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Pause, Breathe, and Take Stock #5

Oh my, the day sped by today.  I’m busy cooking a roast with rice for supper as I begin this post.  Usually, I’m begin right after my Monday morning phone call to Mom.  Of course, she’s one of the blessings that I count every single day, not just on Monday.  How lucky I am to have such a wise a wonderful woman in my life.  And I grew up with her as my guide.  And guess what?  She likes me, too. Here are a few more things, in no particular order, for which I give thanks and gratitude: The first…

Pause, Breathe, and Take Stock #4

It’s Monday again. A special Monday.  The Monday after a long Thanksgiving weekend. The Monday after dinner with family, a Friday of candy-making with lovely women, a Saturday Christmas outing with the kids and grandkids, and a Sunday breakfast with my sister Julie and her husband Randy.  I am blessed by having so many people I love near me this long weekend.   Here are a few more things, in no particular order that bring me joy and create gratitude in my heart: A gift from a former colleague found abandoned in a drawer.  It’s a beautiful pen from my…

Pause, Breathe, and Take Stock #3

Here's what the street looked like as the light festival began.
Here’s what the street looked like as the light festival began.

Last year around this time,

 I hate the cold. And I’m not much into celebrating Christmas before Thanksgiving.  We had such a good time.  Just the two of us.  It reminded me how easily CoCo disappears when the whole family gets together.  Heated political conversation; spirited memory exchanges, tongue-in-cheek jokes, all leave her in their wake.

So, this year, amid more grumbling, the two of us headed to the city once more.  Yes, it was indeed cold.  And yes, it was very windy.  Hot chocolate in one hand and a bag of Garetts popcorn in the other, and we made our way through the crowd, around Trump tower, and into a great viewing site right across from the Marriott.  Maybe next year we’ll invite a few more people and get a room facing the parade!  But then again, we’ll be beyond the two of us, which might spoil our tradition.

CoCo often goads me into doing something I really don’t want to do.  I am so thankful that she does.

In no particular order, here’s the a few of the things that make me realize how abundant my life truly is:

Pause, Breathe, and Take Stock #2

Yes, I’ve been down in the dumps about the Presidential election outcome.  And don’t forget Leonard Cohen’s death.  Oh my! It seems so long ago that the Cubs won the World Series.

Never before have I cried after an election.  Not so much that Trump is our President Elect, although, make no mistake, that does make me unhappy.  I am sad that a hard-working candidate, who dedicated her life to my country failed.

I am saddest that the maps show that our country is divided, in thought, and perhaps in deed, between what the rural communities want from national government, and what the urban communities think we need.


 The after math of the election should teach both sides to listen.  Really listen.  I am thankful for the media statistics that point this out in great clarity.

Here are a few other things that give me reasons for gratitude:

  • safety-pin-1The Safety Pin Movement: a way to silently convey support for marginalized groups who may feel unsafe. Simply don a safety pin to show that they are offering a “safe” place.
  • A kindle giveaway winner.  @dreamaccomplished won the tweet for A BOOK OF PEARL a gentle story of love and home. Happy reading.
  • The One Million Woman March and a good friend who invited me to go along with her and someone who wants to go with me.
  • Scrivener software for writing my next novel.  my friend Dina told me about it.  If you are interested in becoming more efficient, I invite you to visit Dina.  She’s a whiz at outsourcing and gaining time for what you love to do most.
  • A successful first library book discussion and signing.
  • SWARM THEORY by Christine Rice.  Love, love, love this book set in the fictional town of New Canaan, Michigan.  I know it’s fiction, and at the same time, the story seems like it could take place in the town where I grew up. Such beautiful descriptions of the way people look and move and think.  No wonder it’s on the short list for CWA’s 2016 Book Awards.  Gook luck, Christine!

Pause, Breathe, and Take Stock

It’s another Gratitude Monday.  Of course, the Cubs win, The World Series, 108 years of Billy Goat curse laid to rest, of course that’s top on my list.  Oh so much fun, it’s difficult to wait until next season.  I went to Michigan to visit Mom last week, and made a Cubs convert of her.  (Maybe only for the 2016 post-season, but a convert nonetheless.)  Loved-One, a life long fan, read me excerpts from the paper: “And on the 39,466th day, God smiled and said, “Oh, what the hell.”” (Rick Morrissey) I wipe tears from his eyes.  My eyes leaked a…

Abundant Monday: Halloween

cubs-win-3This is the week that the CUBs, in a nail-biter game, kept hope alive for so many fans.  Me included.  So, for the first time in my history, I put October baseball at the top of my list.  #GoCubsGo!

Another Monday, another day to take stock of the little and big things that make my life abundant.

Party Platform: Three Ring Circus.


Just in care you missed, the beginning of this series of posts starts with my preamble,

The past few weeks, I dissected the Republican and Democratic Party Platforms.

Just so I can keep everything straight, I put the information into a simple chart, like I would for corporate goals.  This is also the way CoCo’s Individual Education Plans got laid out, too.  Pretty easy to understand; I think:  We will______________ by_____________ so that______________ happens.  I added a column for how the action will be financed, too.  Sadly that’s pretty empty.

You can find my other installments here:

Installment #1:  It’s all about the Jobs and the Economy

Installment #2:  The Democrats and Principled Centered Leadership

Installment #3:  The Republicans and the Constitution

Installment #4:  The Democrats and Bringing Americans Together

Installment#5:  Health, Education, and Safety

Installment #6:  The Environment

Should we encourage the uniformed vote?

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