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On the Death of the Beloved -- for a dear friend

Monday, March 17, 2014

On The Death Of The Beloved

Though we need to weep your loss,
You dwell in that safe place in our hearts,
Where no storm or night or pain can reach you.

Your love was like the dawn
Brightening over our lives
Awakening beneath the dark
A further adventure of colour.

The sound of your voice
Found for us
A new music
That brightened everything.

Whatever you enfolded in your gaze
Quickened in the joy of its being;
You placed smiles like flowers
On the altar of the heart.
Your mind always sparkled
With wonder at things.

Though your days here were brief,
Your spirit was live, awake, complete.

We look towards each other no longer
From the old distance of our names;
Now you dwell inside the rhythm of breath,
As close to us as we are to ourselves.

Though we cannot see you with outward eyes,
We know our soul’s gaze is upon your face,
Smiling back at us from within everything
To which we bring our best refinement.

Let us not look for you only in memory,
Where we would grow lonely without you.
You would want us to find you in presence,
Beside us when beauty brightens,
When kindness glows
And music echoes eternal tones.

When orchids brighten the earth,
Darkest winter has turned to spring;
May this dark grief flower with hope
In every heart that loves you.

May you continue to inspire us:

To enter each day with a generous heart.
To serve the call of courage and love
Until we see your beautiful face again
In that land where there is no more separation,
Where all tears will be wiped from our mind,
And where we will never lose you again.

— John O’Donohue

Dealing with the loss of a loved one:

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2WHEELEDSHARON 3/23/2014 12:58PM

    Sending you many hugs, Maha.

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MAW_OH 3/23/2014 11:42AM

    So sorry for your loss. Thanks for sharing this lovely poem.

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SNOWYOGA 3/21/2014 11:14AM

    emoticon emoticon and thank you!

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PEACEFULONE 3/20/2014 11:04PM

    Many thanks dear friend for sharing this beautiful poem which touches our hearts so deeply. Sending you love and light.

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FRANCESCANAZ 3/20/2014 6:01PM

    Descansa en paz. emoticon

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KALIGIRL 3/18/2014 8:39AM

    Wonderful - remembering to hold those who've gone before us in our hearts...

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CRYSTALJEM 3/18/2014 8:27AM

    So sorry Maha. This is beautiful. Thank you.

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GOANNA2 3/18/2014 1:22AM

    My condolences on your loss. This poem is
so beautiful and goes straight to the heart.
Love you Maha. Namaste. emoticon

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JUST_BREATHE08 3/18/2014 12:58AM

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WATERMELLEN 3/17/2014 7:39PM

    My condolences on your loss. What an exquisite poem, such a beautiful way to pay tribute to our loved person.

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    Beautiful and so appropriate. Thank you for sharing.

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DAISY443 3/17/2014 4:57PM

    Thank you!

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SUBMOM2 3/17/2014 12:31PM

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DDOORN 3/17/2014 11:02AM

    These words bring one right to the heart of so sorry to hear that this has come into your life at this time, but what a beautiful way to honor important losses in our life.


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JOANNANOW 3/17/2014 10:41AM

    Thank you. Those are words that go straight to the heart.

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SLIMMERJESSE 3/17/2014 10:25AM


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New Year's Eve

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

It's going on 2:00am and I'm still up. And the irony of "What to Remember When Waking," David Whyte's poignant creation, isn't escaping me.

Nor is the allusion to Buddha's reply of "Awake," when asked what he was.

As I ready myself to enter each day of the new year, I hope to always remember that I have been "invited from another and greater night."


In that first hardly noticed moment in which you wake,
coming back to this life from the other
more secret, moveable and frighteningly honest world
where everything began,
there is a small opening into the new day
which closes the moment you begin your plans.

What you can plan is too small for you to live.
What you can live wholeheartedly will make plans enough
for the vitality hidden in your sleep.

To be human is to become visible
while carrying what is hidden as a gift to others.
To remember the other world in this world
is to live in your true inheritance.

You are not a troubled guest on this earth,
you are not an accident amidst other accidents
you were invited from another and greater night
than the one from which you have just emerged.

Now, looking through the slanting light of the morning window
toward the mountain presence of everything that can be
what urgency calls you to your one love?
What shape waits in the seed of you
to grow and spread its branches
against a future sky?

Is it waiting in the fertile sea?
In the trees beyond the house?
In the life you can imagine for yourself?
In the open and lovely white page on the writing desk?

-- David Whyte

Good night now, dear friends.

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SUSANNAH31 1/6/2014 9:33PM

    Happy New Year to you, my dear friend. Wishing you the best in 2014!


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HIPPICHICK1 1/2/2014 5:03PM

    Wonderful! Happy New Year to you my friend!

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KALIGIRL 1/2/2014 9:34AM

    Here's to realizing our invitation is a wonderful emoticon

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    Happy New Year and thank you for the poem.

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BILLB000 1/1/2014 3:04PM

    I love this poem Maha. David Whyte is one of my favorites, but I did not know this poem. I will think of this as a gift from you. emoticon

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FRANCESCANAZ 1/1/2014 2:31PM

    Te amo amiga. Gracias por compartirte. emoticon

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JESPAH 1/1/2014 10:17AM

    That reminded me of this song. ;)

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SNOWYOGA 12/31/2013 10:53PM

    Thank you & Happy New Years emoticon

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SUBMOM2 12/31/2013 7:26PM

    Beautiful. Happy New Year!

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SLASALLE 12/31/2013 5:23PM

    I can always count on you to get my poetry fix. Simply lovely ...

Bowing in gratitude, my friend.

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WATERMELLEN 12/31/2013 2:28PM

    To be human . . . yes. What we want. And we can.

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EARTHSEAME 12/31/2013 1:52PM

    Oh, Yes! David Whyte made me remember. Thank you!

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SLAYINGDRAGONS 12/31/2013 1:23PM

    May you always come into the light of a new day with expectation to share the gift of you. Happy 2014, girlfriend!!!!

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MAW_OH 12/31/2013 11:14AM

    emoticon I love the poem! Happy New Year!

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    What an inspiring, peaceful, hopeful blog post. Thank you for sharing. Seriously.

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DDOORN 12/31/2013 9:22AM

    What a wonderful thoughts, especially to keep in mind during my morning meditation, relaxation exercise I do first thing each morning even before getting out of bed...


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CRYSTALJEM 12/31/2013 8:37AM

    Lovely! Thank you so much for shaing this. What a beautiful and meaningful poem to read as I wake up. Many blessings for you and yours this coming bright new year.

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GOANNA2 12/31/2013 7:05AM

    Beautiful poem Maha. Thanks for sharing.
It is 10 pm on New Year's Eve and I am off
to bed. Have a wonderful 2014.
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JUST_BREATHE08 12/31/2013 2:06AM

    Happy New Year 2014, my friend! Thanks for sharing this blog. Love It!

Take Care & Love and Hugs.....Cindi

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I heard the bells on Christmas Day....

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

When you’re happy, sing. When you’re sad, sing even louder.
--Irish Proverb

Holy Holly, Greg Turiya Liotta

I've always felt that if I can keep a song in my heart, it will add joy to my day. And so I decided to share some of my favorite music of this time of year...perhaps you too will find joy in it!


~ Three Dog Night

~ Ivan Lins (Paul Winter Consort)

~ Theresa Thomason (Paul Winter Consort)

~ Bing Crosby and David Bowie

~ Dave Brubeck

~ Alison Krauss and Yo Yo Ma

~ Angelique Kidjo

~ Ella Fitzgerald

~ Linda Ronstadt

~ Jose Feliciano

~ John Lennon

~ The Gypsy Kings

~ Ray Charles

John Schofield & the Wild Magnolias


Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Christmas 1863

I heard the bells on Christmas Day
Their old, familiar carols play,
And wild and sweet
The words repeat
Of peace on earth, good-will to men (and women)!

And thought how, as the day had come,
The belfries of all Christendom
Had rolled along
The unbroken song
Of peace on earth, good-will to men (and women)!

Till, ringing, singing on its way,
The world revolved from night to day,
A voice, a chime,
A chant sublime
Of peace on earth, good-will to men (and women)!

Then from each black, accursed mouth
The cannon thundered in the South,
And with the sound
The carols drowned
Of peace on earth, good-will to men (and women)!

It was as if an earthquake rent
The hearth-stones of a continent,
And made forlorn
The households born
Of peace on earth, good-will to men (and women)!

And in despair I bowed my head;
"There is no peace on earth," I said:
"For hate is strong,
And mocks the song
Of peace on earth, good-will to men (and women)!"

Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:
"God is not dead; nor doth he sleep!
The Wrong shall fail,
The Right prevail,
With peace on earth, good-will to men (and women)!"

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PEACEFULONE 1/15/2014 9:14AM

    Thank you for the great gift!
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JUST_BREATHE08 12/29/2013 9:22PM

    emoticon emoticon Music!! emoticon I love it.

Happy New Year to you my friend! emoticon

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MTRACHEL 12/29/2013 8:50PM

    I am working my way down the list!

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KALIGIRL 12/29/2013 2:28PM

    Here's to song!

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    I had never read the Longfellow, only knew the carol made from it.
Thanks, I will need to find more now, I assume he was anguishing over the Civil War?
Also thanks for sharing the music choices.
Merry Christmas and a Happy Healthy New Year.

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GREENGENES 12/27/2013 6:54PM

    Awesome. Thank you! I love the Alison Krauss/Yo-Yo Ma piece. He does the most amazing collaborative work.

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JESPAH 12/27/2013 1:19PM

    How wonderful! Thank you for this!

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GOANNA2 12/26/2013 6:31AM

    I am singing right now. Thank you for the poem.
Have a wonderful Boxing Day and I wish you all
the best in 2014. emoticon emoticon

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WATERMELLEN 12/25/2013 9:27PM

    Music: how impoverished our lives would be without it. Thank you!

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DDOORN 12/25/2013 9:16PM

    Wonderful verse and such lovely music also...thank you for sharing 'Maha!

This has been a much better Christmas for me this year...


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CRYSTALJEM 12/25/2013 9:07PM

    Thank you Maha, Namaste. :)

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SNOWYOGA 12/25/2013 6:59PM

    These are really great Thank you and Merry Christmas! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BECOMINGONE 12/25/2013 5:37PM

    Thanks for sharing! Love and light to you ... as always.


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    Lovely! Thank you for sharing.

Many blessings for 2014.

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ABURRIS2 12/25/2013 3:31PM

    Happy day, sweetness! This helps while missing the grandbabies. Thank you for being and giving from your emoticon . ~ann

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MISS_VIV 12/25/2013 3:03PM

Have a joyous day.

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TATTER3 12/25/2013 2:40PM

    What a sweet gift! Thank you for posting.

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My dear Spark friends!

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Joyful greetings this holiday season!

I hope all of you far-and-near bask in contentment --
Alone or surrounded by family and/or friends
Lights or shadows
Music or quietness
Going out or staying in
Vegan or omnivore

And in the midst of it all --
May we have gratitude for the gifts and for the lessons
For all we have and for those things that have been taken away
Most of all, for the love that is the glue holding this crazy life together

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KALIGIRL 12/29/2013 1:07PM

    Here's to the joy of the season!
Wishing you all the best!

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MEDDYPEDDY 12/29/2013 12:17AM

    ...and Iwish you a happy new year!

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LOPEYP 12/28/2013 7:49AM

    I hope you had a nice Christmas!

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MAW_OH 12/27/2013 9:56AM

    Hope you had a great Christmas!

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JESPAH 12/26/2013 8:52AM

    Aw, lovely. Joy to you and me.

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2WHEELEDSHARON 12/25/2013 10:33PM

    This blog is a fantastic holiday gift! emoticon

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    Joy to you Maha today and every day.

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CRYSTALJEM 12/25/2013 9:55AM

    Thank you Maha. The same to you. Love and light. Namaste. CJ

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GOANNA2 12/25/2013 5:18AM

    Blessings to you too my dear Maha.
Joy and Peace for all mankind always,
not just at this time of the year.
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PEACEFULONE 12/25/2013 1:01AM

    Many blessings to you dear Maha! Thank you for being such a wonderful teacher with all that you share you have blessed me immensely! May peace and happiness be abundant for you in 2014!
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DAISY443 12/24/2013 7:47PM

    You have said what I feel and can never express. Thank you and Happy Holidays to you, my friend!

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BILLB000 12/24/2013 6:18PM

    Thank you Maha. As usual, I love your message. Take good care of Maha this holiday season. I feel blessed to know you.

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DOR2BFIT 12/24/2013 5:17PM

    Lovely! Happy Holidays to you!
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    Loved this blog.

Happy holidays.

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MISS_VIV 12/24/2013 4:02PM

    Spark family is fantastic. Sharing our gratitudes, joys and blessings.
So sweet that Maha puts this all in perspective.


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DDOORN 12/24/2013 3:49PM

    Gratitude is what breathes life into our living!

I'm so grateful for our SparkFamily and the wonderful connections that would have never happened without SparkPeople!



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WATERMELLEN 12/24/2013 3:06PM

    What a lovely seasonal message! Thank you, MAHA!!

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Saturday, October 12, 2013

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BUNNYCATS 11/10/2013 5:26PM

    The world is full of suffering. It is also full of overcoming it.”
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PEACEFULONE 11/6/2013 11:30PM

    Yup, I can manage that for today, but on some days grateful is going to have to share the time with sad and/or angry. It's all part of the yin and yang.

“If we never experience the chill of a dark winter, it is very unlikely that we will ever cherish the warmth of a bright summer’s day. Nothing stimulates our appetite for the simple joys of life more than the starvation caused by sadness or desperation. In order to complete our amazing life journey successfully, it is vital that we turn each and every dark tear into a pearl of wisdom, and find the blessing in every curse.”
¯ Anthon St. Maarten, Divine Living: The Essential Guide To Your True Destiny

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EOSTAR_45 10/17/2013 1:46AM

    What if indeed.

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SNOWYOGA 10/14/2013 7:29PM

    Sounds great! emoticon emoticon

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VALERIEMAHA 10/14/2013 10:06AM

    Dear Curious (responding to DOKEYOKEY below),

These are my thoughts on this knotty idea, dear kindred spirit on the Path: Perhaps "grateful" isn't exactly right..."acceptance" may be better, though being able to look at our predicament -- e.g., no partner at this moment -- with gratitude may be a sign of spiritual maturity. To be able to say sincerely, "what I have is's what I need for now, it is providing me with the lessons I need at this stage." Perhaps?

Pema Chodron says, "Life is glorious, but life is also wretched. It is both. Appreciating the gloriousness inspires us, encourages us, cheers us up, gives us a bigger perspective, energizes us. We feel connected.

"But if that's all that's happening, we get arrogant and start to look down on others, and there is a sense of making ourselves a big deal and being really serious about it, wanting it to be like that forever. The gloriousness becomes tinged by craving and addiction.

"On the other hand, wretchedness--life's painful aspect--softens us up considerably. Knowing pain is a very important ingredient of being there for another person. When you are feeling a lot of grief, you can look right into somebody's eyes because you feel you haven't got anything to lose--you're just there.

"The wretchedness humbles us and softens us, but if we were only wretched, we would all just go down the tubes. We'd be so depressed, discouraged, and hopeless that we wouldn't have enough energy to eat an apple. Gloriousness and wretchedness need each other. One inspires us, the other softens us. They go together."

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KALIGIRL 10/14/2013 9:40AM

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Yep - everything!

Namaste my friend

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DOKEYOKEY 10/14/2013 8:32AM

    Hey, Maha -- This is an interesting idea, but why do you think it is useful? For instance, why should I be grateful for the lack of a life partner? Is it part of the "Loving what is" material? Signed, Curious (aka Kathleen)

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    Acne, fat, cat hair, and housework. I will find a way - means I'm living and have plenty, I have lovely fur babies, and a family that lives in our home.

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PHEBESS 10/13/2013 4:58PM

    Okay, I can settle for ALMOST everything. I don't think I can be grateful for spiders or rats.

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MTRACHEL 10/13/2013 1:34PM

    Some more good words shared by you...and I am still remembering the wonderful Wendell Barry poem about giving myself away

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HIPPICHICK1 10/13/2013 1:14PM

    What if we decided to be grateful every day?
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WATERMELLEN 10/13/2013 12:39PM

    Canadian Thanksgiving here -- and yup, I'm grateful for everything.

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JESPAH 10/13/2013 11:27AM

    Um, okay.

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SLASALLE 10/13/2013 9:15AM

    Well, it's pretty funny, because I had this absolutely, totally, completely stellar day yesterday ... and had posted about it in both of my gratitude spots ... then I saw this!!!! :-)

As usual, you're right on target, my dear!!!


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GOANNA2 10/13/2013 8:11AM

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I am grateful for a beautiful day with my friends
sitting in a restaurant ovelooking the mighty Pacific.

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JUST_BREATHE08 10/12/2013 11:40PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon Maha! emoticon

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CRYSTALJEM 10/12/2013 5:55PM

    Today I am grateful for everything. Thank you Maha.

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DDOORN 10/12/2013 2:44PM

    Got my mile of gratitude today! :-)

Gorgeous fall weather!


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