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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…

Photo Friday: Chicago

Last weekend, I attended Chicago Writes Conference.  My good and gracious friend, Geri loaned me her apartment.  Here’s a couple of photos I took walking to and from the CWC. A private park where employees can take a break.  I took the photo on Saturday morning.  I wonder how many people take their eyes off their keyboard long enough to enjoy this beautiful perk. This is the view as I crossed the street, near Millennium Park.   I love Chicago.  I added a Twitter Sticker, just to show you how my heart danced. Fun! Don’t forget to stop my Pierced…

Gratitude Monday: Exhausted and Revitalized

Here I am, the day after a weekend at CWC2016.  What a wonderful writers conference.  I met such good people, and I learned some valuable new tools.  Plus, I learned that I already know a lot, and I have a lot to share.  That is so affirming! Look, I’m dancing on a bus, thanks to the Twitter stickers I discovered this weekend.  I know.  I am so easily tickled. Forgive me, if I focus on some of those things, this bright, sunny Monday morning where all things seem possible. And in no particular order: A Loved-One who knows that a…

Gratitude Monday: Thanksgiving

 One day to concentrate on gratitude.  Today, I heard that gratitude can actually make you healthier.  Keeping a daily journal of the things that make us give thanks can actually reduce inflammation, lower blood pressure, etc.  (More on that tomorrow.) For today, here are some of the things that bring me gratitude.  Snow. Yes, we got over a foot of really wet, heavy stuff.  It’s so pretty.  Now leaves fall on top of the snow, imprinting the white with a collage of color.  A still strong body. My shoulders got tight, and my neck’s a little stiff, but I shoveled.…

Gratitude Monday: Family Fun and Then Some

I missed my Gratitude post last week.  Why?  Because I was very busy with some people who are top on my gratitude list:  Family. An annual Halloween Party followed by Wheels (a sixteen year old friend of Miss E) posting “Only 364 days until the next party.” What could be a better endorsement than that? Mom came to visit. Just three days, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday.  I so love her company. My older sister Deanna, came along with Mom.  The two had planned a longer trip to visit my Uncle Ken.  His loss turned out to be my gain.  With a very…

Gratitude Monday: The Blessings of Too Much

I’m still on a “high” for the Chicago Writes Conference this past weekend. I’m invigorated by the little things people said. Like “late bloomer” tweetthis] author Eric Charles May, who said, no one says ‘how are you going to make money gardening?’ when gardening is what you love to do. If you love to write, write. [/tweetthis] Thank you Eric Charles May. And Laurie Scheer, who said she thought she could get five queries out a day, and she found she was lucky if she got five a week out. I feel so much better.  Laurie also said, the media is hungry…

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