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Ten Things of Thankful February 19 2022

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It’s TTOT time! Let’s jump to it!

  1. Deals on graphics programs. I love it when it all just comes together when my budget matches my purchase.
  2. Sweet Dreams. When I have them, it is a celebration and I sure had sweet dreams a couple nights.
  3. Seeing sunshine and feeling warmth. Spring can spring anytime it wants.
  4. Coffee breaks with real people. Using caution, it is now possible. Baby steps.
  5. Events to come. We have one event coming up to show appreciation, a dedication:

6. The other event to come is the Book Launch for Zaneta Varnado Johns “After the Rainbow: Golden Poems.”

7. I am most grateful for the volunteerism and the devotion for both of these events. When you put the call out there and you get chill bumps from the supporters, well that’s a triple coated ice cream cone with sprinkles and nuts of thankfuls.

8. We had a nice celebration of daughter’s birthday. She always likes those Pepperridge Farms cakes, so that makes it easy. It’s a throwback to her younger years when they were used to celebrate during a very busy life. I think she was pleased with her birthday goodies. She always gets something she wanted for Christmas as we look at those end of year deals for her birthday. She was surprised, however, and that made it even better.

9. Getting through January. It’s a month of highs and lows, mostly lows and I got through it.

10. YOU! It’s good to see you! What’s you thankful? Put them in comments or join us!

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Ten Things of Thankful – June 4 2021

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Good Morning and happy Friday and happy June!! Let’s get started.

  1. I like this sky picture because it is beautiful with the various colors and designs, just like people, we are all different, but look whatever a majestic presence we represent. I am thankful for this and that all people have a place in the grand scheme of things.
  2. I like the rain, despite it cutting into play time at the pool, it is watering the many gardens of life and while it’s coming down, we can take the time to do other things and be creative.
  3. It’s June, which – like the last couple of months – is getting a new name “Majun” I am wondering if the rest of the year will be like this. I do like cooler weather, so I won’t complain.
  4. Berries – they are sweeter and I love it!
  5. I am in this book which is from the Triangle Association of Freelancers. It’s essays and poetry about books which have made a difference in our lives. I am happy to be among those accepted for this book.

6. It is First Friday and it is usually when the artists and musicians and foodies celebrate in and outdoors in Raleigh and many of the venues for art are free to enjoy. We have gone several times and particularly enjoy the variety of art and seeing artists in their studios. If the weather is decent, you will likely see dancing in the streets by performing groups, perhaps a drum formation and whatever is ever whatever on the agenda.

7. I have been doing some videos with David Martin, Founder and Chief Editor of Fine Lines. These are fun to do and I always learn something new. Summer Camp is coming up, too. Here’s the last video we did about journaling:

8. Summer Camp is coming soon! I hope to see you there.

9. I saved the best for last: Daughter appears to be moving a little bit better. Baby steps, but I think that PT is helping. It’s a slow process, but eventually she will be back to her old, feisty self.

10. YOU! What’s up with your life? I saw some geese and their babies walking alongside the road the other day and they were adorable. How can we not smile at nature’s new offspring! Please do share your thankfuls.

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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. https://www.amazon.com/dp/1736562002

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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. https://www.amazon.com/dp/1736562002

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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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P.S. IF you want to see about Heart Beats Anthology of Poetry you can go here: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1736562002


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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