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Comfort

Category: Poetry/Lyrics

The storybooks kind of tell you that to get away from monsters you can just run or hide.

But I guess that’s always been a temporary fix, hasn’t it? Even for them?
It’s still out there, waiting for you to peek around the corner.
The difference is that in real life the monsters get bigger and uglier and scarier the longer
            you hide
until you can no longer face it alone and you should’ve asked for help from the beginning and WHAT HAVE YOU DONE

please don’t reject me. I’m not the kind of problem that gets stronger when you run.
I’m shrinking

                        I’m sinking


and it’s cold down here.
I know the only way to save myself is to climb     to struggle
      to fight to breathe

                                    to live

 

 

but it’s warm when I hold still and

I could just rest here, couldn’t I?
  Just for a moment

 

            that

 


                                      stretches…

 

 

 

 

does anyone really feel time passing?


Without a tick   or beep   or call shout sting SHAME ON YOU


and you’d never know how big the monsters had grown if you just

 

 

 

 

sleep

 

 

 


and the cold
    is warm

 


                                          and comfort

 

 

is the feeling

 

 

 

 


of your life

 

 

 

 

 

 


slipping

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


away.

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White Clouds

Category: Short Story

Suddenly there is no doubt in my mind as those steady, slow notes begin to play—this is that song.  I wonder now how I ever could have forgotten, as the strength of a memory grips me.

My palms glide smooth and firm along the back of a woman, yet here I am standing on a sunny sidewalk next to a colorfully painted piano, watching you in amazement.  I feel that burst of glee again as I recognize the tune unfolding—a song I knew by heart without realizing I’d learned it. 

The strangers walking around us feel like old friends, and the leaves rustling in a gentle wind above me look impossibly beautiful. 

I feel it now in the room around me.  Large blinded windows cast a warm, diffuse glow around this luxurious room.  Sunlight dances in meandering patterns across the ceiling, refracted from the pond outside.  Small, bright specs appear like twinkling stars before disappearing and resurfacing elsewhere. 

The room is silent, save for that song.  It pushes on steadily, but with such an unhurried feel.  You played it even more enchantingly that day.  Here—the sound trails into silence that lasts just long enough for you to wonder if the song has ended—the artist and his audience are held breathlessly in the moment together.

Memories flash through my mind of conversations deep into the night, sitting outside in my car with my fingers going numb and the rush of honest connection bringing me to life in ways I didn’t know possible.

When sound fills the room again, it’s the same tune as in the beginning.  Is it quieter this time?  I want to believe it’s started over, that it’s a continuous loop and somehow we could have stayed there in that bright day forever. 

Calm hangs thick in the air around me.  Each moment seems to stretch past the confines of measured time… yet of course, I know it’s ending.  I lift my chin and turn my head away before tears can fall onto the table below.

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Rebecca’s Story Chapter 1

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Rebecca’s Story, Chapter 1
by Mindy Robin Adelman
aka Me’ira Esaeinahy

Rebecca shivered under her covers as she realized that it was almost seven o’clock.  Any moment now her alarm was going to go off and she would have to get up and get ready for school.  She’d have to crawl out of bed, find her robe, and listen at the bedroom door to make sure there were no sounds nearby. She would stand there for a minute, maybe two, but eventually she would have to leave the temporary haven of her room.  She would make her way the few short steps down the hall to the next door, praying all the way that he was already in his room getting dressed for work.  It was only a matter of seconds between the two doors, but seconds could often prove fatal.  If she made it to the bathroom and locked the door, she was usually okay.  Lately, the lock hadn’t even been enough. He had found a key.

There had been a time when getting ready for school wasn’t such an ordeal.  Now she dreaded having to get up and face her father.  Seeing him was getting harder every day.  It wasn’t that she didn’t love him. Rebecca and her father had always been very close.  Their relationship had always been special.  Sometimes she even felt as if their relationship was closer than her father’s and mother’s.

Rebecca loved both of her parents very much, her father especially.  She just didn’t feel very comfortable around him anymore. Especially with her mother right downstairs in the kitchen, or perhaps lying awake in their “marriage bed.”  Over the past few months, her parents had been drifting apart.  They weren’t fighting a lot, though there were more raised voices around the house than before.  Her father seemed very agitated lately, and almost anything would set him off.  She and her mother were playing it very low key.  They tried their best not to disturb him.  They let him make all of the decisions about where they were going together and what they were going to do.  Her mother had asked her to be extra careful not to aggravate her father. He was having a hard time at work, her mother kept saying.  It would be over soon.

Rebecca didn’t think “soon” was going to arrive quite as quickly as her mother imagined and hoped for.  Her father’s new patterns were getting worse lately, not better.  Her mother couldn’t let herself see that though. And she didn’t have the information that Rebecca was getting.  Though her father had closed himself off from almost everybody else, including her mother, for some reason Rebecca still received the privilege of her father’s attentions. 

Sometimes, when her mother wasn’t around, they would just sit and talk together.  And late at night, when her mother was sleeping, he’d been entering her room quietly, and they’d just hold each other.  It was… Read More...

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Misunderstanding the Hebrew Bible: The First Creation Story, Genesis 1:1-26

Category: Mind Change

Hebrew Biblical History Simplified: Genesis 1:1-26: Parshaht B’raysheet part 1 - The First Creation Story

by Me’ira Pitkapaasi

Light was created and separated from darkness.  Then water, with a separation of the water on the Earth from the water above the Sky.  The water on the Earth gathered to allow land to appear, and plants and trees arrived giving seeds and fruit. We are next introduced to the Moon, the Sun, and far off stars in the sky.  We’re given fish, water mammals, birds, “sea monsters”, and animals that crept out of the sea onto the land.  Finally, cattle and other land animals appear. And humans, too, though this creation was to be in God’s image.  End line 25.

The traditional translation that comes next, in chapter 1, verse 26 is very controversial among modern Hebrew Biblical scholars and Christian scholars alike.  Just what is it that the humans are doing here on Earth?  The first section of this line, וַיֹּאמֶר אֱלֹהִים, נַעֲשֶׂה אָדָם בְּצַלְמֵנוּ כִּדְמוּתֵנוּ; is almost universally translated, “And God said: ‘Let us make man in our image, after our likeness.”

It is the next phrase that causes vehement discussion.  וְיִרְדּוּ בִדְגַת הַיָּם וּבְעוֹף הַשָּׁמַיִם, וּבַבְּהֵמָה וּבְכָל-הָאָרֶץ, וּבְכָל-הָרֶמֶשׂ, הָרֹמֵשׂ עַל-הָאָרֶץ
The Jewish Publication Society, from the Conservative Jewish movement, states, “They shall rule the fish of the sea, the birds of the sky, the cattle, the whole earth, and all the creeping things that creep on Earth.”  Sinai Publishing, from Masorti movement (modern traditional Israeli Jews) states, “They shall have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the heaven, and over the beasts, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing upon the earth.”    The Christian Protestant King James Bible agrees. Rabbi W. Gunther Plaut, on behalf of the CCAR Press of the Reform Movement translates, “And let them hold sway.” The most recent Catholic New Jerusalem Bible states, “And let them be masters.”

Looking at the Hebrew, not one of these definitions makes the grade.  Immediately following “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness,” we are literally told, word for word in the above Hebrew, “And He went down into the fish of the sea and in the far away heavens, and in all the Earth, and in all the insects, the insects on the ground.”

The majority of Jews and Christians alike do not read or understand the original Hebrew of the Bible, and therefore accept what is written and told to them by Sunday school teachers and clergy alike – who themselves might not fully understand the original version of this story.  It is essential that our religious leaders and educators look closely at what they are reading before they pass on their self-professed scholarly knowledge of this worldwide Number One Seller book.

Anonymous, The New Jerusalem Bible: The Complete Text of the Ancient Canon of the Scriptures: Standard Edition, 2018.

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A Parent’s Survival Guide To Physics:  Topic One: Measuring Length

Category: Life

A Parent’s Survival Guide To Physics:

Topic One:
Measuring Length: (inches - in, feet - ft, yards - yd, centimeters – cm, and meters – m)
by Me’ira Pitkapaasi

Measurement in Physics is not quite as simple as taking out your measuring tape.  This tool will come in handy occasionally, such as in this passage, and when you’re determining lengths that are large enough to see and short enough to personally reach.  On our measuring tape, that would be 1/8th of an inch to a yard; or a millimeter to a meter.  In the greater scientific community, we use the metric system, so in order to understand what your student is learning, you’re going to finally have to figure out how this system works! 

An inch is typically the smallest unit of length used by the average parent in the U.S.A., or a fraction thereof.  We were always taught that an inch is about two and a half centimeters, which was correct!  So how do we compute length from there?  We use a formula that you can understand if you can compute multiplication and division problems with your calculator, and you can remember that 2 ½ = 2.5 in your calculator.

_____ centimeters = (2.5 centimeters) x (however many inches you just measured) ÷ (1 inch)
Or
______ = 2.5 x (measured number) ÷ 1
Or
_______ = 2.5 x (measured number) because any number ÷ 1 stays the same.

So if you’re measuring length of a standard piece of copy paper, you’re going to find that it’s 11 inches long.
________ = 2.5 x 11
      = 27.5 centimeters
Pretty cool, eh?

What if we’re measuring feet though? There are 30.5 centimeters in a foot.

______ centimeters = (30.5 centimeters) x (however many feet you just measured) ÷ (1 foot)
Or
______ = 30.5 x (measured number of feet) ÷ 1
Or
_______ = 30.5 x (measured number)

If you measured how tall your living room is, you might have discovered it was 7 feet tall.  Let’s put it into our equation:

______ = 30.5 x (7)
      = 214 centimeters.

Now there has to be a simpler way to say “My living room is 214 centimeters tall.”
There is.  You must remember that there every 100 centimeters = 1 meter.  So your living room would be 2 meters (for the 200 centimeters) with 14 centimeters left over.  And the metric system gives us a pretty easy way to add those 14 centimeters to our 2 meters.  It’s very different than how we use feet and inches. Here’s a new formula for you:

_____ meters total = (number of whole meters) “.” (number of centimeters left over).
      _____ = 2 . 14
    _____ = 2.14 meters

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