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Going Back in Time

Dear Ones,

Yesterday I was with Robyn, my co-author, and we were going over edits on our book, I Was Never Broken. We had been doing the same thing the week before, in our editing meeting. As we started the work, I admitted to Robyn, that last week I had left with a feeling of unease, as I revisited my life, through my writing. We spent some time talking about this. She asked me if it was anger, regret, sadness. And there it was…sadness. But then, I realized, in that very moment, yet again, that the sadness was born out of the reality that that was the path I had to walk at that time. Now, in retrospect, I saw it all as lessons to be learned, steel to be forged in a searing hot flame. It felt biblical to me…HaShem burning off that which was not needed…so the refined, miraculous, joyful Raine could come forth.

We spent more time on this issue. And, not surprisingly, I felt much better by the end of the session, even though our editing had taken me back to some really difficult moments as seen in my autobiography. Wow–what a path I had walked. And yet here I was, sitting, safely at her kitchen table where we often work. I had survived it all. I WAS NEVER BROKEN…occasionally bowed by pain or adversity…but I survived. And here I was in an attitude of gratitude for all the had been, was now…and could be in the future.

As I left for my next appointment of the day, I turned to Robyn and said, “thank you for listening. I feel so much better.”

And so it is, and so it is.

With many blessings and very great love for all of us,

Rebba Raine

Too Close to Home

Dear Ones, Already down this past weekend by the news that Rev. Orah Gibbons had passed away, quietly in her sleep, I was even further upset by recent happenings in NJ. A suspected Militant Muslim, from Elizabeth, NJ, has been taken into custody after a shoot out in Linden, NJ…the next town over. What hit… Continue Reading

Teaching and Learning…

Dear Ones: The best way to know what you know is to teach it to someone else…so I, the techno-boob, am actually trying to teach my yoga guru, Everitt, some computer stuff.  This is a test.  Do I really know how to blog.  We’ll see. And for the rest of the world…don’t knock it until… Continue Reading

After Holiday Letdown…

Dear Ones: After every big holiday that requires the shopping, cleaning, cooking and getting ready that a holiday such as Passover requires, there is always a sense of letdown…maybe even a little vague depression.  So much work, such a fuss and poof, it’s over.  But it isn’t really and if you are feeling this way… Continue Reading

I’m Back

Tuesday morning, December 27, 2011…From the Lab: I am back.  Actually I haven’t been gone from here or Hashem’s House, or the Ranch at all, except for a few trips to NYC…once to bury my dear step-father Paul, twice to try and save an institution from itself (which I could not, in the final analysis… Continue Reading

Triumphant Storytelling

Dear Ones: I have just returned from Denton, Texas, where I “told” at the Tejas Storyteller’s Festival as one of TAS Rising Stars of 2014.  I told a Reb Shlomo Carlebach (the hippie rabbi I studied with in the 60s in California) story.  It was a triumphant telling and the Texas and Oklahoma Commissions for… Continue Reading

Walking Forward On Faith

Are you a veteran returning from Afghanistan?  Or, do you know someone who fits in this category?  Are you a person with a disability receiving assistance from Social Security but still very handicapable?  Or do you know someone who fits in this category? Are you an aged-out foster care alumni?  Or do you know someone… Continue Reading