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Five Friday Happy Bringers — 2/20/15

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1.  Trying to see some good in this cold spell in Savannah.

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Someone told me to be thankful because these temps will decrease the pesty gnat population come spring and summer.  But that aint doing me no good right now.

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2.  Warmer memories from last weekend, visiting Atlanta’s incredibly beautiful Oakland Cemetery.

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3.  Making sweet potato/bok choy bisque.  Yum!

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4.  Seemingly cute pic of grandson Daniel and grandtwin Matthew having a cuddly cousin moment, until you look closer and see that Daniel is really watching TV while pretending to smile at the camera.

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5.  Yellow roses.

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May joy warm you this weekend!

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Five Friday Happy Bringers — 1/30/15

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1.  Being able to take Deep Breaths.

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2.  Trying to Decide if I Should Read This:

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3.  Reading This:

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4.  Finally coming to realize that we all probably take ourselves far too seriously.

5.  Always having enough to eat.

Grateful Weekend Ahead!

In Continuing Appreciation of Jimmy Carter

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In my humble opinion, former President Jimmy Carter is probably the most successful former President in history.  And now the Nobel prize-winning humanitarian has helped eradicate a deadly disease that just a few decades ago plagued millions in Africa and Asia.  Read the story here:

http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/the-second-disease-ever-to-be-eradicated-on-earth-thanks-to-jimmy-carter/

Thank you, President Carter.  We appreciate you.

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Five Friday Happy Bringers — 1/9/15

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Here are five reasons why it is to me:

1.  Capturing sunsets.

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(Fernandina Beach, FL.)

2.  My ongoing love affair with yummy salads.

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(Spinach, arugula and Easter egg radishes, sprinkled with ground flaxseed.)

3.  Grandson Daniel’s drawing for his new voice lessons notebook.

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(That’s him singing into a microphone.)

4.  Pretty views from the car.

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5.  Picking up the grandtwins from nursery school.

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(Matthew and Madison.)

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Joyful weekend ahead!

 

HH – Holiday Happiness

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It’s Sunday night.  December 28.  Three days after the big day.  Christmas gifts and meals are opened and eaten.

Just a few more days left in 2014.

Sometimes there’s a bit of a letdown after the glitter is gone.

So … what is there to be Happy About?  Especially if you’re alone?  Or sick?  Or frustrated?  Or angry?  Or not where you wanna be?

To be honest, I don’t know.

BUT I encourage you to do this:  Go on a Gratitude Rampage.  Start listing — or just thinking about — what you have to be grateful for as 2014 wanes.

Go ahead — try it.  Make a list.

Here’s a tad of mine:

1.  Air to breathe.

2. Legs that help me to walk.

3.  Imperfect family members.

4.  A mind that allows me to think.

5.  Shoes.

6.  Eyesight.

7.  Collard greens (I just sautéed some for dinner).

8.  Music.

9.  Sunshine.

10.  Cinnamon.

11.  Grandchildren.

12.  People who know my name.

13.  Insurance.

14.  Roaring laughter.

15.  Pecans.

This list could go on and on.

May peace, joy and love be your portion now and forever!

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Gratitude is powerful.  Try it and see how it makes you feel.

 

Have You Counted Your Holiday Blessings? (Part One)

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Have you done so this holiday?  Blessings come in SO many forms and dressings.  I urge you to take a sheet of paper and number your joys.  Here is a sampling of mine:

1.  I had to miss my seven year-old grandson Daniel’s first piano recital earlier this week.  (I was SO frustrated.)  Tonight at my family’s early Christmas dinner, I walked in the door and daughter Amy had arranged for Daniel to dress back up in his Calvin Klein suit and play Jingle Bells (as he did at the recital).  It melted my heart.

 

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(Okay, I’m not sure about the sunglasses either.)

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(Absolute grandfather joy.)

Here’s Daniel at the actual recital:

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2.  The ability to smell Christmas.

3.  Enjoying the power of silly.

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4.  Hosting a Holiday and Hot Toddy Chili Party Saturday night.

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What fun!

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Good buddies Ellie, Jamie and Brennan.

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I read “A Cup of Christmas Tea” to the twenty-something guests–and asked them to think about a person important in their upbringing to toast at the end of the story.  I urge you to do the same.  Who encouraged you along your way?

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“Let’s raise a cup of Christmas cheer, to family and loved ones far and near.”

So take a few moments, and with Bing, count your blessings:

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5.  Tree shadows on a wall during a walk the other night.

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What are a few of your Holiday Blessings?  Come on, share a few.

 

The Advent of Peace

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Over 2000 years ago, the Prince of Peace advocated the imperial significance of peace.  And yet we live in a world of war, of violence, of good people fighting other good people, of nations hating nations.

What is the answer?

Look at this beautiful, fictional story of two boys on opposite sides of the World War I conflict.  You may think it’s unrealistic.  And it is.  But is it impossible?  That we love those who are not … us.

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And Susan Boyle’s “Imagine”:

We really don’t have to fight.  We can choose not to.

We can choose to love in joyful peace.  Individually.  Communally.  Globally.

Just imagine it.

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