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Sad News from Temple Sinai Pittsburgh

Posted in Info, Pittsburgh with tags on October 19, 2016 by ThommyMac

It was with numbing horror I read this in my emails:

Dear Friends,

It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that I am writing to let you know that Rabbi Gibson’s father, Larry Gibson, passed away last night, as a result of injuries he sustained when he was struck by a car earlier this week.  On behalf of the congregation and staff, we extend our deepest sympathies to the entire Gibson family.  Rabbi Gibson’s parents visited Pittsburgh and attended our services on many occasions over the years; I’m sure we all feel we know Larry Gibson from the stories that are a regular feature of Rabbi Gibson’s sermons. 

Naturally, we want to comfort Rabbi Gibson as a community, as he has comforted so many of us individually. 

As a community, we mourn the passing of Larry Gibson

Father of Rabbi James A. (Barbara) Gibson

Grandfather of Micah (Catherine) Gibson, Avi and David Gibson

Great-grandfather of Noa

For those who would like to make a donation in Larry Gibson’s memory, donations may be made to Temple Sinai or the Gibson Education Fund at Temple Israel, Minneapolis.

Our deepest condolences to the entire Gibson family.

Sincerely,

Nancy E. Gale

President, Temple Sinai

 

Rabbi Gibson has been a HUGE influence in my road to becoming a truly practicing and contributing adult in the Jewish Community. It’s been 3 decades since my own father passed away and it STILL can sneak up on me and reduce me to tears. I sincerely wish the Gibson family comfort in their time of grief.

Yeah, baby, yeah!!!!

Posted in Current Events, Info, Opinion, Pittsburgh with tags , , on September 25, 2016 by ThommyMac

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It is no surprise to me BUT the ‘Burgh was mentioned in MSN travel today:

America’s Most Underrated Cities!

Most folks who know me know that deep down I love my hometown, especially now that I am back in the Squirrel Hill area. Absolutely EVERY ‘Out of Towner’ I have talked to is floored at how nice the city is, especially its appearance and people. I am pretty widely travelled and I can only think of 2 cities where strangers at the bus stop routinely strike up a conversation. Here (Pittsburgh, PA USA) and Nashville TN. A sunny day in London, UK can make it quite friendly but the ‘Burgh is friendly pretty near all the time. And the amazing or charming thing is how that little bit of conversation transcends. Gay folks, black folks, punk rockers, hipsters, wannabes, even city hicks will all talk a little waiting for the bus. THAT can’t be quantified but is pretty darn cool. It can even be life changing if not actually life saving. I’ll share an example that I have only shared with close friends until now. It is so hard to believe this happened over 30 years ago. I was 1/2 drunk and waiting for a bus. My dad had taken his own life 18 hours before and I was NUTS. An older black fellow in a housekeeping uniform saw the tears streaming down my face. They wouldn’t go away no matter how hard I tried to stop or hide them. He asked me what was wrong and I told him. He hugged me long and hard and tried to give me $20. I said no thanks and he said “let a brother buy a nephew a drink”. I took the 20 and bought a case. This was the mid 1980s and $20 could get you a case of Genny Cream and a couple packs of name brand smokes. He never did say his name but I never forgot that guy. Think that would happen in, ohhhh, say Philly? Asking someone the time there could lead to a fist fight. I can say it without apology, I love Pittsburgh, PA. Maybe that is what kept me around the 4 times I had a chance at a good gig far away.

-T

Quotes

Posted in Info with tags on August 27, 2016 by ThommyMac

It’s been forever since I shared some quotes. Life and mental health have been VERY taxing as of late. Quotes usually make me feel better. SO here are some faves:

No man has lived to much purpose unless he has built a house, begotten a son, or written a book.-Italian Proverb

A wise man knows everything; a shrewd one, everybody.
Author unidentified

No matter how big and tough a problem may be, get rid of confusion by taking one little step toward solution. Do something. -George F. Nordenholt

We cannot do everything at once, but we can do something at once.
Calvin Coolidge

In the Garden of Eden sat Adam,
Massaging the bust of his madam,
He chuckled with mirth,
For he knew that on earth,
There were only two boobs and he had ’em.
Author unidentified

Admonish your friends in private; praise them in public.
Publilius Syrus

In prosperity, caution; in adversity, patience.
Dutch Proverb

The United States is a nation of laws: badly written and randomly enforced.
Frank Zappa

Americans are very smart about the things they care about, and ignorant about the things they don’t.
Jonah Goldberg

An angry man [differs] from a madman only in the shorter time which his passion [endures].
Cato the Elder (Marcus Porcius Cato)

Odd things animals. All dogs look up to you. All cats look down to you. Only a pig looks at you as an equal.
Winston Churchill

[Astrology] is the excellent foppery of the world, that, when we are sick in fortune (often the surfeit of our own behavior) we make guilty of our disasters the sun, the moon, and the stars; as if we were villains by necessity; fools by heavenly compulsion; knaves, thieves, and teachers by spherical predominance; drunkards, liars, and adulterers by an enforced obedience of planetary influence.
William Shakespeare

To you I’m an atheist; to God, I’m the Loyal Opposition.
Woody Allen

Cock’s bones! now again I stand
The jolliest bachelor i’ th’ land.
Attributed to Henry VIII of England: On the beheading of Anne Boleyn, 1536

None are so busy as the fool and knave.
John Dryden

It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.
C. S. Lewis

Canada could have enjoyed:
English government,
French culture,
and American know-how.
Instead it ended up with:
English know-how,
French government,
and American culture. -John Robert Colombo

After this, therefore because of this. (Post hoc, ergo propter hoc.)
Latin Phrase (A familiar logical fallacy)

The more that things change, the more we need to depend upon those things that never change. -Rabbi Daniel Lapin

The louder he talked of his honour, the faster we counted our spoons.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are. -John Wooden

An untempted woman cannot boast of her chastity.
Michel Eyquem, seigneur de Montaigne
It’s never the right time to have kids, but it’s always the right time for screwing. G-d’s not a dumb shit. He knows how it works.
Samuel Halpern

A charlatan makes obscure what is clear; a thinker makes clear what is obscure. -Hugh Kingsmill

There was no need to do any housework at all. After the first four years the dirt doesn’t get any worse. -Quentin Crisp

Communism requires of its adherents that they arise early and participate in a strenuous round of calisthenics. To someone who wishes that cigarettes came already lit the thought of such exertion at an hour when decent people are just nodding off is thoroughly abhorrent. -Fran Lebowitz

[The C programming language] makes it easy to shoot yourself in the foot; C++ makes it harder, but when you do, it blows your whole leg off. -Bjarne Stroustrup

That’s the thing about people who think they hate computers. What they really hate is lousy programmers.
Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle

[Con] men have long known . . . that their job is not to convince skeptics but to enable the gullible to continue to believe what they want to believe. -Thomas Sowell

Resistance was fatal; flight was impracticable; and the patient submission of helpless innocence seldom found mercy from the Barbarian conqueror. -Edward Gibbon

Curiosity is the very basis of education and if you tell me that curiosity killed the cat, I say only that the cat died nobly.
Arnold Edinborough

You say that it is your [Hindu] custom to burn widows. Very well. We [British] also have a custom: When men burn a woman alive, we tie a rope around their necks and we hang them. Build your funeral pyre; beside it, my carpenters will build a gallows. You may follow your custom. And then we will follow ours.
Sir Charles Napier

It may be that your whole purpose in life is simply to serve as a warning to others. -Author unidentified

I drive way too fast to worry about cholesterol. -Steven Wright

Grandpa: I used to be with it, but then they changed what "it" was. Now, what I’m with isn’t it, and what’s "it" seems weird and scary to me. -The Simpsons

[Pyrrhus] grieved greatly over the death of Aeropus; not so much because he was dead, for that, he said, was the common lot of mankind, but because he himself had delayed repaying him a kindness until it was too late. Debts of money, he said, can be paid to the heirs of a creditor, but men of honour are grieved at not being able to return a kindness during the lifetime of their benefactor. -Plutarch

Americans are so enamored of equality that they would rather be equal in slavery than unequal in freedom. -Alexis de Tocqueville