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Grandma Julie, Paul and Me

Thanks for the Memories

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Originally published on December 7, 2010.

The existence of forgetting has never been proved: We only know that some things don’t come to mind when we want them.

— Friedrich Nietzsche

While December is a joyous holiday season, for Catholics, November is the month of remembrance. It starts with All Saints Day on the 1st and All Souls’ Day on the 2nd. All Saints Day is when we remember all those who the Catholic Church has recognized as being holy. All Souls Day is for remembering everyone else who has died.

In a previous post I described how I use the Jewish tradition of Yahrzeit to remember my family and friends who have died. I learned about this tradition from Continue reading » Thanks for the Memories

Thank You

Goodbye to 2011

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Silent gratitude isn’t much use to anyone.

— G.B. Stern

The end of the year is such a rush with the holiday madness and business deadlines combined.  It’s easy to get lost in all the busyness.

In my family, because we’ve all scattered to the winds, getting together for the holidays necessitates at least one full day allocated to travel to the festivities which just adds to the general craziness and the sense that there’s not enough time.

By the time we get to the New Year, I’m ready to get a cup of hot cocoa, a blanket, a good book, an animal to keep me company, and just Continue reading » Goodbye to 2011

Day 260 Allergies

Glad to Be Me

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I am thankful for laughter, except when milk comes out of my nose.

— Woody Allen

Do you ever find it difficult to be grateful?  I do.  Despite the fact that I know that I have much to be grateful for, I manage to feel disgruntled much of the time.  This is unfortunate because one of the practices that consistently results in feeling better is gratitude.

I find it interesting that we call it the practice of gratitude.  It reminds me of practicing law, or practicing medicine or practicing dentistry.  We often talk about how the people in those professions Continue reading » Glad to Be Me

Wounded Warrior and Dog

Shades of Gray

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When our perils are past, shall our gratitude sleep?

— George Canning

Hard times change our view of the world.  When we struggle with the very same things that we judged others for, we quickly learn that the world is made up of shades of gray.

When I was younger, I was quick with the opinion and judgment.  I knew what was true.  For a very long time – probably way too long – I believed that the government was made up of people who were dedicated to service and crooked politicians were the exception. (Do NOT ask me how I could have believed that growing up in Chicago where the dead won the election for JFK.)  Priests were Continue reading » Shades of Gray

A Kid's Joy

Finding Joy

Joy is the feeling of grinning inside.

— Melba Colgrove

Joy is possible where ever and whenever you are.  You just have to catch it.

There’s a story that’s been making the rounds on the internet.  It’s about an experiment conducted by the Washington Post.  You may have heard this story before… Continue reading » Finding Joy