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Thankful this Wednesday evening for ...

~ a yummy salad for dinner
~ compliments today
~ connecting with coworkers
~ changing a client's time so she doesn't miss so often
~ snuggles
~ finding a perfect-for-us doggie but struggling with whether to bring her home or not
~ all is well ... life is exceedingly good

shine,
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5/31/16 11:45 P

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For all the things times I remembered to be grateful this month
watching my daughter graduate and row in the NCAA championship
seeing my old parents again
a month where I was able to hug each of my tall children.

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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5/31/16 9:11 A

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On this Tuesday morning, I continue to be blessed and am grateful for
- emoticon day and a chance to say emoticon to those who served to keep us free
- a short work week
- emoticon breakfast and lunch
- a productive weekend stripping the deck
- my chiropractor
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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5/30/16 6:46 P

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Serenity Prayer

God, give us grace to accept with serenity
the things that cannot be changed,
Courage to change the things
which should be changed,
and the Wisdom to distinguish
the one from the other.

Reinhold Niebuhr (unabridged)

Grateful this Memorial Day afternoon for ...

~ struggling to separate my feelings about war from those about the people sent to war
~ my association with Mennonites from whom I developed my pacifist leanings
~ doing the little bit I can do to increase $$ for Veterans benefits and end 15 years of war
~ trying to live by the serenity prayer
~ my daughter has had some breakthroughs on her PhD research
~ writing a blog for work about the unfairness of mental illness and abuse

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~ all is well .... life is exceedingly good

Shine,
Sandra

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Grateful on this Memorial Monday
* For the men and women in the military, who fought for what they believed in, and gave their lives in doing so.
* For the friends who crossed my lives before they served in Vietnam....and never returned. I've never forgotten you.
* For my grandfathers, my uncle, my dad and my brother....all who saw active duty, and survived the wars
* For almost always having a three day weekend on my birthday!
* For my friends, family and neighbors who called, texted, emailed or came by to celebrate the occasion! More celebration this week and next!
* That my new a/c is coming soon, now the the temps are REALLY rising!


~~~Kathy~~~

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


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5/29/16 9:42 A

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Thankful this Sunday morning for ...

~ call from my son just to say hello
~ lots of laughter as we rekindled an old friendship last night
~ another sunny day with decreasing humidity
~ air conditioning as temperatures rise
~ a clean house
~ ticking tasks off our to do list
~ lunch with a friend today
~ all is well ... life is exceedingly good

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5/28/16 9:36 A

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Thankful this Saturday morning for ...

~ yesterday's accomplishments on the homefront
~ no more rain predicted for three days, sun peeking through clouds
~ Grace & Frankie marathon last night
~ getting reaquainted with old friends over dinner tonight
~ sweetie sleeping in
~ decision to co-host political fundraiser after feeling a need to do something proactive
~ simplifying our lives
~ kitty snuggles
~ all is well ... life is exceedingly good

Shine,
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5/27/16 10:37 A

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Last time I'll be by this month! Hope your end of the month is a good as mine, no, even better!!!

~ a little help to figure out my biz questions
~ DH just oiled my squeaky chair
~ a great session this morning with a client in another state
~ cooler weather including clouds and winds
~ getting to purchase a few new things
~ good exercise every day
~ my helper's enthusiasm as her husband publicly confirms his decision to live a clean life and worship with his family
~ some great reads recently
~ enjoying my vegan food options
~ contact with our children and their spouses
~ dog antics

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For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. II Timothy 1:7 KJV
And who is he who will harm you if you become followers of what is good? But even if you should suffer for righteousness sake [for what is right], you are blessed. And do not be afraid of their threats, nor be troubled. I Peter 3:13-14, NKJV
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5/27/16 8:30 A

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Thankful this Friday morning for ....

~ Maha's shoutout to my kids
~ going to bed early after a challenging day of sessions last night
~ social plans Friday, Saturday and Sunday this holiday weekend
~ cleaning the house today
~ lost 4 pounds this week
~ weather forecast looks promising for our maiden camping trip next weekend
~ all is well ... life is exceedingly good

Shine,
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5/27/16 8:28 A

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

- an empty office
- no meetings
- great quiet time to get things done
- a plan for deck work with 'unsettled' weather
- smoked ribs for dinner
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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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5/26/16 9:40 P

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Grateful
* For the funds for MAJOR repairs/upgrades to home (as in new A/C system, before mine completely goes out in the middle of summer, when temps are 100+)
* Pool equipment repair was only $65. Whew!
* Niece's wedding ceremony written up and practiced
* Cool nights for sleeping
* Amazing friends
* Birthday celebration plans all weekend!


~~~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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5/26/16 10:25 A

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In ordinary life we hardly realize that we receive a great deal more than we give, and that it is only with gratitude that life becomes rich.
-- Dietrich Bonhoeffer (Photo by Zdenek Chalupsky)

Good morning,

Stopping in the midst of a busy morning~~

~ the privilege and joy of having dear friends

~ so impressed with both of Sandra's children -- like parents, like children

~ YAY! for "important work" KaliGirl

~ marveling at the 90 and 100-yr. old friends, and Stephanie's road trip to celebrate with the latter

~ very generous reimbursements from immigrant resource center, since I can't accept income (or disqualify for Medicaid)

~ speaking of road trips, beginning mine on Saturday...more-or-less 3000 miles -- I blogged about it --
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Blessed be,
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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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5/26/16 9:31 A

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

- moving forward on renewing the deck
- finding a painter for the mirror cover
- being involved in important work
- thinking about some options
- wonderful colleagues
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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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5/25/16 10:41 A

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

- finding alternatives to seeing friends
- researching deck refinishing
- a long weekend ahead to move the refinishing forward
- adjuster coming to look @ hail damage (quick turnaround!)
- board meeting running smoothly
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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5/25/16 6:33 A

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Grateful this Wednesday morning for ....

~ call from son & daughter yesterday
~ meditation, healthy meals and exercise yesterday
~ a day withoout snacking
~ 47 days until surgery; 47 days to lose 10 pounds
~ three road trips and out-of-town visitors between now and then
~ maiden camping trip coming up first
~ all is well .... life is exceedingly good

Shine,
Sandra

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5/24/16 5:02 P

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Today I am grateful for:

-A revelation last night during a significant event: I had the privilege of purchasing two birthday cards - one for a 90th birthday, the other for a 100th birthday
-Driving 8 hours one-way this coming weekend to celebrate the century birthday; for a very special person I dearly love and a potential once-in-a-lifetime invitation that should be very life-affirming for this person who's had so much death in the past few years
-Being able to breathe again at work; such a big relief
-Our annual company-sponsored health test today (bloodwork, BP, weight, waistline, etc.) and FINALLY reaching "acceptable" criteria for my waistline measurement, having dropped 2 inches in the past year (thank you, strength training)
-My sweet kitty girls and how we enjoy hanging out together; they are little healers, as well as great company
-My comfortable home
-A reliable car to take a road trip in

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5/24/16 10:19 A

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Giving thanks this Tuesday morning for ....

~ first cup of coffee
~ a good night's sleep
~ talking to my daughter yesterday
~ her equanimity even as she enters the home stretch of her PhD
~ a new day, a new start
~ meeting with personal trainer this morning
~ coping effectively with depression
~ all is well ... life is exceedingly good

Shine,
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5/24/16 8:33 A

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Wonderful Sandra!

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

- oatmeal in the office
- protein bars from home
- more emoticon without hail in the forecast
- remembering to close up my car
- mirror cover arriving today
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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5/23/16 10:42 P

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Grateful this Monday evening for ...

~ house under contract - closing June 13
~ niece's wedding shower
~ relaxing weekend with my 84 & 87 year old parents
~ parents in good health
~ safe travels
~ patience through numerous construction delays
~ enjoying sweetie's company
~ all is well ... life is exceedingly good

Shine,
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5/23/16 10:00 P

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On this Monday evening, I am deeply grateful

For the guidance to bring more awareness into my lower body, hips, legs, knees, and feet when I walk. Interestingly this experiment has grounded me more in my body and I have felt so inspired all day.

Speaking gigs, workshops and retreats booked into the middle of 2017! Bringing the teachings of the Divine Feminine at the heart of yoga into the world.

Gobi parathas to eat with a little unsalted butter.

An eagle feather found in my path. Thank you Eagle! You were with me in England and I know we have work/play to do together in the upcoming weeks. Thank you with all my heart.

A lovely conversation with my beautiful daughter. I told her she was amazing and she responded, "Right backatcha!" Love's many faces and forms.

I love working for my Self! A wonderfully blissful day.

And I could go on in endless gratitude...

My name is Usha,
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5/23/16 8:50 P

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It's been so long since I have posted, and yet, it feels like I've never been gone. Like an old, very close friends...

Today's gratitudes (I should post a BUNCH since they haven't shown up much this month!)
* Level 3 Water rationing (most severe) lifted to level 1...meaning there is hope for California! I will still only water 2x week, and maintain conservation until the day I die!
* Joy building as niece's wedding day approaches!
* Found a cleaner with good recommendations for my alterations, and my dad's sport coat/slacks. Everything will be ready when he gets here next week.
* After one year, one month and ten days, my kitchen is officially permitted. What a journey!
* New relationships that remind me I have no need "to settle", just because Im tired of being alone.
* First of this year's birthday celebrations this past Saturday night!
* Tiger Lily being invited to a doggie party tonight! (one of the "gang" is turning 11, so we are celebrating with doggie ice cream and treats, and of course a few goodies for the owners!
* New pain management regimen seems to be working
* Feeling my husband's presence (or is it my longing for him, and the memories of his touch) surrounding me this week.
* The opportunity to relive the 60's/70's through Ethan Russell's photos.
* My incredibly gardenia bush. SO abundant with flowers and fragrance.




~~~Kathy~~~

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


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5/23/16 9:22 A

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On this Monday morning, I continue to be blessed and am grateful for
- emoticon with my DH
- initial deck stripping (we will get there)
- potential for some emoticon
- excellent ribs from an easy recipe
- cooking with DH - it was way fun!
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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5/23/16 9:03 A

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cool breezes this morning
quiet house - dogs sleeping, youngest studying, dh working in his office
successful weekend events at our little church work
good news from homefront
love of my hubbie

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


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5/21/16 12:47 P

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Greetings, Slayingdragons, Kaligirl, and all --

I am thankful for...

* Veggies! Garden started!
* Dance and dance friends!
* Music and music friends!
* The opportunity to begin again. Many don't have it.
* The choice to feel expansive and content.

Kathleen






To dance is to be out of yourself. Larger, more beautiful, more powerful. This is power, it is glory on earth and it is yours for the taking. - A. DeMille

No matter what you’re feeling, the only way to get a difficult feeling to go away is simply to love yourself for it. If you think you’re stupid, then love yourself for feeling that way. It’s a paradox, but it works. To heal, you must be the first one to shine the light of compassion on any areas within you that you feel are unacceptab


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5/21/16 9:08 A

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~ more exercise this week: 5 miles this morning
~ although a few things have frustrated me this week, I am moving forward
~ new client
~ hubby helping me track down a pkg delivered to the wrong address!
~ contact with our children and they are well
~ good weather
~ plenty of water
~ good food & options
~ happy dogs
~ husband's plans to visit his brother who is dealing with cancer treatments
~ prep for tonight's meeting coming along

Have a great week everyone!

An experienced dragon slayer-tamer taming the dragons within in 2018!
For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. II Timothy 1:7 KJV
And who is he who will harm you if you become followers of what is good? But even if you should suffer for righteousness sake [for what is right], you are blessed. And do not be afraid of their threats, nor be troubled. I Peter 3:13-14, NKJV
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5/20/16 1:23 P

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

- the last Early Birds meeting of the school year
- clear roads as all schools are out
- cool emoticon weather for my new arborvitae
- protein bars
- working with talented, bright people
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 Friday morning for ...

~ second offer on house, hope to be under contract tonight
~ off for our weekend roadtrip this morning
~ niece's wedding shower tomorrow
~ son is doing remarkably well as he ventures into next phase of his life
~ spirits continue to improve
~ stating my needs and setting limits calmly and respectfully in a difficult situation
~ all is well ... my life is exceedingly good

Shine,
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Thoughts of gratitude this Thursday morning for ...

~ an spirit-lifting conversation with my son this morning
~ spent pleasant evening with sweetie last night (and she wasn't thinking about work)
~ dinner with a friend at our favorite Chinatown restaurant
~ leftovers for dinner tonight
~ another sunny beautiful day
~ no cancellations (yet) for this afternoon's clients
~ accepting sadness at my client's relapse without feeling responsible
~ all is well ... my life is exceedingly good

Shine,
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5/19/16 10:44 A

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

- the last day of public school
- meeting with my teammate and wishing her a wonderful summer
- finding photos of my MIL that are so like her granddaughter
- potential for frame shopping @ lunch
- golf with the girls after work (if it doesn't rain...)
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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5/18/16 9:36 P

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Grateful this Wednesday evening for ...

~ a sunny day to lift my spirits
~ accepting I cannot do anything to change a client's decision to return to drugs
~ hoping for the best
~ a beautiful, tasty Chinese feast tonight
~ savoring Grace & Frankie
~ returning to Words with Friends after a couple of years break
~ sweetie catching up so she isn't working 7 days/week, 10 hours/day
~ road trip to my niece's wedding shower this weekend
~ all is well ... life is exceedingly good

Shine,
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Today I am grateful for:

-Sunshine, especially shining down on my head and shoulders through my open moon roof as I drive to work
-Water, for drinking and showering, and especially the waterfalls I hear from my deck
-Started my day getting a short, but sweet, "Love you, sister dear" text, which means starting my day with a smile
-Recognizing today, two days later, why I was so "off" Sunday and Monday (even if my brain doesn't remember it's "the 16th of the month," my body clearly does)
-Getting a nice workout in last night while watching a TV show
-Another season of "Grace and Frankie," though I went through it far too quickly!
-The sweetest kitties I could ever ask for

Here's to sunshine!!

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Sandra, I hope you're not singing the blues today! Have the clouds passed?

www.youtube.com/watch?v=wJA8b3esxfE

Good afternoon,

In spite of not feeling really "heard" I decided to try to not let the misunderstanding get to me, and thinking about what's good in my life today helps~~

~ a delicious breakfast AND lunch, as always (almost), prepared by me

~ today is my Maui sistah's birthday and I called to sing to her!

~ sadly the great gift I sent her A WEEK AGO hasn't arrived yet, but I'm sure she'll enjoy it and the handmade card, crafted with love when it arrives

~ made plans to help a Hispanic fellow who needs computer help filling out a job application tomorrow, about an hour from here in Sherwood

~ I finished strength training and plan to take a soak before heading out to do errands

Blessed be,
xox
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- a emoticon day
- walking with colleagues @ work
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- working with excellent colleagues
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Sorry about the blues Sandra...

On this Tuesday afternoon, I continue to be blessed and am grateful for

- a wonderful extended family
- a family trip to NYC
- seeing my niece married to a marvelous man
- acting like a tourist
- getting back into the swing of things
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Despite the blues, I give thanks this Tuesday morning for ...

~ sweetie's understanding and support
~ an offer on the house
~ clean house
~ sleeping in on a dreary, rainy day
~ Facebook inspite of its addictive qualities
~ so many ways to keep in touch with my distant children
~ almost daily emails with my mother
~ all is well ... life is exceedingly good

Shine,
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Glad I choose gratitude every day!

Glad for new curtains on my old windows - redesigned from an old maternity dress!

Glad for material to fix up my cane furniture cushions and perhaps fix up some new pillow covers.

Happy for oldest son with steady girlfriend coming to see us soon for the summer (hence the redecorating)

Happy that middle boy has moved into his own place and his new job is great

Happy for another day of life

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Good afternoon,

Oh my, it rained all day. I wasn't expecting that, and it dampened my spirit a little, but I navigated it.

~ strength training, better late than never

~ yoga, doing it at home rather than drive to studio in the rain (not my usual studio)

~ good food through the day...though I didn't track it, I tried to be moderate in intake

~ conversations today with two bff, Dawn in SF and Diana in Maui, about plans while seeing each of them during my trip to FL

~ enjoyable DVD, A Walk in the Woods with Robert Redford, Nick Nolte, and Emma Thompson, based upon the book by travel writer Bill Bryson

Blessed be,
Maha


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It comes from an indomitable will.
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Grateful this Monday morning for ...

~ life and love
~ daily glimpses of inner peace and joy
~ my health, such as it is
~ ability to improve my health
~ our cozy home
~ our meditation practice
~ sweetie and I have satisfying part-time jobs to supplement our retirement income
~ a road trip to my niece's wedding shower this weekend
~ all is well ... my life is exceedingly good

Shine,
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Good evening,

Choosing gratitude~~

~ enjoyed a wonderful breakfast of sauted potatoes, cooked with eggs and topped with parmesan cheese, putting the lid on to melt the cheese

~ watched a great movie, "Brooklyn"

~ reading a wonderful book, Lisette's List, by favorite author Susan Vreeland who specializes in historical fiction of famous artists

~ relaxed in a hot soak

~ ready for the opportunities of a new day

Blessed be,
Maha


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Tonight I am grateful for:

-Getting three postponed yard jobs taken care of today (could be many more to go!!)
-This perfect weather weekend; my best with 60s and sunshine
-Dear friends
-Deciding I'm going to drive to Chicago over the Memorial Day weekend to attend a 100th birthday celebration (surprise luncheon), even though my sister can't go with me, as originally hoped; this is an incredible opportunity for me in many ways
-My comfortable home
-Great catchup call with my best friend from Amarillo
-My comfortable bed and kitty girls, calling me now ...

Goodnight all,
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Grateful this beautiful Saturday morning for ...

~ getting ready to bake a dessert for dinner guests tonight
~ keeping it simple
~ puttering around the house cleaning, actually enjoy housework when I'm not rushed
~ lots of laughter and good conversation with friends last night
~ recovered from manic episode and depression that followed
~ thankful bipolar disorder is well managed with medication and self-care
~ as always, sweetie, my kids and my family
~ all is well ... life is exceedingly good

Shine,
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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.
A loving husband.
A respectful adult relationship with our daughter.
Conversation with my sister in law.
Loving memories of my sister. Miss her so.

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Really, WHY?

Good afternoon,

It's an idyllic day, 81 degrees, and I'm feeling quiet and satisfied and happy~~

~ life has served me many delicious entrees (and it's not over yet)

~ attorney friend is on an immigrant services board and offered to query fellow members about organizations in their respective states that might be appropriate for me to interview for my work project

~ tasty lunch with three friends, after legal assistance from one

~ sad to watch the psychological deterioration of my long time friend, but enjoying the memories of happy times with him

~ inspired by Sandra and thinking about camping occasionally during the road trip

Blessed be,
xox
Maha

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Gratitude is to be chosen daily...Give thanks in all circumstances for this is Gods will for you.

~ For uplifting spiritual words to read,
~ For the son that is forever in my heart,
~ For the spirit that gives such understanding,
~ For sun that shines upon the beauty of creation
~ For a mind that can appreciate all that it is shown
~ For a heart that feels and the spirit that soars with joy
~ Forever seeking that which enriches ones life with Love.

I give thanks. God Bless you all,
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Hey there! I'm here for a minute to share my grats!

~ visit to dr. and finding I'm beginning to lose a little fat and gaining muscle!
~ clients this week and great conversations
~ good voice lesson & fun interaction with teacher & other student
~ great sleep every night
~ the realization that my experience has brought me to this place in this time of my life when I am living my dreams
~ my brother's stroke did not incapacitate and he is working on quitting smoking
~ my BIL is getting treatment for his pancreatic cancer with possibilities for more time
~ our children are doing well
~ interesting conversation with my best friend over Skype
~ a new yoga mat
~ contact with other life coaches through FB and sharing ideas

An experienced dragon slayer-tamer taming the dragons within in 2018!
For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. II Timothy 1:7 KJV
And who is he who will harm you if you become followers of what is good? But even if you should suffer for righteousness sake [for what is right], you are blessed. And do not be afraid of their threats, nor be troubled. I Peter 3:13-14, NKJV
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Thankful this Friday for ....

~ equanimity in the face of a frustrating day yesterday

~ pondering how I will spend my time with sweetie working full time. It will require some adjustments I had not anticipated needing to make.

~ patience as time passes with the house not yet sold

~ an incredibly beautiful day, birds singing, cool temperatures, and a blue sky. Perhaps, I will tackle mowing the lawn today

~ dinner with friends tonight

~ all is well ... life is exceedingly good

Shine,
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I will never understimate the power of humor and laughter, or of a smile

Good evening,

So much to be thankful for~~

~ the wonderfulness of BrightSpark's gratitudes, which fairly exude Bright Sparks!

~ a fabulous jointly concocted salad enjoyed with my girlfriend for lunch today

~ this born-and-raised Mississippi southern girl giving me expert assistance with my road trip itinerary south through MS to the Gulf and then across to FL

~ the added bonus of being able to stay in her mom's empty house in MS my first night (free lodging! much better than even the best-priced airbnb place)

~ Ken Burns' "The National Parks" series is wonderful, though I'm still in withdrawal from having finished the spectacular 10-part "Jazz" series

Blessed be,
xox
Maha


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Thursday evening here in England and I am so grateful...
Cozy conversation and psychic musical chairs with my parents
A walk at dusk with my blessed father.
Facilitating an Interfaith meeting at the British Home Office.
A sweet event partnering with the Hindu community at the British Parliament House of Commons.
Being received by my sister.
My beautiful hair and the compliments received.
Endless abundance, Victoria sponge with strawberry jam and red bush tea.
Rain and sunshine.
The spirit of England, thank you Brittannia!
Every precious day.
And I could go on in endless gratitude...

My name is Usha,
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Pacific Time Zone.

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Grateful this Thursday morning for ...

~ slept 9 hours last night

~ dreary, rainy days forecast to end soon

~ a bit more energy this morning

~ watching our 94 year old neighbor take in the neighbor's trash bin. when I ask to do it, she declines saying she needs the exercise - hope that's me at 94 years old

~ just 60 days until my bariatric surgery. The time will fly with two trips out-of-state, out of town visitors and lots to do.

~ All is well ... life is exceedingly good.

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Wednesday afternoon, am blessed, so grateful for life just the way it is:

~ Dental cleaning feeling so good can't stop running my tounge over my teeth.
~ One cavity that has to be taken care of...appointment made! Grateful only one cavity.
~ Call to my brother in England and the good news his PSA numbers are great.
~ Noticing more and more how my hearing is getting worse.
~ Have an appointment on June 1st, with Ear,Nose, and Throat Specialist.
~ Will have a checkup and hearing exam...grateful today for hearing aids.
~ Hoping I will not need them~But whatever the outcome I am always grateful and so blessed.

God Bless you all,
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On this Wednesday afternoon, I continue to be blessed and am grateful for
- emoticon after the storms
- finalizing plans for a trip to NYC
- getting bent out of shape and learning another Lesson in Trust
- learning my sis was on a river tour
- zero balance massage
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great night's rest

peace in my heart

soft breezes blowing

happy pets

all good

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Thankful this Wednesday morning for ...

~ getting a good night's sleep after weeks for 4-5 hours a night
~ our storms were not as tempestuous as Nebraska, Arkansas & in between
~ trying to figure out solution to water in the basement
~ grass is beautiful green, heirloom rose is loaded with flowers
~ haven't had to water our new bedding plants b/c we've been getting plenty of rain
~ watching two bunnies interacting out my window
~ nephew & girlfriend want to spend time with us
~ all is well ... life is exceedingly good

Shine,
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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.
The willingness to get back on track,mone meal one snack at a time.
The willingness to restart walking routine, five minutes at a time.
Feeling loved.

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Today I am grateful for:

-Sunshine today to dry up the rain of the past few days; Mother Nature in contrast
-Bringing a healthy dinner to work so I could eat before my National Geographic Series photography show at performing arts center tonight
-5-pound loss in the first week of 21-Day Tame Your Sweet Tooth Challenge
-My sweet kitties giving me a loving start to my day being more affectionate than usual
-A clean house
-A solid night of 7-1/2 hours sleep

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Maha - glad you weathered the storm...

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


- no hail damage
- finding roof and floor leaks
- sump pump in working order
- great meeting with my teammate this morning
- evening to myself (DH has Forum)
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You have to participate relentlessly in the manifestation of your own
blessings.
-- Elizabeth Gilbert ("We had sworn never to marry"), left, and her husband, Felipe, pose with a woman of the Red Zai tribe in north Vietnam

Good morning,

Strange night, challenging early morning, but here I am, thankful~~

~ seriously tempestuous stormy night, with hours of intense thunder and lightening; now it's quiet and the birds are singing

~ Kitty Rama made it through not too traumatized

~ I'm "banking" on making this a productive and happy day

~ enjoyed a spirited FB conversation about teachers...and I knew when to "throw the towel in" after I got whupped good lol

~ lovely hot shower just ahead

Blessed be,
Maha


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Feeling gratitude this Tuesday for ...

~ a good day to stay home, a gentle, steady rain, cool temperatures and overcast skies
~ opportunity to be in a helping profession that gives me great satisfaction
~ progress on the two courses I am developing -- learning lots
~ our snug home
~ our heirloom rose bush that just keeps blooming
~ basil and cilantro from our garden last night
~ putting aside concerns about my son and supporting his decision to move on
~ all is well ... life is exceedingly good

Shine,
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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.
The willingness to practice patience.
The willingness to get back on track, one meal, one snack at a time.
Feeling loved.

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Life is your art. An open, aware heart is your camera. A oneness with your world is your film.
-- Ansel Adams (photo by Ansel Adams)

Good evening,

I entered gratitudes this morning, but when I tried to "Post Message" they evidently posted to outer space. I wasn't ready to redo them then, but I'll give it a try again now~~

~ a rainy quiet day, perfect, among other things, for watching the Dalai Lama give a Teaching on the Four Noble Truths (London, 1996). I was exhilarated at times and confounded at other times lol

~ I came upon a lovely article, "Taking Refuge in the Triple Gem" which dovetails beautifully with the Teaching
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~ I'm going to be sad to finish the 10-part PBS series, Jazz. It's extraordinarily good

~ offering help to a friend in need

~ getting two household items completed that make me very happy

Blessed be,
Maha


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On this Monday morning, I continue to be blessed and am grateful for
- emoticon and even the accompanying emoticon
- packed breakfast
- primary emoticon early voting (by a day)
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- vacation planning
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Thankful this Monday morning for ...

~ waking up in an improved frame of mind
~ daughter updated me on her conference
~ son called -- only four days left befoe he embarks on the next phase of his life
~ his courage - leap of faith
~ adjusting to sweetie going back to work full-time while I'm semi-retired
~ watching the squirrels, birds & bunnies in my front yard
~ sitting on the porch, drinking coffee and laughing with sweetie
~ all is well ... life is exceedingly good

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Tonight I am grateful for:

-Maintaining a very solid week with eating/tracking, exercising and dumping the Diet Coke, in spite of it being another rough anniversary
-A great dinner tonight, my free week of Blue Apron; ingredients all very fresh, enjoyed the veggie prep and the recipe, crispy cod tacos with red cabbage chipotle adobe pepper slaw
-Getting in 20 minutes of exercise today, double my minimum!
-Tea this afternoon with friend I hadn't seen in awhile
-Spending most of the day hanging with my kitty girls working on my jigsaw and cooking while it rained outside; we all three jumped at the same time when there was a big clap of thunder!
-Rain stopping for awhile which is good because it rained very steady for several hours, now we need some "soak it in" time!
-Grace and Frankie!
-My comfortable bed calling me now

Goodnight all,
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Thankful this Mother's Day for ...

~ the gift of motherhood
~ my ancestral mothers
~ my children for who they are and who they are becoming
~ my sweetie
~ our home together
~ food on the table, clothes on our back and a car in the driveway
~ thinking of all the moms for whom this is a bittersweet day
~ all is well ... life is exceedingly good

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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..
Thoughtful gifts from DH and DD..
My new beautiful orchids.
The willingness to do what it takes to release extra weight.
The willingness to push myself to accomplish projects that have been put off for too long. I'm a self admitted procrastinator and want to change.


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Good evening,

Off I go to bed, but first stopping by here~~

~ many loving thoughts of my mother and my family

~ things got in my way yesterday and I didn't get strength training and sit-ups done, but I got up early and did it at 7:00am before getting ready for group meditation

~ meditation practice with sangha (kindred spirits) today

~ shopping at Natural Grocers

~ researching an intriguing project suggested by El Zócalo director for during my road trip:
"I may have mentioned a capacity building grant I was looking into for El Zócalo.
The grant is by invitation only and we've been invited to apply. This money would not directly fund any of our programs, but could be used for training, travel and time and expenses involved in improving our organization's structure and capacity. I would like El Zócalo team members to visit two other organizations/regions in Arkansas doing like-minded work and two organizations/places outside the state. I think it would be especially useful for us to see how other organizations do work similar to our Client Services, referral, case management work that you've been doing here. I was wondering if you might be interested in working a visit like this into your summer travel plans? You could research like-minded organizations in those parts of the country and it would be very flexible on when and how you visited."

Blessed be,
Maha


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~ Mothers Day weekend I send Blessings to all of you Mothers.
~ My three children are a blessing.
~ I thank God for them every day
~ Grateful to be honored tomorrow.
~ Thankful for sunshine, lower temps.
~ The birds singing...
~ For all creation

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grateful this Saturday morning for ...

~ effective communication
~ cinco de Mayo parade this afternoon
~ exploring the Mexican market while we're there
~ daughter presenting paper in Singapore this week
~ son begins his last week of work before disembarking on a new phase of his life
~ warm, sunny day
~ roses in full bloom
~ reading a validating book this morning
~ all is well ... life is exceedingly good

Shine,
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I'm surprised to find that a whole week has passed in my month of May! Two days ago, I began thinking about the year's halfway point. Yesterday & today, I've been watching the following TED videos. So encouraging. tinyurl.com/gmnwohn

I am grateful for

~ the opportunity to encourage two ministry couples
~ reflecting on last month's activities and how blessed I am
~ recognizing that when something happens threatening to stop me and my emotions surge in various directions, I can momentarily stop, take note of my role & goal, then move forward
~ prayer time this morning for many
~ getting so much accomplished this week that I have this morning to choose to do some things I've been wanting to do: look through our trip photos, water & decide which plants in the yard that I will begin moving, and, hopefully a few baked items
~ my dreams, goals, imagination & creativity

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An experienced dragon slayer-tamer taming the dragons within in 2018!
For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. II Timothy 1:7 KJV
And who is he who will harm you if you become followers of what is good? But even if you should suffer for righteousness sake [for what is right], you are blessed. And do not be afraid of their threats, nor be troubled. I Peter 3:13-14, NKJV
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Tonight I am grateful for:

-Three really solid nights of sleep in a row!
-Starting my weekend in the gym at work late this afternoon with a 70-minute full body strength training workout
-Feeling great after said workout
-No scheduled plans this weekend other than early dinner with friends tomorrow night; so I can let the weekend play out as I wish ... so many options
-A free week of food from Blue Apron (from a friend) to try out their service/quality/recipes; am very impressed with what I received today but haven't cooked yet
-My sweet kitty girls

Goodnight all,
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Thankful this Friday afternoon for ...

~ 13 hours sleep
~ accepting disappointment
~ filing property tax appeal online - how cool is that?
~ nephew and girlfriend want to join us for dinner
~ dear friend coming to visit
~ son, daughter, sweetie, parents, nieces, nephews, brothers & wives & many friends
~ all is well ... life is exceedingly good

Shine,
Sandra

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Good afternoon,

It's a good day to give thanks ~~

~ another glorious day and getting ready to hop on my bike to head to the county library (15 miles round trip)

~ excited about the book that the library notified me has come in: Black Hole Blues and Other Songs from Outer Space, Janna Levin

~ "The Sound the Universe Makes," Janna Levin's fantastic TED talk

~ made the intention to do strength training and sit-ups today

~ a lovely conversation with my Adelaida, my dear Ecuador friend this morning

Blessed be,
Maha


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It comes from an indomitable will.
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On this first Friday in May, I continue to be blessed and am grateful for

- productive and meaningful work
- my Early Birds group
- meeting a colleague for lunch
- texting
- dinner with friends
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"Be present in all things and thankful for all things" Maya Angelou

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"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."
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my bike

my pets

my neighbors

my wedge flip flops that I love

my mother

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


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Tonight I am grateful for:

-Getting out the jump rope that Beth got me years ago and starting with 3 minutes
-A 20-minute bike ride while catching the weather
-North side of house and deck now power washed and very clean!
-Another perfect weather day
-These legs and feet that carry me through it all without fail
-Always, my health
-Kitty purrs

Goodnight all,
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Thankful this Thursday afternoon for ...

~ more sleep last night, perhaps averting a manic episode
~ loving the pre-manic productivity
~ finished all I can do right now on the website
~ submitted proposal for new class
~ eating healthier
~ meditation
~ Mother's Day phone calls from my kids (they will both be busy on Sunday)
~ all is well ... life is exceedingly good

Shine,
Sandra
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This is what you shall do; Love the earth and sun and the animals, despise riches, give alms to every one that asks, stand up for the stupid and crazy, devote your income and labor to others, hate tyrants, argue not concerning God, have patience and indulgence toward the people, take off your hat to nothing known or unknown or to any man or number of men, go freely with powerful uneducated persons and with the young and with the mothers of families, read these leaves in the open air every season of every year of your life, re-examine all you have been told at school or church or in any book, dismiss whatever insults your own soul, and your very flesh shall be a great poem and have the richest fluency not only in its words but in the silent lines of its lips and face and between the lashes of your eyes and in every motion and joint of your body.

-- Walt Whitman
Preface to Leaves of Grass

Good morning,

This is what I can give thanks for today -- the guidance and inspiration of all the artists and teachers who give me the courage and determination to persevere through it all.

Blessed be,
Maha

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On this Thursday morning, I continue to be blessed and am grateful for
- continued emoticon
- seeing my teammate
- a two meeting day
- packed breakfast and lunch
- skipping golf with the girls and spending it with DH
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Everything has its beauty, but not everyone sees it.
-- Confucius (Photo by Frank Winkler)

Good evening,

Happy to have made it here~~

~ lucky Stephanie, having "Jazz at the White House" (one of the few instances of wishing I had TV reception)

~ got strength training and sit-ups done tonight (whew!)

~ eating sensibly the last few days, hoping to drop a few pounds before I take off on the road trip at the end of the month

~ a very challenging and exhilarating yoga class this morning

~ nice chat with a friend who lives in Naples, Florida, with whom I may stay

Blessed be,
Maha


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Tonight I am grateful for:

-A brisk walk in perfect weather on a difficult evening
-Always, my health
-My legs and feet that carry me through it all without fail
-My FitBit that helps motivate me to get those 10,000+ steps in
-Cassie, Cleo and Rosie; the best three kitties I could ask for
-Compromise (with myself)
-Always striving for balance

Goodnight all,
Stephanie

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Grateful this Wednesday evening for ...

~ continuing to develop new skills (almost done with my first website)
~ patience to learn from trial and error
~ meditation
~ simple dinner - brocolli and roasted chicken
~ sunny, breezy, coolish spring day
~ postponed our maiden camping trip (80% rain forecast night #1 and 50% next day)
~ sweet thank you from my son
~ all is well ... life is exceedingly good

Shine,
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On this first Wednesday in May, I continue to be blessed and am grateful for
- continued emoticon (makes such a difference in my mood)
- hot oatmeal for breakfast
- lunch with the girls
- a no meeting day
- yardwork night (have to get those steps in...)
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"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."
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Good evening!
Tonight, I am grateful for a celebratory day with hubs, marking 36 years together.
Thank you for laughter and spontaneity.
Tom Hanks' humanity.
A Warm scone with clotted cream and fruit preserve.
The miracle of tea.
Sighting of a bald eagle on Beltaine.
Enough and more than enough.
That my passport is current and ready for travel.
And I could go on with endless gratitude...

My name is Usha,
from California
Pacific Time Zone.

Onward! When you go forward an inch, the Universe moves miles.



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Tonight I am grateful for:

-"Jazz at the White House" that I DVR'd from the weekend, put on in commemoration of International Jazz Day, that spoke to me in very interesting ways
-A really good weekend, seeing TWO different performances
-An "off" day yesterday (takes the not so great to know when you have good ones) and being able to just steer clear of most everything, including work
-My incredible kitty girls and how they love to hang with me when I'm working out or doing my jigsaw
-A solid 50-minute bike ride tonight while catching up on a TV show
-Anticipation of a solid night of sleep tonight after a bad night last night
-Meeting my goal of getting the CDs of Beth's music memorial mailed to her childhood friend BEFORE the 2-yr anniversary of the memorial (tomorrow); barely made it
-My warm and comfortable bed, complete with master snuggler kitties, calling me now

Goodnight all,
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Good evening my friends,

Feeling the potency of that meme. And grateful~~

~ meditated this morning with Kitty Rama quietly beside me

~ washed, hung out, gathered, folded, and put away clothes

~ cooked chard, butternut squash, sweet potatoes, and red potatoes

~ truly felt a special level of animal kinship with Kitty Rama this afternoon during a dark hour -- this was a first

~ going to bed early tonight, up early tomorrow in preparation for morning yoga

Blessed be,
Maha


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It comes from an indomitable will.
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Thankful this beautiful day for ...

~ strength training this morning
~ meditation this afternoon
~ enjoying blogging for my work website in between
~ haircut this evening- so need it
~ son scheduled call to chat - wonder what that means
~ deep red roses in bloom -- shrub is full of blossoms
~ looks like my transplanted rose will survive
~ all is well .. life is exceedingly good

Shine,
Sandra

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in spite of myself, and the loss of loved ones around me....I am truly grateful for all I have.
My health
My family and friends.
Taking the winter wool blankets from my bed
and the painter who is diligently working with me on new colors for my living room
A brighter day ahead and a new outlook with Spring finally here for sure....



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On this Tuesday morning, I continue to be blessed and am grateful for
- another emoticon
- seeing my teammate this morning
- reviewing travel plans
- meeting a pup sitter after work
- Preening the beds (tonight is the night!)
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Happy Monday

I have happy May Day memories growing up on a street with lots of kids. It was a cul de sac and we called it dead end street because that was the sign at the entrance to it. Everyone made May baskets and filled them with candy and gave them to friends.

I am thankful for that happy memory.

Have a wonderful week everyone!


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not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11
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lol (I've been avoiding my doc)

Good evening,

Got in 15 miles on my trusty two-wheeled steed today, but I haven't been able to convince myself to get my strength training done. Okay, I'm gonna' stick with some foods that make me happy now~~

~ Kroger's Simple Truth Organic Cashew Butter (in moderation, and preferably measured and tracked, of course) lol

~ pit fruits!!!

~ avocados, food of the gods

~ any Serenity Farms sourdough breads (or pastries!), especially whole spelt and walnut raisin

~ Organic Valley French Vanilla Soy Creamer, loving it in my morning brew

~ I adore any dairy product by Organic Valley, a high integrity company, made up of farm cooperatives

Blessed be,
xox
Maha



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Thankful this dreary Monday morning for ...

~ rain so we don't have to water new grass and bedding plants
~ roses starting to bloom
~ late blooming dogwood in full flower
~ squirrels, woodchuck, rabbits & birds to watch from our porch
~ a day to do laundry & clean house after working all weekend
~ luxury of working at a relaxed pace & choose my own workload
~ all is well .... life is exceedingly good

shine
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On this Monday morning, I continue to be blessed and am grateful for the
- emoticon
- only one meeting today emoticon
- emoticon breakfast and lunch
- emoticon @ lunch
- Preening yard after work emoticon
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Long but wonderful weekend

Three young men sitting around in the living room on Sunday just having a good time

Crazy chat with one of my boys

Gobs of young men at church last night

Hugs from favela kids at Sunday School and a wilted flower from one!


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Thankful this May Day for ...

~ Memories of a May pole rigged from a tether ball pole from elementary school
~ International Workers Day
~ lunch al fresco with a friend
~ completed powerpoints for two of 12 sessions for a new family therapy training
~ a quiet weekend
~ all is well ... life is exceedingly good

Shine,
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Sunrise this morning over Beltany Stone circle in County Donegal. Beltany is named after Bealtine, the Irish for the Celtic May Day festival on May 1 which is halfway between the equinox and summer solstice and is said to mark the start of summer.
--Photo by Matthew Kelly

Happy summer?!

Here, because I promised myself~~

~ life, in all its twists and turns

~ music! (I'm playing Toure Kunda Live right now)

~ dance like no one is watching to chase the blues

~ poetry, a balm and joy

~ hot chocolate, delicious any day of the year

~ my perfectionist tendencies (I had to edit because I had incorrectly written "it's" instead of "its" lol)

Blessed be,
Maha

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Here you go, Kathy -- May Day around the world:
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/May_Day
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YAY! It's MAY!

Take A moment to remember what this day symbolizes....all the many types of celebrations that are taking place throughout the world. Be grateful for the spirit that connects all of mankind on this special day…

Do you have any traditions, or memories of May Days past?
www.en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/M
ay_Day

https://wikipedia.org/wiki/May_Day

(I'm having a difficult time getting either link to work! May I suggest looking up May Day on Wikipedia...very interesting article!)

Edited by: ATRANSFORMATION at: 5/1/2016 (12:34)
~~~Kathy~~~

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