December 02, 2006

Happy birthday to me!

A hand-painted card — tucked into an envelope and addressed in English and in Hebrew – arrived in my Tel Aviv mailbox minutes before my birthday. "May this year bring only joy and radiant being," penned Susanne, classy woman, talented painter, and two-time Tel Aviv roommate extraordinaire!

Thank you, Susanne, for your gifts, and thank you, everyone who has helped make this past year joyous and radiant for me. Together, you have been providing the yeast to help me raise, sustain, and spread joy and radiance in both democracies where I am privileged to vote!

And in both democracies, and elsewhere on the planet, where insanity reigns relentlessly as governments and citizens often brutalize the least among us, my birthday wish is for all beings peace and justice.

Peace, because I believe, as my hero Martin Luther King, Jr. said, "We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools." Justice, because, as my hero cautioned, "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."

7 comments:

Sherry said...

Tamar,

I was thinking of you yesterday and wishing you a splendid birthday. So it is just delightful to see you publicly honoring and sharing your special day in your favorite medium.

I hope the year brings you as much love, wisdom, beauty, and laughter as you bring to all of us.

xoxo,
Sherry

Savtadotty said...

Happy Birthday, new friend! I hope we can celebrate the next one together!

Tamar said...

Happy birthday, belatedly, Tamar! What a beautiful card. Yom Holedet Sameach!

Tamar Orvell said...

THANK YOU —

> Sherry, "ancient" friend

> Savtadotty, new friend

> Tamar, virtual friend and namesake

Your generous thoughts and wishes warm me this cool tel aviv eve!

Eliyahu Skoczylas said...

I only know you / you only know me from IsraMac....

Belated Felicitations on your Natal Anniversary (which you share with my sister, Hanah).

Tamar Orvell said...

Eliyahu, I sure do you know you as one of the true smarties on IsraMac. Thanks for all your guru sharing, and for your birthday felicitations!

littlepurplecow said...

Happy (belated) Birthday Tamar! Your life is a gift to me. I wish you a year of laughter, peace and many blessings, dear friend.