Past generations have been exposed to the atrocities of war, famine, destruction, plagues, segregation, and more. And despite, and in spite of all that, they rose like phoenixes from the ashes.
Our present generation has been crippled before — Ebola and Y2K; oil spills, market crashes, and September 11th; earthquakes, tsunamis, fires, floods, and more — and more!
There’s a lot more that has happened in some geographical location or other on our beloved planet. And look at that, the world has survived somehow.
But today, not until this year has something of this magnitude as the coronavirus ever happened…
I used to cringe at the mention of middle age, thinking of it as a synonym for the turning point ushering in death. In that frame of mind, I tried hard to hold on to the part of me that venerated the younger me.
Did you do some cringing too?
For me, my eyes were set on my parents.
I used to cringe thinking about how my parents behaved too old. There they were, full-grown adults and they spent too much time staying indoors.
I’d see them mulling over what events to go to and I’d think — go to…
For sure, now that we’ve experienced a couple of sunrises in the New Year, we get to reflect. Good riddance, we say to that old year, and we reach up and pull down a prayer that we never see the likes of it ever again. Amiright?
We don’t want a repeat of that old thing, but we are grateful for the many lessons. And I know you know what I mean — hindsight is a valuable resource.
If you’re here reading these words, that’s because you and I are right where we’re meant to be. …
Five days in — so glad you’re here, friends.
Presently, planet earth is spinning at a rate of roughly 930 miles an hour. Simultaneously, it’s orbiting the sun at 66,486 miles an hour. And, as it orbits, it’s also rotating — once in 24 hours at unprecedented speed. The only thing though, you cannot get off. So buckle up and enjoy the year-long ride.
Make sure your attitude is in tiptop shape and discard all self-destructive devices like negativity and discouragement. We will not need those this year.
Should worry sneak in, reach for a prayer, activate your faith in your higher power, and please don’t forget to smile with the other passengers. It’s bound to be a fantastic year. Find a way to believe this.
Coffee is about to be served. Drink without fear of spillage. Happy New Year.
if they’d known ’twas you
would they’ve treated you better
would they have made room
for a traveler ’n his wife —
oh, li’l boy in a manger
Similar stories that celebrate the season.
May there be peace, love, thankfulness, and hope in your silent celebrations.
“God bless us every one!
said Tiny Tim, the last of all.”
~ Charles Dickens
Selma is an enthusiast — of life, friendship…
Distracted, I walked the city streets
to bask in its hustle and bustle
when a butterfly flew by to alert me
of dandy jazz dancers lined on the concrete wall
Their yellow heads fluttered rhythmically
with every step of the passersby
I gazed with glee at their dance moves —
sunned, primed, yet still undiscovered
Aware that I had found the jewels
amongst crowds of weekend shoppers,
I tucked the image into my mind’s pocket
and promptly brought home my precious find
Now when I lie upon my day couch to think of things that make me happy I unwrap…
Where there lingers hate, disharmony, suffering, and distress
may there ensue — hope, peace, love, and thankfulness
for light arrives into your pursuits
when you invite these to dwell there too.
Kids definition of advent:
the arrival or coming of something
Source: “Advent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Advent. Accessed 10 Dec. 2020.
2020 — Year of extremes. Worst of the worst; the best of the worst. But it’s coming to an end. Let’s celebrate by putting a bow of hope…
My friend, Pam Grout, who I told you about before, writes stories that speak to my heart. She and I share a belief in miracles; about how children are our best teachers, and a few other values. I can never get enough from her great stories.
Today I opened the email she shared, and that story had me nodding for the greater part of the day.
She mentioned a mother on Twitter sharing a story that she just had to share with her readers. Cool.
After darkness is worn
and transfers to the light of morn
diligent watchman, salty Shore
is keeping score
Mother Earth raises her head
to salute watchman Shore and Father Sun
but gasps with dread
at her glaciers almost gone
So Earth cries day and night
and Sun hurriedly wipes her tears away
In the dimming of the light
he promises to find a way
But the way — it needs roots
attached to human hearts and brains
for without one or the other
it would all be in vain
I cannot get Desiree Driesenaar’s article out of my mind; you…
Shun me no more, please
I protect eyes, skin, and bones
Let’s get intimate
You and I, remember I’m
Not just for decoration
Powerful disease-fighting plant
Provides antioxidant benefits you want
Protects against chronic diseases — such gallant enchant!
A-Vitamin, plus C and K in similar measures
Rich in nutritional value that’s no palling pleasure
Surely you’ve seen parsley around — this eating treasure
Leaves are French-curly or Italian-flat. But are you aware of its mission?
Lowers your risk of colon cancer, diabetes, ‘n heart disease
Lutein in parsley helps protect your eyes and promote healthy vision
Everyone should partake…