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That’s Fahrenheit, Baby

Mid-afternoon.  Dogs napping on the tile floor.  Finished a can of Dr. Brown’s Cel-Ray.  Took a break from editing latest project.  Walked past the thermostat:

Not sure if the air temperature really is 100 degrees Fahrenheit.  Looks suspicious.  Raised eyebrow.  So — rinsed the empty can of Dr. Brown’s Cel-Ray, left it in the sink to drain, and walked past the thermostat again:

 

Well, that was apparently bogus.

Then, in a matter of seconds — mere seconds — the thermostat registered eight less degrees.  I saw it with my own eyeballs.  No photograph of that; I don’t want to put you, my readers, into a whirly spin.  Believe me.  Today’s world is too nuts as it is.

It’s just too, too much–

One hundred degrees.

One hundred four degrees.

Ninety-six degrees.

That’s Fahrenheit, Baby.

Up and up and down.  And so goes the thermometer.

Truthfully, though it was hot, hot, hot today, I don’t think the 104 degrees Fahrenheit was legitimate.

Sure, maybe for a hot second it was, but not in the grand scheme of the afternoon.

A hot breeze — a diablo wind — could have boosted that temperature momentarily.

But, what do I care?  Baby, it’s hot outside.

And I’m inside, working up a sweat working on a big editing project.

(c)Susan Marie Molloy, and all works within.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Voting Rabbi: Tinted Toes, Temple, and The Times

In my last blog, “The Story of the Voting Rabbi,” I wondered who Rabbi Nathan Wolf was, that lone voter in New York’s 40th Precinct of the Tenth Assembly District in November 1934. Who was this man, this voter, this rabbi?

Apparently, he was a very busy citizen.

I found a blog, specifically Jen Taylor Friedman’s blog from HaSoferet.com, which spoke about Rabbi Wolf. He was quoted in the 1936 Milwaukee Journal article, “Tinted Toes Help Girls Get Higher Quality Husbands”:

The Marriage Brokers’ Association . . . reported Friday that tinted toe and fingernails are getting girls more and better husbands . . .  ”Every year there is more business,” announced Rabbi Nathan Wolf …”For example, the girls say ‘Do men like painted nails?’ I say ‘Listen, they want to marry a lady, a pretty one. So make yourself beautiful. Ruby, rose–they look nice. Color your nails if you want to. Even your toenails. It will be a surprise for him.’ . . . The association believes a girl should be beautiful, young in comparison to the man’s age, well-educated and have a dowry of some kind…

The rabbi seems to have had an open ‘round-the-clock temple, too:

He was apparently a bit creative when it came to raising a minyan: In a 1936 issue of the Jewish Floridian: “Midtown New York is being treated to the sight of a sandwich man advertising Yiskor and Kaddish services at the Temple and Centre of Times Square…The rabbi of the Temple is Dr. Nathan Wolf…” This is the Garment District in the 1930s, an area crammed full of Jewish immigrants working in garment manufacture. There were quite a lot of shuls in the area servicing the workers; I imagine that Rabbi Wolf’s “Always Open” temple was quite attractive to shift workers and so on who were trying to cram a bit of communal Judaism into their lives. Best guess is that his shul, like many others of the area, declined as the area ceased to be full of Jewish immigrants.

Moreover, in 1939, he published an encyclopedia of Jewish festivals and holidays.

And now, to return to the mid-term elections in November 1934.

The Chicago Tribune’s article (the one that started me on this research project), read thusly:

Conversely, the New York Times article reads a bit differently. The city’s cost is considerably less. The precinct number moves from the 49th to the 42nd. We see the addition of 100 spectators to the two policemen and four election officials. And we discover this is an annual event, and why he is the sole voter:


It’s difficult to discern which of the two newspaper stories are correct, and how much is embellished, based on missing information and conflicting data. That is, what is true, and what is not.

It sounds a lot like today’s news, doesn’t it?

©Susan Marie Molloy, and all works within.


A Year of Change

This morning I took a walk and enjoyed the crispy November air.  It felt fresh, and it revitalized me.   And then I thought –

November?   Already!

This past year – yet, not quite over – was a busy time for me.  Some busyness came about deliberately and some naturally evolved.  Being occupied led to simplifying life, and it remained an on-going mission, particularly since the summer.  Someone once told me, “People would be surprised at how little they actually need to live.”

Indeed.

Relationships are the natural ebb and flow of life.  I am always am a firm believer in that you cannot force a relationship.  If it’s meant to be, it will be, whether blood relations or not.  It all evens out the way it’s supposed to be.

I’ve gotten so disorganized in the past couple of years, and I lost my bearing.  There were some damnable problems with people that threw off my balance.  Happily, I’m righted again, finally.

More travelling happened this past year, too. It was good to get away, see different sights, and become more knowledgeable in these travels.

During much of my free time, I wrote more than ever.  I published three books of poetry this year – and if you picked up any of my four books, thank you!  Meanwhile, I’m still working on a larger book that should be ready next year.  I can only write when the spirit moves me.  All writers experience writer’s block from time to time.  It’s natural.

Yet, with all the events this year, this coming year is my “Year of Change.”

This is going to be a first-class year for me, filled with lots of changes for the good.

I’m looking forward to it and sharing it with you.  Stay tuned.

©Susan Marie Molloy, and all works within.


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