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Ten Things of Thankful – April 9 2021

Happy Friday and TTOT day! I found my graphic for National Poetry Month. I has saved it and couldn’t figure out where and there is was in a special folder for April. Duh… Let’s see what’s on the thankful meter…

  1. I found said graphic. Isn’t it pretty. This month is all things poetry. It’s been busy already, but I always look forward to it.
  2. The say to not stare at the sun because it can mess up your vision. After the good news I could not share, I looked at the shadows, the clouds and saw some glimmers of silvers linings which showed me that, a too bright sun can shine the light but you have to pay attention to the clouds. That’s the silver linings part, the clouds showed me that the news I could not and still cannot share was not to be and I am thankful that I was able to make a choice about the decision.
  3. The Poets Coffee Table Talk turned out beautiful. It was well attended and the sharing, the poetry, the important messages about social justice all came together to what I think is an increased awareness.
Susi Bocks shared about her anthology and some of us read contributions.

4. Heart Beats is published and there are two poetry readings on Saturday. These will be by contributors to the anthology. I am thankful how this is all coming together and I am excited to bring all this talent together under one virtual roof. And I am grateful for all the poets for their contributions. Here are the links if interested.

Poetry Reading by Contributors to Heart Beats – Anthology of Poetry

Saturday, Apr 10, 2021, 10:00 AM

Online event

6 Poetry Lovers Attending

Heart Beats Anthology of Poetry was published in March 2021 This is an opportunity for contributors to share their poetry and celebrate the publishing of this book of poetry.

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Poetry Reading by Contributors to Heart Beats Anthology of Poetry

Saturday, Apr 10, 2021, 7:00 PM

Online event

4 Poetry Lovers Attending

We want to celebrate the publishing of Heart Beats Anthology of Poetry. Come celebrate with us as the contributors read their beautiful contributions to this anthology.

Check out this Meetup →

5. I had my annual physical and my numbers were pretty decent. A couple of tweaks needed, but over all, it is not bad. And I have shot number two out of the way. I have a lot of tiredness from it and soon this will pass.

6. The collaboration is coming along nicely.

7. I have been reading a lot of poetry and doing reviews. How would that not be a huge thankful?!!

8. I have contracted again this year for judging a competition. I am grateful for this opportunity.

9. I am grateful I don’t have to go out in the pollen. Not everybody has this choice and I pray for them to be able to manage each day.

10. YOU! What’s your thankful? Please do share either in comments or by posting a blog post. We love to hear good news. Bernie is all ears!!


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Ten Things of Thankful – April 2 2021

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Happy Friday and TTOT Day! Let’s get hopping!

  1. National Poetry Month! Of course, this gets top billing on my thankfuls! This is one of my favorite months. Every day I write a poem to a prompt and I also write a private poem. The short poems I share and the private poem is saved for possible publishing. I am grateful for this month of focus. It amazes me how much good comes from it all.
  2. Daughter has been helping me with creating special cards for a secret project. She is such a huge help with these things.
  3. Vaccine shot #2 happened on Tuesday. I am grateful for vaccines and grateful for each day closer to getting past the effects of the shot (hey I have to frame it as a pozzie, right).
  4. Grateful for great news I can’t share. Just trust it is super thankfully awesome!
  5. Grateful that the anthology is up and running and the participants are going to read their contributions on April 10.
  6. Thankful for Good Friday and Easter Sunday for the representation of love and light. It is a reminder of how we are all lights for love in this world.
  7. Thankful that my friend tested negative for COVID.
  8. Thankful for so many wonderful books to read and enjoy.
  9. Thankful for coffee and probably those close to me are also thankful I have coffee.
  10. YOU! What do you feel gratitudes for? You can share here or post a post. And you can even share it by clicking on the blue box. Peeker the chickie wants to know!
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Ten Things of Thankful – March 26 2021

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It’s TTOT time, so let’s hop to it!

  1. Groceries. I was reading about people going to the store and finding empty shelves. I am grateful I don’t encounter this at the store. And I pray that folks soon have loaded shelves, again.
  2. Palm Sunday where I remember a story of looking at the palm of your hand and counting each finger with a statement of what you are grateful for.
  3. Books. I received a book today which was written by a long time ago friend, who may not even remember me, but it is a book called “Let Him Lead You” and I think it sounds like a good one to read.
  4. As so much of what I do is in the book world, I am grateful that I can sometimes listen to books so my eyes can rest. Now, if I could figure out how to make it more than 15 minutes into the book before I fall asleep. I wake up to a notification saying that I have finished the book and please review. I have to go back to where I last remember hearing the book. I can’t tell you how many times I have repeating fake finished a book. Bonus is that it helps with insomnia, so that’s another thankful.
  5. what I said up there in #4
  6. Easter cards suddenly were needed and I found a site where I found a nice picture to use and daughter has them ready to mail. Thankful for free pics and a daughter who is willing to create the pretties.
  7. Sometimes my world seems small, then I see that there are almost 50 people who have contributed to the anthology and I realize how big my world spans. I am grateful for the reach of this world, largely made possible with the internet.
  8. I just sent that there anthology to the last step, so it should be ready very soon. YAY!
  9. Daughter has a good friend who is sincere. That is a great big thankful!
  10. YOU! What have you found in this week of thankfuls? Jackie is all ears!
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Ten Things of Thankful – March 19 2021

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Happy Friday and TTOT day! Let’s hop to it!

  1. The cardinal picture is reminiscent of my nephews Keith and Michael. Keith’s Heavenly Birthday was February 28 and Michael’s is today. Happy Birthday in Heaven to my nephews. They were both Saint Louis Cardinals fans. So, the cardinal has a double meaning, that of the reminder that when we see a cardinal it represents those we have lost and the other meaning is their fandom. I am grateful for the belief in the possibilities of visitors from the other side of the veil.
  2. The anthology “Heart Beats” is in the final proofing stage and I am just stalking my mailbox for the proof copy. I am grateful to have been involved in this project.
  3. Garden of Neuro has been an affirming experience for me. I recently posted the interview with Nanci Arvizu.
  4. Writing buddies. My good friend, sister from another mister, Chanah and I are back to doing virtual writing. We started this a good while ago on a live meeting basis, then we switched to virtual before virtual was cool and so when could have Sonia involved from long distance, and then we were meeting in person at home and incorporating lunch, and now we got back to virtual. I love doing this. It requires the discipline of focusing on your writing and not getting sidetracked by other things and we can bounce ideas off each other.
  5. Daughter and I started the Sketchbook Revival yesterday. It is a lot of fun. It is free and we created some fun pictures. The important thing is not to worry about perfection and just have fun. I am grateful for this option. And that my daughter is my buddy for these projects.
  6. Sunday is World Poetry Day and I am grateful that Green Cat Books, of which I have interviewed some of their poets, is going to be doing a poetry reading. Green Cat Books is from the UK, hence World Poetry Day. Want to be in the audience? Go HERE to sign up.
  7. Enthusiasm. I love it when people are enthusiastic. It raises my energies to be around others with positive points of view. I hope I am that person and am grateful for the energies of enthusiasm.
  8. The power of prayer. I have an unspoken prayer request for a dear friend and I know that putting this here will generate more prayers.
  9. Collaboration with my niece. I am having so much fun collaborating with my niece who is also my cover artist.
  10. YOU! What is in your gratitude bank? Bernie the Beaver wants to know.
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Ten Things of Thankful – March 12 2021

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Happy Friday and TTOT time! Let’s hop to it!

Saint Patrick’s Day is coming up so I took the liberty to use a picture to depict this day! What do you do for Saint Patrick’s Day? My dear, late sister would have a green dinner, with mostly green foods. It was always tasty and fun.

Time for some thanks!

  1. There is a coffee cake in the oven and bacon is ready and coffee brewed.
  2. I meet the most interesting people when interviewing for my podcast.
  3. Tax changes which help my unemployed friends and others.
  4. Stimulus help for folks is on its way soon.
  5. More vaccines may be coming soon.
  6. People are still wearing masks, THANK YOU!
  7. Goodberries and that they have sugar free options and fresh berries.
  8. The fish market has real, fresh fish.
  9. That we can have all the foodies treats mentioned.
  10. YOU – What are you thankful for this week? You can comment or do a post. Your hope becomes our hope. Burt the Bull wants to know!
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