30 days of thanks

30 Days of Thanks – Day 23

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USF-logoI am grateful to have graduated from the University of South Florida, over 20 years ago. It was a wonderful experience learning how to live with diverse people.  There was no football team when I was student, so my experience attending college football was as an alumnus.  My husband and I have had season football tickets for several years and it is one of our favorite date night activities.

30 Days of Thanks – Day 22

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Zeke Fall 2013
Zeke, 12-year-old Black Lab and Greyhound mix, enjoying the Florida sunshine.

Our friend Teresa recommended Live Oak Veterinary Hospital when we brought Zeke home. Her Doberman, Gracie, had been a patient there her entire life and loved the staff. For 12 years, they have taken care of our pack and love our pets as much as we do. Thank you Live Oak for being committed to serving your patients with personal, professional and compassionate care.

30 Days of Thanks – Day 21

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creativityI am grateful to everyone around me who has supported me through the life challenges I have faced, recently.  They reminded me to embrace my creative side, as well as my practical, linear side.  This will lead to one of the most exciting things I have done and bring me closer to my passion.  It will require a leap of faith, but I am ready.

30 Days of Thanks – Day 20

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Guest-Blogger
Stop in and leave a note.

When I started this blog I needed an outlet for my feelings.  Not only has the experience been cathartic, it has given me the opportunity to read other bloggers’ thoughts.  But, the unexpected blessing has been the thought-provoking discussions I have had with people all over the world.  Over time, I my readership numbers steadily increased, and I started to find my voice.   Thank you for taking the journey alongside me.

Today is about you.  Whether you focus on books, humor and satire, fashion, or life, please leave a post with your name, the name of your blog and a brief description of it.  This post is a forum to celebrate your blogs and pay it forward.

30 Days of Thanks – Day 19

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christopher motto
The Christophers, Inc. believe that each person has a unique and important purpose in life. Their motto is the ancient Chinese motto: “It’s better to light one candle than to curse the darkness.”

Today I was reminded of the motto of the Christopher Society, as I met to finalize some paperwork. When I thought I had reached a dead end, a good friend made a phone call to start another ball rolling, in a different direction. She did this, not out of some sense of obligation, but because she was a good friend. I am blessed to have MC in my life and look forward to the day I can thank her face-to-face for having my best interest at heart.

As I child I remember watching public service announcements, called “Christopher Closeup” that focused on inclusion, social justice, living a righteous life and being good to one another.   Founded by Father James Keller, a Catholic priest from the Maryknoll order, I was drawn to their commitment to tolerance.  While my beliefs have expanded to include Eastern religions, earth-based and pagan spiritual practices, secular and Catholic rituals, the message of The Christophers, Inc. resonates more each day.

 

 

30 Days of Thanks – Day 18

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No Spam Ever
No Spam Ever

As I mentioned on June 12th and June 25th I am indebted to my Spam Blocker for diligently patrolling my blog to keep it free from undesirable content.  Today I send my thanks to those savvy programmers who write the code to keep up with the ever-growing mountain of cybercrap being flung at every website, in hope that some will stick.  Salute!

30 Days of Thanks – Day 17

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I am thankful to live in a City that embraces spiritual and faith openness and religious tolerance. ALL faiths, or spiritual/non-spiritual paths, are equally important and should be respected, unconditionally.coexist