Category Archives: Gratitude

Number 331

Ya know when you’ve been trying to find a home for a while for a beloved essay? “Number 331” was published today on Clerestory for their issue on “What heals?” What a beautiful publication! I’m grateful to be a part … Continue reading

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Surreptitious Joy

I can see the beauty in this late November day. This is progress for me. It is not quite Thanksgiving, it is not Christmas, and, in this moment at least, I am not full of anticipation of either; I am … Continue reading

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Remembering Veterans Today and Always

My grandfather, William H. Hall. Army Private, 1943-46. European African Middle Eastern Theater Campaign Ribbon, WWII Victory Medal.

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Stone Soup and a Happy Heart

      “We shall never go hungry now that we know how to make soup from stones.” ~from a tale of Stone Soup Summer presents the perfect opportunity to make a Stone Soup kind of meal. Stone Soup is … Continue reading

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A Fresh Perspective

We recently had friends from another part of the country visit us. They had never been here before and were amazed at how beautiful it was. I was glad they enjoyed it so much, but I was also a little … Continue reading

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Don’t Start

  “Mrs. Dalloway said she would buy the flowers herself.”        ~from Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf   There’s empowerment in doing things yourself. Last Saturday, I lined up the machines outside the garage. Weed whacker, leaf blower, power … Continue reading

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I had scheduled this day for writing several weeks ago. Little did I know how much I would need it, not just for writing but for resting and processing all that’s transpired on this emotional rollercoaster over the past month. … Continue reading

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The Gift of One Word

“Order brings peace.” ~Saint Augustine Welcome to my office. I don’t know what your standard of tidiness is, but now when I peer into my little nook in the northwest corner of our house, I smile and say ahhh. It brings me … Continue reading

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Limited Visibility

  The north wind doth blow, And we shall have snow ~nursery rhyme We are in the midst of a blizzard. A writer friend of mine who sees the world more poetically than most says she is “snuggled home enjoying … Continue reading

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Zuzu’s Petals

“Whatever you do, just don’t lose heart. Keep on pushing back the dark.” ~Josh Wilson One of our family’s Christmas traditions is watching It’s a Wonderful Life. This black and white film from 1946 tells the tale of George Bailey, a … Continue reading

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