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2012 Thankfulness

Another year is rapidly drawing to a close.  I love, in a quiet, reflective manner, this interlude between Christmas and New Year’s.  It’s almost as if time stops for a week, giving us opportunity to consider the year, consider our lives, where we’ve been, where we are, where we’re going.

And, as Josh Groban so beautifully sings in “Thankful,” perhaps one of the most important activities we can engage in is simply GRATITUDE.

I encourage you to take a few minutes and listen to this insightful song, and then as 2012 clicks away, reflect upon what you have to be thankful for.


What, then, causes you to be thankful?

So very, very much…


Sunday Quote #2 — 12/30/12

Sunday Morning Quote — 12/30/12

“To love another person is to see the face of God.”

—  Jean Valjean in the play Les Miserables.

(Okay, I went to see the movie this week.)

Amelia BeNEALia — Part Two

Evening view from condo on Amelia Island, taken with Iphone camera:


Would you believe me if I told you I made this huge Christmasy gingerbread ship, the S.S. Ginger Amelia, all by myself?


No?  Why not?







And what a treasure it was!

Now look at the size of this Christmas tree compared to me!  (It’s right next to the ocean, by the way.)  Daytime pic:


Night pics:




Islands make me so very happy!

Amelia BeNEALia

Here I am on beautiful Amelia Island (northernmost island on the Florida Atlantic coast) for a couple of days before the year runs out.



Doesn’t that look like a good place for a quick nap?


Enjoying incredible rest by the sea (with hat pulled over eyes) until mean-spirited security thought I was vagrant.

Got up and hid around for a bit.


More later.

Awkward Holiday Photos

Does Santa have a black eye here?

(These pics are from Awkward Family Photos fame.)

Christmas Quotes

Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer
and more beautiful.  ~Norman Vincent Peale

Christmas is a necessity.  There has to be at least one day of the year to
remind us that we’re here for something else besides ourselves.  ~Eric

It is Christmas in the heart that puts Christmas in the air.  ~W.T. Ellis

This December,
That love weighs more than gold!
~Josephine Dodge Daskam Bacon

Great little One! Whose all-embracing birth
Lifts Earth to Heaven, stoops
Heaven to Earth.
~Richard Crashaw

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