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Pause,Breathe, and Take Stock 2017-25

This is where I grew up.  This is where I am. This is reason enough to pause and count my blessings.  It’s not that I grew up with a lot.  I didn’t.  Well, wait a minute.  Yes, I did.  I grew up with a lot of siblings.  I grew up with a lot of space.  I grew up with a lot of responsibility.  I grew up with a lot of stimulation. And, I grew up with a lot of encouragement. All that other STUFF is highly over-rated.  I’m back on my home turf feeling relaxed,  and loved, and with plenty of…

Pause, Breathe, and Take Stock: 2017-24

Fireworks with family on Friday and a lovely weekend with Loved-One, Miss G and Miss K in Chicago.  I’m a lucky woman.  I love this picture I took in the South Loop.  New springing up behind old, people and cars bustling, and of course signs reminding us to mind our manners.   Here are a few more things, in no particular order, that make me say ahhhh…life is good. Character profiles that sit down beside me on the L train and beg to be written into my next book. Fresh strawberries with fine whiskers standing at attention. Chocolate French toast…

Pause, Breathe, and Take Stock:  2017-21

There’s good enough reason to Pause, Breathe, and Take Stock this week.  What a busy month June is stacking up to be.  So much discord is happening around the world, it seems like anything that bothers my personal being is mundane.  Besides physical threats, violence, racism, and terrorism there’s the wellbeing threats: Christian immigrants in Detroit fearing deportation to a hostile land, people worrying about having enough food, and people who can’t afford healthcare.  And then this morning, I find that a house blew up in a neighboring town, damaging 50 other homes, and leaving many homeless.  On top of…

Pause,  Breathe, and Take Stock – 2017-16

“Ask and you shall receive.”  That’s only part of the story for me.  so many times I’m just rolling along, not even thinking about wanting more and ShaBam, I’m on the receiving end of wonderful things.  Okay, yes, sometimes I’m asking. This weekend, I had the honor of making my nieces wedding cake.  Yes, of course I was nervous.  Grandchildren are pretty open-minded.  If a cake looks something close to a dinosaur or a volcano, or even Bible Man, a child jumps for joy.  Brides?  Maybe she would be a little pickier.  Jana loved it!  I did work myself into…

1,000 Words Worth 2017-15

Each Friday,  To find out more click here. My commute via Chicago’s Green-Line L train inspired this post, “Scenes from the train.”   Eleanor slipped through the doors just as the robotic voice announce, “Doors are closing.”  She looked around for a place to sit in the packed train car.  Not near someone over-cologned; not near the man-spread, not near that lady with a cat in her baby carriage. She found just the right nesting spot: between the professional-looking man in his mid-twenties, and the mildly obese woman in a suede jacket.  Definitely a student. Seven stops.  That’s all.  Eleanor…

Pause, Breathe, and Take Stock 2017-8

This weekend truly gave me an opportunity to re-set emotionally.  I got away from the news, spent some quality time with Loved-One, in one of my favorite places, Chicago, and answered an unexpected invitation to connect with a nephew.  All good for me.  All a welcomed distraction and relief.  Thanks to a little re-set, the my list of gratitudes comes easily and reminds me of the abundance in my life.  A very sunshiny and WARM weekend.  I even saw someone laying on a blanket in her front yard. Long walks with Love-One. It’s about time we both started moving more.…

Gratitude Monday: Fall and the City

Mr. B turned 18 this month.  We gave him a choice of birthday presents:  1) cash; 2) shopping with G-Mom; 3) dinner a day at Open House Chicago.  He picked a day with us in Chicago.  I tried to imagine how I’d react if my grandmother offered me a day with her in Chicago.  Oh yeah, Grandma was pretty cool for a grandma.  Still, I feel really blessed that Mr. B chose us, and Chicago, as a birthday present. Here’s a few more things on my gratitude list this week: Fall colors in full swing.  I began to think about fall…

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