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Traditional Employment Includes Types of People and Places

Traditional Employment includes types of people and places.  Any new year is a time for reflection: What happened or didn’t happen last year? What might happen this year? Since this new year  (2019) is about to begin, I thought I’d reflect on previous jobs. I seem to have a predilection for working with: (1) Successful older people. (2) Spectacular older places.   By traditional I refer to: (1) Great places built over 100 years ago. Or, (2) Successful men who, at the time,  were old enough to be my grandfather or possibly great-grandfather at the time of employment.

Traditional Employment by Rubinoff and His Violin

I learned the musical craft of arranging and accompanying from Rubinoff. He conducted the Paramount Theater in New York and Paramount Pictures in Hollywood. What a perfectionist!  After working for 8 hours during the day, at night he’d change his mind. The next day we did a different 16 bars.  Dave’s Stradivarius violin was purchased for $100,000.00 in 1929.  He made about $500,000.00 annually in the 1930′ by conducting and performing. It seemed like the “His Violin” was his marriage contract with music.

Traditional employment
A young Rubinoff in this picture. I worked with him when he was in his 70’s and 80’s. I was hardly 20 at first.   On the poster you’ll find my name.

Traditional Employment at Scott’s Oquaga Lake House

For better than 15 summer seasons I played piano for shows at Scott’s Oquaga Lake House in Deposit, New York. The resort was born in 1869. What a wonderful time our family had.  Our children literally grew up in the Catskills at Scott’s.   Playing many shows as well as our own  (with wife, Sharon) were part of my duties. Most recently, the cast of The Marvelous Mrs. Maiselle got to experience the same resort.

Rachel Brosnahan, winner of the award for best actress in a comedy series for "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel", speaks in the press room at the 23rd annual Critics' Choice Awards at the Barker Hangar on Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018, in Santa Monica, Calif.
Half of this year’s series (2019) were filmed on beautiful Oquaga Lake.

To the right, Rachel Brosnahan, winner of the award for best actress in a comedy series for “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”, speaks in the press room at the 23rd annual Critics’ Choice Awards at the Barker Hangar on Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018, in Santa Monica, Calif. (Jordan Strauss | Invision/AP)

What fun on those unforgettable summer nights of dancing, singing and shows! Its natural beauty is haunting.

Scott’s Oquaga Lake House, Inc

 Is Traditional Employment Also in our Future?

My wife and I wrote a new opera comique entitled Patra. It certainly is quite traditional. Our models were Bizet’s Carmen and Bernstein’s West Side Story. We will have a full production workshop in New York at Schroon Lake scheduled for September 2019. This will be with the Seagle Music Colony. The Colony is under the artistic direction of Darren Woods and The American Center for New Works Development. Schroon Lake has quite a cultural history. Here is an internal link to this Schroon Lake’s glorious past. It inspired me to write a poem. Share if you wish.

 

Amphitheatre in the Woods at Schroon Lake Park – DSO Works

Traditional employment
Patra’s premiere will also be by Schroon Lake. This picture was from Shakespeare in the Woods at the North end.

Conclusion

What’s the best way to acquire rewarding and long term employment?

  1. Work hard at mastery of your talent or craft.
  2. Then, work with a well establish person, group of people or company.
  3. Happy New Year!

 

Measurement interchange is here.

Measurement Interchange on the Great Pyramid

Measurement Interchange on the Great Pyramid. The Great Pyramid uses different units of measure. British Antiquarian John Frederick Carden Michell (9 February 1933 – 24 April 2009) was an English author and esotericist who was a prominent figure in the development of the Earth mysteries movement. He discusses how the Great Pyramid was conceived by three primary measurement units: They were (1) the 12″ foot. (2) The 1.71818…foot long, shorter Egyptian cubit.  (3) The 2.7272… foot long megalithic yard.   In his View over Atlantis, he states that:

In repose, 2008
Antiquarian author, John Michell

“The important discoveries about the past have been made not so much through the present refined techniques of treasure hunting and grave robbery, but through the intuition of those whose faith in poetry led them to scientific truth.”

This is the Measurement Interchange for the Great Pyramid- It Spearheaded  a Former Golden Age

Measurement interchange of antiquity
This is the measurement interchange for the Great Pyramid of Egypt.

I credit the Lennie Lenape NE American Indians for my discovery for my discovery the hidden engineering capabilities of the 3 x 3 number square. An Indian spirit guide accompanied me on walks around Oquaga Lake. I was the house piano player at Scott’s Oquaga Lake House over some 15 summer seasons. She instructed me on the infinite codes hidden in this number square. Read the internal link if you wish to understand the math:

Measurement Interchange was discovered here.
Meditating with one of my sons at sunset on beautiful Oquaga lake. It is perched some 2000 feet above sea level in the Catskill Mountains. The water is crystalline clear.

Tens: Here’s the Formula on How Tens Grow into Infinity

Here is the Measurement Interchange

  1. Go around the perimeter overlapping two number at the time: 49 + 92 + 27 + 76 + 61 + 18 + 83 + 34 = 440.  The square base of the Great Pyramid measures 440 cubits on each side.
  2. Go around the perimeter again by single numbers and add them: 4 + 9 + 2 + 7 + 6 + 1 + 8 + 3 = 40. Add the numbers of the two perimeters thus far” as 440 + 40 = 480. The height of the un untruncated   Great Pyramid is 480 feet.
  3. Add opposite numbers around the perimeter three at the time as 438 + 672 = 1110. This number-1,110- can be found in 7 more  ways. The perimeter around the Great Pyramid is also 1,110 megalithic yards.

Thus, we have found the functioning of the three primary units of antiquity demonstrated at the Great Pyramid through this simple number square. Speaking of Michell’s mention of poetry, I have a book of poetry called The Oquaga Spirit Speaks. Here is a sample.

Future Telling as per the Oquaga Spirit – DSO Works

 

 

 

 

Never never sit still

Never Never Sit Still – Be Like the Wind

Never Never Sit Still – Be Like the Wind… I am a location poet. Poetry comes to me only on lakes in upstate New York. Try as I might, it evades me anywhere else. The featured picture on Wikicommons is entitled “A Windy Day by the Sea”. I thought it would best portray wind in a poem given to me by the “Oquaga Lake Spirit.”  Oquaga Lake is in the United States . [1]  It is to found in Broome County  of the state of  New York.

Never never Sit Still is found in this book of poetry.
On certain lakes everyone can feel a special kinship with nature. Oquaga Lake has been my special place.

Never Never Sit Still – the poem

So what is my connection to Oquaga Lake? There is a resort on the lake. It is called Scott’s Oquaga Lake House. I was their house piano player for about 15 years. Their “season” lasted from Memorial Day until Columbus Day. This was almost five months of solid piano employment annually.

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I got to accompany the finest entertainers in show business- The Sgro Brothers and their Harmonicas.

My duties began with the tour around the lake on Scott’s Showboat of Song. This was at about 4:30 pm. Then I would play an afternoon Show. This was followed by the dinner hour, ballroom dancing, up to 2 feature shows and after show dancing. Last dance call was often about 11:30 pm. This assignment was seven days a week. Here are the words of the spirit’s poem- Never never sit still. 

 

Be like the wind to renew:
Circulate and blow through.
Keeping in motion is youth’s potion,
Never, never sit still.

Air that sits in mass
Stifles and doesn’t pass.
It grows stale and makes one pale:
Never, never sit still.

Swamp decays on stillborn days,
The stagnant calls for storm.
Keep the heart pumping
Keep the mind thinking:
Never never sit still.

This poem has numerous hidden meanings and teachings on the subject of breath. They will be covered in future blogs. Below are a couple of internal links about my current employment.

The Oquaga Spirit – DSO Works

Aura Lea: Theme and Variations for piano – DSO Works

Above is a sample of my piano playing at the Gasparilla Inn.  I ‘ll be there for my 10th season this coming year. It was built in 1911 and is in the Department of the Interior’s National Historic Registry> Details in the event link.

Tenth Year Entertaining on the Steinway at the Gasparilla Inn

December 20, 2018 @ 6:00 pm – April 20, 2019 @ 9:00 pm

 

 

 

Artists Help Multitudes as did fisherman, Steve dePasse.

Artists Help Multitudes on their Life’s Journey

Artists Help Multitudes on their Life’s Journey. Those who read my posts know the importance of a particular spiritual presence. I call it the Oquaga Spirit. Its haunt is Oquaga Lake. However, sometimes it visits other lakes in upstate New York. The rugged and beautiful terrain of this area has inspired many artists. Among the most colorful was Washington Irving. Here is an internal link. I wrote many books on this lake. The poetry seems to have been dictated by a spirit. I call her the Oquaga Spirit. I sense she was from the Lennie Lenape. Their dwelling was throughout the area including New Jersey. Below, I offer some poetry dictated by the Oquaga spirit. That particular year, summer of 1985, the spirit spoke in quatrains using the rhythm of iambic pentameter.

The Lenape (English: /ləˈnɑːpi/ or /ˈlɛnəpi/),[7] also called the Leni Lenape,[8] Lenni Lenape and Delaware people,[9] are an indigenous people of the Northeastern Woodlands. Theylive in Canada and the United States.[4] Historical territory included present-day New Jersey and eastern Pennsylvania along the Delaware River watershed, New York City, western Long Island, and the Lower Hudson Valley.[notes 1]

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Note: in China, around 2,000 B.C.E., Emperor Yu saw floral marks on the back of a “Divine Tortoise”. From these marks he formed the basis of governing as well as the I Ching. I think possibly points to a  connection between ancient China and the Lennie Lenape.

Sacred Engineers Philosophy was written on Oquaga Lake

Artists Help Multitudes are often inspired by beautiful settings.
Oquaga Lake is the primary home of the Oquaga Spirit.

Artists Help Multitudes Thanks to a Spiritual Presence

Laughing and Crying

(written with inspiration offered by the Oquaga Spirit)

A narrow wall separates laughing from crying.
Laughing and crying both create tears.
At times it’s difficult to decide which is there.
Certainly, they may both exist side by side.

Tears enable their creator to release tensions.
Tears then become the liquid to cleanse the mind.
It can enhance a mood that is already joyful
Or release the sadness that burdens its holder.

Kings were well aware of the worth of laughter.
Jesters were given a place of honor in the court.
Musicians were once honored for the same reason:
Beautiful playing can create tearful happiness.

Comedy and music are necessary arts for mankind.
The Greeks even personified these arts as Muses.
We would be wise to carefully nurture our artists.
Artists help multitudes purge away problems.

 

 

 

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Poetic Import in Signaling Historic Changes

Poetic Import in Signaling and paving the way for Historic Changes is well documented.  Poetry spans thousands of years; even back to  prehistoric times:

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The Akkadian Deluge tablet written as poetry.

The Deluge tablet is a poetic example carved in stone.  The topic is the Gilgamesh epic in written in Akkadian, circa 2nd millennium BC.

Poetry as an art form predates written text.[1] The earliest poetry is believed to have been recited or sung.  It was used as a way of remembering oral historygenealogy, and law. Poetry is often closely related to musical traditions.[2]  The earliest poetry exists in the form of hymns (such as the work of Sumerian priestess Enheduanna).

Poetic Import for a New Direction

Our subject today:  So many styles and mannerisms currently floating. What direction will the arts take?  Times and tendencies are cyclic. I believe we are heading for a more gentile, kinder and well-mannered age. Poetry can again lead the way. Consider the poetry of Heinrich Heine: Christian Johann Heinrich Heine (German: [ˈhaɪnʁɪç ˈhaɪnə]; 13 December 1797 – 17 February 1856). He was a German poetjournalistessayist, and literary critic. I found some comments on Heine in “Music” by Frederic V. Grunfield. It is part of the World of Culture Series.Publisher is Newsweek Books. Grunfield  asserts that Heine is “the quintessential product of German musical romanticism.”

Robert Schumann explained how Heine’s poems inspired a whole new genre of music. “Thus arose a more artistic and profound style of song. Earlier composers could  know nothing of this.  It created a spirit in music that became the new Romantic era music.” Schumann wrote of musical currents in his magazine: Die Neue Zeitschrift für Musik.  Robert Schumann  co-founded it with his teacher and future father-in law Friedrich Wieck, and his close friend Ludwig Schuncke. The first issue appeared on 3 April 1834.

Die Neue Zeitschrift für Musik  -a sample of the title page of Schumann’s periodical.
poetic import of Heinrich Heine
A painting of Heine by Moritz Daniel Oppenheim

Poetry Foreshadows Romanticism in a Major Way

Perhaps my own books of poetic import, with those many upcoming poets, can  lead us to a new Romantic Movement? Here is a short excerpt from my The Oquaga Spirit Speaks. It is entitled: Maple Tree Seeds:

Helicopter blade seeds
Spinning as they drop,
Blowing in the wind,
Care not where they’ll stop.

These maple navigators.
Sugar, silver and red,
Hope for only one thing;
And that’s that they’ll be bred.

The entire book is available as a product on DSOworks.com.

 

 

poetry foreshadows Romanticism

Poetry Foreshadows Romanticism in a Major Way

Poetry Foreshadows Romanticism in a Major Way. By encouraging poetic expression, you enable Romanticism.  What qualities are then enhanced with Romanticism?:

  • Love.
  • Chivalry.
  • Courtesy.

Romanticism in the fine arts is feeling oriented: That is, feelings on a grand scale.   German painter and author  Caspar David Friedrich   expresses it this way: The artist’s feeling is his law”.[10]  Our featured picture was painted by the same  C.P. Friedrich.

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“Thomas Moran – Fingal’s Cave, Island Of Staffa, Scotland 1884. Sea landscape. Fingel’s Cave inspired Romantic composers. F. Mendelsshon wrote  an overture.

Poetry Foreshadows Romanticism for Me

The featured painting parallels an inspiration I was given about fog. A spirit on Oquaga Lake dictated her poetry to me. I was the piano player for many years at Scott’s Oquaga Lake House. This employment covered some 15 summer seasons. The poetry  book is called The Oquaga Spirit Speaks. I have memorized every poem. At sometime in the future, I will do recitations. The Catskills Mountains in New York have inspired many writers. Among them we find Washington Irving. Below is an internal link.

Oquaga Lake was once inhabited by American Indians. The tribe was the Lennie Lenape. Women ran the tribe. I believe the spirit of the lake is an American Indian female. Fingers of Fog a sample of the poetry she related to me.

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An area famous for fog inspired Felix Mendelssohn

 

   Washington Irving Archives – DSO Works


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Washington Irving was among them. He wrote The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Washington Irving (April 3, 1783 – November 28, 1859) was an American short …

 

 

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Poetry Foreshadows Romanticism. On Oquaga Lake a spirit loves poetry!

Fingers of Fog

Fingers of fog moving quickly
Gliding across the lake.
Almost at jogging speed
Leaving no apparent wake.

Why are they scampering about
At this early morning time?
Thousand of fingers in motions
Moving gracefully with rhyme.

Perhaps each one is a spirit
Released from the depths of the spring:
Enjoying an hour of freedom
Almost ready to take wing.

This spring fed lake is enchanted,
As such water bodies are.
I actually saw its essence-
While viewing the Morning Star.

 

 

 

Faith Comments in poetry by the Oquaga Spirit

Faith Comments in poetry by the Oquaga Spirit. What is faith? Nature speaks. On Oquaga Lake she speak a lot. She talks on cloudy days. She talks sunny days. I was fortunate to make the acquaintance of the Oquaga Spirit  on hikes in the Catskill  mountains. Oquaga Lake in surrounded by forests. My spirit on the lake was a female. She was of the Lennie Lenape tribe, The internal link explains how the women were in charge of the community. The spirit spoke in the 1st poem in 1985. Ten years later, 1995, she spoke once more of faith. This poem also will be the subject of a 2nd blog.  Faith and knowledge help spiritual growth.[10]

Faith comments by the Oquaga spirit.
“Lights on porch and dock and hotel waterside, glitter around the shore- markers do they provide”.- At Scott’s Oquaga Lake House- a place of total peace and beauty.
Religion was primarily an individual matter for Woodland Indian people. It permeated everyday life. The world of the Great Lakes Indians was filled with a host of spirits (manido; plural manidog). They inhabited trees, plants, birds, and animals. I have one internal link. For a span of over 15 years, I was their house piano player.

Cosmic phenomena were considered spirits. These included the sun, the moon, thunder, lightning, the four winds, and the thunderbirds. The Great Lakes Indians gave offerings of tobacco.  These offerings were constantly given. They had many purposes.  Among them:

  • Protect the peoples’ health.
  • Assure their safety in storms,
  • Request help from the manidog.
  • Express their gratitude for past favors.

The Oquaga Spirit – DSO Works

 Faith Comments on  “Faith” – Different takes. Here is the earlier one of  1985

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The Heavens are Overcast. 

The wise know that the Sun shines behind the clouds.
Though the day be dark, they believe in light.
Knowing that clouds, no matter how thick, will disperse;
And clouds are only temporal; while the Sun endures.

Those without faith falter when the skies darken.
Seeing the heavens overcast, they forget the source.
And become despondent, thinking the day is done.
Their sight is stopped short by mere fluffy veils.

Those unfortunates scoff at the utopian belief in faith.
For them the vapor of clouds is more real than the divine.
And if there is no overcast, they’ll sow the seeds of rain;
Making reality confirm to the clouds in their heads.

Clouds are but thin impostors above us.
A mask to fool those of little faith.
For even in the thick of a full-fledged storm.
The eternal source of happiness is somewhere shining.

Faith requires the patience to out wait the darkness.
The fury of winds, rain and hail combined
Often come to test the tenacity of man.
But in the face of faith, the storm will fade.

Faith comments by the Oquaga spirit
Does it get more beautiful than this? View on Oquaga Lake.

 Faith Comments Also Apparent in Pictures

 

Different Takes on Faith

Different Takes on Different Years on Faith by the Spirit

Different Takes on Different Years on Faith by the Spirit. I spent many summers on Oquaga Lake. My work was as a house piano player. This was at Scott’s Oquaga Lake House. A talkative spirit made itself known at the Lake House.  It communicated by poetry.

  • In the 1980’s it preferred quatrains in iambic pentameter. No rhyme was used. This poetry collection is called “The Book of Balance.”
  • In the 1990s  this spirit spoke in quatrains. Rhyme and triple meter were used. This poetic anthology is called “The Oquaga Spirit Speaks.” It is available as a product on DSOworks.com.

This post and one to follow will present poems on the subject of faith. One will be from each collection.  Also, an internal link is immediately below. It offers background on the spirit.  I think it is a female from the Lennie Lenape Tribe.

The Oquaga Spirit – DSO Works

 “Faith” – Different takes. Here is the earlier one of  1985

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The Heavens are Overcast. The featured anthology has the 2nd take.

The wise know that the Sun shines behind the clouds.
Though the day be dark, they believe in light.
Knowing that clouds, no matter how thick, will disperse;
And clouds are only temporal; while the Sun endures.

Those without faith falter when the skies darken.
Seeing the heavens overcast, they forget the source.
And become despondent, thinking the day is done.
Their sight is stopped short by mere fluffy veils.

Those unfortunates scoff at the utopian belief in faith.
For them the vapor of clouds is more real than the divine.
And if there is no overcast, they’ll sow the seeds of rain;
Making reality confirm to the clouds in their heads.

Clouds are but thin impostors above us.
A mask to fool those of little faith.
For even in the thick of a full-fledged storm.
The eternal source of happiness is somewhere shining.

Faith requires the patience to out wait the darkness.
The fury of winds, rain and hail combined
Often come to test the tenacity of man.
But in the face of faith, the storm will fade.

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Sacred engineers part one

Sacred Engineers Part One- Book Series on Line

Sacred Engineers Part One -Book Series on Line. I wrote a book. It is entitled “The Sacred Engineers Philosophy- The Pinnacle of Thought in the Unified Culture of Ancient Builders”. New knowledge is often kept at bay. It is not allowed to dock. The cargo of new knowledge that these ships carry are kept from unloading. Then a new era comes. Their cargo becomes suddenly desirable.  Welcoming crowds even go out to greet the ships.

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Welcoming a desirable cargo shipment.

Is there such a thing as new knowledge?  Any valuable  new knowledge is usually  based on something old. Sometimes, the older, the better.  This view was expressed in 1382 in a Biblical translation attributed to John Wycliffe’s followers: “No thing under the sun is new” (Ecclesiastes 1:9). Time is cyclic. Specifically: At one time there was a Golden Age. Strife among people nations was unknown. Food was plentiful. Such stories have been reduced to legends.  Ancient Chinese referred to it as a time when yin ruled. This knowledge is alluded to in my link-  the rose and lily.

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Oquaga Lake is where I realized the significance of number squares.I was the house piano player at Scott’s Oquaga lake House. Most of my poetry was writen while hiking around this area.

rose and lily Archives – DSO Works

 Sacred Engineers Part One

The term Golden Age, as we know it comes from Greek mythology.  The Works and Days of Hesiod, describes the decline of the state of peoples through five Ages. Gold being the first and the one during which the Golden Race of humanity (Greekχρύσεον γένος chrýseon génos)[1]lived. Those living in the first Age were ruled by Kronos,.  After the finish of the first age was the Silver.  Then came the Bronze. After this, the Heroic age. The fifth and current age is called Iron.[2]

And what has been lost?  Certainly the “Golden Age” factor. It denoted a period of primordial peaceharmonystability, and prosperity.  What can help to bring it about? Certainly, and most important, love. Also important,knowledge of number squares added balance to  lost, prehistoric  civilizations.  Yes, the concept is mathematical in nature. The Sacred Engineers Part One was written to introduce and explain a series of posts that will follow. The book was written in dialogue form in the style of Plato’s Republic.

Buddhist Bodhisvatta Stages Parallel Tree of Life

Buddhist Bodhisvatta Stages Parallel Tree of Life. Pilgrims often scale the heights.  With the featured picture they are the Adirondack Mountain Club hikers atop Mt. VanHoevenberg.  I was just in the Adirondack Mountains. Schroon Lake Park is in the Adirondacks on a lake. The setting inspired me to write a poem about an abandoned amphitheater. I quote my internal link.

Amphitheatre in the Woods at Schroon Lake Park – DSO Works

Amphitheatre in the Woods
by David Ohrenstein

Amphitheatre in the woods
Remnants of long ago.
Concrete seats set by layers
All facing a roofed, staged show.

Buddhist Bodhisvatta it isn't, but these actors have an august mission anyway.
These actors have a calling for Shakespeare!

Now covered by pine cones and needles,
Encased by sand and dust.
Set in Schroon Lake Park:
A memento to the past, I trust.

The fun of another era
Is still tangible in the air:
Dancing the night away.
Amnesia to worry or care.

At times it imbibed the big band beat
With music under starry sky.
Cool breezes carried the tunes,
Accompanied by a buzzing fly.

A puzzle is soon put together
Of a past day and age.
The pieces form a picture
Of the ballroom dancing craze.

Will its glory ever return?
Can the cobwebs be cleared away?
Will quality entertainment now past
Return for another stay?

 Buddhist Bodhisvatta offers another type of journey

Another type of journey is seeking  truth. That also comes in stages.  Like hiking, markers are often set along the path. Significant in this regard are  the ten stages of the Buddhist Bodhisvatta.  They parallel the 10 stages depicted by emanations on the Hebraic Tree of Life. This will also be the subject for future blogs. I quote my book of poetry. The poem is called Get Thee a Walking Stick.  The book is entitled, The Oquaga Spirit Speaks. Oquaga Lake is in the Catskill Mountains.  I worked there many summers as a piano player. In this quote the spirit offers a suggestion on how to find happiness:

“If it’s life you wish to live and enjoy it to the marrow,
Then get thee a walking stick and hear the morning sparrow.” 

 

bodhisattva according to Buddhism is a Buddhist who has attained enlightenment. Also, in selfless act, this person delays his or her entry to Nirvana (non-existence). This is for the sake of others. Note that the Tree of Life also has 10 emanations. A great unity is shared by nations around the world. When this is emphasized, the result is peace and plenty.

Oquaga Spirit Speaks

$7.99       Oquaga Lake is located up the mountain from Deposit, NY in the foothills of the Catskill Mountains just across the border to Pennsylvania. This spring-fed lake is rated one of the cleanest in New York State. At points it’s  over 150 feet deep.  The lake’s diameter is about a mile across. Overall, its outline resembles a bear.