Friday, November 28, 2008

'At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person.

Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.'
Albert Schweitzer
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Thursday, November 27, 2008

'The expression of praise as thanksgiving, gratitude, and joy is among the most powerful forms of affirmation.' Catherine Ponder

My list of gratitude is enormous. First and foremost, I am grateful for the love of my husband who is my best friend and my joy. For my beautiful daughter and her brilliant Desi. For my health and theirs. For my wonderful friends, old and new, present and online. For the roof over our heads. For the 37th Thanksgiving dinner I will be cooking in my own kitchen today and all of the ones that came before, including the first, when I could not find the dark meat and insisted my turkey came without any. For my husband's office staff who care for him when I cannot. For my daughter's bosses who are kind, brilliant, caring and generous. For the staff that she loves. For the job that she rushes to early and happily each morning. For laughter, for adversity, and the lessons that both offer and help me to grow. For our TempurPedic bed. For happy surprises. For reunions and goodbyes that bring reunions closer again. For my cameras. For this country and the leadership to come. For Mayor Daley even though he isn't my Mayor. For the ability to find gratitude in a lot and a little. For today and hopefully tomorrow. Happy Thanksgiving!
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Friday, November 21, 2008

Thursday, November 20, 2008

'True friendship consists not in the multitude of friends, but in their worth and value.' Ben Jonson

Shoshana (left) our postal delivery person, rang the bell yesterday to say her goodbyes. Apparently the PO meanies (my term) have redistricted the neighborhood and reassigned Shoshana, and the Universe has once again shown us that we are powerless against loss, or change or meanies keeping friends from our doorstep each day. Shoshana and I were kindred spirits from the start. I admired her sense of style and I believe she coveted my coveralls. Not only did she deliver our mail and take letters back to the PO, she sang, she quipped, she left the most thought provoking notes. If someone needed help, she helped, in a myriad of ways. Her megawatt smile lit up her route and these goodbye hugs took place wherever anyone was at home. I 'pity the poor fool' who takes over for Shoshana. I know for certain that happiness will follow her wherever she goes. Job more than well done kiddo. Thanks, and goodbye.
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Wednesday, November 19, 2008