Serving Gratitude

May the gratitude in my heart Kiss all the universe. ~ Hafiz “No one is as capable of gratitude as one who has emerged from the kingdom of night.” ~Elie Wiesel “There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is […]


“Why you be so pi’iful” Gracie, 4 years old As I was working my way through dressing this morning, I was worrying about Facetime. I know I will see all of my family today via electronics. Am I presentable? Suddenly, I found myself crying. I don’t want my grandchildren to think I’m pitiful. In the […]


As always, my feelings seem intensified on a holiday. My heart is filled with many emotions. A chunk of it feels broken and bruised, holding place for my sister and her family as my nephew struggles for his life. A raw spot chafes from the loss of our friends’ child who died this year. And […]

Thanksgiving Thoughts

Maybe gratitude has nothing to do with joy. Maybe being grateful means recognizing what you have for what it is. Appreciating small victories. Admiring the struggle it takes simply to be human. Meredith Grey Thanksgiving brings out my feelings of gratitude. Through the years my Thanksgiving posts express the joy I feel in my life. […]

Let’s Serve Gratitude

What is Thanksgiving but a day of gratitude? When I begin to make a list of good things my mind flies to all corners of my life. Too much to list. And so, just for today… I’m grateful for the privilege of choices, everything from how and where to live my life to choosing the […]

Giving Thanks

I’m thankful for you. Even when you aren’t with me, you are an intregal part of my life. You are ensconced in each day as an ever-present cloud of comfort, lingering in my heart to pop forward with a memory, a phone call, a plan. Isn’t it funny? That you can do so much whether […]


So many vignettes pass through my mind of holidays past. I remember walking in the door my first time visiting my future husband’s HUGE family.  In my graceless moment of shyness and confusion, I couldn’t distinguish the ones I had met before from those I had never seen.  I stammered, stayed silent, and clung tenaciously […]

I’m thankful for…

Dear Children: What a lovely life I have.  I never had this expectation: of you, your partners and your children.  When you were young, I was busy wondering what to do and how to do it.  Then as you grew older, I watched in fascination and delight as your lives unfolded. There have been some bad times when […]

Bookmarking My Life

I bookmark wonderful memories.  At will I call forth a slide show of perfect moments that cycle through my mind’s eye.  They flash so quickly that one photo is still struggling to come into clear focus when the next is embedding itself on the screen.  The pleasure centers in my body sparkle with the visuals […]

A Mother’s Wish

I am my co-dependent self today.  Maybe I should go to a meeting and right myself. Because my children are gathering home I am a bundle of undeserved nerves.  What am I worrying about?  Why should I worry about it?  What will my worry solve. Okay, I know all that. But it’s been many years […]