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January 2011

Psalm 136:1

Give thanks to God who is good, because God’s love is everlasting.

Phil’s Reflections:

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, no it’s …..

Actually, I saw the bird, which was a gift on a calm slate grey morning and then I discovered the plane, by surprise, while viewing the photos on the computer.  Sometimes you just get lucky.

Hop in the Hot Tub!

You’re invited to share your thoughts and insights to the exhibit Hot Tub Torah, to the images and Psalms in this blog.

Plus, we’d love to hear about  other mindfullness practices that are part of your everyday life.

Guests at the opening of Hot Tub Torah @ Temple Beth Sholom, Sunday Jan 9th.

December, 2010

Psalm 57:11

Your kindness extends to the heavens and Your truth reaches to the skies.

Phil’s Reflection:

Since I have one hot tub photo session per month, always on one morning during the first weekend of the month (that’s the ritual), this December morning seemed challenging: dark grey still skies. You have to take what you get, and savor it. The sun briefly peeked through the clouds highlighting one of the last leaves holding tight to the oak tree (top middle of frame). And then I heard a plane rumbling overhead. Too good to be true. Right beneath the leaf and right above the branch, extended like an open palm. Click.

November, 2010

Psalm 65:12

You have crowned the year of Your goodness; Your cycles of life drip with abundance.

Phil’s Reflections:

Fall in all its crisp colorful splendor.  What more can you ask for?  Here I started to focus on the shape of the blue space between the trees, instead of on the shape of the trees themselves.

October, 2010

Psalm 37:24

Although it stumbles it will not be hurled down, because YHVH supports it in God’s hand.

Phil’s Reflections:

My favorite time of year … autumn.  The leaves are just turning color and the wind gusts through the trees.   One by one, the first leaves let go, take the plunge, and cascade toward the ground.  I worked to capture one leaf flying solo, in a clear space, on it’s journey down.