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Thanksgiving…

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This morning I woke up early, remembering this song. Imagine a hundred middle school kids with little pen lights…their sweet and innocent faces; their celestial voices…singing their hearts out. I cried then, I still tear up thinking about it.

POINT OF LIGHT
There is a point when you cannot walk away
When you have to stand up straight and tall and mean the words you say
There is a point you must decide just to do it ’cause it’s right
That’s when you become a point of light
There is a darkness that everyone must face
That wants to take what’s good and fair and lay it all to waste
And that darkness covers everything in sight
Until it meets a single point of light

(Chorus) All it takes is a point of light
A ray of hope in the darkest night.
If you see what’s wrong and you try to make it right
You will be a point of light.

There are heroes whose names we never hear
A dedicated army of quiet volunteers
Reaching out to feed the hungry, reaching out to save the land
Reaching out to help their fellow men.
There are dreamers who are making dreams come true
Taking time to teach the children there’s nothing they can’t do.
Giving shelter to the homeless
Giving hope to those without.
Isn’t that what this land’s all about.

(Chorus) All it takes is a point of light
A ray of hope in the darkest night.
If you see what’s wrong and you try to make it right
You will be a point of light.

One by one from the mountains to the sea
Points of light are calling out to you and me
All it takes is a point of light
A ray of hope in the darkest night.
If you see what’s wrong and you try to make it right
You will be a point of light.

Written by Don Schlitz and Tom Schuyler, 1991
Song recorded by Randy Travis

This is a day of blessings and gratitude. I am filled with gratitude for my dear family, for my amazing friends, for the phenomenal health that I enjoy, for the abundance in my life. I am truly blessed! Warm blessings to you.

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We’ve had a rocky road with our internet provider of late. At last things are up and running smoothly (for the moment). A great test of patience and emotional fortitude.

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How To Be a Poet
(to remind myself)

Make a place to sit down.
Sit down. Be quiet.
You must depend upon
affection, reading, knowledge,
skill — more of each
than you have — inspiration,
work, growing older, patience,
for patience joins time
to eternity. Any readers
who like your work,
doubt their judgment.

Breathe with unconditional breath
the unconditioned air.
Shun electric wire.
Communicate slowly. Live
a three-dimensioned life;
stay away from screens.
Stay away from anything
that obscures the place it is in.
There are no unsacred places;
There are only sacred places
And desecrated places.

– WENDELL BERRY –

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I simply enjoyed being Nana. In every way. Emails, phone calls, work…pretty much came to a screeching halt. Instead, I did what I absolutely love the most. I got up early with Dashiell; I cooked and spent time with my dear daughter and son-in-law.

Here’s a glimpse…

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Every morning Dashiell and I got up early, made Nespresso and read The Very Hungry Caterpillar…we talked about apples, plums, strawberries and how that hungry caterpillar eats up everything in sight. Then we would go outside and look for that hungry caterpillar while we sang our Hungry Caterpillar Song–hungry caterpillar, hungry caterpillar, hungry caterpillar, hungry caterpillar…nibble, nibble, nibble, nibble, nibble….

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I watched this beloved boy growing right before my very eyes…standing, cruising the furniture and mastering his pincer grasp. He’s a legume lover–lentils, kidney beans, black beans, cannellini beans…he’s enthusiastic! Not to mention that he patiently indulged and endured our re-creation of Halloween…

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And made my day every day. I miss him and love him more than words can express!

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“Happy Halloween…”

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