it’s a miracle! i’m now a believer.

This morning, while I was making toast, I received what I believe to be a sign from God.

The “Sign of Jonah” appeared on my morning toast, irrefutable evidence that Simcha Jacobovici and Dr. James Tabor are correct about their claim to have discovered an ossuary with a ‘great fish’ inscribed on it, offering the “the earliest archaeological record of Christians ever found.”

My young daughter said that it looked like a fish, so it passed the “Talitha test,” thereby confirming that it’s a fish.

Note very natural pats of butter all around the edges. Unfortunately, my tech assistant accidentally rotated the toast 90 degrees to make it fit better on the plate, but if you would have bought my book and read it, you’d have known that it’s disoriented.

The "Sign of Jonah" appears on toast.

The "Sign of Jonah" appears on toast.

a few pix from december 2011

Here are the latest pix from Britt Wilson Photography.

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happy hanukkah 2009 – may you too always last longer than you expected

Talitha with her Hanukkah menorah on the first night.

Talitha with her Hanukkah menorah on the first night.

Talitha lighting the Hanukkah menorah on the first night.

Talitha lighting the Hanukkah menorah on the first night.

Tali and her newly lit Hanukkah menorah on the first night.

Hanukkah 2009, night one

Hanukkah 2009, night one

tali had waited all day, and when the time came, she got to play with fire with my full blessing.

happy hanukkah to all. may you always seek the light, and may you always last longer than you expected ;-)

why there is a popsicle stick star of david on the top of my tree – a brief reflection on holiday traditions

Talitha Cargill still tops the holiday tree with a popsicle stick Star of David she made while in preschool. Photo taken November 29, 2009.

Talitha Cargill still tops the holiday tree with a popsicle Star of David she made while in preschool. Photo taken November 29, 2009.

as we approach hanukkah 2009 (which begins sundown december 11), i was going back through my daughter’s first hanukkah experiences. while she was in preschool at malibu jewish center, she created a popsicle stick star of david, which still annually adorns our holiday tree. i was also running back through photos of her first ever pageant of any kind, which was a hanukkah celebration at temple etz chaim, where she went while in kindergarten. she made a hanukkah menorah hat, which she proudly wore during the recital. my ‘little girl‘ is growing up.

it is interesting to notice that while children ultimately reach an age where they begin to distinguish between things that are cool and not cool, and begin to discern between things that are now ‘childish’ and items that are more befitting their present age, that things they created as children within the contexts of traditions – especially holiday traditions – never become ‘uncool.’ these photos, however embarrassing, and these decorations, however messy, were their first creations – their first attempts at representing via symbol their view of the world as shaped by their parents and their environment. kids recognize, even at a very early age, the difference between fashion trends that come and go and toys out of which they grow, and things they created as children to commemorate the holiday seasons, which are actually commemorations of the years of their lives. just like their birthdays, goofy decorations, mugs, coasters, and picture frames that children bring home as gifts every year are holiday memories that children (and adults for that matter) rely on as mileposts in the paths of their lives.

thus, it is important to allow children to create their own memories. and we should encourage this by always placing the popsicle stick star of david on the top of the tree.

Talitha with her menorah hat at the Temple Adat Elohim Hanukkah celebration.

Talitha with her Hanukkah menorah hat at the Temple Adat Elohim Hanukkah celebration.

Talitha at the Temple Adat Elohim Hanukkah celebration.

Talitha at the Temple Adat Elohim Hanukkah celebration.

tali turns ten today

Tali at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery.

Tali at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery.

ten years ago today, my life changed forever. my ‘little girl,’ talitha joy, was born on september 18, 1999. it is still the proudest moment of my life.

i surprised her with tickets to the miley cyrus concert at the staples center. oh the lengths to which parents will go to sacrifice for their children! ;-)

as i said in the dedication of my book:

Finally, I wish to thank my daughter, Talitha Joy. Tali, you are the girl I’ve always loved and you are the reason I rise in the morning. May I live each day in an effort to show you that life can be lived with adventure, discovery, knowledge, faith, hope, kindness, laughter, love, and peace. I love you Tali. You will always be my little girl.

happy birthday tali. you will always be my little girl.

daddy

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