, she was expected to ‘be a lady'; admonished by her mother if she attempted to be anything other;  who was not allowed to splash in puddles (and likely not get dirty either): She felt constrained by those expectations which is hard to imagine when looking at the woman she has become. A few years ago, she walked into a local department store and saw what she described as beautiful, candy striped rubber boots in size 6 that were on sale; which only added to her delight and she knew she just HAD to bring them home with her. She donned them during the next rain storm and splashed about; looking heavenward and said “This is for you, Mom.”   I wish she had them with her today, but instead was wearing her yellow Keen sandal sneakers. I would love to get together with her for a puddle party, even though I don’t have way cool boots like hers. Guess I’ll have to do it barefoot.

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www.anahatayogawellness.com

 

www.lederachchiro.com

www.tapintoabundancenow.com

 

http://youtu.be/D1ZYhVpdXbQ  Singing in the Rain-Gene Kelly

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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