Hot August Night

I have nothing to write about so I will write about nothing. What is nothing? The mere act of giving it a name makes it something, so therefore it is impossible to write about nothing. I fantasize about having nothing to do, but then I would be doing nothing which is indeed something; and also nowhere to go, but by staying in place I would be going to stay where I am. The logic of it is so illogical. Can that be?

I think the heat is getting to me. My mind keeps coming back to the sensation of feeling too warm, of noticing the moistness of my skin. I wish I could be wrung out and placed in a cool dry area where my shirt will not stick to my back, and my eyebrows will not collect salt deposits.

My wish will be granted as soon we will depart for Pismo Beach for the annual camping trip. It will be wonderful to escape the Valley at the peak of the heat wave. We will be leaving our memory foam mattress, clean shower ( well at least the filth in my shower is ours- though I don't know that this makes it better- but somehow it is more comforting...) and a somewhat organized kitchen for the chaos of the campsite cooking consortia- there is spaghetti night and steak night.

After ll of the rushing and hurrying and scurrying and lack of sleep and planning and packing, we will arrive to our cool sandy camp site and have family time. Lots of family as my husband's clan makes the annual trek to spend this time together. It is rather remarkable, that like salmon, they swim upstream against the current to arrive at Pismo at the designated time. Just picking the dates is daunting due to all of the different obligations It is always a miracle to me that it happens each year and that the campsites get reserved- this is the most stressful part as it is a kind of free for all- he with the fastest internet connection wins. The families have grown and now there is an entirely new batch of beach babies to enjoy running from tent to tent and the making of Smores in the evening.. After the babies drift off to la la land, we move on to spicy nacho cheese and chips and tequila shots. There is a lot of joking and telling of stories around the fire.

Last year we brought Sarah who was 16 at the time and was visiting from Germany with us for her first camping trip. She was an excellent sport and really enjoyed the experience. We will miss her this year, but this year we are bringing Noemie who is 17 and from France for her first camping trip! She is very adaptable and cheerful and is really looking forward to this trip. Computer Boy has to work and will take a 6 hour train ride from Irvine to Pismo in order to join us for one evening for the big dinner at F McClintock's where the waiter will pour water into a glass perched on top of Noemie's head!

Soccer Boy is taking the Intermediate Soccer Coach class and cannot ride up with us, so he will take a train and meet up with us this evening. Hubby will get to golf, and I will get to visit with my parents and cousins who live in the area. We will finish the trip with a visit to Carmel and then home and back to reality.

I am feeling terribly guilty looking at my loving dog who has not quite figured out that we will be deserting him. I would love to bring him but he will loyally guard our house while we are away, and we are away from the campsite too long to leave him unattended. He has a wonderful dog sitter who is my honorary oldest daughterp who will spoil him while we are away.

So that is it. No big message or profound idea for August. No time to think. But I do want to leave you with the profound thought my dear friend just shared with me. It was his epiphany in his morning meditation and it needs to be shared. It kind of goes with the camping theme... kind of....

Here it is in his exact words and with permission to reprint:

"You are in a room with hundreds of nice and decent people. It is a pleasant and divine atmosphere. But- it will only take one person to fart in view to make the atmoshere a real unpleasant and hellish one."

This is profound as though it is so basic it is also true. Life can change with "the wind" forgive my pun! I am for gun control but never pun control. You can arrange everything so perfectly giving 200% and then the unexpected can occur and dump your apples out of their cart. It does not matter how you took care to arrange them- if there is an outside force which is strong enough- they will tumble. This is life. Ad my shirt is sticking to my back and I need to pack the damn ice chest and swim upstream to Pismo!

Yogi- I ran out of time but here is a delicious recipe just for you and I did cook it the other night as the suggestion was given to me as something different and delicious to prepare with ground beef which I had at home along with all of the spices:


Kefta is ground beef or lamb, typically mixed with cumin, paprika, minced onion, coriander and parsley. Cinnamon, hot ground pepper, and mint leaves are optional. The recipe below shows traditional quantities of these spices and herbs.

Kefta makes a superb kebab (brochette), and it's also the foundation of a number of other Moroccan dishes. You can use lean ground meat, but the traditional recipe calls for a higher fat content. The meat, fat, spices and herbs would all be passed through a meat grinder together.

Serves 4.

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients:

1 lb. (about 1/2 kg) ground beef or lamb (or a combination of the two)
3 ounces (about 100 g) beef or lamb fat (optional)
1 medium onion, chopped very fine
2 teaspoons paprika
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/8 teaspoon hot ground pepper
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
1/4 cup chopped fresh coriander (cilantro)
1 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)
1 tablespoon chopped mint leaves (optional)
Preparation:

Mix all ingredients together in a large mixing bowl, and leave for an hour or longer to allow the flavors to blend. The kefta is then ready to shape and cook.

To make kebabs, take small amounts of kefta and shape them into cylinder or sausage shapes. Skewer the meat, squeezing it to mold it the skewer.

Cook over hot coals, approximately five minutes each side. (It may take less or more time, depending on how hot the coals are, and how thick you shaped the kefta.) Watch the kebabs carefully, so you don't dry out the kefta.

Serve immediately, or wrap in aluminum foil to keep hot while you cook additional kebabs.

Kefta kebabs are often served in bread with Tomato and Roasted Pepper Salad as a filler, and Mint Tea as a beverage.

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There are seven characteristics of a boor and seven of a wise man: The wse man does not speak before him who is greater than himself is wisdom and experience; he does not interrupt the speech of his fellow, he does not answer hastily; he asks questions relevant to the situation and answers to the point; he responds to first things first and last things last;concerning that which he has not learned he says, "I have not learned this"; and he concedes to the truth. The reverse of these characteristics is found in the boor."

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"Who is wise? - He who learns from all men.

Who is strong?- He who controls his inclinations.

Who is wealthy?- He who is content in his portion.

Who is honored?- He who honors others."

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"though the wine may belong to the owner, acknowledgement is given to the one who pours it. "

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"Once a destructive force is allowed to rampage, it does not distinguish between the rightous and the corrupt."

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"If there is only one stone in a pitcher, shaking it will make a loud noise."

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"If there is anything reproachable in you, be the first to acknowledge it."

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"Be careful to respect an elderly person who has forgotten his knowledge through circumstances beyond his control."

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"Do not attempt placating someone when his anger is at a peak, nor should you attempt comforting him when his deceased is before him."

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"If one has eaten garlic and his mouth emits a bad odor, shall he eat more garlic so that his breath will be even more offensive?"

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"Through three things man's character may be judged; by his cup, his purse, and his temper. Some say, ven by his laughter."

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"In three ways are acts of lovingkindness superior to charity; charity is performed with one's money, lovingkindness with one's money and one's being; charity is for the poor, lovingkindness for the poor and the rich; charity is for the living, lovingkindness for the living and the dead."

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"Happy is our youth when it has not disgraced our old-age; happy is our old-age when it has atoned for our youth."

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"He who is arrogant is considered defective."

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"The dDivine Spirit does not reside in any except the joyful heart."

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"We cannot compare him who has gone over his studies 100 times to him who has gone over his studies 101 times."

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"Much have I learned from my teachers, and from my colleagues more than from my teachers, but from my students more than all."

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"Longevity, posterity, and prosperity are less matters of merit and more matters of destiny."

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"He who is tempermental forgets his learning and becomes steadily foolish."

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"Once a man is deviant and repeats his deviance, it appears to him as permissible.."

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"Personal disgrace is worse than bodily pain."

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"A tempermental an gains nothing except the ill effects of his temper."

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"A son's actions reflect on his father, but a father's actions do not reflect on his son."

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"the body is strong, but fright breaks it. Fright is strong, but wine numbs its potency. Wine is strong, but sleep overcomes it."

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"if others have done you much harm, let it appear to you as trivial. If you have done others little harm, let it appear to you as much."

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"If you possess all virtues but lack humility, you are incomplete, for people will say, "So-and-so would be a great man were it not for his pride."

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"If you have friends, some of whom criticize you whilst others praise you, love those who criticize you and dislike those who praise you."

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"In the way man wishes to travel, so is he led along."

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"The era is determined by its leader. The leader is determined by his era."

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A scholar of questionable ancestry takes precedence over an ignorant High Priest."

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"Man should always eat and drink less than his means, clothe himself according to his means, and honor his wife and children more than his means allow."

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"Scholars, the older they grow, the more wisdom they aquire; but the ignorant, the older they grow, the ore foolish they become."

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"High office shortens man's days."

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"He who runs after greatness, greatness eludes him; but e who runs from greatness, greatness seeks him out."

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August 6, 2012

The Wit and Wisdom of the Talmud: by Rabbi Dr. Reuven P. Bulka cc 1974

"Any love which depends on a cause, once the cause disappears, the love disintegrates; but a love independent of any cause will never disintegrate."

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"Do not worry about tomorrow's troubles for you know not what tomorrow will bring. Tomorrow may come and you will not be, and it thus turns out that you have worried about a world which is not yours."

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"According to the camel is the load."

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He who prays should direct the eyes downward and the heart upward."

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"it is moral imperative tht orphans pay the debts of their fathers."

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"When a man sows, it is a matter of doubt whether he will eat; but when man reaps, he will surely eat."

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"Man in his passion lusts only for that which is forbidden to him."

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"If old people tell you to tear down and youngsters tell you to build, tear down and do not build, for the tearing down of older people is construction and the building up of youngsters is destruction."

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"One should first aquire knowledge and then strive to understand it."

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"One should never distinguish one child amongst his children."

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"It is natural for a benevolent person to seek out the poor."

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"In my home town, my name carries me; away from home, my clothing."

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"Water is cheap, wine expensive; the world can exist without wine, but the world cannot be sustained without water.

Salt is cheap, pepper and spices are expensive; the world can exist without pepper and spices, but the world cannot be sustained without salt."

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"A man should not entreat his friend to dine with him when he knows the friend will refuse. And he should not offer him gifts when he knows the friend will not accept them."

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"God despises him who has evidence to support his neighbor and witholds it. God despises him who speaks with his mouth unlike what he feels in his heart."

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"Any dwelling which is not built to function in the summer and the winter is not a true house."

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"One should not threaten a child with future punishment. Rather he should either punish the child immediately or control himself and say nothing."

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"If you are charitable, you merit wealth. If you have been blessed with wealth, perform charity with it."

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"Be humble ad likeable to all people, and specially to the members of your household."

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"If you desire to gain your fellow's love, involve yourself with his welfare."

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"it is difficult to assume power. Hard as it is to assume power, it is even more difficult to give it up."

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"He who honors a friend for the sake of gain will ultimately leave him in disgrace."

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"Give charity of your own accord and the act will be attributed to you. Do not wait for others to force yuor,, for the act will then be attributed to them."

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"Do not crave for the table of kings, for your table is greater than theirs and your crown greater than their crown."

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"He who is easily provoked and easily pacified, his fault is canceled by his virtue. He who is hard to provoke and hard to pacify, his virtue is canceled by his fault."

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"Lower yurself and you will be exalted; exalt yourse;f and you will be lowered."

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"He who learns quickly and forgets quickly, his advantage is canceled by his disadvantage. He who is slow to learn and slow to forget, his disadvantage is canceled by his advantage."

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"According to the effort is the reward."

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"Be a tail for lions rather than a head for foxes."

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"He whose deeds exceed his wisdom, his wisdom will endure; but he whose wisdom exceeds his deeds, his wisdom will not endure."

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"If there is no knowledge, there is no understanding; if there is no understanding, there is no knowledge."

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"A bashful person cannot learn; an impatient person cannot teach."

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"Peace is to the world as yeast is to dough."

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"Do not look at the vessel, rather to what it contains."

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"Prevarication is frequent, trut rare."

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"The talk of the child in public is that of his father and mother."

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