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A few simple words.  Reminders of how to be better human beings. 

At least one might think so, but not in present times where heated opinions wrap themselves in animosity and people elect to hide behind their walls of indifference. 

Sad, really.

On this day where the majority of the world gathers to give thanks, how wonderful it would be if everyone could just drop their collective, combative, rhetorical outbursts and give pause to all things positive in life. 

Just one day.  A few hours even.  Look around and rejoice in what life has put on your table.  Focus less on what’s missing and spend time just giving thanks for family, friends and the gift of one more sunrise.

Just one day.  Set aside the endless debates orchestrated by social media connections.  Take a good look around at how fleeting this life is and how a brief moment of time can impact all that surrounds us.

Just one day.  Today is a good place to start.  For the love of God, leave all the damn negative discussions at the door and… pass the gravy.

Be thankful.

 

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Autumn…a second Spring!

“Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting and autumn a mosaic of them all.”

– Stanley Horowitz

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Almost overnight, the landscape around us blooms with the most incredible colors.  Especially here in New York as September departs and October takes center stage.

We all need a change, a departure from the chaos of daily news items and endless social media debates.  Time to focus on the holidays ahead, however we celebrate, and enjoy the wonder of what life gives us. 

Fall isn’t a death, as some might have you believe.  Rather, it is a celebration of life which surrounds us along with the preparation for somewhat of a second chance as a new year approaches.   Each step on some crunchy fallen leaf brings back childhood memories of jumping in huge piles of what Autumn was leaving behind, of crisp apples and cider, of Halloween and Thanksgiving.  Each step reminds us that new beginnings await us in just a few short weeks.  The cycle of life continues on its inevitable journey as nature says good-bye for this year.

Celebrate the season!

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From Mama Kat’s Workshop…10 reasons why you’re glad it’s Fall.

There are just so many lovely quotes about Fall, and the photos…breathtaking.  For my 10, I decided to share some of my favorites.

I’m thankful to live in an area of our country where Autumn often takes center stage with its magical display.  And, I meant what I stated, about needing change, an escape even, from all of the current worldly debate.  If we all took a step back and reflected on just how quickly this year has passed and the amount of time that was spent on being so completely adversarial with each other…we just might take the time to enjoy the fleeting moments of this and every season.

 

 

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Little thanks…

       Who does not thank for little will not thank for much. ~Estonian Proverb

 

This is the first year since I’ve been married that I’m not in panic mode on Thanksgiving Eve.  No, it’s not because I’m perfectly organized with all the holiday prep, ready to leap from the starting gate tomorrow morning for a day of cooking.  We’re invited to join extended family for dinner and my house is hauntingly quiet.  A huge turkey won’t be stuffed with apples and fresh herbs before roasting for hours tomorrow, pies aren’t bubbling away in the oven, the wonderful smell of sage isn’t lingering in the air and the dining room table isn’t dressed in its usual festive tablescape. 

 

I’m not complaining, not at all.  Actually, I am grateful, in many little ways.  Taking a step back from all the turkey day work is giving me the opportunity to sit and think about things.  Not having to focus on making everything perfect is giving me a much needed pause, time to remember what Thanksgiving is about and…what I’m truly thankful for this year.

Months ago, we lost a cousin, a beloved member of our family but her spirit often presents itself in many different ways.   Fond memories of her frequently bring smiles and laughter when we recall happy times in years past.  We are all thankful she was such a part of our lives. 

Four of them; one stunningly beautiful girl and three incredibly handsome boys.  From the moment they were born, I gave thanks for the privilege of being their grandmother.  I rejoice in their achievements, obsess over little difficulties and make every exhaustive effort to spoil them rotten because…I can!  (I would be remiss if I wasn’t thankful to my daughters and their spouses for making my grandchildren possible.  Also, much appreciation to my patient husband for his part in the creation of the above two daughters…and a son.   I’ll stop here as this sounds like a drawn-out award acceptance speech.  Just sayin’)

Last, but not least…Reconnecting!   That word, in itself, just sings out with thanks!  This year, I had the pleasure of finding family in California and a cousin I didn’t know existed who lives in Washington.  We’ve been busy sharing old photographs, family history and learning so much about each other.   Then, when I didn’t think it could get any better, a 50th high school reunion graced me with the renewal of many friendships and the start of brand new ones.  What’s that, you say…everything old becomes new again?  Definitely.  Nothing compares with the chance for new beginnings!

Next year at this time I’ll hopefully be in the throes of pre-Thanksgiving madness once again and if some writing prompt surfaces along these same lines, I probably won’t have the time to sit and share my thoughts.  For now, it was nice to give little thanks for so very much.

 

 

 

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