Not since I happened upon a particular episode of ‘Touched By An Angel’ more than a decade ago have I come upon such spiritually healing words /visions that have done as much for this blogger. I’ve never been able to recapture that episode of TBAA but Dani Shapiro’s words are here to stay, and, hopefully may be of an equally healing nature for others like us who have been through many tragedies in life
DEVOTION DANI SHAPIRO
DANI SHAPIRO Books – Devotion – Spiritual Journey
This morning I had one of those personal revelations listening to Dani Shapiro interview on Oprah. Apparently Ive been doing alot of the ‘right’ things Ive needed to do after whats transpired in my life but didnt know I was necessarily moving in the right directions . ( I can go into this another time.) These thoughts probably wont have as much meaning for you as they do me but you can get a greater window into this sometimes neurotic person Burt K…and may gain something from it otherwise for your own spiritual enhancement.
‘YOU’RE GOING TO MISS THIS SOMEDAY ‘ -DANI SHAPIRO
from Oprah Super Soul Sundays
Dani Shapiro was born to an orthodox father and athiest mother whose early death and illness became turning points in Dani’s life. These events WOKE HER UP from that ‘hard kernal of sadness’ in what was then ‘the humdrum everyday way of life ‘ for her and many around her. She would await the next impending doom in her life instead of experiencing the beautiful life of the NOW. Sad, Bad things will happen again and again in life but we must learn to not only enjoy but savor the many good times in between-especially those like some of us who have experienced much loss, sadness and even tragedy. And even build upon it.
As Oprah points out in the interview, at least Dani had the foresight to ‘awaken’ and do something about her spiritual void. After waking up every morning at 3 am with feelings of something really missing from life one day the word DEVOTION popped into her head during her yoga class and her reawakenin g began as she wrote down her thoughts around that word that became the title of her new book.
Not Just For Those Who Have Loved and Lost – A Healing Spiritual Revelation from Dani Shapiro, ‘Devotion’ Book
Special, fleeting moments…
‘Learn from others (like Dani) and incorporate new views and be open to change your previous ‘locked in’ thought patterns’….
Your teachers can be books, things you see on TV, even links on twitter as well as serendipitous events …Perhaps take notes.
Be open to receive….Ref ‘The Alchemist’... Follow and be open to the ‘teachers’ around you.
‘Youre going to miss this someday… Dont let even mundane events like packing your kids lunch become routine. As the great Warren Zevon said ‘Enjoy every sandwich.’
Simply Driving with her son watching the fall leaves turn…That can be a sacred moment. WHEN YOU’RE BEING WITH SOMEONE REALLY BE WITH THAT PERSON. EVERY EVENT CAN BE MEMORABLE.
‘THESE ARE THE GOOD OLD DAYS’ ‘THE BURNING BUSH IS EVERYWHERE.’
Ask ‘What are the spiritual takeaways of your past and now?’…Recognize even the negative… Every death is a wake up call WE CAN LEARN FROM.
Recognize the possibility of the divine in every moment like a lense to the world or that moment is lost. The energy of a place or event can becone sacred like that beautiful day in Napa with Mindy Helen Maggie and her mother and dog just sitting out on the winery lawn enjoying life one special day among many. Every day can be a special day and now THEY ARE in my life. Without the losses perhaps I would be unaware of these daily special moments…walking the dog or just waking early to that wonderful morning sun and fresh chill in the air. Ref: Abraham Joshua Heshold> ‘THE TASK OF LIFE IS TO FACE SACRED MOMENTS’ It can require courage. Some can shut down from close deaths and tragedy and some will make lemonade out of the lemons to use a trite phrase. God has given us this wonderful life not everyone gets to enjoy like those taken away from us prematurely…Joan, Don,Cookie, Polly, Mitch, Juicy, Dorian,Kevin and Mikee among others famous and not so famous. ( I like when I can drop names like this to keep these friends alive, never forgetting).
Life happens but we can control what we are given. One CAN heal from tragedy.
IS THERE GOD? YES THERE IS GOD. THERE IS ‘AN INVISABLE FABRIC THAT ENCOMPASES US ALL’
REMAIN CURIOUS. Greatest underated trait. Follow the path of my own calling. That is where to find peace..living , finding, speaking. Follow the gut more than the head.
All of have longing and it is important to keep reaching out for the invisable we cant touch
For Those Who Have Loved and Lost – A Revelation from Dani Shapiro, ‘Devotion’ Book
IN NEW BOOK, PANETTA Opens Up on Benghazi , other topics …
Obama’s former Right Hand Man Breaks Silence , refutes Obama claim violence that killed four Americans wasn’t a terrorist attack on Benghazi.
Finally, a real smoking gun. Perhaps he was busy holed up / saving it for his new book and interviews he’s now doing but Panetta has come out in multiple interviews explaining how he told President Obama even before the ‘video excuse’ given for the Sept 11, 2012 Benghazi violence that killed four Americans that the REAL culprits of Benghazi were TERRORISTS. Obama flatly denied on the O’Reilly Factor that he heard this from Panetta.
Perhaps now Panetta will go before Trey Gowdy’s Benghazi Investigation Committee and put the ‘new’ information on the record.
So it appears, again, Obama went with politics over ‘transparency’ and doing what was right. And now, Gowdy has just come out saying that he has found new info on which he believes Obama could be charged of a high crime right now…. We shall see
(CNN) — The publication this week of memoirs by Leon Panetta has stirred up a sharp …
BENGHAZI SECURITY TEAM BREAKS SILENCE IN ’13 HOURS’ WITH MORE SHOCKING NEWS as Trey Gowdy opens Bi-Partisan Benghazi Investigation
The harrowing, true account from the brave men on the ground who fought back during the Battle of Benghazi.
13 HOURS presents, for the first time ever, the true account of the events of September 11, 2012, when terrorists attacked the US State Department Special Mission Compound and a nearby CIA station called the Annex in Benghazi, Libya. A team of six American security operators fought to repel the attackers and protect the Americans stationed there. Those men went beyond the call of duty, performing extraordinary acts of courage and heroism, to avert tragedy on a much larger scale. This is their personal account, never before told, of what happened during the thirteen hours of that now-infamous attack.
Book currently tops National Best Sellers List –
Rating: 4.5 – 53 votes – $10.49 to $16.65
13 HOURS presents, for the first time ever, the true account of the events of September 11, 2012, when terrorists attacked the US State Department Special …
‘STOP THE COMING CIVIL WAR’ – Michael Savage
Rating: 4.5 – 12 votes – $11.69 to $15.99
Available in: NOOK Book (eBook), Hardcover, Audiobook, Other Format. CAN AMERICA SURVIVE ANOTHER CIVIL WAR?According to Michael Savage, OUR …
CAN AMERICA SURVIVE ANOTHER CIVIL WAR?
According to Michael Savage, OUR NATION IS IN REAL TROUBLE and the seeds of a second conflagration have been sown.
Not between the states – but between true patriots who believe in our nation’s founding principles and those he believes are working every day to undermine them and change the very nature of the country.
Savage cut his teeth exposing the political left’s goals, tactics and actions as they attempt to tilt the country’s axis ever closer to socialism. In these pages he lays out his belief that lefties don’t want some to know… connecting the dots between their many frightening moves hiding in plain sight, and raising the not-so-obvious questions they don’t want people to ask:
-How are recent changes to the Senate’s filibuster rules a thinly- veiled extension of big government’s limits on our civil rights?
-Why have so many of our top military commanders been summarily pushed aside, after years of brave service?
-When will the nefarious strategy of “purposeful incompetence” underlying Obamacare be exposed for what it is?
-How is Obama’s feckless foreign policy not just weakening us in the world, but actually endangering our security at home as well?
STOP THE COMING CIVIL WAR is a no-holds-barred tale as gripping as any movie script in which some super hero or secret agent saves the day. Except no one but We the People can save the country we love. A page-turner from start to finish, this [intelligent and principled] fervent warning offers the Savage truth — a call to action in the voting booth – in order to defend the freedoms our Constitution so brilliantly established.
Read it and be ready to play your part in helping STOP THE COMING CIVIL WAR!
Bay Area and Berkeley’s own John M. Letiche started life as Ianik
Letichevsky, a citizen of the newly constituted Union of Soviet
Socialist Republics. The son of a brilliant but dictatorial father and a
loving, cultivated mother, he went on to a remarkable career as an
accomplished scholar, professor of economics, and adviser to
Letiche, now in his nineties, provides an intriguing look at the changes that have occurred during his lifetime.
Amazon reviews (5 reviews – 5 *****)
Dr. Letiche provides adventure and thorough analysis of the time in
which he lived. His early years in Russia and then in Canada are
fascinating for a view of how people were coping with uncertainty and
instability in the world. One is drawn into the thinking of a very
sensitive child who shows wisdom beyond his years. Of course, the fact
that he ended up teaching Economics at UC Berkeley during the sixties
makes him seem one of us westerners. He brings a great sense of balance
in his evaluation of many African heads of state during a grueling,
sometimes dangerous working tour of the country. He showed insight and
balance in his analysis of the behavior of the Chancellor of the
University during the turbulence of the Free Speech Movement. Guns in
Africa, tear gas in Berkeley; there is plenty of action.Dr.
Letiche shows generosity of spirit in revealing his personal foibles
and skillfully emphasizes the traits that form his own philosophy. What
better way to get to know this extraordinary man, other than knocking on
his door and having a good listen in conversation with him.
***** 5 stars 2 of 2
“Dr. Jack Letiche’s twentieth century journey instructs, entertains,
and inspires the reader who will finish the book better off on any
account, but above all for the time spent with the life and mind of a
great thinker and global citizen.”
Kinsman, Canadian Ambassador or High Commissioner in Moscow, Rome,
London, and Brussels, and Regents’ Lecturer 2009-10, University of
Memoir Traces Economics Professors’ Amazing Rags to Riches Story – JOHN LETICHE, Bay Area Arts
NEW BOOKS, NEW
Economics Professors’ Rags to
Crises and Compassion: From Russia to the Golden Gate (Footprints Series)
BOOK SIGNING: CRISES and COMPASSION by John Letiche – Book Signing March 29, 6:30 pm, 2430 Bancroft Ave., Berkeley
Crisis & Compassion – From Russia to the Golden Gate
Bay Area and Berkeley’s own John M. Letiche started life as Ianik Letichevsky, a citizen of the newly constituted Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. The son of a brilliant but dictatorial father and a loving, cultivated mother, he went on to a remarkable career as an accomplished scholar, professor of economics, and adviser to governments.
Letiche, now in his nineties, provides an intriguing look at the changes that have occurred during his lifetime. Following his Kiev childhood and formative years in Depression-era Montreal, he completed a doctorate at the University of Chicago and took up a Rockefeller fellowship at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York City. As a technical advisor to the Economic Commission for Africa he conducted trade talks with both gifted and corrupt heads of state in sub-Saharan Africa, and later shared a working White House dinner with an infamous American president.
His half-century-long teaching career at Berkeley included a front row seat for the Free Speech Movement and the most documented student revolt in popular history. Told with humour, insight, and humility, Crises and Compassion moves nimbly among weighty events and meaningful personal history, showing how “civility in intellectual exchange” came to be the guiding principle of a life of monumental experiences (Amazon)
NEW BIOGRAPHY traces Professors life
from Anti-Semitic Russia to
Berkeley’s Free Speech
Movement to the White House
Crisis & Compassion – From Russia to the Golden Gate
5.0 out of 5 stars Comment by Jeremy Kinsman, February 11, 2011
“Dr. Jack Letiche’s twentieth century journey instructs, entertains, and inspires the reader who will finish the book better off on any account, but above all for the time spent with the life and mind of a great thinker and global citizen.” (Jeremy Kinsman, Canadian Ambassador or High Commissioner in Moscow, Rome, London, and Brussels, and Regents’ Lecturer 2009-10, University of California, Berkeley )
5.0 out of 5 stars More than Economics – Professor’s Memoir A Real Life Rags to Riches Adventure, March 19, 2011 By Burt Kaufman
“What a read! What a Life – and it seems a long way from over for renown Berkeley Economics Professor John Letiche! Now in his early 90s, Letiche has written his fourteenth book, his fascinating memoir recounting an almost unbelievable journey from a childhood in Russia, rife with anti-semitism, to adviser to world leaders.
The book reads almost like an adventure story in its real life drama, including a serendipitous marriage proposal, an eye-opening meeting with President Nixon and, later, historic conferences with the Council on Foreign Relations. One might expect a book written by an economics professor to be very technical but this book, written sans ghostwriter, is easily readable for all ages and education levels. Letiche has a very colorful, yet concise writing style.
This is less a tome on economics than a real life story one must read to appreciate. It might even affect your own life.
Crisis & Compassion – From Russia to the Golden Gate From Anti-semitic Russia to the Golden Gate and more motiviational stories – Read Professor Letiche’s account of the Berkeley Free Speech Movment – available thru Amazon and Berkley bookstores , Berkeley books
Crises and Compassion: From Russia to the Golden Gate (Footprints Series)
new biograhy and more success stories
New Book , New Biography – From Anti-Semitic Russia to World Advisor