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On the last day of November
For three days spent with two of my three children
my in-laws and their view of Puget Sound
a walk at Ebey Landing, the long drive home
away from the setting sun.

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."
-- H.H. the Dalai Lama
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Grateful this last day of November....and always...
* For wonderful gathering here last night. My son and family and my dearest friends.... and dinner was Martha Stewart perfect!
* WAY too many leftovers...but healthy ones!
* A day of rest today, after an extraordinarily busy week of travel and helping my dad out.
* Special plans for tomorrow.
* A working heater on these frosty mornings....

~~~Kathy~~~

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


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Grateful this last day of November for ...

~ continuing preparations for bariatric surgery with 4 appointments this week
~ son called yesterday unexpectedly & we had a delightful conversation
~ Jazz at the Bistro last night was an unexpected intercultural experience
~ partly sunny forecast tomorrow after days of cloudy, dreary, wet fall weather
~ plan to toss remaining leftovers today
~ making chicken broth to chase away sweetie's cold
~ all is well ... I am exceedingly grateful

shine,
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Today I am grateful for:

* Matches!

* Paper!

* Kindling!

* Wood!

* Fire!




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Tonight I am grateful for:

-My smile as I read Maha's gratitude list and think again of our time spent together and her extra effort in making that happen
-My solace in solitude Sunday
-Being able to offer small pieces of support for others in some ways while still needing support for myself in other ways
-Not having to get out today and drive in the rain with temps at freezing
-A short nap this afternoon with two out of three kitties curled up with me
-A longer weekend than usual with my extra R&R time
-My warm, soft, comfortable bed, and the kitties in it, all calling me now

Goodnight all,
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Good afternoon,

What a treat to be back among you all. I have been having a joyful visit with Sandra and her beloved after my short-but-very-sweet visit with Stephanie. Of course there's so much to be thankful for~~

~ the love and support of friends

~ Thanksgiving with wonderful people and a delightful brunch with great people and a gourmet menu, primarily prepared by Sandra

~Jazz at the Bistro, a premier jazz venue in St. Louis, for some music tonight
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~ cranberry bread I made for festivities is delicious, even though I left out a basic ingredient (butter!). Now I know the fat calories aren't even necessary!!! Also I made it with half WW flour.
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~ meditation group today with my friends was wonderful and nurturing (we three have also meditated together each of the other days I've been here -- yay)

~ watched season one of Amazon.com's series "Catastrophe" which was quirky and mostly entertaining

Blessed be,
xox
Maha




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Strength does not come from physical capacity.
It comes from an indomitable will.
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Never eat more than you can lift.
-- Miss Piggy

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Giving thanks this Sunday morning for ....

~ friends stayed late into the afternoon talking, laughing & playing games yesterday
~ playing and enjoying charades after avoiding it for 63 years
~ missing my children over the holiday but knowing I will see them at Christmas
~ sending my mom & dad a long, newsy email this morning
~ looking forward to a jazz concert tonight with a highly-recommended, local musician
~ maintaining meditation practice through busy holiday weekend
~ striving to accept (if not love) what is
~ all is well .... I am exceedingly grateful

Shine,
Sandra

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Today I am grateful for:

* Matches!

* Paper!

* Kindling!

* Wood!

* Fire!




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11/28/15 7:43 P

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Grateful this evening
* For putting up my dad's Christmas tree yesterday, and mine today! Official change in holiday!
* For safe travels
* For a great nights sleep in my own bed.
* For son getting septic problems resolved
* For waking up with frost on my pool! LOVE the change in season!


~~~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:

* Phones!

* Texts!

* Pictures!

* Videos!

* Legacies!




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Giving thanks this Friday night for ....

~ healthy and yummy falafel stuffed eggplant for lunch
~ Maha's company this weekend
~ sweetie's patience with my neuroses
~ after-holiday brunch for friends tomorrow
~ always learning new life lessons
~ Grace & Frankie marathon this wet, dreary day
~ all is well ... I am exceedingly grateful

Shine,
Sandra

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11/27/15 6:57 P

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Today I am grateful for:

-Upper body strength training
-Lower body strength training
-Core strength training
-That I did all three today (90 minutes worth) and it FEELS really good
-A bit of cardio also, but I usually get plenty of that
-That I ALWAYS feel better after a workout, even when I'm down
-Friends and family, near and far, and shared time together via whatever means make it happen
-Always, my three amazing kitty girls that keep me grounded, entertained, loved, smiling and cuddled
-This practice, for in the midst of all of the world's craziness, it grounds me too

Stephanie

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Grateful on this collective day of thanks giving
- for this past week spent with my dad
- for being flexible enough to enjoy the day despite all the changes in plans
- for FaceTime connections with son and grandkids tonight and sister and her family...so much love tho we couldn't all be together
- for getting my dad's Christmas tree up for him (and how good it felt to be able to lift boxes and move furniture in the room!!!)
- for being born when and where I was....and being blessed with so much abundance (while so many others on this planet have so little)

~~~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:

* Patience!

* Time!

* Understanding!

* Tolerance!

* Forgiveness!




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This Thanksgiving Day, I give thanks for ...

~ Skype visit with my parents this morning
~ sharing the kitchen with Maha and sweetie cooking together
~ making vegetable soup with spaezle for lunch
~ family Thanksgiving dinner tonight
~ a few minutes to myself
~ Happy Thanksgiving to all of you
~ all is well ... I am exceedingly grateful

Shine,
Sandra

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Today I am Grateful for:

Everything and Everyone!






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Tonight I am grateful for:

-An exquisite visit with Maha, very short, but definitely very sweet
-Getting my prep done for the dishes I'm taking to tomorrow's meal
-Having time to lounge on the couch tonight with my soft mink sherpa throw and some kitties
-Simon & Garfunkel
-My warm, soft, comfortable bed, kitties included, calling me now
-Being grateful each and every day, not just on Thanksgiving

Goodnight all,
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This Wednesday morning, I offer deep gratitude for ...

~ sweetie's love
~ son, daughter and her partner
~ my parents, siblings & their spouses, nieces, nephews & their partners
~ friends who "get" me, who I can rely on, who accept me as I am
~ a cozy warm home, abundant food, clothing & more
~ the health I have despite as-we-age issues
~ interests to occupy my mind
~ living in the moment to the best of my ability
~ all is well .... life is exceedingly good

Shine,
Sandra


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my happy homeschooler tooting on his new homemade flute as I type

anticipation of a good time with expat friends for tomorrow's holiday

phone chats with both boys in USA yesterday and hearing some good news from each





“Fear arises when we imagine that everything depends on us.” E. Elliot


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Today I am grateful for:

* Pipe!

* Bricks!

* Chimney!

* Firewood!

* Heat!




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This Tuesday evening I give thanks for ....

~ sweetie's eggplant parmesan
~ the luxury of options
~ freedom to choose among my options
~ happy to go to work, happy to work only one day a week
~ Maha arrives tomorrow
~ all is well ... life is exceedingly good

Shine,
Sandra

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On this Monday afternoon, I continue to be blessed and am grateful for
- completion of Draft 1 emoticon
- packed breakfast and lunch
- short work week
- visit to building with colleagues
- Greek yogurt and EEVO
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"Be present in all things and thankful for all things" Maya Angelou

"If you laugh you change; and when you change the world changes." Shilpa Shah

"Joy is prayer. Joy is strength. Joy is love. Joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls. She gives most who gives with Joy."
Mother Teresa (1910-1997); Founder Of The Missionaries Of Charity

"We are not human beings having a spiritual experience, we are spiritual beings having a human experience" Teiha


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11/23/15 6:30 A

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Thankful this Monday morning ....

~ friend postponed her visit so we had an evening free
~ yummy homemade vegetable broth for Maha's visit and the freezer
~ restful sleep
~ psych evaluation for bariatric surgery today
~ health insurance
~ all is well ... life is extraordinarily good

shine,
Sandra

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Today I am grateful for:

* Pipe!

* Bricks!

* Chimney!

* Firewood!

* Heat!




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Grateful tonight
* For such a delightful "Girls' Day" yesterday, with sister and nieces and future MIL, looking for "the dress" for the big wedding next June
* For being proactive with skin condition (All those years of baby oil...and surfing...and thinking "peeling was fun") and treating cancerous and pre-cancerous cells. Hurts terribly, but it is sure better than melanoma!
* Pain meds when I need them.
* For serendipitous moments. While singing, clapping, dancing to the music of Blind Boys of Alabama. In the fourth row, I was acutely aware how much I missed my husband being by my side. Then, I was singled out for a hug, from Jimmy Carter (the leader) for a hug....Guess he knew I needed one...There are no accidents.



~~~Kathy~~~

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


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11/22/15 9:06 P

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On this Sunday evening, I continue to be blessed and am grateful for

- a productive weekend
- beautiful fall weather
- playing with the pups
- laundry
- preparing for tomorrow
Life is GOOD - Here's to Living and Celebrating the emoticon Daily and Gratefully!

"Be present in all things and thankful for all things" Maya Angelou

"If you laugh you change; and when you change the world changes." Shilpa Shah

"Joy is prayer. Joy is strength. Joy is love. Joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls. She gives most who gives with Joy."
Mother Teresa (1910-1997); Founder Of The Missionaries Of Charity

"We are not human beings having a spiritual experience, we are spiritual beings having a human experience" Teiha


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11/22/15 11:30 A

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Offering gratitude this Sunday morning for ...

~ Sunny cold day
~ Vienna Boys Choir last night
~ Incredible acoustics & mosaics in the Cathedral Basilica St. Louis
~ Tickets purchased for two more concerts at the Cathedral
~ Sangha today
~ all is well .... life is overflowing with gratitude

shine,
Sandra


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Listened to a speaker at a workshop yesterday tell about all the signs of anxiety and depression. As she spoke I mentally checked off every item on her list for things I had experienced in 2013 and 2014. Then she said if you have all these problems for more than 6 months you really need help...

I got my help with daily gratitudes, the prayers and love of many friends, and positive encouragement from many of you!

It was a good reminder!

Today I'm thankful for a good friend who had supper fixed for my family after I was gone at a conference yesterday - Arabian kibe!

Glad for a morning to sleep in after the long, hot day yesterday.

Happy that our little cat is still hanging around and seems to like us.

Grateful for an easy week with some days off this week - told my school job that Thursday was a personal day - not a holiday here!

Ah, and for a friend who just brought me two giant peanut butters from the States yesterday!

Wishing each one of you a great week full of blessings and thankful moments.

“Fear arises when we imagine that everything depends on us.” E. Elliot


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Today I am grateful for:

* Rakes!

* Baskets!

* Wire!

* Burlap!

* Composting!




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Giving thanks this Saturday morning for ....

~ first snow of the year, beautiful and didn't accumulate
~ thoroughly enjoyed father-in-law's visit last night
~ sent food home with father-in-law
~ email to/from my mother this morning
~ niece and nephew getting married a week apart this summer
~ increasing meditation time
~ abundance that life has brought via accident of birth and grace
~ all is well ... life is exceedingly good

Shine,
Sandra

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Today I am grateful for:

* Wire!

* Boards!

* Nails!

* Staples!

* Fences!




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Grateful
* For my son....and all the memories of his birth on this day so many years ago. I am SO proud of the man who once was the babe I nursed in my arms. The strength he has demonstrated, the rock of his own family now, the ethicalness in his work place, his total involvement in life, and his joy over simple things...all blessing to me, his mom. Happy Birthday!
* Another day of clean eating...and watching the numbers on the scale drop!
* Last minute change of plans, which freed me up today to pack for upcoming Thanksgiving travels
* Laundry. More laundry. And yet again... Sheets, towels, etc from houseguests this week... I am blessed to have the abundance I do including the spare room...
* Central heating... I am finally beginning to use it. With temps in the 30's at night, and 50's during the day, it sure feels GOOD!


~~~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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On this Friday morning, I continue to be blessed and am grateful for

- a marvelous Early Birds meeting
- contemplating the difference between being stuck (inward) and grounded (outward)
- Lessons in Trust in all areas of my life
- meeting a dear friend for lunch
- dinner with friends
Life is GOOD - Here's to Living and Celebrating the emoticon Daily and Gratefully!

"Be present in all things and thankful for all things" Maya Angelou

"If you laugh you change; and when you change the world changes." Shilpa Shah

"Joy is prayer. Joy is strength. Joy is love. Joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls. She gives most who gives with Joy."
Mother Teresa (1910-1997); Founder Of The Missionaries Of Charity

"We are not human beings having a spiritual experience, we are spiritual beings having a human experience" Teiha


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Today I am grateful for:

* History!

* Notes!

* Letters!

* Tombstones!

* Genealogy!




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Tonight I am grateful for:

-Cassie
-Cleo
-Rosie
-Birdie
-Lady Gwendolyn
-A soft, warm bed with a solid roof over my head

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Grateful today
* That I weigh 38 pounds less than I did a year ago..
* For my dad and I making the decision to order Thanksgiving dinner from Sprouts. He is willing to eat "all natural" for me this year!
* That the pressure is off, thinking about cooking dinner for the family in his poorly stocked kitchen!
* For a special relationship that continues to blossom. Right now, the best friend I could ask for
* For flamenco dancers that took my breath away last night.
* Trip to ICELAND booked, and mostly paid for!

~~~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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On this Thursday morning, I continue to be blessed and am grateful for

- a beautiful, brisk emoticon emoticon day in Nebraska.
- packed breakfast and lunch
- trip emoticon reimbursements in time for the holidays emoticon
- chair massages @ the office!
- wonderful colleagues, friends and family
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"Be present in all things and thankful for all things" Maya Angelou

"If you laugh you change; and when you change the world changes." Shilpa Shah

"Joy is prayer. Joy is strength. Joy is love. Joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls. She gives most who gives with Joy."
Mother Teresa (1910-1997); Founder Of The Missionaries Of Charity

"We are not human beings having a spiritual experience, we are spiritual beings having a human experience" Teiha


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Thankful this Thursday morning for ....

~ help this morning with yard tasks
~ chili for the freezer
~ father-in-law coming for dinner
~ internet fixed (and new, faster modem)
~ crisp, sunny fall morning
~ hopeful
~ all is well ... life is exceedingly good

Shine,
Sandra

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Today I am Grateful for:

* Music!

* Movies!

* Documentaries!

* Tutorials!

* YouTube!




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Today I am grateful for:

* You!

* Her!

* Him!

* Me!

* Us!




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Maha's post made me remember this poem, so I will share it with gratitude here.

Try to Praise the Mutilated World
By Adam Zagajewski

Translated By Clare Cavanagh

Try to praise the mutilated world.
Remember June's long days,
and wild strawberries, drops of wine, the dew.
The nettles that methodically overgrow
the abandoned homesteads of exiles.
You must praise the mutilated world.
You watched the stylish yachts and ships;
one of them had a long trip ahead of it,
while salty oblivion awaited others.
You've seen the refugees going nowhere,
you've heard the executioners sing joyfully.
You should praise the mutilated world.
Remember the moments when we were together
in a white room and the curtain fluttered.
Return in thought to the concert where music flared.
You gathered acorns in the park in autumn
and leaves eddied over the earth's scars.
Praise the mutilated world
and the gray feather a thrush lost,
and the gentle light that strays and vanishes
and returns.




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."
-- H.H. the Dalai Lama
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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."
-- H.H. the Dalai Lama
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In spite (or because) of it all -- "praise our crazy fallen world; it's all we have, and it's never enough."
-- Barbara Crooker (complete poem below)

Good evening,

How nice to be here with you this evening and catch up on some of the abundance in our lives!

~ looking SO forward to Thanksgiving celebrations Wednesday-Monday with Sandra and her beloved

~ excited about an overnight "detour" on my way to Sandra's to visit STEPHANIE! Starting on Tuesday instead of Wednesday and on the left side of MO (Kansas City) instead of going directly up the right side (St. Louis)!

~ a wonderful discussion of Isabel Allende's masterpiece, House of the Spirits, in class today, granting me many insights that eluded me the first time I read the book many mons ago

~ so relieved to to learn that the brother of my Ecuadorian godson, who lives in Paris and delivers delicious breads and pastries to the cafes involved in the Paris tragedy, didn't work that day and is safe (though shaken)

~ discovering a new poet, Barbara Crooker, through my Panhala poetry subscrition

~ ongoing gratitude to Joe Riley, the Panhala Poetry Man

blessed be,
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PRAISE SONG

Praise the light of late November,
the thin sunlight that goes deep in the bones.
Praise the crows chattering in the oak trees;
though they are clothed in night, they do not
despair. Praise what little there's left:
the small boats of milkweed pods, husks, hulls,
shells, the architecture of trees. Praise the meadow
of dried weeds: yarrow, goldenrod, chicory,
the remains of summer. Praise the blue sky
that hasn't cracked yet. Praise the sun slipping down
behind the beechnuts, praise the quilt of leaves
that covers the grass: Scarlet Oak, Sweet Gum,
Sugar Maple. Though darkness gathers, praise our crazy
fallen world; it's all we have, and it's never enough.

~ Barbara Crooker ~
(Abalone Moon, Summer 2004)


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Grateful
* For seeing green lawns again
* For the trees FINALLY turning brilliant reds, golds and yellows
* For cold nights, and sunny days...a splendid fall after all!
* For knowing I am loved
* For my family
* For finding my wallet (BIG one!)
* For the hideous pile of laundry to fold, which means I have plenty of clothing, sheets, towels, and other washables....AND for indoor washer and dryer!


~~~Kathy~~~

Scales lie. Pants don't lie.
~~~

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


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Offering gratitude this Wednesday morning for ....

~ sunshine
~ the luxury of options
~ the gift and responsibility of being born with privilege
~ the people who made my house, car, clothes, food, furnace and on & on
~ people who protect the rights of others
~ my consultation team
~ all is well ... life is exceedingly good

Shine,
Sandra

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On this Wednesday morning, I continue to be blessed and am grateful for
- the first emoticon flakes of the season
- 'the' wives' tale that forecasts 18 snows for the season
- raking the emoticon pre-snow
- packed lunch and breakfast bar
- Husker emoticon this evening
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"Be present in all things and thankful for all things" Maya Angelou

"If you laugh you change; and when you change the world changes." Shilpa Shah

"Joy is prayer. Joy is strength. Joy is love. Joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls. She gives most who gives with Joy."
Mother Teresa (1910-1997); Founder Of The Missionaries Of Charity

"We are not human beings having a spiritual experience, we are spiritual beings having a human experience" Teiha


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Today I am grateful for:

* Sudoku!

* Crosswords!

* Anagrams

* Chess!

* Strategies!




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Today I am Grateful for:

* Sleep!

* Nutrition!

* Shower!

* Heat!

* Massage!




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On this Tuesday afternoon, I continue to be blessed and am grateful for
- much needed emoticon
- packed breakfast and lunch
- emoticon to see my teammate
- finding lucky pennies on the way
- working on important emoticon
Life is GOOD - Here's to Living and Celebrating the emoticon Daily and Gratefully!

"Be present in all things and thankful for all things" Maya Angelou

"If you laugh you change; and when you change the world changes." Shilpa Shah

"Joy is prayer. Joy is strength. Joy is love. Joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls. She gives most who gives with Joy."
Mother Teresa (1910-1997); Founder Of The Missionaries Of Charity

"We are not human beings having a spiritual experience, we are spiritual beings having a human experience" Teiha


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Thankful this Tuesday morning for ...

~ part-time work -- not too much, not too little
~ mutual deep sharing & deep listening with a newish friend
~ talking to my son yesterday
~ planning a visit to spend time with my son
~ six years of this gratitude practice this month
~ writing stories for a family memory book
~ all is well ... life is exceedingly good

Shine,
Sandra

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Today I am Grateful for:

* Sleep!

* Nutrition!

* Shower!

* Heat!

* Massage!




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My gratitude abounds this Monday afternoon for ....

~ decent sleep
~ satisfying conversation with an unlikely new friend
~ soaking rain when we need it for our new sod
~ anticipation of talking to son and daughter this week
~ appreciating that our warm home and financial situation stem largely from grace
~ email correspondence with my mother
~ anticipated visits from Maha, parents, siblings and niece over the next three months
~ all is well ... life is extraordinarily good

Shine,
Sandra

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On this Monday morning, I continue to be blessed and am grateful for

- of all things horoscopes, only wish I'd read mine earlier..
- packed breakfast and lunch
- much needed emoticon
- great colleagues
- breathing and knowing that the universe will provide and all will work out (even without the drama)
Life is GOOD - Here's to Living and Celebrating the emoticon Daily and Gratefully!

"Be present in all things and thankful for all things" Maya Angelou

"If you laugh you change; and when you change the world changes." Shilpa Shah

"Joy is prayer. Joy is strength. Joy is love. Joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls. She gives most who gives with Joy."
Mother Teresa (1910-1997); Founder Of The Missionaries Of Charity

"We are not human beings having a spiritual experience, we are spiritual beings having a human experience" Teiha


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Tonight I am grateful for:

-LOTS of overdue errands done today
-Getting the branches that came down with the winds last week cleared from the yard
-Getting the leaves off the back deck before predicted rain tonight
-Hearing the church bells down the road chiming "Let There Be Peace On Earth" as I was working on the deck leaves; my heart filled for all countries the past week that have dealt with war and terrorist activity
-Getting the kitty girls a new toy to replace one that broke; they like it and this one is even better
-Trader Joe's lentil soup (seasonal) is back!! I got two!!

Have a good evening all -
Stephanie

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This Sunday morning, I am grateful for ...

~ an hour of TV when I need a mindless pleasure
~ time to take a five minute break from cleaning for company
~ keeping it simple
~ living as much as possible in the moment and happier for it
~ daily meditation grounds me
~ a girls only after-thanksgiving brunch to introduce Maha to our friends
~ jazz, classical, folk, roots, funk, disco (yes, disco), classic rock & roll, blues and more
~ silliness
~ all is well ... life is extraordinarily good

Shine,
Sandra

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Today I am Grateful for:

* Cuddling!

* Petting!

* Training!

* Tug-A-War!

* Dogs!




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Tonight I am grateful for:

-A friend (who would know one) seeing a male AND female coyote crossing the street in MY suburb last night; THAT is trippy!!
-Knowing now that there are no coincidences
-Being open and aware
-Being able to help a friend today and receiving a "thank you" in an interesting way
-Remembering my Lady Gwendolyn, best ever kitty girl that I lived with longer than I've ever lived with anyone; today is 6 years since I had to let her go and her picture is in my view each time I sit at my desk
-A wonderful massage late afternoon and a chilled evening at home tonight

Stephanie


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Today I am grateful for:
~ my hubby, for shopping and cooking and most especially loving me
~ nice phone conversation with my youngest
~ making progress on my big project little by little
~ anti-anxiety medications for my pup
~ clean sheets
~ many 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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Thankful this Saturday morning for ....

~ miracles do happen as Kathy's nephew's experience in Paris illustrates
~ another among many spectacular fall days
~ friends coming for brunch tomorrow & to see our still new home
~ making progress hanging paintings and prints
~ beginning to enjoy retirement
~ preparations for bariatric surgery continue next week
~ gratitude overflowing
~ all is well ... life is extraordinarily good

Shine,
sandra


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On this Saturday morning, I continue to be blessed and am grateful for

- weekend time
- raking leaves
- warm coffee
- puppies
- my sweet DH
Life is GOOD - Here's to Living and Celebrating the emoticon Daily and Gratefully!

"Be present in all things and thankful for all things" Maya Angelou

"If you laugh you change; and when you change the world changes." Shilpa Shah

"Joy is prayer. Joy is strength. Joy is love. Joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls. She gives most who gives with Joy."
Mother Teresa (1910-1997); Founder Of The Missionaries Of Charity

"We are not human beings having a spiritual experience, we are spiritual beings having a human experience" Teiha


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Today I am Grateful for:

* Snow!

* Cold Winds!

* Shovels!

* Gloves!

* Tapestry!




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Glad to hear about the nephew ATRANS!!!
A young lady I know had been on vacation in Paris and I'd been enjoying seeing all her posted pics on fb this week. Was glad to hear she is fine and safe.
All okay here since the dogs went on to glory earlier this week.
New cat that showed up purrs and makes us smile.
Short encounter with an expat friend on Tuesday.
Unexpected and late teacher's day gift from a student this week.
Cancelled event that was going to be a headache anyway.
Late pick-up by dh from grocery store gave me a chance to talk to the grocer for a bit.
Newly painted cane furniture was a surprise from hubby this week.


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Thankful at the end of another week,
* That my dad, at almost 94, had a successful aortic valve replacement and is doing GREAT!
* That my husband's nephew was scheduled to perform at the venue in Paris which was under attack. They'd rehearsed, and left the building just moments before the shootings started.
* For my amazing sister, who was able to take time off to be with my dad.
* For an unexpected visit from a close friend today...and the chance to reconnect after crazy events in each of our lives have led us in opposite direction lately.
* For finally seeing some autumn colors....though no where near as brilliant as usual. parched soil, unseasonably warm weather, have left our poor trees confused!
* For my trusty car. Starts up every time I turn that key on....

~~~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:

-Another beautiful fall day!!
-TWO walks in the park behind my office today
-Being able to open the moonroof as I drive home again
-My mother's birthday (yep, Friday the 13th) and her still being here to celebrate it with, though long distance
-Arboretum opening again tonight 7-10 p.m. to tromp in the woods under the moon
-If I go hiking under the moon, I'll likely have 20,000+ steps today
-Spark videos; last night, I did Coach Nicole's 10-minute core - it was really good

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On this Friday the 13th, I continue to be blessed and am grateful for
- fabulous emoticon weather and the opportunity to capture the faded color this weekend
- a trip to the dentist
- DH going out on his own to play emoticon
- a day to recoup
- the beginning of emoticon weather in NE
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"Be present in all things and thankful for all things" Maya Angelou

"If you laugh you change; and when you change the world changes." Shilpa Shah

"Joy is prayer. Joy is strength. Joy is love. Joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls. She gives most who gives with Joy."
Mother Teresa (1910-1997); Founder Of The Missionaries Of Charity

"We are not human beings having a spiritual experience, we are spiritual beings having a human experience" Teiha


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This Friday morning, I give thanks for ...

~ Chinese cooking class this afternoon
~ celebrating a friend's first grandchild
~ continuing meditation practice
~ another beautiful fall day
~ time to enjoy the approaching holiday season with friends & family
~ a warm bed and furance that works
~ all is well ... life is extraordinarily good

Shine,
Sandra

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Today I am Grateful for:

* Texts!

* Calls!

* E-mails!

* Appointments!

* Customers!




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Tonight I am grateful for:

-My mother and her years of HR experience, plus just still having her around
-My sister; she lives halfway across the country, but we make walk and talk phone dates
-Cassie
-Cleo
-Rosie
-My soft bed, calling me now

Goodnight all,
Stephanie

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Grateful this Thursday evening for ....

~ clicked with new client
~ prospect of another new client (then my caseload will be full)
~ movie night at home
~ homemade chicken noodle soup
~ inviting girlfriends for a post-Thanksgiving brunch
~ the luxury of an afternoon nap
~ all is well ... life is extraordinarily good

Shine,
Sandra


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Today I am grateful for:
* nice corduroy slacks remaining unharmed when I fell and somehow skinned my knee without ripping my pants yesterday
* dr. taking time to check for complications from my fall at a previously scheduled chiropractic visit today since I had some lightheadness afterwards
* my washing machine and dryer
* central heat
* remaining calm, and optimistic in spite of being way behind in my progress on an important project
* many 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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Today I am Grateful for:

* Introspection!

* Retrospection!

* Resolution!

* Conversion!

* Collusion!




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Good evening,

Gratitude~~

~ young turnip and mustard greens that I picked from a friend's garden today, with a sweetness in taste (simply sauteed in EVOO, salt, pepper)

~ lovely yoga class this morning

~ another lively discussion of Gabriel Garcia Marquez' short stories in class this afternoon

~ so happy the dogs will find good homes, Stephanie

~ awareness brought by spiritual practices

Blessed be,
Maha

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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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Tonight I am grateful for:

-Apple season!
-Trader Joe's having all my favorites in organic: Honeycrisp, Pink Lady & Gala
-Doing really, really well with Spark's 21-Day Tame Your Sweet Tooth Challenge
-My sweet kitty girls
-Having several interested parties willing to take on two older Basset hounds that belonged to my dear friend
-Always, my health
-My comfortable home, a safe roof over my head through rain, snow, high winds and life

Goodnight all,
Stephanie

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Today I am Grateful for:

* Facebook!

* Research!

* News Articles!

* Press Releases!

* Contacts!




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