52 WEEKS OF THANKFULNESS – WEEK 5

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BE THE CHANGE YOU WANT TO SEE IN THE WORLD.

I believe in the power of positive group energy. Perhaps if enough of us join together we can change the negative climate that exists and is overtaking our planet. Together we can move our fellow citizens of to a better, higher and finer place.

At the end of the post you will find a link up frog and I hope you will join me on this venture and once a week write a post and link up to others and share what you are thankful for this week.

This week I have deep gratitude to be on vacation with my husband.  We are on a little island in the Caribbean that we have visited many times and have almost come to think of us our home away from home.

Vacation

The places we have gone to
and the trips that we have taken
Photographs of love and laughs
of another family vacation.

It doesn’t matter where we go
as long as we’re together
At different ages, on these pages-
we’ll be on vacation forever.

Author: Gina Marie Lauchner

I am so grateful to have another opportunity to vacation with my husband.

I hope that by writing these posts that we will move together beyond thankfulness into appreciation. Because appreciation for the moments and things for which we give thanks requires us to be mindful of our lives. Thankfulness is an expression of our appreciation for life. Sometimes we get so focused on life’s challenges that we lose sight of being grateful for simply having a life to live.

FEMINIST FRIDAY – WISLAWA SZYMBORSKA

 

 Wislawa Szymborska  was born in Poland (1923). When she won the Nobel Prize in literature in 1996, few people outside of Poland had ever heard of her. Her first poems were published in the Krakov newspaper, and for almost 20 years she edited a weekly column for the journal Literary Life, for which she also wrote scores of book reviews, as well as translations of French poetry. Her early poems dealt with the horrors of World War II and of the Stalin era. Her later poems are more personal, and her work is celebrated for its candor and gentle humor. When she accepted the Nobel Prize, she said: “They say the first sentence in any speech is always the hardest. Well, that one’s behind me, anyway.

“Possibilities – Poem by Wislawa Szymborska
I prefer movies.
I prefer cats.
I prefer the oaks along the Warta.
I prefer Dickens to Dostoyevsky.
I prefer myself liking people
to myself loving mankind.
I prefer keeping a needle and thread on hand, just in case.
I prefer the color green.
I prefer not to maintain
that reason is to blame for everything.
I prefer exceptions.
I prefer to leave early.
I prefer talking to doctors about something else.
I prefer the old fine-lined illustrations.
I prefer the absurdity of writing poems
to the absurdity of not writing poems.
I prefer, where love’s concerned, nonspecific anniversaries
that can be celebrated every day.
I prefer moralists
who promise me nothing.
I prefer cunning kindness to the over-trustful kind.
I prefer the earth in civvies.
I prefer conquered to conquering countries.
I prefer having some reservations.
I prefer the hell of chaos to the hell of order.
I prefer Grimms’ fairy tales to the newspapers’ front pages.
I prefer leaves without flowers to flowers without leaves.
I prefer dogs with uncropped tails.
I prefer light eyes, since mine are dark.
I prefer desk drawers.
I prefer many things that I haven’t mentioned here
to many things I’ve also left unsaid.
I prefer zeroes on the loose
to those lined up behind a cipher.
I prefer the time of insects to the time of stars.
I prefer to knock on wood.
I prefer not to ask how much longer and when.
I prefer keeping in mind even the possibility
that existence has its own reason for being.

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WISLAWA SZYMBORSKA YOU ROCKED!

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SENIOR SALON#31

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                        Revealing the beauty and truth of life through the eyes of our elders.

Welcome back to the Senior Salon. I am so excited about the huge amount of talent that has come together to share their artistic vision. It is my pleasure to invite you once again to link your blog to mine today and reveal your artistic creations in any field: fiction writing, nonfiction, poetry, photography, painting, pottery, cooking.

We have had many new bloggers join our Salon.  Please pick out some new blogs to read and introduce yourself and make them feel welcome.  If you post early in the day, consider coming back later or the next day to read more posts.

After linking to this blog, in the true spirit of a salon, please take the time to read someone else’s blog and comment and offer encouragement on their artistic endeavors.

We have walked our paths a long time and have a lot to offer. Come and reveal your artistic vision.

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52 WEEKS OF THANKFULNESS – WEEK 4

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BE THE CHANGE YOU WANT TO SEE IN THE WORLD.

I believe in the power of positive group energy. Perhaps if enough of us join together we can change the negative climate that exists and is overtaking our planet. Together we can move our fellow citizens of to a better, higher and finer place.

At the end of the post you will find a link up frog and I hope you will join me on this venture and once a week write a post and link up to others and share what you are thankful for this week.

Having lost a dear friend just recently this week my thoughts go to being thankful for the gift of friendship.  I don’t think anyone said on their deathbed that they regretted the time spent with friends.

A Time To Talk – Poem by Robert Frost

When a friend calls to me from the road
And slows his horse to a meaning walk,
I don’t stand still and look around
On all the hills I haven’t hoed,
And shout from where I am, What is it?
No, not as there is a time to talk.
I thrust my hoe in the mellow ground,
Blade-end up and five feet tall,
And plod: I go up to the stone wall
For a friendly visit.

This week I am acutely aware that when friendship calls that I should heed the call because time is a wasting.

I hope that by writing these posts that we will move together beyond thankfulness into appreciation. Because appreciation for the moments and things for which we give thanks requires us to be mindful of our lives. Thankfulness is an expression of our appreciation for life. Sometimes we get so focused on life’s challenges that we lose sight of being grateful for simply having a life to live.

FEMINIST FRIDAY – MY FRIEND MAGGI

This is a repost about my friend Maggi who lost her battle with brain cancer on July 10th.

I have been blest to call Maggi my friend since I was 20 years old.  She was the first friend I made from our Medical School crowd.  She was an instant friend.  She was smart and kind.  She loved to read all kind of books, she was a woman’s libber, she believed in Martin Luther King’s cause and she was kind to everyone.  She loved to dance and listened to all kinds of music and was always up for an adventure or a road trip.

As Maggi got older she didn’t change.  Her kindness to others only increased.  She has legions of loyal friends because of this wonderful quality.  She has two beautiful children who would tell you that she raised them to be independent and thoughtful people, and they are.

Maggi was married to Joe who is a pediatric doctor.  This isn’t an easy life for a wife.  Your husband is gone a lot of the time and when he is home can be bone tired and preoccupied with worry about a patient.  Honestly, though, I never heard Maggi complain about this part of her life.  Come to think of it, I don’t think I ever heard her complain about any part of her life.  She always had a philosophical outlook and was filled with gratitude.

Maggi is a good example of how to live life well.  Here is a picture of (from left to right) Joe & Maggi and Bernadette & Dom on a road trip in 1972.

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MAGGI YOU ROCK!

How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard. – A. A. Milne, Winnie the Pooh

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MEMORIES

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Memories
Like the corners of my mind
Misty watercolor memories
Of the way we were
Scattered pictures
Of the smiles we left behind
Smiles we gave to one another
For the way we were

The world has lost a wonderful soul and heaven has gained her.  My friend Maggi (on the right, me on the left) who passed on July 10, 2016.

This is written for #WQWWC – Writers Quote Wednesday Writing Challenge – Memories at https://silverthreading.com/2016/07/13/wqwwc-writers-quote-wednesday-writing-challenge-memories/.

The prompt for this week is Memories.  Very appropriate for me this week because I am lost in memories of my dear friend.  The lyrics to this Barbra Streisand classic were written by Marilyn Bergman.

SENIOR SALON#30

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                        Revealing the beauty and truth of life through the eyes of our elders.

Welcome back to the Senior Salon. I am so excited about the huge amount of talent that has come together to share their work, their art and their philosophy. It is my pleasure to invite you once again to link your blog to mine today and reveal your artistic creations in any field: fiction writing, nonfiction, poetry, photography, painting, pottery, cooking.

We have had many new bloggers join our Salon.  Please pick out some new blogs to read and introduce yourself and make them feel welcome.  If you post early in the day, consider coming back later or the next day to read more posts.

After linking to this blog, in the true spirit of a salon, please take the time to read someone else’s blog and comment and offer encouragement on their artistic endeavors.

We have walked our paths a long time and have a lot to offer. Come and reveal your artistic vision.

Below you will find the button to link your blog. Just tap on this button to link your blog. After tapping you will be led to a page with a few things to fill out and then a snapshot of your blog will appear on this page for anyone to tap onto and read. THIS LINK WILL CLOSE AT MIDNIGHT ON MONDAY.

TAP ON THE FROG TO PARTICIPATE AND POST YOUR BLOG.

TAP ON THE FROG TO READ OTHER BLOGS POSTED TODAY.

What If I Became You?

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On Sunday Lucas and Dom had an interesting conversation on black holes.  The posited that it was a possibility if they went through a black hole they could switch identities.  This lead to a hilarious conversation about switching roles with Lucas being the grandfather and being married to me and Hillary being Dom’s mother and on and on.

But, after everyone went home it got me thinking about how would I behave if I thought I would come back to this world as another person.  Maybe a person of a different race and maybe a person without the economic privilege that I have.  Would I take the Biblical injunction to “Love my neighbor as myself” a little more to heart?

What if I became you

for just a day?

When I saw through

different eyes,

would I finally

understand?

Wishing you a week filled with good revelations,

bernadette

On Tuesday’s I try to write a slice of my life and post it at Two Writing Teacher’s.  If you get a minute check it out.  You won’t be disappointed by the stories.

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Every Tuesday Two Writing Teachers provide an opportunity to share your writing.