Tag Archives: gratitude

Winter Is Really Here

It’s been a good year, in many ways. Weather inspires me, probably because I live in Colorado where the weather is pleasant so much of the time. Our summer was not terribly hot, autumn was temperate and full of colorful leaves (and yes, a big flood, which was scary and messy.) Now, it’s snowing and …

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To Tell The Truth: Gratitude

Thankfulness is a good thing for so many reasons. Have you been seeing “gratitude lists” on Facebook? Sometimes, it just does my heart good to read what a friend is thankful for. But, it’s also good for my friend, the one who is expressing thanks. In keeping with the season, I was thinking about the …

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Penny For Your Thoughts, Words, Prayers…

How powerful do you think your thoughts & words are? Strong enough to change someone’s mind? To change their actions? To change your own actions? What about your prayers? Can prayer change the outcome of a situation or move a mountain? I believe that thoughts & words are pretty powerful, I suppose. For a long …

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Lazy Snow Day

The blizzard has taken us by surprise; but then, who is surprised by a snow storm in Colorado in February? And so, the person I was going to interview for my next post is in a nearby town, while my minivan is pretty inaccessible & the roads less than optimal for driving. So, I am …

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Two Nourishing Poems

Art nourishes my soul. It’s something I have known from an early age. My mother saw to it that my brother & I were able to attend symphonies, art exhibits, plays, and poetry readings during our childhood. I could lose myself in playing the piano or creating a piece of art. (I never excelled at …

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Friends, Expectations, & Your Health

We know that dog owners live longer than other people. We know that therapy animals are helping senior citizens stay healthier longer. Something I’ve often heard is that it’s preferable to have animals for companions because they don’t talk back & are always happy to see their human friends. I have 2 dogs, so I …

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Wrapping Up 2012

Christmas is over. In the words of Dr. Seuss, “Today is gone, today was fun. Tomorrow is another one.” Whether or not you celebrate Christmas, or some other holiday, I think  it’s a good time to rest & reflect, now that we can all exhale. (This time of year, the traffic alone has me holding …

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Embracing the Rhythms of Life

The Midwest is where I spent my childhood. When I was growing up, it was still common for businesses to close on Sundays. It was kind of a big deal when a big “chain store” like K-Mart would move in, partly because they would be open on Sundays. “Finally!” I’d say, “there will be something …

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Survive or Thrive?

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, & although I’ve already written about it, I feel it’s worthy of one more look. I have numerous friends & acquaintances who have mentioned some rather mixed attitudes toward these next few days of feasting, traveling, family, etc. The holiday that is supposed to be about gratitude can end up being more …

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A Whole Season For Gratitude!

For at least a couple of weeks in November, our thoughts turn to Thanksgiving. This despite the encroaching “bigger” holidays soon to come. My husband & I have made it a point to talk about the significance of Thanksgiving to our family, & the highlight of the day is to share with each other, around …

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