All These Things

This has been and continues to be a scary time. Uncertainty, hidden threats around any and every corner, so many things to remember. Wash your hands, don’t touch your face, remember what you did touch and sanitize all of it, everything, all the time, stand 6 feet away, wear your masks, don’t go out butContinue reading “All These Things”

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Gratitude by Barbara Crooker

Gratitude This week, the news of the world is bleak, another wargrinding on, and all these friends down with cancer,or worse, a little something long term that they won’t die offor twenty or thirty miserable years—And here I live in a house of weathered brick, where a manwith silver hair still thinks I’m beautiful. HowContinue reading “Gratitude by Barbara Crooker”

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Eight Years

Eight years ago today a doctor walked into my hospital room and told me I had leukemia. Since then I’ve periodically asked a question of myself.  Not, as you might expect, why me, or even just why.  There is no why.  It was random, not predictable, and as far as we know not preventable.  ItContinue reading “Eight Years”

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Gratitude and Grace

  I had a great conversation the other night about gratitude and grace and the things that are important in life.  It was lovely, and a good reminder.   It’s very tough to not be overwhelmed by the things in life that don’t go as planned, the things in the world that are heartbreaking.  It’sContinue reading “Gratitude and Grace”

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To Be Grateful

It’s Thanksgiving.  I’m thankful, and grateful, for so many things… the people in my life who I love and who love me, the warmth of the sun on a cold day, cuddles with the pups, a cup of hot coffee with just the right amount of half and half, a good story, the birds atContinue reading “To Be Grateful”

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“But if you love…”

“But if you love and must needs have desires, let these be your desires: To melt and be like a running brook that sings its melody to the night. To know the pain of too much tenderness. To be wounded by your own understanding of love; And to bleed willingly and joyfully. To wake atContinue reading ““But if you love…””

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Be The Love You Want to See in The World

I’m in a good mood.  And maybe because I’m in a good mood I want everyone to be in a good mood.  Happy speaks to happy, that kind of thing. I know, I know, there’s a lot of shit going on in the world.  Yes, I said shit, I’m allowed to cuss once in aContinue reading “Be The Love You Want to See in The World”

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… and, Breathe

November 18.  Four years ago today we got the news that we’d been waiting for.  The molecular scan of my latest bone marrow biopsy showed I was in molecular remission.  It was a big deal.  My honey gave me a necklace with the date, a heart, and an inscription that included, among other things, theContinue reading “… and, Breathe”

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49 For 49

I turned 49 a few days ago.  No, I’m not really 50 something and just using 49 as my sticky-post age.  I’m 49. I’m not fazed.  Not being fazed is a good thing. I have never been a person who was affected by my age.  I turned 16, 21, 25, 30, 40, etc. with noContinue reading “49 For 49”

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Thankful Everyday – The Thirtieth

Here we are, the final day of thanks for the month of November.  I think every day, in my normal life, I say a mental and emotional thank you for something… the way my honey laughs, the excited way the pups greet me every time I walk in a room, the smiles of my grandsons,Continue reading “Thankful Everyday – The Thirtieth”

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Thankful Everyday – The Seventeenth

17.  I’m thankful for laughter.  The way my honey laughs with her whole body, how my brother slaps his knee when it’s a real good one, the grandsons giddy sounds, my friends smiling eyes when they laugh, strangers passing by who are cracking up, my family’s sounds of laughter at a family function, and myContinue reading “Thankful Everyday – The Seventeenth”

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Thankful Everyday – The Fourteenth

14.  I’m thankful for the water around me.  Whether it’s clean drinking water, a warm shower, snow, a lake to kayak in, a pool to swim in, ice for my drink, a river to fish in, rain, or an ocean to be amazed at I am so grateful and thankful for all it’s lovely forms.Continue reading “Thankful Everyday – The Fourteenth”

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Thankful Everyday – Day Thirteen

13. I’m thankful for the music in my life.  I was fortunate to grow up around people who love, listen to, and play all types of music.  It instilled in me a love for all types of amazing sound.  Nothing fills the soul more than a fantastic piece of music.  My tastes are eclectic andContinue reading “Thankful Everyday – Day Thirteen”

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Thankful Everyday – Day Twelve

12. I’m thankful for my friends, near and far, who are the best people I could hope to know.  Each of you has brought such depth and joy and fun and meaning to my life.  I’m blessed, honored, lucky, and humbled beyond measure by the quality of my friendships.  I have so much love forContinue reading “Thankful Everyday – Day Twelve”

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Thankful Everyday – Day Eleven

11.  I’m thankful for the sacrifices the men and women in the armed forces give us every day.  My family has a long history of serving and I’m so proud of that history.  Without our veterans we would not enjoy all the freedoms we do today.  I’m thankful for what they’ve done, and for whatContinue reading “Thankful Everyday – Day Eleven”

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Thankful Everyday – The Seventh

Day seven and these feelings of being thankful are still going strong. 7. I’m thankful for my brother, Kevin.  We’ve been through so much together.  No two people have the same experiences he and I share.  But more than that, he’s a fantastic brother, and a gentle soul.  He’s also famously the best hugger inContinue reading “Thankful Everyday – The Seventh”

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Thankful Everyday

November. So many great things about it – leaves changing and falling, cooler temperatures lead to the wearing of jackets and hats, blankets and the beginnings of spending more cozy time indoors, women’s basketball, football in full swing, and Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving, my favorite holiday. I’m actually not much of a holiday person. I know, bahContinue reading “Thankful Everyday”

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Crying Tears of Joy, In the Garage

Ever find yourself sitting in the garage after you’ve pulled in, unwilling to get out of the car because the song that’s playing is making you feel something? That was me just now, and damn, it is great to be alive. Every once in awhile I find myself, because of a song, or a video,Continue reading “Crying Tears of Joy, In the Garage”

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The Science of Happiness

I get feeds.  You know, tidbits of info from various sources bringing in all type and manner of information.  I subscribe to some.  One, Upworthy, comes across on my Facebook news feed.  I like this one in particular because the stuff is usually interesting, informative, and many times it’s positive.  There’s loads of negative emotion,Continue reading “The Science of Happiness”

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Giving Thanks

Wow…  Thanksgiving is tomorrow.  Can’t believe it.  Sometimes these things sneak up on us.  Not that we aren’t prepared, we are.  It’s just that I can’t believe it’s already that time of year.  We have entered the holiday season.  And again I’ll say… wow. Now that I’m getting over my shock at the time ofContinue reading “Giving Thanks”

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A Peaceful Moment

This is something I wrote on the plane ride over to the U.K. a couple of weeks ago.  Tried to post it when we landed and couldn’t, then with all the business of getting here and such I forgot about it, until today.  I re-read it, liked it a lot, and so am posting itContinue reading “A Peaceful Moment”

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