Tag Archives: gratitude

My 300th Post: 2013 Highlights

I’m still adjusting to the idea that the year begins in January and ends in December. After being either in the classroom as a teacher, or having kids in school, it seemed for the longest time the year began in … Continue reading

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Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award!

 My blog and now face-to-face friend Dawn of Tales of the Motherland, http://talesfromthemotherland.me/, gave me the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award and it’s my turn to pay it forward. I’ve been granted a few other awards from other bloggers … Continue reading

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Grandparent Diary: 4 Years!

Today our eldest grandson turns 4. We had just sat down to watch a performance of Measure for Measure at a professional theater about 20 minutes from our house. I was checking my phone one last time before silencing it, … Continue reading

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Valentine’s Musings: Skiing Then & Now

Valentine’s Day, 1982. I’d bought my soon-to-be fiancé cross country skis and we were headed to a little inn in New Hampshire for the weekend. He wanted to get engaged on Valentine’s Day because it was his parent’s wedding anniversary. … Continue reading

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WordPress Weekly Challenge: HOME

I pull the knobs on the Formica desktop that’s part of a built- in dresser and bookshelf. It’s where I used to do my homework.  Remnants of my childhood surround me—photos, books, souvenirs, and other assorted memorabilia. I’m in my … Continue reading

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A Third Birthday & A Haircut: Upsherin!

Today is our eldest grandson’s third birthday. I remember when he was born three years ago; we’d just sat down in a local theater to see a Shakespeare play. I was about to turn off my phone and noticed I’d … Continue reading

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Bye, Bye Pink Cupcake, Hello…

My voice quivered a bit as I placed the order. An 8- inch round, white layer cake, fudge frosting, and lots of purple flowers. Rhonda, one of the Pink Cupcake proprietors, understood.  They’ve been baking and delivering birthday cakes to students … Continue reading

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Passing the Gravy Gavel: Old & New Thanksgiving Traditions

“I made my cranberry sauce,” my mother said in a recent telephone conversation. “I’m glad I’m not making Thanksgiving.”  Someone rushing out of the bank had pushed her down, aggravating her arthritis.  This is the first time in decades that … Continue reading

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Hurricane Sandy & Election 2012: We’re in this together.”

Melissa, my Monday yoga instructor, likes to start by surveying the class: she asks us to share our names and mention any injuries or requests.   This week, the second day the YMCA was open since Hurricane Sandy, she added: “tell … Continue reading

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Gratitude: The “Look” Challenge, Hurricane Sandy

It’s National Novel Writing Month, a 30-day, 50,000- word, novel writing challenge. I’m not participating but Tangerine Tango  contributor Dawn Landau is.  Not only is she writing with abandon dawn to dusk, she tagged me in the blog game called … Continue reading

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