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A Shared Story: Thanksgiving – What Do You Have To Be Thankful For?

Saturday, November 19, 2011 8:20 PM This week is not only about good food, (but it’s high on the list! Ahhh Turkey!) It’s about what we have to be thankful for. (did I mention Turkey?) Take a couple minutes and really think about what you have to be thankful for. Me: 1. I am not as bad off in the health department then the doctors first...Read More

A Shared Story: What I’m Thankful For Today

This is a time for giving thanks. Today I want to give thanks for being able to spend time enjoying my family, pets and home. Yesterday I was not sure if all that was possible.  Yesterday I was awakened at 0230 in the morning to the smell of smoke and someone knocking at my door. I looked out my window to see smoke and flames just behind my ba...Read More

A Shared Story: Thanks for Everything

I am thankful for the things we used to take for granted that would be there as we got older. I am thankful for the roof over my head, food in my cupboards, my job that makes those things possible, the love of friends and family, my health and my two dogs. Life is not perfect, but in light of what others are enduring in this economic crisis, I have...Read More

A Shared Story: Whistle a Happy Time

Old as she was, she still missed her daddy sometimes. ” Gloria Naylor When I see October sunsets sliding through leafless trees each day and late afternoon breezes beginning to whistle up and down neighborhood streets in my South Carolina hometown, I am unable to stop myself from remembering how life used to be when I was young. Smoke is climbing ...Read More

A Shared Story: The Typing Teacher

In 1979, at age 25, I became a typing teacher for ninth grade students in Vancouver B.C. The accidental typing teacher might be a more appropriate title because this certainly wasn’t planned. I was substitute teaching that year and a call one morning turned into a 3-month assignment. Never having taught typing before, I got a 10-minute crash...Read More

A Shared Story: Forever In Our Hearts

I hear the sound of much needed rain hitting my roof. The warm, clear, water falls from the skies without prejudice. It is appropriate for my mood. Today of all days, it rains. Today when my heart needed the warmth and light of the sun, it rains. As the water hits the dry ground, it’s lapped up by the living earth that welcomes it. But, for t...Read More

A SHARED STORY: You Can Go Home Again

When I finished college, I got a job teaching at the high school I graduated from.  Both of my sisters were still students there, so I taught some of their friends, which was a bit awkward.  It was the only time all three of us were in the same building; my mother joked that it was the first time she knew were were all in the same place a...Read More

A SHARED STORY: Granny Gowns

Why are you ripping the fabric, Granny? I asked my grandmother as we stood next to a bolt of flowered cotton flannel in the fabric store. We had been walking around trying to choose some fabric for the nightgowns she wanted to sew for me and my younger sister, Rose. I need to see if the material is strong, Granny replied. I don’t want to bu...Read More

A Shared Story: Many Blessings

As life goes on, I realize that there are things, many things, that I should be grateful for.  The sun, the wind, the rain — all of these are blessings. I had wonderful parents (never divorced) and they taught me so much.  Love, forgiveness, sharing, caring and how to help others and not expect anything in return. I had a sister and...Read More

A Shared Story: What A Year

What am I thankful for this year?  So many wonderful things have happened to soften the unhappy. In the last year I’ve lost the one person that was there for me my entire life, my uncle, that raised me as his own.  I’ve also lost the home we lived in for many many years. But I’m so thankful for the blessings that have co...Read More

A Shared Story: I Am So Grateful For So Much!

I am thankful that my ancestors were stronger and braver than I am and "earned" for me the privilege of being a part of this great country, the United States of America.  I am thankful for a strong searching mind that makes me aware of the gifts I have been given and earned. I am thankful that my body is strong enough and healthy eno...Read More

A Shared Story: Playing Games

I grew up in the 1950s and 1960s watching my parents play board games with their favorites being backgammon, Scrabble, and cribbage. When I was old enough, I started playing these games too. Playing cribbage taught me how to add and to see numerical combinations quickly while playing Scrabble taught me to spell and come up with different possible w...Read More

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