Monday Musings on Cats, & the Russian Room: Let's Be Friends in 2020!

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There are always adventures in Quincy Park.  Ron and Quincy had spotted an elusive cat that would appear and disappear on their walks.  This cat was so elusive that Ron named her,  Phantom.  

 

Yesterday, on their afternoon walk, Ron and Quincy spotted Phantom by the big tree under the bottle brush bushes.  Before tails could get fat or hisses begin, Ron sat down across from her with Quincy.  They sat and communed with each other and they all left with happy thoughts of meeting new friends.

 

At breakfast Saturday, the foursome across from us asked us if we knew when Ronald Reagan's ranch was.  All I knew what that one of our clients sold it that ranch in Santa Ynez.  We were able to tell them that Regan was part of the annual Vaqueros ride in Santa Barbara, and pointed the carving of RV in the stone fireplace.

 

One of the couples was visiting from St.Petersburg.. And the other couple were American lived in Orange County and were guiding them on a visit to Northern California via Hearst Castle...etc.  They had met in Russia and became fast friends way back in the late 60's and 70's.   Since then, they have visited each other often.  

 

The foursome behind them piped in and the older gentleman said, I am Russian (in Russian)....his daughter said, he is from the wrong side, "He escaped the pogroms!" So here we were all talking to each other and sharing stories from three distinctly different backgrounds.

 

We exchanged stories and laughter and contact information...and an invitation to St. Petersburg! As we left, Ron exclaimed, we are going to refer to this room as the "Russian Room from now on!"

 

And this experience became for us, Rumi's field :

 “Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing. and rightdoing there is a field. I'll meet you there.

 

As Maya Angelou said:

"There is a world of difference between truth and facts.  Facts can obscure the truth"

 

Let's be friends in 2020!

 

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Michael Jacobs
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Hello Alexandra and Ron - you just never know where certain converstions/chance meetings will take you....

Jan 06, 2020 08:52 AM #2
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Sheri Sperry - MCNE® Ron and I have often discussed this phenomenon.  We call it as an alignment in the universe.  We attribute it to being in the moment, open, really open to life.  I think that synchronicity is a continuous streaming event, it is just that we do not see it, because our eyes and heads are darting every where, and we all are easily distracted.  A

Jan 06, 2020 09:04 AM #3
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Michael Jacobs what I do know is that this is the benefit of being in the moment, we are finding more and more instances of synchronicity for lack of a better word. A

Jan 06, 2020 09:06 AM #4
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Good morning Ron and Alexandra Seigel - that is a great way to meet new friends.  I know a number of Russians in our area.

Jan 06, 2020 09:31 AM #5
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New friends for you and Ron and Quincy too.  Doesn't get better than that. 

Jan 06, 2020 09:46 AM #6
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Glad you shared this...the unexpected makes our days interesting.

Jan 06, 2020 09:53 AM #7
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What a fun day, Alexandra -- meeting people in such an unexpected way is always a pleasure. Our new dog, Bingo, adores making friends -- both of the two and four legged variety. Everyone in the neighborhood seems to know Bingo already.

Jan 06, 2020 10:12 AM #8
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Grant Schneider I know they are here in Santa Barbara, however, I never met any.  And there is a Russian Greek Orthodox church...A

Jan 06, 2020 12:58 PM #9
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Sharon Lee I hope she comes back to hang out with him...Wishing you a great week.  A

Jan 06, 2020 12:58 PM #10
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Li Read I think all kinds of experiences are available to us, if we tune in...and stay in the moment.  A

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Nina Hollander Bingo is ecstatic at having a new wonderful home, when he is adored, and he just wants everyone to know...A

Jan 06, 2020 01:00 PM #12
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Nina Hollander You found yourself a very smart dog, and with great manners too.  Of course, everyone should go meet him and cross the street to do so also.  We agree with Bingo!  A

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Wow, I was totally enchanted with Ron's idea to sit and let the cats communicate. Great instinct.  And then comes the Russian summit at breakfast. What a wonderful day and a testament to being open and friendly. 

Jan 06, 2020 03:36 PM #14
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Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD It is one of Ron's many talents to mediate!  Funny enough, the people we met, sent us an email when they arrived at Hearst Castle and told us they talked about the breakfast all the way up.  I am also tempted to travel to Saint Petersburg, if we end up on a flight to Helsinki one of these days...There is a rapid train that can get us there to where the Russian couple have their summer home.  I would love to see the Hermitage museum... 

The more you are in the moment, the more likely you are in harmony with synchronicity.  A

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Hi Ron and Alexandra- some of my favorite "meetings" are just like the one you just described where strangers become less so. 

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Morning Alexandra.

 “Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing. and rightdoing there is a field. I'll meet you there.

I have that quote framed at my office, it sits on my desk

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I'm just in awe that you can walk your cat on a leash. LOL

Jan 07, 2020 06:12 AM #18
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Thank you very much for sharing this interesting story. We have been to St. Petersburg only one time...long ago.

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Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Quincy has great instincts, just follow him to new friendships. This was such a fun day for everyone!

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Candice A. Donofrio He loves it and knows how to get out of it, if he senses danger.  We walk him at least 3 times a day.  A

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