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Albert Stern is a healer, artist, and instructor. He practices acupuncture, visceral manipulation, and craniosacral therapy. He creates anatomical illustrations and fine art paintings. He is also an acupuncture instructor and teaches at various schools and facilities. He works with the Lotus Institute of Integrative Medicine and Peak Research Institute. 

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Remain Thankful

Albert Stern

Lately, a number of events have occurred to remind me to remain thankful for my life. 

It is all too easy to forget how amazing it is to be alive. Simply to breathe, feel, think, and share is truly a gift. 

Only a handful of weeks ago, in the US, we celebrated Thanksgiving. It is January now and the holiday season has past. The decorations are all put away for another year. But, I ought not need days off and a parade to remember. 

The room I am writing in is a mess. I have three different places to go. I need to get the oil changed in my car. There is always more email. 

Yet, there is a sunbeam shining through the curtains. In the light, dust traces a lazy dance. In the slow movement there is a clear whisper, "Drink the day in. Notice everything! Do not take any of it for granted." 

I will remain thankful. 

I Am but One Piece in a Very, Very Large Dance

Albert Stern

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It is so easy to lose track of how beautiful, majestic, and awe-inspiring it is simply to be alive. It is easy for me to get stuck in thoughts of bank accounts, chores, and daily responsibilities. I can easily to forget  how amazing it is to breathe air, see colors, think thoughts, and marvel at the awe of everything. 

When I lose track of my way facts such as the recently discovered ASASSN-15lh super-luminous supernova helps remind me. 

A supernova a truly massive explosion which occurs at the end of the life of some stars. Scientists recently discovered an explosion so large they have no idea what it is. 

If you take ALL of the light of the billions and billions of stars in the Milky Way galaxy combined together, the ASASSN-15lh explosion is 20 times brighter. 

This explosion is so large research scientists are unsure how it could have been created. 

“The explosion’s mechanism and power source remain shrouded in mystery" - Subo Dong, researcher, and author. 

There are big mysteries, such as this, left to discover. There are mysteries of unknown power and scale. 

These thoughts help remind me - I am  one piece in a very, very large dance. It is an amazing wonderful dance. I want to always remember how amazing it to be a part of. 

My Favorite Christmas Song...and Why!

Albert Stern

My parents came from two different religious backgrounds. My mother was Catholic and my father was Jewish. My brother and I were brought up viewing both religions, and all religions, as equally valid. I consider this one of the greatest gifts my family every gave me. 

As children we celebrated both holidays, Christmas and Hanukkah. As I grew older I began to see this time of year as special regardless of religious background. 

It was impossible not to be influenced by Christmas songs. As a teenager I worked many retail jobs in New Jersey malls and Christmas songs are the soundtrack of this time of year. 

Many Christmas songs do not resonate with me. Many more I have heard so many times working in malls that they have lost all meaning. 

However, I have loved The Little Drummer Boy

The Little Drummer Boy is about the power of The Arts. 

I have always deeply believed that as humans we all have to ability to connect to The Arts. We can all sing. And dance. And write. Draw pictures. And...drum. 

The Little Drummer Boy arrives with no gifts, no money, and no social standing. His gift to the baby Jesus is the most human of all gifts, the gift we ALL have, The Arts.

Having been brought up seeing all religions as universal and true, the simple act of drumming resonated with me the most. 

Pa-rum Pa Pum Pum!

 

(Plus, we did get the awesome Joan Jett version of the song!)

(And this awesome African Tribal Version by Alex Boye' ft. Genesis Choir which I just learned about writing this post!) 

 

The Beautiful Dancing of David Rakoff

Albert Stern

David Rakoff was a Thurber Prize–winning humorist most well known for his work on This American Life. He passed away three years ago, much too young, at the age of 47. 

A new post-humorous collection of his work was released this year, The Uncollected David Rakoff. 

I was lucky enough to see David perform at one of the many live shows This American Life has produced over the years. He was wonderful. 

The news of the newly published work reminded me of his last performance on stage for This American Life. David was also a trained dancer. Because of his illness he could only use one arm at the time.

He combines grace, power, sadness, and frailty all in one performance.  

It is still one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen. 

I started the video at the dancing, but the entire clip is worth watching.