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>I went to Eric & Irene’s wedding today, and beaming through the mechanical, electrical, and emotional stutters, was the beautiful radiant joy of a couple in love. It was a small ceremony; most of the guest were related to either the bride or the groom, so those of us who were not part of the clan felt honored to be included as family. I think that one of the main reasons I like going to weddings is to see lovers in love celebrating their union; it is heartwarming and inspiring to witness happiness.

A word used several times in the ceremony was Bershert. Bershert is a Yiddish word which translates to mean “It was meant to be”, sometimes people use it to mean their beloved.

May we all know the experience of bershert.

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I went to Eric & Irene’s wedding today, and beaming through the mechanical, electrical, and emotional stutters, was the beautiful radiant joy of a couple in love. It was a small ceremony; most of the guest were related to either the bride or the groom, so those of us who were not part of the clan felt honored to be included as family. I think that one of the main reasons I like going to weddings is to see lovers in love celebrating their union; it is heartwarming and inspiring to witness happiness.

A word used several times in the ceremony was Bershert. Bershert is a Yiddish word which translates to mean “It was meant to be”, sometimes people use it to mean their beloved.

May we all know the experience of bershert.

>I have been afraid of dogs nearly my entire life; when I was about 5 years old, (a very long time ago) a big German Shepherd chased me on my way to school and I had to hide between a tree and a fence to get away from him. Since that experience, I have been so afraid of dogs that I would cross the street if someone with a dog (on a leash) was walking towards me on the sidewalk.

Gradually I got to know some dogs (it seemed most of my friends owned dogs) and I grew to realize that some were gentle and kind (just like people). I finally progressed past my fear enough to pet a dog after I had known her for a few months. Eventually I even got comfortable enough to befriend a great Dane (who weighed as much as I do); he used to sit on me to show his affection for me.

Today I may still be a bit reserved when meeting a dog, but I allow my senses to tell me whether he is friendly or aggressive instead of automatically assuming he will try to bite me. It’s been a long process, but I’ve met some wonderful dogs along the way who have taught me that my first experience is not the only experience possible. I got “dog therapy” from the calm and friendly dogs who taught me through their presence how to trust a dog.

I learned today that there are Therapy Dogs who go to disaster sites, nursing homes, and childcare facilities to help with the emotional, physical, and social well being of people; they bring joy and love to people who either can not receive it from other people, or don’t receive enough of it from other people.

Dogs are wonderful healers and teachers, after all, it was the kind and gentle dogs of my friends who have taught me how to overcome my fear of the one who chased me decades ago.

I have been afraid of dogs nearly my entire life; when I was about 5 years old, (a very long time ago) a big German Shepherd chased me on my way to school and I had to hide between a tree and a fence to get away from him. Since that experience, I have been so afraid of dogs that I would cross the street if someone with a dog (on a leash) was walking towards me on the sidewalk.

Gradually I got to know some dogs (it seemed most of my friends owned dogs) and I grew to realize that some were gentle and kind (just like people). I finally progressed past my fear enough to pet a dog after I had known her for a few months. Eventually I even got comfortable enough to befriend a great Dane (who weighed as much as I do); he used to sit on me to show his affection for me.

Today I may still be a bit reserved when meeting a dog, but I allow my senses to tell me whether he is friendly or aggressive instead of automatically assuming he will try to bite me. It’s been a long process, but I’ve met some wonderful dogs along the way who have taught me that my first experience is not the only experience possible. I got “dog therapy” from the calm and friendly dogs who taught me through their presence how to trust a dog.

I learned today that there are Therapy Dogs who go to disaster sites, nursing homes, and childcare facilities to help with the emotional, physical, and social well being of people; they bring joy and love to people who either can not receive it from other people, or don’t receive enough of it from other people.

Dogs are wonderful healers and teachers, after all, it was the kind and gentle dogs of my friends who have taught me how to overcome my fear of the one who chased me decades ago.

>It’s my birthday today, so I’m taking the day off to shop, eat, and play.

Join me in treating today as if it’s your birthday, and do what you love to do:)

It’s my birthday today, so I’m taking the day off to shop, eat, and play.

Join me in treating today as if it’s your birthday, and do what you love to do:)

It’s my birthday today, so I’m taking the day off to shop, eat, and play.

Join me in treating today as if it’s your birthday, and do what you love to do:)

>My friend Cindy came into town to have a birthday lunch with me at Spago’s in Beverly Hills. Yes, the Spago’s that is the original Beverly Hills hot restaurant (now on Canon Drive).

They are remodeling the exterior, there is construction on the street, and the valet parking is only available if the marked valet spots are unoccupied when you pull up, so getting into the restaurant is the most challenging part of dining here.

The interior bar and dining areas are beautiful; I especially like the outdoor patio with the fountain and umbrella shaded tables. Everything has clean artistic lines and the service is very attentive with an almost European attention to details (like serving portions on the plate from a copper pot).

Spago’s is famous for its’ food and even now decades after it first opened, the food is fabulous. We had the Artic Char with a ginger soy medley of Asian vegetables and the Lobster Cobb salad that was presented with picture perfect rows of each ingredient (even the boiled egg was seperated into stripes of whites and yolks). It’s rare to have food that can shine with stellar surprises to your palate after years of celebrity; Spago’s manges to do it and do it well.

We chose the peach cobbler for dessert from their summer menu. I’ve never had a better one; the peaches were perfectly warmed with a nice raspberry syrup and fresh raspberries, and the pastry was buttery, flakey and light at the same time. All this was served with a raspberry gelato and a sliver of meringue, and after we managed to finish it, they bought out an additional complimentary plate of luscious cookies, petits fours, and a truffle for my birthday.

Two desserts for lunch and I managed to somehow eat them both. Does that mean I get two wishes tomorrow?

My friend Cindy came into town to have a birthday lunch with me at Spago’s in Beverly Hills. Yes, the Spago’s that is the original Beverly Hills hot restaurant (now on Canon Drive).

They are remodeling the exterior, there is construction on the street, and the valet parking is only available if the marked valet spots are unoccupied when you pull up, so getting into the restaurant is the most challenging part of dining here.

The interior bar and dining areas are beautiful; I especially like the outdoor patio with the fountain and umbrella shaded tables. Everything has clean artistic lines and the service is very attentive with an almost European attention to details (like serving portions on the plate from a copper pot).

Spago’s is famous for its’ food and even now decades after it first opened, the food is fabulous. We had the Artic Char with a ginger soy medley of Asian vegetables and the Lobster Cobb salad that was presented with picture perfect rows of each ingredient (even the boiled egg was seperated into stripes of whites and yolks). It’s rare to have food that can shine with stellar surprises to your palate after years of celebrity; Spago’s manges to do it and do it well.

We chose the peach cobbler for dessert from their summer menu. I’ve never had a better one; the peaches were perfectly warmed with a nice raspberry syrup and fresh raspberries, and the pastry was buttery, flakey and light at the same time. All this was served with a raspberry gelato and a sliver of meringue, and after we managed to finish it, they bought out an additional complimentary plate of luscious cookies, petits fours, and a truffle for my birthday.

Two desserts for lunch and I managed to somehow eat them both. Does that mean I get two wishes tomorrow?

>Southwest Airlines is well known for their great low fares which do not add on extra fees for baggage, and they will email you (as will all airlines) their latest sales promotions. Wouldn’t it be nice if instead of scrolling through all the offers, you were instantly notified when offers for discount fares to your preferred destinations showed up on your desktop?

Ding! is the newest Southwest innovation; it’s an application that you download onto your desktop. You select the destinations you travel to, or want to be notified of discounts for, and you will literally hear an audible “Ding!” with an icon showing you when there is a discounted fare available. The Southwest system notifies travel agents when fares change instantly on their computer reservation systems; this way you get the changes too, as immediately as the agents do, but without requiring that you check your email or call the airline.

Making your travel life easier while saving you money on your trip is the mark of great service; having your computer do it automatically, with no cost of time or money, is the best service.

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