Tag Archives: gratitude

Another Year Older, But I’m Not Complaining

Another year has slipped right through my fingers.  Another year of feeling the ravages of time in every creaking, Aspercremed joint, another year of watching gravity turn a pair of sock puppets and a belly button into sweaty dance partners, … Continue reading

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Older than Zip Codes–Yep, That’s Me

Tomorrow is my birthday, and I will be 55 years old. Fifty-five. Years. Old. The double nickel. Halfway through my fifties and skidding downhill toward my . . . I can’t even say it. Holy cow. How in the heck … Continue reading

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An Abundant Life, A Grateful Heart

“I am grateful for what I am and have. My thanksgiving is perpetual. . . . O how I laugh when I think of my vague indefinite riches. No run on my bank can drain it, for my wealth is … Continue reading

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The Little Things . . . And the Big Things, Too

I’m as bad as anyone–and probably worse than most–about not showing daily appreciation for all the goodness in my life.  I get distracted and stressed by all those little annoyances that demand my attention–the piles of dirty laundry in the … Continue reading

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Blessed Be the Teachers

“Blessed is the influence of one true, loving human soul on another.”–George Eliot They’ve styled their recent haircuts, donned their pretty new shirts and shoes, crammed their backpacks with all the essentials, and waited patiently while their teary-eyed mamas have … Continue reading

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My Sunshine List

Every once in a while I have to pause . . . I have to slow down . . . I have to breathe deeply.  Every once in a while I have to close my eyes to the world’s many … Continue reading

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The Day ‘Those People’ Came to My Town

On June 8, 2011, my small community lost one of its young soldiers, Private First Class Matthew England, when the vehicle he was driving hit an improvised explosive device in An Najaf Province, Iraq. I did not know this young man; … Continue reading

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The Breathings of My Heart

“Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.”–William Wordsworth One year ago today I posted my very first blog.  After a considerable amount of debate and self-doubt (and, I’ll admit, an overwhelming amount of FEAR), I finally garnered enough … Continue reading

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