Now What?


Throughout this entire, long, drawn-out, nasty campaign for the Presidency of the United States I have kept opinions to myself. I would not engage in ANY political discussions with anyone: family, friend, coworker or stranger in line at the grocery store. I even kept my mouth shut watching the third presidential debate with my husband beside me on the couch, knowing we were each biting our individual tongues so as not to insult each other — you could say our political leanings differ.

My belief has always been that the decisions we make in the voting booths are ours to use as we see fit. We all do our homework, or not, on the issues and candidates from local, to state, to federal levels of government and then cast our votes accordingly. And although we may do the intellectual homework, I believe when it comes down to the actual flipping of the lever or filling in the bubble sheet, we actually vote from an emotional perspective including those who say they “vote for the most qualified candidates regardless of party affiliation.” It’s all emotional.

We have beliefs and thoughts we hold dear to our hearts, grounded in our life experiences, good, bad or otherwise. The day before the election I re-posted the meme below, and although this morning I am having a tremendously difficult time not being despondent, I’ve decided to revive my daily gratitude blog. My hope is that by acknowledging the day-to-day things for which I am grateful, I will find my way through the next four years with grace, understanding and respect for beliefs, decisions, and opinions that are different that my own.

My “thank you” today is for this platform on which I can share my words and hope that readers will find what they need here.

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Peel-a-PaLooza


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15 pounds of carrots, done!

Every year for more than a few, the evening before Thanksgiving some of us girls gather for a gab-fest, glass of wine, and listening to the Sound of Music soundtrack.  Our purpose for getting together is to peel the vegetables for Thanksgiving dinner.  How many  pounds of potatoes and carrots are peeled depends entirely on how many people are expected.  How much wine we drink while peeling….depends entirely on how much we have to talk about; or as it turns out tonight, how tired we are–we didn’t drink tonight for fear of falling asleep while peeling!

This year, one of the bigger in recent years, there will be thirty people for dinner.  For the most part everyone at the table is somehow related to one and other; if not by blood, by the fact that for the past twenty-five years the dining table at Linden Street, is where Thanksgiving happens.   Sue and Paul are lovely and brilliant hosts.  Conversation is lively and engaging, and there is at least one full dessert for each person who has a seat.

As the blessing is said, we’re reminded of the sorrows, joys, challenges and successes of the previous year.  This year there is so much to be grateful for and it is difficult to pick just one.  So, I’ll pick two that I know as a family we are grateful for this year!!  Liam and Lilyanna!

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Liam makes great “strides” in school!
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Sandra and AJ welcome Lily to the family!

Eight Years Ago, Today


This might be one of the easiest blog posts I’ve done over the 115 days I’ve been posting.  Today is my wedding anniversary.  I got married eight years ago, I was 42 years old (yes, that makes me 50 this year).

We shared our wedding day with everyone in this picture.  More than just that one day, I can honestly say that many if not all, of these people, have in some way played a role in the life Steve and I have created as a married couple.  For their love on the day we married and the support they’ve shown us for the past 2,920 days, THANK YOU!

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I Have Confidence In Me!


Are you good at what you do?  How do you know?  Where does your confidence come from?  Does it build  over time or does it come from that one amazing time that everything went right for you?  The prompt at the Daily Post today is:  I Have Confidence In Me.confidence

The first thing in my head, of course, is the Sound of Music song that Julie Andrews‘ Maria, sings as she heads toward her first meeting of the Von Trapp family.  Swinging a suitcase in one hand and guitar in the other, her confidence builds as she gets closer to her destination. Her voice gets stronger with each skipping step propelling her higher into the air as if she has springs in her shoes.  You can more than feel her commitment to doing her best, you are fully engaged in her belief that she can do anything!kids

I think it’s always been one of my  favorite movie musical songs, and that Julie Andrews sings it is a bonus as far as I’m concerned.  The movie has played on television for years, I have a vhs tape of it, and a dvd.  I’m sure it streams on the interweb somewhere; Netflix, Redbox, Hulu, Amazon.  The movie was first released in 1965 and I was only two years-old, so it’s not likely my first viewing was on the big screen; though maybe someday it will be shown in IMax–that’d be cool!

Back to the “confidence” theme though…when you’re told you’re good at something, it’s my guess that people want to keep doing that thing.  I’ve been told, among other things, that I’m a good leader, a good baker, a good boss, a good friend, a good writer.  So far in my posts I’ve thanked teachers, mentors, friends, and coworkers, for seeing in me, something I’m good at and letting me know.  More than that though, they’ve encouraged me to aspire to be more than “good” at what I do, to pursue excellence in all that I try.

Today, I want to thank those of you who read this blog, who leave comments, ping back, re-blog, tweet, share, or send notes directly to me.  I will continue for another 253 days to make each post my best.  Thanks!

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