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Apple - a Poem

Posted by Veronica Sidhu on Friday, January 28, 2011, In : For the Soul 
An apple--in the right hands, it's a recipe, or a meditation.

My deep little friend Sophia, just 7 years old, sent me her lovely poem:

APPLE
Our class is a whole big apple.
And in it is the star. And in it are the seeds.
And we are the seeds.
We make miracles grow for each other.
And each new year we make a new tree grow.

Happy New Year! Make it happen!
Love, Rani

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First 2011 Bennett Brand Memorial Scholarship winner!

Posted by Veronica Sidhu on Wednesday, January 26, 2011, In : For the Soul 
On the ninth anniversary of our dear grandson Bennett's passing, we were pleased to present the Bennett Brand Memorial Scholarship to the first recipient of 2011. Candice Baker is a remarkable young woman who has much to teach Congresswoman Giffords about the fight ahead of her. Candice was shot in the head (two bullets) and was paralyzed. She is now walking with the help of braces (no easy feat) and is working full time as a receptionist. This former student of mine, a graduate of Dunellen H...

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Bhai Taru Singh, the movie -- you must see it!

Posted by Veronica Sidhu on Wednesday, October 7, 2009, In : For the Soul 
Waheguruji ka khalsa! Waheguruji ki fateh!

We were privileged to see the movie, Bhai Taru Singh, on Saturday in Parsippany, NJ on Saturday and it was wonderful! The virtues of courage, compassion, truthfulness, patience and sacrifice are beautifully woven into the story. There is a balanced and sane view of virtue and of the evil in the world without attributing either to any one group. Although there is violence, the bloodshed is not glorified, nor graphically depicted, so that children would...
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Role play

Posted by Veronica Sidhu on Wednesday, May 27, 2009, In : For the Soul 
There is a lie at the beginning of this blog. Talking about all the roles I have filled in this lifetime -- daughter, student, wife,  grandmother, etc. -- certainly I have been all of them. But at my core, none of them. Eventually every role, every relationship drops away.  Even this body I inhabit will be no more. Then who am I? Guru Arjan Devji sings an answer:

The actor stages the play, playing the many characters in different costumes;
but when the play ends, he takes off the  costumes, an...

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Prayer of The Little Flower

Posted by Veronica Sidhu on Sunday, May 17, 2009, In : For the Soul 
Just returned from a concert our chorale gave to the women of AAUW who’s mission this year is to publicize pay equity. I was shocked to hear that in 46 years women have only gained 17 cents on the dollar in pay equity with men despite the fact that equal pay for women was made into law under President Kennedy. At that rate, our granddaughters will not see pay equity in their working lifetime! Of course this dire news along with other bad economic news can throw us into turmoil. But this is ...
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Folding clothes -- who knew?

Posted by Veronica Sidhu on Sunday, May 17, 2009, In : For the Soul 
Last Friday during our Tolle group meeting, Shu brought up the three sources of happiness in Taoist philosophy. One is the solitary enjoyment of simple things. Maybe because it is the 14th anniversary of Bebeji's passing this week, I was flooded with the memory of the first time I saw her folding her clothes.
  
In the spirit of "full disclosure", you have to understand that for me, folding clothes was a chore to "get over with" so I could "get on with something important!" Watching Bebeji, th...
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Nitnem -- The daily prayers of the Sikhs

Posted by Veronica Sidhu on Sunday, May 17, 2009, In : For the Soul 

Everyone wishes for a glimpse of the divine—love, joy and truth eternal. My wish for all the world is that this year each of us may experience it. Music, nature, art, friendship and prayer are all doors through which we enter the divinity within us beyond our mundane world. It is more important than ever that we daily enter these doors through our senses, our sensibilities and our hearts.

The vibration of the world is being stepped up now. We must tune ourselves to a higher sound. We are wit...
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