52 WEEKS OF THANKFULNESS – WEEK 44 – CELEBRATING WORLD BOOK DAY

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BE THE CHANGE YOU WANT TO SEE IN THE WORLD.

I invite you to come and join me on this pilgrimage to change the world through thankfulness.  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.

Welcome to 52 Weeks of Thankfulness a day earlier.  But today World Book Day is being celebrated in the U.S.  Books have been such an enormously important part of my life that I had to combine my thankfulness for the gifts of writers with celebrating the years of joy reading has brought to me.  Books have been my constant companion on this whirlwind we call life.  Books have made me happy, brought me to tears, taught me life lessons and opened vistas of the world that I will probably never visit.  Books have been the boon companion of my life and I am hugely thankful for whoever it was that put the first book in my hands and set me off on this lifelong love affair.

 

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52 WEEKS OF THANKFULNESS – WEEK 43

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BE THE CHANGE YOU WANT TO SEE IN THE WORLD.

I invite you to come and join me on this pilgrimage to change the world through thankfulness.  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.

Dom and I went to New York City this past weekend.  We went to celebrate his birthday.  As I have written about in the past, Dom has a great love for music, particularly the opera.  So I bought us tickets to see Aida which was performed at the Metropolitan Opera on Saturday afternoon.  New York City has been the stage for some of the happiest and proudest moments of my life and the saddest and most heartbreaking moments of my life.  I am thankful that the heartbreak has not broken our spirits.

 

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52 WEEKS OF THANKFULNESS – WEEK 42

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BE THE CHANGE YOU WANT TO SEE IN THE WORLD.

I invite you to come and join me on this pilgrimage to change the world through thankfulness.  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.

Dom and I have lived in our small town for 38 years.  During that time we have had the pleasure of meeting many interesting people.  Some of the people have made a place in our hearts and became loved ones.  Other people have touched our lives and changed our lives and then moved on to different places.  Saturday night we had the rare opportunity of reconnecting with a couple who touched our family’s life and improved it.  When my oldest sons were little boys they went through a bad patch of seemingly not knowing how to go about making friends.  The couple we reconnected with had two children who went out of their way to befriend David and Andrew.  I don’t think Nancy and Dave probably even realize what a difference they made in my early days of mothering.  I am so thankful that the circle of life brought them back to me.

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52 WEEKS OF THANKFULNESS – WEEK 41

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BE THE CHANGE YOU WANT TO SEE IN THE WORLD.

I invite you to come and join me on this pilgrimage to change the world through thankfulness.  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.

To see the world through a child’s eyes once again is one of the joys of becoming a grandmother.  A grandchild is one of the best gifts the Creator can give to you in your old age.  Yesterday our family celebrated the 8th birthday of my grandson, Lucas.  I am thankful to have been given such a wondrous gift as this little boy.

 

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52 WEEKS OF THANKFULNESS – WEEK 40

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BE THE CHANGE YOU WANT TO SEE IN THE WORLD.

I invite you to come and join me on this pilgrimage to change the world through thankfulness.  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.

The past week found me down for the count.  My emotions were thrown into a maelstrom and I was physically brought to my knees by an infection.  I give thanks for the life I have experienced because it has taught me that “this too shall pass”.

 

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52 WEEKS OF THANKFULNESS – WEEK 39

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BE THE CHANGE YOU WANT TO SEE IN THE WORLD.

I invite you to come and join me on this pilgrimage to change the world through thankfulness.  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.

This week my son, Andrew, will turn 41.  Andrew has lived in a health care facility for the better part of the last 15 years.  He is a quadriplegic and has a major brain injury that causes him to be unable to communicate his needs or desires.

For the last 15 years Dom and I have visited Andrew weekly bringing him a nonnutrious lunch filled with all the junk food you do not get a health care facility.

When I went to see Andrew on Saturday I found him unable to eat or drink and mostly unresponsive to stimulus.  This week is always difficult for our family because his birthday.  To find Andrew in such condition, I am afraid, pushed me over the edge to grief and tears.

I am thankful for the loving health care workers who recognized my pain and did everything in their power to try to alleviate it.  I am thankful for their concern and care for not only Andrew but our family.

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52 WEEKS OF THANKFULNESS – WEEK 38

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BE THE CHANGE YOU WANT TO SEE IN THE WORLD.

I invite you to come and join me on this pilgrimage to change the world through thankfulness.  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.

Saturday afternoon found me on a date with Dom.  We went to the movie theatre and watched the live broadcast from the Metropolitan Opera of La Traviata.  This is an opera that we have seen many times, but like all good stories, it never gets old.  It was such a treat to be at the movies on a Saturday afternoon and watch this magnificent production.  The cast sang exquisitely and one of the bonus treats is during the intermission the singers came back stage for a live interview.  It is so interesting to watch them shed the character they are portraying and just become ordinary people talking about their families and their craft.

One of our first dates was sitting in a park and watching opera accompanied by a piano.  Music has always been an important part of our family’s life. I am so thankful that I have been able to share so many magnificent musical moments with Dom and our family.

If you get a chance go see this performance.   A lot of theaters will repeat this broadcast on Wednesday evening.

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52 WEEKS OF THANKFULNESS – WEEK 37

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BE THE CHANGE YOU WANT TO SEE IN THE WORLD.

I invite you to come and join me on this pilgrimage to change the world through thankfulness.  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.

lauren

This past weekend found Dom and I celebrating the marriage of a wonderful young couple.  We have known Lauren since she was a young girl and it is with a heart filled with thankfulness that we watched her marry Chris the love of her life.  I always feel so thankful to be invited to witness the start of a couple’s life together because the occasion is always marked with so much love and hopefulness and gratitude from the couple for having found each other.

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52 WEEKS OF THANKFULNESS – WEEK 36

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BE THE CHANGE YOU WANT TO SEE IN THE WORLD.

I invite you to come and join me on this pilgrimage to change the world through thankfulness.  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.

dom

I met Dom when he was 21.  Yesterday was his 70th birthday.  I am very, very thankful to have spent 49 years and celebrated 49 birthdays with this irresistible, generous, funny man.

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52 WEEKS OF THANKFULNESS – WEEK 35

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BE THE CHANGE YOU WANT TO SEE IN THE WORLD.

I invite you to come and join me on this pilgrimage to change the world through thankfulness.  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.

silver-birches

I could not help but to be thankful on Sunday morning.  I went out for a walk and it was already so warm all I needed was a long sleeved shirt.  The walk started out overcast and then suddenly from behind a cloud the sun showed it face and turned the silver birches from dull grey to a ethereal white.  The birds were so happy to see the sun that they called out to each other and seemed to be saying it is nest building time.  Sometimes it is so easy to be thankful to be alive.

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