Monthly Archives: November 2014

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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roots

Today I am grateful mainly for my family. That means so many things, one of which is embracing my Finnish heritage and the long line of ancestors rooted in a culture that is embedded in my DNA. I used to … Continue reading

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