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Sabbath Day

January 26, 2018

Sabbath Day – One Day a Week to Focus on What Really Matters

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I had some errands to run this morning, so I did them on my bike – 6.5 miles on “church business,” on the Bronx River Parkway Path (above) which turned something I ‘needed to do’ as part of my job into something that felt “sabbathy.” I had more errands to run for church, but it was simply too cold to do so on my bike. I headed for home.

On my way, I stopped and ordered too much food from Turkish Cuisine on Mamaroneck Ave, carrying my sampling of middle eastern dishes home on my bike and eating them all while finishing my ‘novel of the week,’ Mornings in Jenin, by Susan Abulhawah. (I was in a section that seemed to mention food on every other page, which made me hungry). I will be in Jenin, Palestine, in little more than three months! The novel is beautiful and tragic and ultimately hopeful. I recommend it.

The school quarter ended today, which left a fairly homework-free evening to share with my son. We spent the usual time together at the nature center with the goats, sheep, chickens, turkeys, pheasants, and rabbits. But our most important time was spent nursing our Jackson’s Chameleon to health. He’s a bit dehydrated and vitamin deficient, which required a visit to the vet, but lots of bathing and ‘force’-feeding are making a difference. It’s a humbling ting to hold such a fragile life one’s hand. Below: a boy, his pizza, and his chameleon. 

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. planehpn permalink
    January 27, 2018 7:18 am

      wahty is that anamal you have? he is at your apt? is he gentel?   bruce

  2. Wilhelmine Harper permalink
    January 27, 2018 7:45 pm

    what an endearing story about your Son’s pet – Speedy recovery – i seem to have lost track of the exact date you shall be leaving for Palestine? I did not realize it was a little over 3 months.
    Yummy for the Turkish cuisine on Mamaroneck Avenue. Only frequent it if I have a friend who knows the Turkish menu better than I do.

    Thank you for the wonderful updates.
    Wil Harper

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