Friday, December 21, 2012

Time to Leave The Dark Behind

 December 21, 2012 ~ according to some, the end of a major cosmic cycle. The planets are positioned in a rather rare alignment, which happens to coincide with the winter solstice. Oddly reminds me of Hurricane Sandy, a nor'easter, and high tide all simultaneously converging on the New York Metro area. Can you feel the influence of science, faith and fear in the air once again? I can.

I understand from our weather scientists that we can expect increased solar flares and sun spots in the coming year, consistent with a recurrent eleven year cycle of waxing and waning solar energy activity. Following its regular path, the sun is returning to the northern hemisphere, and we can look forward to its warming effect. So much for science.

At a previous "turning point", when a shift from the 20th into the 21st century approached, I got involved with the fear and had my plastic sheeting, duct tape, food, and bottled water prepared in advance.

This time, I reject the fear. Amid all the hype predicting an end to life as we know it, I have faith. A shift creates an opening. I'm focused on making this shift more of an opening for light than ever before.

The sun's light is what makes life possible on this carbon based planet. Turn to it. Feel it. Let it soothe, promote health, and empower us. Get outdoors, away from an isolated indoor existence. Move toward friends. Plant a garden. Eat what is in season. Flow with the natural cycles.

This is definitely the time to find the power of light inside ourselves. Choose to laugh. Choose forgiveness. Choose compromise. Now, more than ever, turn on your heartlight. 

If only I were a skilled sci-fi writer. I would create a screen play for the title I've held in my head for years and years called "Microbes, Bits and Bytes." It focuses on a war for survival. The competitors: The planet Earth, in the form of naturally occurring bacteria and viruses (microbes); the few humans still alive after our foolish behavior has decimated the resources of home (bits); and virus-laden artificial intelligence gone rogue (bytes).

The resolution? Humans and nature discover a way to align themselves, first with their own kind, then with each other. They are then able to unite with the misdirected force of technology in a transformative way that results in a totally new species. Thus, life survives, though not life as we know it - a better life form with expectations of ongoing balance and productive harmony.
In my story, the way to a happy ending begins with welcoming alignment and expanding upon the light in our lives.

Now and into the new year, I hope light and laughter follow your every move.

Monday, December 10, 2012

A Blessed Season

After a week of excited preparations on both ends, Mom and Brother Josh arrived at Charlotte Airport late afternoon on Saturday, where Sharon and Mike waited to escort them "home."

Since it was after dark by the time the long journey to Mills River was completed, we stopped at a local restaurant for dinner...

...and the "presentation of the keys" to Mom's apartment at Heather Glen Assisted Living Residence.


Mom was awesome on her arrival, greeting the "members" sitting in the lobby area with a smile and a charming, "Good-evening everyone. Happy Holidays to you all."
Her first night alone went well and Sunday was a whirlwind of activity with family and new (soon to be, maybe) friends.

We enjoyed brunch in the Club House, including many "Jewish-type" foods in honor of Hanukah: blintzes, noodle kugel, potato pancakes, etc. Mike happily celebrated both Toby's arrival and Navy's big win at the Army Navy Game on Saturday.

After lunch Mom braved the slopes at High Vista for conversation and dessert at the Willen residence. Again, Mom was awesome in her ability to get into and out of the car and handle the challenge of the steps. (Has she been holding out on us all this time in New York?)

We reviewed the Heather Glen welcome packet and Mom selected activities she's interested in during her month in North Carolina: Dancers, singers, a mystery bus ride, a Hanukah party, the Dreidl Game, shopping at a local mall, etc.

We got back to Heather Glen just in time for "The Story of Hanukah" and the Menorah Lighting for Day 2. 

 When Heather Glen member Frank McClellan finished reading and asked, "Does anyone know how to recite the prayers that have been read in English in the original Hebrew?" Mike Willen stepped up to the plate (Bar Mitzvah training lasts long). 

Who would have thought the light from the Menorah could be eclipsed by the glowing faces of the Jewish men and women in the circle, "kvelling" at hearing the Hebrew chant, "Oh I can't recall the last time I heard that song!" "This is wonderful; thank you so much."

Add two more holiday blessings that came our way. First, in the "Jewish Geography" discussion that followed, Charlotte (above) and Mom discovered they were in the same graduating class at Seth Low Junior High and Lafayette High School in Brooklyn! Their apartments are two doors down from one another at Heather Glen.

And finally, as we were walking Mom to her apartment before departing, Josh introduced himself to one of the aides as Mom's "son and caregiver". The young blond woman, named Angel (of course), reacted with an acknowledgement that added extra sweetness to the event for him, "Really? 'Caregiver Son', you don't hear that very often."

Josh flew back to LaGuardia from Asheville this morning apparently relieved and content. I visited Mom and together we visited with Charlotte.

I'm wishing that all families may be as blessed as ours this holiday month and may the goodness only multiply in the New Year.