The unvoiced thoughts and ideas of a septegenarian.


Worms invade my garden.Spoiled food invades my refrigerator. I am buried under piles of mail that invade my desk. Noise invades my peace and quiet. There is only one kind of invasion I welcome. That is the thoughts and ideas of others. How could I resent being presented with a comments like these? “The death of lying.” “Art as reflected in realism.”

I have been fortunate to have met a few people who act as thinking catalysts. We bounce challenging ideas off each other. One studied all of Shakespeare’sonnets with me. Two are writers with whom I exchange short stories and poetry we have written. One has adopted me as editor of an autobiography he is writing. A fourth shares his love of nature and his life experiences with me.

A fourth is a reporter who peppers my days with his wit. A fifth is a brilliant scholar who has taught me much about ancient Rome and introduced me to a wide variety of historical figures and their influence on history.

It would be wonderful to be able to meet these guys but that’s not part of the pen-pal game. I have learned to accept that and simply be grateful they are in my life.

Julie Rose

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Celebrate New Years ?

It makes no sense to celebrate the first day of the year 
 Why is the first day of the year any different than the other 364? 
What significant event happened on the first day other then creation?

We don’t celebrate creation. We could seek out some beautiful spot and meditate gods wonders applaud the stray sky the leaping dolphins.

In terms of significant events there other days more significant. 
Certainly Passover the day we became free people though not for long
Some people would agree that pesach is more deserving of being referred to as the head of the year.

How do you use celebrate Rosh Hashanah  in such a way as to honor the creator and his creation ? 

I liked it I like to think of God as a magician. Witness the unbelievable variety of all that is in the world spotted leopards,  fish that swim on their tails, sunsets caterpillars that become moths. Leaping dolphins, babies carried in pouches, all manner of fauna and flora. 

Worshiping victory tour is not what it’s about appreciating his creation, applauding it, what does a prayer mean compared to “yeah G-d. Thanks for this world”.

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