Monthly Archives: November 2014

creation

Another thing I am grateful for is the creative spirit I see all around. Everyone, I think, has a creative spark and the satisfaction one feels when tapping into this energy is revitalizing. It is as though new life comes … Continue reading

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Lincoln

I’ve always admired Abraham Lincoln and not only because we share the same birthday. He was a true statesman, an honest man and a man of conscience. When I learned that he was the first president to officially name the … Continue reading

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first frost

I’ve been waiting for the first frost eagerly. It has been an unusually warm fall and has delayed my putting the gardens to bed for the winter. How can I kill blooming plants? But now that it has frosted, I … Continue reading

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sunshine

A day of sunshine in the midst of the rainy season: what a wonderful gift. I was in several neighborhoods of Seattle on this sunny Saturday and everybody and their kids and dogs were enjoying the sunshine. People pushing baby … Continue reading

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grandparenthood

Giving thanks for my granddaughters, who are becoming beautiful young women, warms my heart. I enjoyed their infanthood, toddlerhood and so many stages of their young lives. I treasure so many memories of our special times together. But as I … Continue reading

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birthdays

Today is Bud’s birthday and I am thankful for so many things about him: Like, his gourmet cooking and winemaking, his ability to fix anything, for keeping our finances in order, his faithfulness, his musical ability, his spirituality, how he … Continue reading

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the science of gratitude

Did you know that expressing gratitude or even thinking about thankfulness does change the chemistry in one’s brain? It’s amazing how a mood can shift in the midst of seeming despair. Gratitude increases the neurotransmitter dopamine in the brain: a … Continue reading

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different folks

Even though there are some people with whom I do not want to spend much time, I am grateful for their gifts and the vast variety of gifts I observe in others. How dull the world would be if we … Continue reading

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music again

Where would I be without music and poetry? Who would I become? What would occupy my time? How would I express the deepest part of myself? When would I find the answers to life’s biggest questions? Why even bother asking … Continue reading

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weather

The one word forecast for today’s weather on the front page was: miserable. And by late afternoon that would have been an accurate description. By the time nightfall came around, I would have described it as a dark and stormy … Continue reading

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