THE YIZKOR CANDLE by Jacqueline Becker as it appears in MSK anthology

 

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     It was time to light the Yizkor, or memorial candle.  We traditionally light it during the week of shiva, or mourning.  We light it at sundown just before we light the four major holiday candles.  We also light it on the anniversary of the death of a close member the family.  The candle represents the soul.  Yizkor is the command verb to remember.  It would translate into:  “He SHALL remember.”  Remembering is imperative in our religion.  The candle is meant to burn a full 24 hours. 

    When our department took our supervisor out to celebrate her retirement, we went to a small, lovely Mexican restaurant.  It was late afternoon and the staff began to light the candles on our table.  My colleague-friend, Debbi, looked at me and I looked back at her.  We were the only ones who understood.  We burst out in laughter.  We could not hold back as the tears streamed down our cheeks.     To be continued tomorrow…

My promo is over in 2 days and so far…

221 people are reading my book over the last 3 days.

MY PROMO JUST STARTED AND 155 PEOPLE ARE READING MY BOOK!

Thank you KINDLE for suggesting that I offer a free promo.  And just in time for Mother’s Day.   http://www.kindle.com RAGING AGAINST AGING: Kicking & screaming, laughing & crying, stretching & kvetching by Jacqueline Becker.  HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!

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It’s not about the writing

It is about the stories behind the writing.  Writing is just storytelling.  You write .  You put a book out there in the world.  But I have learned that is not enough.  You have to speak.  You have to put yourself out there and tell your stories.  You have to be the mouthpiece, the voice.  People may or may not buy your book but they will turn out to hear you talk.  And the audience has to be with you and you have to be one with them.  It is magical when it goes well.  You rise above yourself and the audience carries you.  I used to be afraid to be a public speaker.  I was a teacher.  I have learned to drop the teachable moments and connect – not by trying, by just telling my story the way it is.  Storytelling predated writing and it will last longer than writing.  Storytelling is the way we connected, connect, and will always connect.