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Strength does not come from physical capacity.
It comes from an indomitable will.
-- Mahatma Gandhi

Never eat more than you can lift.
-- Miss Piggy

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Today I am grateful for:

* Sudoku!

* Crosswords!

* Anagrams

* Chess!

* Strategies!

"A man who wants something will find a way; a man who doesn't will find an excuse."

Stephan Dolley Jr.

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****** THIS THREAD IS NOW CLOSED. PLEASEJOIN US ON THE NOVEMBER 2012 THREAD ******
See you there!

~~~Kathy~~~

Scales lie. Pants don't lie.
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If the only prayer you ever say is "thank you" that shall suffice. ~~~~~~ Meister Eckhart


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Thankful -

- all that I gain from each of your posts and stories, and the poems and quotes Maha shares
- the little trick or treater who captured my heart last night
- a quick call from a friend right when I needed a pleasant interuption this morning
- feeling positive change around me
- friend of a friend's surgery successful and prognosis good
- my son's indominantable spirit
- that there is no left over candy at my house (lots and lots of trick or treaters last night!)
- the extra 20 minutes if sleep I took this morning
- having curly hair that I can wash and dash out the door with when I take an extra 20 minutes of sleep
- hot tea and electirc kettles
- the awareness that my optimistic thoughts have become stronger and louder than my defeatist self pitying thoughts and the reality of the change that has been bringing to my life
- endless possibilities

~S

"Although we have been made to believe that if we let go we will end up with nothing, life reveals just the opposite: that letting go is the real path to freedom."
-Sogyal Rinpoche
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"I get up. I walk. I fall down. Meanwhile, I keep dancing."
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11/1/12 8:53 A

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Grateful for
-meditation practice
-planes are flying to go up North this afternoon
-a sound sleep last night
-hot water, thinking about all those folks with no electricity
-again, all those helping with the disaster
-Toyota, they have "ladies' day" on Wed. here, and I had a back massage while waiting for an oil change
-our Winn Dixie store with protein bars for the trip
-the little trick or treaters last night, so cute
-our children
-all the many blessings of this life

"Do you have the courage to be who you truly are? " -Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan


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Thankful on this Hallows Eve...
* That waters are receding in the east
* That we've heard from most of our friends who endured the storm
* For choosing to NOT buy candy for the trick or treaters....no leftovers here!
* For date night at the movies...Argo - Absolutely worth seeing. Pitch Perfect - Totally shallow and predictable, but great music and a great follow up to the intensity of Argo.
* For the artistic genius so prominent in our world.
* For our gentle rain (not like Sandy), that held off til the kids were all tucked in...

Edited by: ATRANSFORMATION at: 11/1/2012 (01:19)
~~~Kathy~~~

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If the only prayer you ever say is "thank you" that shall suffice. ~~~~~~ Meister Eckhart


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Today I am grateful for:

* Walking!

* Riding!

* Swimming!

* Archery!

* Cardio!!

"A man who wants something will find a way; a man who doesn't will find an excuse."

Stephan Dolley Jr.

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*Piggybacking* on Sandra's comment on my PowerPoint, I have two more gratitudes:

~ I've said it before and I'll say it again, Sandra's assistance in creating the PowerPoint slides was gracious, skillfull and generous

~ Fortunate that I had a great slide program, because the notes I planned to use in the oral presentation were cyber-lost about 20 min. before the presentation

~ Luckily I had a fair idea of what I planned to say (en español) even though I'm not comfortable speaking extemporaneously in English, not to mention Spanish

~ Haven't gotten my grade yet, but I'm confident that I will do acceptably
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Strength does not come from physical capacity.
It comes from an indomitable will.
-- Mahatma Gandhi

Never eat more than you can lift.
-- Miss Piggy

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What an incredible quote, Maha! Thank you. Seems there is always a lot of noise, a lot of dishes, and not a lot of true "quiet" prayer in my life, but thankful that God can tune in on my thoughts and needs inspite of all the noise "pollution" around me!

Good family

Great ESL class today

Happy dogs

"You pray in your distress and in your need; would that you might pray also in the fullness of your joy and in your days of abundance." Kahlil


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This Wednesday evening, I give thanks for ...

~ beautiful fall day here
~ a ride in the country to see the foliage on Sunday
~ happy Maha's PowerPoint presentation is completed
~ this time next week the election will be history
~ ready to clean house again ... amazing how fast the mess returns
~ synchronicity
~ as always, life, possibilities & freedom to choose

Shine,
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The time of business does not with me differ from the time of prayer, and in the noise and clatter of my kitchen, while several persons are at the same time calling for different things, I possess God in as great tranquility as if I were upon my knees at the blessed sacrament.
-- Brother Lawrence, The Practice of the Presence of God

Good afternoon,

SO nice to be back among you in gratitude~~

~ I remember reading and deeply appreciating The Practice of the Presence of God by Brother Lawrence...oh that I could live it consistently!

~ university library, well-equipped and well-staffed

~ Bob's Red Mill hot cereal this morning with Medjol dates, raisins, roasted walnuts and fresh raspberries -- resounding YUM here!

~ PowerPoint presentation out of the way; preparing to begin another big assignment due tomorrow

~ Gary Puckett and The Union Gap, an unknown group, but going tomorrow night with a girlfriend to enjoy them (an American pop rock group operating in the late 1960s. Their biggest hits were "Woman, Woman," "Young Girl," and "Lady Willpower.")

Blessed be,
xox
Maha


Strength does not come from physical capacity.
It comes from an indomitable will.
-- Mahatma Gandhi

Never eat more than you can lift.
-- Miss Piggy

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AZIMAT, prayers for you and your family! How sad to lose one so young. Safe trip, so glad the weather is getting better for you! AT how great your friends are all well. SAVOY1 I Really like your first thanks. I totally put my body through a horrendous 30 years, and I should be thanking my body every day for being as good as it is after being so ill-treated and tired for so many years- thanks for the reminder.

Today I am thankful for:

*getting to watch ‘The Great Pumpkin’ tonight!!!!! Kept missing it, even with DVR’s, so I’ll be watching it from my Boxed set of Peanuts Holiday vids- DVD, not Blue-Ray- couldn’t wrap my head around HD 60’s graphics.

*working on site! Love creating, designing, especially now that we do so much less, than in years past.

*cute series on Hulu called Little Mosque. It’s fun, and I am learning a little bit on Islam, though I don’t know how accurate it is. I am woefully ignorant in my studies on Islam. Pretty much covered every other religion in my studies, not sure why I kept missing it over the years, need to rectify this. I have given my wife some very well reviewed modern works on Islam, and need to borrow them.

*winter cloths!!! Many less scratches and bite marks, while fighting to the death with the cat.

*Fall Camellia really blooming like crazy now!!!

*some short, but much needed moments of silence yesterday. Also some respite in the video companions, and just music for a while doing accounting.

*a nice thought of Trace, who I really miss on this site. I saw some of the Pittsburgh Steelers game in there totally funny retro 1934 uniforms, and thought of how much fun it would be to rag her about it.

*dealing well with a customer who I knew was displeased with our schedule. I didn’t say I was sorry for everything in the world, or the way things are in China (John Denver fan). I relaxed, talked calmly, and explained what was going on in a very clear and positive way. Although I probably did cause the breakdown of Western Civilization as we know it, by being a few days late, since the guys have been sick???..............

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Realizing how much I have to be thankful for despite being overwhelmed and letting doubt creep in, and how the power of gratitude is so effective in overcoming these feelings...

- body stronger than it used to be, even when tired and ill-treated
- the knowledge "this too shall pass"
- gas prices going down
- left overs in the fridge ready to be grabbed and take to work for lunch
- many things to do that I enjoy and want to do
- smiling faces meeting me throughout my day
- convenience of email and texting to share information and keep in contact when we're all on the go
-snuggly dog nose hugs

~S

"Although we have been made to believe that if we let go we will end up with nothing, life reveals just the opposite: that letting go is the real path to freedom."
-Sogyal Rinpoche
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"I get up. I walk. I fall down. Meanwhile, I keep dancing."
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10/31/12 8:45 A

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Grateful for
-the short life (19) of my cousin's son
-again, all the open heart-ed people who are helping with the storm aftermath
-safety of friends and family
-safe return of DS after a trip
-call from #1DS
-unexpected weight loss, who knew?
-Bob's shout out, thanks, Bob, we're leaving for the funeral tomorrow
-all the many blessings of this life

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Looking forward to seeing all the neighborhood kids in their costumes tonight. Hope they are OK with getting packages of gum as I can't have candy in the house. ;-)

On this wonderful Wednesday I am thankful for many blessings in my life and yours...

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Thoughts and prayers continue for those who are suffering from the hurricane!

Edited by: PEACEFULONE at: 10/31/2012 (08:28)
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Like the rest of you here, I am stunned and overwhelmed at the videos and pictures of what those on the east coast are enduring right now. My heart, and prayers to all my friends (and some of you here) who have experienced Sandy....

My gratitudes are many tonight
* That I have heard from several friends in NJ and they are safe.
* That those I haven't heard from in the east, told me ahead of time they were well prepared, that they expected power loss for several days and if I didn't hear from them right away, not to worry
* For my dry, warm and cozy home...WITH electricity and running water.
* For my temporary crown remaining intact
* For hubby willing to eat soup with me every night for a week!
* For pumpkin ice cream
* For a friend reminding me about a luncheon date I forgot (not until tomorrow) and rescheduling for when I can more comfortably eat.
* That my dad is doing well after having one of his teeth pulled. (Dental work abounds!)

~~~Kathy~~~

Scales lie. Pants don't lie.
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If the only prayer you ever say is "thank you" that shall suffice. ~~~~~~ Meister Eckhart


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Today I am grateful for:

* Gifts!

* Blessings!

* Thoughtfulness!

* Appreciations!

* Gratitude!

"A man who wants something will find a way; a man who doesn't will find an excuse."

Stephan Dolley Jr.

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So thankful that my east coast family
are all safe in their homes, weathering
the storm.

Every day, think as you wake up, today I am fortunate to be alive, I have a precious human life, I am not going to waste it. I am going to use all my energies to develop myself, to expand my heart out to others; to achieve enlightenment for the benefit of all beings. I am going to have kind thoughts towards others, I am not going to get angry or think badly about others. I am going to benefit others as much as I can."
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This Tuesday evening, I give thanks for ...

~ chamber music concert tonight
~ a productive day at work (caught up more or less)
~ beautiful fall weather
~ good news at the doctor's
~ quality time with my kitty
~ sleeping in tomorrow morning (at least until 6 am)
~ as always, life, possibilities & freedom to choose

Shine,
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Have to update check-ins- about to bust!

Prayers to all in the North East in the wake of Sandy, hope you are safe and sound.

Sandra many thanks for your warm thoughts and good wishes since I have been around again. Belated Happy Birthday- if only I could post an audio version of “I’ll Have a Blue Birthday Without You”. Maha belated icksnay on andrasay’s ixtysay geaay. Loving the poems, and thoughts dear. AT I have been teaching my wife to text, glad your husband is learning. Technology, does really help us keep in touch during these bad storms. People have been twittering, texting, emailing, etc. even though power and telephone lines are down. So glad your loved ones are safe.

Nice to see your posts Savoy1, especially the length- oooooooo! ie. check old months for my old Tolstoyian posts- not these little ones. I look forward to reading your perspective on perspective. Stephanie, you get more and more beautiful to me, especially when you agreed with my Honey Crisp thoughts- what an Apple! Steph send me the unclean version of your brother-in-laws response if it helps! Boy howdy do I have to clean-up my responses to family!

AZIMAT thanks for your warm wishes also, so glad you aren’t having hurricane troubles at home this time. Sorry for your loss, and hope your travels north for the funeral have been safe- DH’s are good sometimes! Crystaljem help a brother out! Now do I add 32 degrees to C and divide by ??? to change to Fahrenheit??? Is 8+ cold? If so sorry, if hot, hope you cool off! How wonderful you had a great visit with your parents you are so blessed.

Peacefulone is it net time your thankful for? Sleeping until 1:30am is good??? I sleep terribly, but am worried about you if 1:30am is good. Whatever: glad you’re happy with it, and turning a corner with things. Sherrie, good luck with root canal- yick- and sorry for your lack of sleep, it’s very hard to deal with. Way to go soldiering on, despite being tired. I’m on my way to google Siete Can…………

Whew, hope everyone else is well! My VQ- Verbosity Quotient- is in good shape now, thanks for reading- those still awake. bob


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Today I am thankful for:

*posting again in the same month- woo hoo still in October!

*Nikita being updated on Netflix, and Hulu+. True it’s belated, but I felt it had to be said- good stories and hot Asian lead- luvvvvv it!

*body being tolerable, and weather clearing so I can get a planting finally finished, before the owner puts out a hit on me.

*getting things done the last few days, despite not feeling well- blues wise.

*getting some new credit worked out to cover some things with a wayyyyyyyyy lower interest. First time since all the losses in ’08, which destroyed my credit, that I could even try / ask for any new credit.

*beautiful foliage! I love it, but my wife has mixed feelings. Sure she loves the foliage, but it does make her fear for her life. She doesn’t like to drive, and I tend to look at everything while driving, especially plants and have been looking at the trees commenting on the ID of the trees coloring, and especially those that are variations on the norm. I got into a very intense discussion with myself on some maples, and the various species and cultivars that that tree could be and all the whys and wherefores, all the while looking backwards, while my wife bare knuckled it.

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Grateful this afternoon
-for all the emergency workers, we pray for thier safety
-for choices
-our warm house against the blustery weather
-time to take care of all kinds of chores
-the internet
-a good sleep last night
-quiet
-and all the many blessings of this life

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Today, I am grateful for:

-Flexibility, in all ways
-Reading Savoy's "power of perspective," as it is SO very true and a great reminder
-Discovering an issue with the conference I'm attending next week and getting it resolved before it caused problems
-Letting my anger dwindle a bit before responding to my brother's e-mail and keeping my response clean and to the point!!! :-)
-An opportunity to see my nephew again
-My safe home, power, telephone, water - everything that so many don't have on the east coast at the moment

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Gratitude...

- storm effects minimal in my pocket of the world
- all of the people who work to help and aid others in such events
- Jones happy
- traffic cooperating
- fabulous new recipe
- SUV with lots of cargo space to pick up son AND his bike after work in wind and rain
- power of perspective

~S

"Although we have been made to believe that if we let go we will end up with nothing, life reveals just the opposite: that letting go is the real path to freedom."
-Sogyal Rinpoche
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"I get up. I walk. I fall down. Meanwhile, I keep dancing."
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This wonderful Tuesday I am thankful for

all the people who are safe weather storms
my computer back up to speed
catching up on blogs
getting the last of my tomatoes canned
making curried parsnip soup for supper tonight
finding the last minute halloween costume stuff we need (I think)
enjoying the full moon last night even though I couldn't see it
It's going to be +8 Celsius today, wet but not icy
getting my allergies under control
getting better at speaking my mind with honesty and integrity
a wonderful visit with my parents over the weekend
loving family, hugs
my kids, who thrill me and make me happy every single day
Marty's blog yesterday - gotta read it again today I enjoyed it so much!

Edited by: CRYSTALJEM at: 10/30/2012 (08:48)
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On this early Tuesday morning I am especially thankful for many blessings in my life and yours...

~all of your posts-encouraging, enlightening, and touching
~sleeping last evening 7:30 PM to 1:30 AM after very short sleep Sunday night (was it the full moon?)
~seeing the light at the end of the tunnel (getting caught up after being away)
~phone visits with all three children
~DH and all he does
~sparkrecipes and their healthy unfrosted chocolate zucchini cake with only 1 1/2 cups sugar, oat bran, and ground flax in a large bundt cake-Yes we can have our cake and eat it too!

Thoughts and prayers for those affected by hurricane Sandy!

Edited by: PEACEFULONE at: 10/30/2012 (04:19)
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Grateful this late Monday night
* For an engaging new book
* For being able to deliver goodies to a friend who is just out of surgery, and to have a GREAT visit with him!
* That all my friends on the east coast are keeping me updated with their status...And all are remaining safe, despite downed trees, houses sans gutters, and power outages.
* For the amazing technology that provides us on the west coast, news and pictures from the east coast.
* That I am blessed to live where I do...
* For hubby learning how to text. (Long story, but know THAT is a huge one!)

~~~Kathy~~~

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If the only prayer you ever say is "thank you" that shall suffice. ~~~~~~ Meister Eckhart


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Today I am grateful for :

* Beans!

* Tomatoes!

* Corn!

* Peppers!

* Chili!

"A man who wants something will find a way; a man who doesn't will find an excuse."

Stephan Dolley Jr.

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Today I am grateful for:
~ being able to function almost normally this afternoon in spite of lack of sleep last night and a root canal this am
~ soft food
~ able to go to be early tonight
~ the existence of Siete Canciones Populares by Manuel de Falla
~ the joy of studying a preparing to perform the above
~ more blessings than I could ever list
namaste,
sherrie

Namaste: "I honor the place in you in which the entire universe dwells. I honor the place in you which is of love, of truth, of light, and of peace. When you are in that place in you, and I am in that place in me, We are One." by Ram Das

If you keep on doing what you've always done, you'll keep on getting what you always got. The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. (Albert Einstein)



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This Monday evening, I give thanks for ...

~ son will be working for Chicago's Chef Stephanie, a Top Chef winner
~ birthday party was a lot of fun
~ Maha's German chocolate birthday cake was delish and pretty too
~ a relaxing day yesterday
~ a busy day today
~ going to bed early tonight so I can get up early in the a.m.
~ as always, life, possibilities & choice

Shine,
Sandra

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Travel light, live light, spread the light, be the light.
-- Yogi Tea bag

Good morning,

Thanks for the heads-up Roberto! Happy to be among you to share~~

~ a DELICIOUS night of slumber

~ a DELICIOUS brunch this morning that I think Sandra's son would have been impressed with -- created with polenta, garden-fresh kale and chard, Italian Sausage (Tofurky), garden-fresh baby tomatoes and basil, and salsa with a bite

~ a lovely blog from SF girlfriend about traveling back to Wisconsin and Minnesota with mom and sister to explore family roots

~ these biographical portraits of the presidential candidates via PBS' Frontline, entitled "The Choice 2012"
video.pbs.org/video/2288869682

~ my hometown team, the SF Giants, did it in FOUR!

Blessed be,
xox
Maha
P.S. KATHY! I SO LOVE the Chilean group, Inti-Illimani, and so happy you ALL enjoyed them on that special occasion!

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Grateful this morning for:
-a furnace that works, it's colder here in FL this morning than in NY!
-getting to sleep in until 6:30 this morning before the husky needed to go out
-my comfortable life
-DH's willingness to travel up north with me for a relative's funeral
-DH working on the gas fireplace logs
-DH
-all the many blessings of this life

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Monday thanksgivings...

- an awesome great fun dinner and night of games with family friends and kids Sat night
- better than expected outcome resolving son's cell phone issue
- another weekend full of opportunity to learn from world class dressage trainers in an intimate and beautiful setting, and applying it to my own ride Sunday
- another baking job coming my way and fresh inspiration to build my little bakery business
- having a warm cozy house and all outdoor items stored away as storms approach and hatches battened down at stable

~S

"Although we have been made to believe that if we let go we will end up with nothing, life reveals just the opposite: that letting go is the real path to freedom."
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Thankful tonight
* For my husband, for the first time in over 25 years, asking if he could come to church with me this morning....
* That my sisters were able to visit my mom today
* For a deep sleep nap that made up for my full-moon-no-sleep night
* For tonight's incredible sunset, casting brilliant light on the already colorful trees
* For yet another opportunity to experience another culture through performaning arts....
www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vpf1a_0FdcM
Imperial Silence" Un Opera Muerta


~~~Kathy~~~

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If the only prayer you ever say is "thank you" that shall suffice. ~~~~~~ Meister Eckhart


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*for good friends
*for lots of beads

Take your MEDS: Moderation. Education. Dedication. Sublimation.

MWR=128-133lbs. MAINTAINING the new me since summer 2009!

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* Phones!

* Texts!

* Pictures!

* Videos!

* Legacies!

"A man who wants something will find a way; a man who doesn't will find an excuse."

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Today I'm grateful for...

All that's right in my life and here.
The good health my family and I enjoy.
Feeling loved.
Pushing myself and DH to take an early morning walk.
Old friends.
Choices.
A new pen.


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Tonight, exceedingly thankful
* For my husband who celebrates his birthday today....how the planet is blessed by his gentle spirit.
* The expansive sunset, carefully scripted for my his birthday.
* A new openness in him tonight....and feeling deeply connected as he shared from his heart.
* The thoughtful birthday gift from my son....tickets to see Inti-Illimani with them....second row!
www.youtube.com/watch?v=fayYhdAeYwQ
* The spirituality of the group....again, expressed through music.


~~~Kathy~~~

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Today I am grateful for:

* Research!

* Information!

* History!

* Forums!

* Genealogy

"A man who wants something will find a way; a man who doesn't will find an excuse."

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Today I am grateful for:
~ students' progress
~ the joy of teaching
~ the joy of learning
~ my hubby
~ my puppy
~ more blessings than I could ever list
namaste,
sherrie

Namaste: "I honor the place in you in which the entire universe dwells. I honor the place in you which is of love, of truth, of light, and of peace. When you are in that place in you, and I am in that place in me, We are One." by Ram Das

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Today I am thankful for:

*finding on Netflix a French documentary, on Django Rheinhart, for my wife, who is a big fan. She loved it, and appreciated the subtitles since her spoken French is not as sharp as it is when reading.

*a great group of games today, including God’s Chosen- The Alabama Crimson Tide.

*hearing from sister Maha. Thanks for checking in. I'll be going by the computer place to be sure they are on the ball and finish up the laptop.

*sleepin’ in with the precious this morning.

*having a good laugh from the cat this morning. When we finally got up, we heard a plaintive meow from my window. We never had heard it from this direction and looked out to see him on top of the heat pump stretching up to my window.

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good week

quiet Saturday

happy plans

"You pray in your distress and in your need; would that you might pray also in the fullness of your joy and in your days of abundance." Kahlil


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grateful
~for restorative sleep
~for good muscle memory
~to be up to a difficult task
~emotion is temporary
~for spark friends

peace
ann

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It's your first and last garment; it is what you enter life in and what you depart life with, and it should be treated with honor.
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I feel the capacity to care is the thing which gives life its deepest significance.
-- Pablo Casals

Good morning,

~ today's Word for the Day from gratefulness.org bringing a beautiful memory of observing Pablo Casals in a Master Class at UC, Berkeley (1970?)

~ another beautiful memory, even older, of attending Vienna Boy's Choir with my piano teacher (1956?)

~ celebrating Azimat's three years on SparkPeople and even MORE importantly, another beautiful memory...her presence here resulting in our meeting at a Sufi retreat with her amazing teacher, Pir Zia, at a mountain getaway in MA

~ birthday party this evening for Birthday Girl Sandra and her dearly beloved -- cake I'm offering isn't perfect, but then neither am I!!!

~ off to yoga at Cedar Rock Studio this morning...long overdue after missing TWO classes!

Blessed be,
xox
Maha


Strength does not come from physical capacity.
It comes from an indomitable will.
-- Mahatma Gandhi

Never eat more than you can lift.
-- Miss Piggy

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Grateful this morning for;
-three years on Sparkpeople
-a wonderful last day of class yesterday, the class was truly life changing for me
-the new friends that I made
-feelings of accomplishment
-DH also enjoying his classes
-feeling just fine about leaving a concert early last night, loud off pitch music and cigarette smoke: not for this girl
-new possibilities for the future
-joyful welcomes from the doggers when we return home
-all the many blessings of this life



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Today, I am thankful....
* For music that binds us all together, in our quest for comfort....
* For the fresh young faces of the Vienna Boys Choir (yes, I saw them tonight) and the dedication they have to their work.
* For the gracious and friendly people seated around us at the concert
* For another day, preparing
* For my crown staying on, and the pleasure of eating jook (congee) for breakfast.

~~~Kathy~~~

Scales lie. Pants don't lie.
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If the only prayer you ever say is "thank you" that shall suffice. ~~~~~~ Meister Eckhart


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Today I am grateful for:

* Sneakers!

* Pedometer!

* iTunes!

* Rhythm!

* Walking!

"A man who wants something will find a way; a man who doesn't will find an excuse."

Stephan Dolley Jr.

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Today, I am grateful for:

-My annual checkup today, walking in with blood test results in hand from my company-sponsored annual blood test, and my doctor being LITERALLY thrilled on every count!!
-TGIF; it's been a harder week than usual coming back after being off for 30 days
-Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk tomorrow a.m. and a friend who surprised me with a large donation at the last minute - automatic win-win as I get my exercise in AND walk for a great cause, and for 7-8 women that I know/knew
-Tennis match scheduled for Sunday a.m., another overdue match, now nearing the catchup point and end of the playoffs/championships
-My incredible partner and her amazing spirit and attitude
-A weekend filled with both fun and some R&R

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Today I am thankful for:

*Shannon Morris coming to TWIT TV, part time- la rooooooooow! She has really big……ideas, and will bring great…….assets to the team.

*Bill Maher for having the owner of Stonyfield Farm come on and talk about Genetically Modified food. It was the opening interview at the first of the show- for those on the right skip monologue. The discussion of herbicide use and how its usage is going up due to the breeding programs is very eye opening and ominous in regards to our health and the environment.

*ordering a new iPad4!!! I had held off ordering this spring, but obviously couldn’t miss another cycle. Our new addition to the family will arrive next Friday! Hoping my wife will be so glad to get a used iPad2, that she won't be mad at my brilliant business purchase (indulgence, spending too much money- ladies fill in the rest).

*not snacking today!

*lucking in to seeing a check-out / cashier person at a local garden center, before she retires. I have know her 25ish years, and she has been very cheerful and helpful all that time. I had forgotten she was leaving so I was really glad to see her. Her last day is Tuesday, so thank goodness there is still time to get her an 8x10 glossy of me, for a retirement present- boy can I pick a great gift!

*Friday. I am so pooped. Each employee has been out at least one day, and one is still recovering on light duty, and one is in a sling half the time- at home accident. Soooooo it’s been a stressful week scheduling around all this, and keeping the clients who have been put off, cool. Crashing when the last guys get in soon.

have a greatttttttt weekend, bob


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Also, Happy Belated Birthday to Sandra!


Namaste: "I honor the place in you in which the entire universe dwells. I honor the place in you which is of love, of truth, of light, and of peace. When you are in that place in you, and I am in that place in me, We are One." by Ram Das

If you keep on doing what you've always done, you'll keep on getting what you always got. The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. (Albert Einstein)



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Today I am grateful for:
~ the return of Bob & Christopher (I know it was a while back, but I haven't posted for a bit)
~ the sense of community here
~ tooth getting better, root canal to be completed on Monday
~ new music to learn
~ Lula's wagging tail and playfulness
~ more blessings than I could ever list
namaste,
sherrie

Namaste: "I honor the place in you in which the entire universe dwells. I honor the place in you which is of love, of truth, of light, and of peace. When you are in that place in you, and I am in that place in me, We are One." by Ram Das

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grateful
~to be almost moved
~for help with actual lifting and carrying
~for breaks in the rain
~sadness is fading
~to have this new beginning

peace to each
ann

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Grateful -

- abundance, in many areas
- wisdom that comes from experiences
- freedom of choice and options to choose from
-(re)emerging confidence
-no one was hurt in the accident I witnessed this morning, and the colliding cars missed hitting mine
- beautiful sun rises

~S

"Although we have been made to believe that if we let go we will end up with nothing, life reveals just the opposite: that letting go is the real path to freedom."
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This Friday morning, I give thanks for ...

~ a compliment from the CEO on the quality and quantity of my work
~ went to sleep at 7:30 last night ... and slept well
~ sleeping to the sound of thunder and rain
~ cooler temperatures
~ romantic notes from my sweetie
~ big birthday party bash tomorrow night
~ happy to be alive

Shine,
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Grateful for every moment.
for the precious and consistent love of my husband

For the chance to give a presentation about my parents

For the ease of my life

"What's so funny 'bout peace love and understanding." Elvis Costello

"A bear, however hard he tries, grows tubby without exercise." A.A. Milne

"I think I can. I think I can. I think I can." The Little Engine Who Could

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Late Thursday Thanks for many blessings...

~to be home safely
~to have the opportunity to see some historic sites
~the brave people who came before us and made our present civilization possible
~family and friends
~all of you and your posts

Blessings to each of you!

"Friends are quiet angels, who lift us to our feet when our wings have trouble remembering how to fly."
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Tonight, I am grateful for:

-Getting a long overdue tennis match completed, despite the nasty winds and chillier temps after this morning's rain
-An excellent dinner that my partner made
-Dinner almost ready when I got home from tennis starving
-Being able to help with back spasms
-Great exercise today again
-Getting to the match early and getting plenty of warming up done
-Tomorrow is Friday; it's been a tough week getting used to the work routines, but I'm glad to be here doing it

Goodnight all ...

Stephanie

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Thanks for today....and every other day...
* My sister.
* More conversations with my mom's doctor and care givers.
* Cleansing tears.
* KNOWING I am making sound decisions
* Dinner with "my bestie" and hubby in the works for tonight (SOFT food, meaning soup and possibly a crepe for me!)
* Life, as it is, for each of us....as we struggle in our own ways, carrying our own crosses, and emerging as stronger, kinder individuals...

~~~Kathy~~~

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If the only prayer you ever say is "thank you" that shall suffice. ~~~~~~ Meister Eckhart


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Today I am thankful for:

*getting some invoices out- 10k! I just finished and am pooped, but it's a good step.
*hugs in the morning from honey lamb kitten!
*very good eating- healthy meals, and very little snacking in between.
*our beautiful Fall Camellia blooming it's head off!
*cool disco plant blooming at the site I went to today. It's a Golden Pineapple Sage and is in full bloom with it's yellow foliage!
*taking care of some insurance probs. I have let slide, and returning something to Amazon, instead of just letting it sit.

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Grateful today for
-a burst of energy to complete my final project for my class
-having time to do a good job
-a wonderful new mediation class yesterday at the Unity church
-new people that I met
-the possibility of teaching mediatation again
-again allergy medication
-all the many blessings of this life.

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Today I am grateful for:

* Blankets!

* Darkness!

* Music!

* Candle!

* Relaxation!

"A man who wants something will find a way; a man who doesn't will find an excuse."

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Recognizing my blessings...

- my good health and the very available and excellent healthcare options I have
- sunshine and warm temps
- the food for thought all of your posts bring - thank you for sharing
- the new awareness (and the happiness it brings to me) that progress and achievements and success do not always arrive with fireworks and a lighting bolt...but are there nonetheless, ....its the journey!
- having perfect parking spots popping up wherever I went this morning!

~S

"Although we have been made to believe that if we let go we will end up with nothing, life reveals just the opposite: that letting go is the real path to freedom."
-Sogyal Rinpoche
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Free will does not mean
that I establish the curriculum;
only that I can elect what I want to take
at a given time.
-- A Course in Miracles

Good morning,

Here to give thanks~~

~ thinking of you with love Kathy, and sending you this little clip of beauty, to let you know
www.playingforchange.com/episodes/70

~ smiling at Sandra's antics in her Birthday Week -- remember it's your SIXTIETH, grrl -- candle burning at both ends just don't cut it at this point, I'm here to testify AND looking forward to Saturday festivities in continuing celebration!!!

~ a beautiful, BEAUTIFUL fall morning

~ eye app't with recommended doc and then heading over to girlfriend's place for an afternoon movie on her big screen (Leonard Cohen: I'm Your Man! -- a tribute by many artists) and popcorn!

~ morning FB chat with my dear friend in Ecuador, and learning that, after 2.5 years seizure-free, my god daughter had one recently at school; sad, but so impressed with my friend's attitude and manner of dealing with the crisis

Blessed be,
xox
Maha


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Strength does not come from physical capacity.
It comes from an indomitable will.
-- Mahatma Gandhi

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This Thursday morning, I give thanks ...

~ the work week is almost over. It has been a long week at work
~ realizing I can't burn the candle at both ends ... need sleep to work
~ pondering how I can have it all ... wishful thinking?
~ routines that help me remember what to do next
~ prayers that my son gets the job he wants so much. He hears today!
~ falling asleep as I write this reminds me I need to go to bed earlier
~ as always, life, possibilities & freedom to choose

Shine,
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More late night gratitudes....such a pattern!
* Bumpy flight, but safe landing and we are HOME!
* Seeing a wonderful play tonight (39 steps) that brought belly laughter to both hubby and me
* The Giants won (another light weight diversion....)
* The incredible sunset...truly glorious with after-the-storm clouds lighting up the sky.
* That my dad has a 27 year old roommate and feels safe at night.


~~~Kathy~~~

Scales lie. Pants don't lie.
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If the only prayer you ever say is "thank you" that shall suffice. ~~~~~~ Meister Eckhart


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Tonight, I am grateful for:

-The exercise in compassion Kathy experienced (can we talk at a more appropriate time, please?) and her admirable care and love for her family
-Seeing Bob here again - and I TOTALLY get the repeat - honey crisps are my absolute fav too!!!! I'll pay the price any day of the week because they're only around for a short time
-Fall and all that it brings; beautiful colors, cooler temps, crisper air, and lots of leaves to rake from my six big, old pin oaks
-Raking and bagging three bags tonight as I got home early
-Our organic delivery today of fruits and veggies
-A very easy, but functional dinner, scrambled eggs with sautéed swiss chard, piece of 8-grain toast, skim milk and clementines
-Lots of exercise today, starting with interactive basketball hoops at the College Basketball Experience at our department outing this afternoon, followed by raking and bagging leaves, then the recumbent bike
-Hot, running water that I'm going to shower in NOW!!!

Goodnight all ...

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Today I am grateful for:

* Leaves!

* Rain!

* Wind!

* Cold!

* Autum

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Long but good day

Soft pillows on my bed calling my name

Little doggie doesn't wake me up all through the night anymore

Big boys are getting involved in a gym

Time with friends tomorrow as a local chem teacher helps my homeschooled boys with their lab work

Great homemake chick soup tonight made by me

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This Wednesday evening, I give thanks for ...

~ my therapist
~ an ordinary day
~ going to sleep early tonight
~ another birthday dinner
~ finding out the outcome of my son's interviews tonight
~ notes, treatment plans, 90 day reviews all caught up
~ looking forward to cooler weather
~ as always, life, possibilities & choices

Shine,
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Today I am thankful for:

*seeing Stephanie’s lovely face (profile px. )when I saw the Reply to Message Board in my inbox- I’ve created a monster- if I stop this, I’ll get in trouble. ??? I could post after myself, and not be thankful for seeing my face, thus stopping the string…..

*Honey Crisp Apples are in!!! Don’t usually repeat, but luvvvvvvv Honey Crisp!

*muffin, honey, lamb returning from a trip tonight! Yeah back home! Boo cleaning house after a week!

*eating with Doc, at the Waffle House this morning. Doc is a 90 year old, retired Gynecologist, that is a hoot, and a fellow smart ass! Great time joking around with him and the ladies.

*yeah no morning after pain! No, no, no ladies, not that- what dirty minds. Yes Tiff, and Bambi have been over each night, while the ole ball and chain has been gone, but I’m not talking about that. After working yesterday, no bad pain.!!! Last week I had awful muscle pain after a similar day, which is actually rare, and in combo with my joint pain is way too much. I realized I had just started a new statin a couple of days before, and stopped it to see if it was the medication. So it was the meds, I am relieved for an answer.

*working on invoices. Did work around the margins, “on necessary” things, and didn’t get any actually sent, but hey I’m all set up for tomorrow.

take care, bob

pss. no time to check-in, but will soon. down to the wire cleaning, shoveling in the kitchen, weedeating in the living room, got the blower for my room......


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Grateful...

- the rain cooperating with my plans - thanks you thank you
- a potentially unhappy situation difusing and actually ending on a good note
- my body and what it continues to do for me
- my son stepping up to take care of an issue when I wasn't home
- support from the people around me
- Gracie the sweetest baby dog ever who came into our lives 3 yrs ago today and brought joy when it was needed!
- for the rewards from not having smoked for 8 yrs today
- new dimmer switch on dining room light
- having learned to make real oatmeal and berries in a mug in the microwave and take it on my drive in the morning

~S

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Grateful today for;
-DH
- a decision to attend a meditation class today
- still enthusiasm for my jewelry making class, research, progress, creativity
- finding a Indian classical streaming station
- my decision to not discuss politics
- medication to treat allergies/cold symptoms
-a warm comforter at night
-all of you here
-all the many blessings of this life


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Very difficult day today, but these days bring so much appreciation of goodness...

+ for open dialogue with my mom's doctor, hospice nurse and loving caregivers.
+ for being able to support my dad through this most difficult time.
+ for a compassion exercise (thank you, NORLANA) which has enabled me to deal with feelings of anger towards a sibling
+ for having the funds to squeeze in another trip to help out next month.
+ for truly feeling the interconnectivity with all that have gone through this process before me.
+ for a second dental appointment in two days (this time the temporary crown BREAKING after biting into a small rock in my food!)
+ the always unexpected overwhelming kindness of people...what a great species end are!

~~~Kathy~~~

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If the only prayer you ever say is "thank you" that shall suffice. ~~~~~~ Meister Eckhart


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Happy Birthday, Sandra!!!! I'm glad it's such a good one for you with lots of joy ...

Tonight, I am grateful for:

-The chance to hear the ENTIRE story about my friend who had a horrible biking accident in Portland (wearing no helmet) resulting in coma, paralysis, a craniotomy, as well as two other brain surgeries, lots of therapy, and her amazing recovery over the past 18 months when originally they didn't think she would live
-Today being easier at work as I work back into the work routine
-Tomorrow being even easier as we have a department outing lunch and all afternoon
-Fun plans made with great friends for Saturday night
-The leaves that are now covering my yard, driveway and deck that will provide ample opportunity for exercise this weekend, with a good old-fashioned rake
-My comfortable life
-Always, always - my health

Goodnight all ...

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Today I am thankful for:

*Honey Crisp Apples are in!!!

*doing well on site doing some construction and planting projects. No bad steps, no back probs. Did have a prob. at the end with my leg muscles, but I was through shortly after it happened.

*Apple announcement today to dissect. I didn’t make it in in time to see the keynote- curses! But did have a couple of hours of post game commentary, and am sure I’ll find some good podcasts tomorrow to delve further in.

*good light breakfast and lunch, but bad snack in between. Do get some points for a good rationalization I came up with- needed to be sure I had enough energy for onsite time.

*how much fun my wife has had on the trip texting back and forth. I have been slowly using text with her, and also taught her how to use emoji, and she has really liked the extra communication, not just one call at night.

take care, bob ps. hope to check-in with folks tomorrow, too sore tonight.


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potential new private ESL student

lazy day at home

barking dogs

a little net time

easy lunch and easy supper plans

plans for quiet evening

"You pray in your distress and in your need; would that you might pray also in the fullness of your joy and in your days of abundance." Kahlil


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"Appreciate the little things, for one day you may look back and find they were the big things."

I am appreciating

- health
- patience
- time to myself
- good roads
- getting caught up with spark blogs and thank yous
- getting an earlier appointment today because of a cancellation
- great music
- dancing for exercise yesterday - what fun!
- Maha being back
- family
- choice
- freedom of speech
- living where I live
- making the first snowman of the season (ok he's only a foot tall, but he's cute!)
- my DD helping to make the chicken aprons and the chickens wearing them well.
- feeling creative again



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Grateful
-for all of you here in this community
-for DH
-that our granddaughter is showing no signs of severe head trauma after her face-down flip from her bucking pony Sunday
-that her nurse grandmother is with her
-that son-in-law went through a surgery on his leg well, this morning (way too much excitement in that household)
-for clear fall days
-for creativity
-for friends that listen
-for prayer
-for Sandra's birthday, happy birthday, friend
-for Maha's recovery
-for Bob's return
for all the many blessings of this life.


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Today I am grateful for:

* Attention!

* Focus!

* Consistence!

* Persistence!

* Determination!

"A man who wants something will find a way; a man who doesn't will find an excuse."

Stephan Dolley Jr.

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I am thankful!

- for Sandra's joy for life and excitement for the future as she celebrates her birthday
- for my very effective and comfortable and pretty blue raincoat
- for the mobile windshield replacement service and that they unexpectedly covered the deductible
- for having chosen a dark shirt to wear this morning, when I spilled tea...oops
- for a really excellent and satisfying ride last night, and the peace that comes from knowing we're on the right training pathm, and that the partnership anfd harmony are growing
- plentiful clean cool refreshing water
- having lots and lots of energy
- the lovely little poem Maha shared below

~S

"Although we have been made to believe that if we let go we will end up with nothing, life reveals just the opposite: that letting go is the real path to freedom."
-Sogyal Rinpoche
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Love your exquisite gratitudes on this important day-in-the-life, dear Sandra!

it is a serious thing
just to be alive
on this fresh morning
in this broken world.
-- Mary Oliver


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It comes from an indomitable will.
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This Tuesday morning, I give thanks for ...

~ 60 years of learning life lessons
~ sunrises and sunsets
~ rocky streams and crashing waves
~ sweeping vistas, rocky peaks and sun swept beaches
~ satisfying work, caring friends and a loving family
~ food on the table, a roof over my head, clothes on my back & a reliable car
~ a special someone to love and be loved
~ excited to be alive

Shine,
Sandra

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Tuesday..... I give thanks for....
+ The precious visit with my mom today. The power of touch, of honest eye contact, and of tears.
+ Other stuff that happened between us-too tender to share....
+ Watching baseball with the family, like I did as a kid and feeling the shared excitement when the Giants won!
+ Finding a dentist to reattach my temporary crown that fell off last night.
+ The music of Ira and George Gershwin



~~~Kathy~~~

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If the only prayer you ever say is "thank you" that shall suffice. ~~~~~~ Meister Eckhart


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Today I am grateful for:

* Home!

* Business!

* Work!

* Autonomy!

* Entrepreneur!



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"A man who wants something will find a way; a man who doesn't will find an excuse."

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This Monday evening, i give thanks for ....

~ planning to go to sleep early tonight
~ excited about tomorrow
~ a semi-productive day at work today
~ dinner and good live music tomorrow night
~ more happiness than I could ever imagine
~ as always, life, possibilities & choices

Shine, Sandra

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a no tears Monday

able to help a friend

my sweet ESL girls

gift from a student

happy boys

"You pray in your distress and in your need; would that you might pray also in the fullness of your joy and in your days of abundance." Kahlil


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Today I am thankful for:

*contacting my strange estranged sister. Wussed out and emailed, but it's a start.

*seeing Sandra’s lovely face (profile px.)when I saw the Reply to Message Board in my inbox

*getting a day off my feet another day, when I had to change the schedule since someone was out. I love the onsite time, but it takes a real toll on my body, and I am still mending from some big projects last week.

*checking into some banking things, I’ve put off since things went south in ’08.

*eating a light lunch, and light supper. Did a good job of snacking today also.

*another day without pain meds- not on site. Tomorrow it’s back on, glad to have them, just like when I can be off.

*listened to a Pandora station for a while, and took a video break. I focus better without vids, but feel better with vids- kind of like comfort food.

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"It's snowing still", Eeyore said gloomily. "And freezing. However," he said, brightening up a little, "we haven't had an earthquake lately." emoticon

I am so grateful for:
- feeling loved
- talking to my mom everyday
- sunshine on my face
- cameras
- a great birthday party this past weekend
- fitting in lots of exercise
- getting a doctor's appointment moved
- great pictures
- walks with my kids and time alone with them
- watching good movies
- rainbow cupcakes
- a very clean and welcoming house
- great food
- tea with a friend tomorrow
- classic music

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Not dawdling
not doubting
intrepid all the way
walk toward clarity
with sharp eye
With sharpened sword
clearcut the path
to the lucent surprise
of enlightenment
At every crossroad
be prepared to bump into wonder
-- James Broughton, Little Sermons of the Big Joy

Good morning,

Happy to be back with all of you in gratitude! Today I give thanks for WONDER...and~~

~ my eye seeming to continue to mend; I also have an appointment at a local eye clinic this Friday

~ DOUBLE TROUBLE: Bob AND Christopher!!!

~ yesterday afternoon, Sandra's expertise in handling the technical aspects of creating a beautiful Power Point slide show for my Isabel Allende presentation

~ out for a salad from the fantastic salad bar at Whole Foods with Sandra after finishing, another girl friend joining us there as well

~ completing preparation of my oral presentation for tomorrow on the ethnographic interview with a Guatemalan friend

~ locating three equal-sized cake pans for my contribution to the 60th birthday festivities on Saturday: Classic German's Chocolate Cake...pure unadulterated decadence!

~ still glowing in the aftermath of the knock-out show that Rufus Wainwright put on last week www.youtube.com/watch?v=LQK4YfiPj1Q

~ after Thursday's concert, putting the 2005 film, "Leonard Cohen: I'm Your Man" at the top of my Netflix queue to view it for the second time (maybe I ought to BUY it?) -- with Leonard Cohen, Bono, Kate McGarrigle, Rufus Wainwright, Martha Wainwright, Teddy Thompson, Nick Cave, Beth Orton, Jarvis Cocker, The Edge, Adam Clayton, Larry Mullen Jr. and U2, in a memorable evening of music at the Sydney Opera House, paying tribute to legendary songwriter Leonard Cohen. It ends with Leonard singing with Bono. Praise be to Cohen, "the man who has lived life as a poet, a writer, a singer, a monk, but above all a man."

Blessed be,
xox
Maha

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It comes from an indomitable will.
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Feeling so grateful for a wonderful weekend, so much gratitude it was like fireworks!

- beautiful drives in the splendid fall foliage, rolling green hills, all freshly washed by night time rains
- the opportunity to watch and learn from top trainers and riders for 2 days
- being at ease with a group I used to feel on the "outside" of.... not because they now suddenly accepted me or treated me differently, but because I now accept myself and presented myself differently and interacted myself differently - AHA!
- meeting a young man who manufactures and sells running race shirts, with a car load of samples to give away...as I was on my way to buy long sleeve running shirts and being concerned about the cost....talk about timing!
- having really really good rides on my horse, and feeling "in the groove"
- my baking job being very well received and receiving many compliments
- spending time doing what I love
- getting a couple nagging "have-to's" done and crossed off the list
- stumbling across the movie The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and loving it.- particularily a repeated line "Everything is good in the end, and if it's not good, then it's not the end"...... :)
- good food, good wine, a comfy bed
- appreciating time spent with more new friends and old
- my son's uncontrollable laughter, ...as joyful at 18 yrs as 18 months

~S

"Although we have been made to believe that if we let go we will end up with nothing, life reveals just the opposite: that letting go is the real path to freedom."
-Sogyal Rinpoche
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"I get up. I walk. I fall down. Meanwhile, I keep dancing."
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Thankful for..

this place - even when I've so fallen off the wagon that I've totally closed my old account here and opened a new one to give myself a "fresh start"

baby girl, who celebrated her 8th birthday this weekend

my DH who completed the Army 10-Miler this weekend

surviving this weekend! LOL

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