Practice Makes It Better
You might have heard the joke attributed to different personalities: “A pedestrian asked a musician, ‘How do you make it to Carnegie Hall?’ Without a pause the artist replied, ‘Practice’”.
I thought of this joke while looking down from the balcony of the house we were staying in at the Mountain Retreat, which I wrote about last week. It was located in front of the Driving Range, where people playing come to practice their swings before going (driving) to the golf course.
It was interesting to observe how different players are. When I complimented a young man, whose ball regularly flew past the 100ft mark, he responded, “It is all in the grip.” I think this remark relates to any occupation. Find your grip and practice. This is exactly what I did at night; using the Driving Range to practice shooting (photographing) the stars.
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We bought our first timeshare thirty-seven years ago. At that time, we had no idea what we were doing. Promoters somehow convinced us to drive for three hours (we received an inflatable boat as a gift for our purchase) to Calaveras County. It is located next to a town called Arnold. In the woods, next to the golf course developer built three-story homes. We were hooked and bought one week a year, as our share of ownership of the Mountain Retreat Resort.
Through the years, we have come here as often as possible. By ourselves, with the family and sometimes with friends. This time we brought our labradoodle, Max. If you want to find out why you should visit this area as well, please call me. Meanwhile, enjoy these three images from the surrounding nature.
Happy Birthday, Adam!
Besides it being Labor Day Monday, September 6th, it is also a double birthday. The first is our granddaughter’s 1st birthday. Her parents recently moved to Portland, Oregon, and we were planning to celebrate her birthday with them; however because of the Delta spike of the coronavirus, we had to postpone our trip, to keep everyone safe. The second birthday is Adam, who according to the Torah, and based on the Hebrew calendar, was born (created) 5,781 years ago. His birthday is celebrated on the eve of Rosh Hashanah – the Jewish New Year.
There are many traditions connected with this holiday. One of them is to eat a slice of an apple dipped in honey. I’ve chosen to share with you three images of apples. Sorry, but you have to buy your own honey.
Where to Find Tranquility?
On my way to take Max to his dog sitter, I drive through Golden Gate Park, and pass by the San Francisco Botanical Garden. I wanted to return many times, and finally made it happen on Friday morning.
Since it is not a blooming season, there were not many visitors. I felt overwhelmed by the nature’s beauty. 55 acres represent nearly 9000 different kinds of plants from around the world. The Garden’s history goes back to 1880; it was a brainchild of the Park’s supervisor, John McLaren. The Garden continues in its development and in the spring of 2022, it is scheduled to open a complex with a New Plant Nursery. I strongly encourage you to find time for a visit.
I wanted to share some of the flowers in their natural beauty with you, and had difficulty selecting three images. I will let you know when I will add some others to my website.
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What’s Your Story?
As we gradually move toward “business as usual”, many business people will be able to get together in person in large gatherings/mixers for developing new relationships, and eventually generating new business. In these encounters, the questions, “What do you do?” and “Where are you from?” are often asked.
This might not lead to real connections. Instead in the article which appeared in Inc.com, Marcel Schwantes writes about the “5 Questions the Most Interesting People Will Always Ask in Conversations”.
1. What’s your story?
2. What makes you smile when you get up in the morning?
3. What is that one book that has influenced you the most?
4. What absolutely excites you right now?
5. What’s the most important thing I should know about you?
You can ask anyone those questions; especially yourself.
I just finished putting together my next photo-story book, “42 Encounters with Love”. Three images did not make it into the book; however, they are definitely telling a story.
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Song of the Grasses
Many years ago, I met a remarkable teacher, Rabbi Gershon Winkler. My first introduction to him was through his books.
Every day, I continue to read his book, “Kabbalah 365. Daily Fruit from the Tree of Life”. It is a compilation of wisdom from different Jewish sources. I wrote about one of them on June 11, 2021, about the light. This time, I want to share a quote from “Likuttei Ha’Ma Haran Tanina, No. 3”, written by eighteenth century Rabbi Nachman of Breslov.
“When you take your next stroll in the woods, or peer out the window at your lawn, try to hear the chanting that resounds around you. All is singing every moment. How good and how beautiful is it when one is able to hear the song of the grasses.” Or to photograph them, as I did in Golden Gate Park.
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