There’sNO Day like a SNOW Day

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Don’t get me wrong; it disrupts peoples’ workdays, school days and appointments. It involves treacherous road conditions should you be needed “out there”.

But if you’re lucky enough that you don’t have to brave it “out there” a “snow – day” is now one of the rare times when your household is connected (ironically because of the disconnection of technological toys). It’s one of the few times when you are in the same room together, forced to congregate around the one functioning heat source. It’s a time when you are enlisted in face-to-face conversation due to the lack of social media.

If you are blessed by further good fortune the power will be knocked out just long enough to warrant candlelight, snuggling under a blanket and sharing tall tales in to the night.

Before you know it you will be sharing stories you’ve never told before. Kids will be learning…

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There’sNO Day like a SNOW Day

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Don’t get me wrong; it disrupts peoples’ workdays, school days and appointments. It involves treacherous road conditions should you be needed “out there”.

But if you’re lucky enough that you don’t have to brave it “out there” a “snow – day” is now one of the rare times when your household is connected (ironically because of the disconnection of technological toys). It’s one of the few times when you are in the same room together, forced to congregate around the one functioning heat source. It’s a time when you are enlisted in face-to-face conversation due to the lack of social media.

If you are blessed by further good fortune the power will be knocked out just long enough to warrant candlelight, snuggling under a blanket and sharing tall tales in to the night.

Before you know it you will be sharing stories you’ve never told before. Kids will be learning things about their parents they never knew and everyone will be secretly disappointed that the electricity has come back.

Sometimes you have to sit in the dark to see the light. Sometimes you have to fit under one small blanket to realize how well you all fit together. Sometimes you have to get really close to the storm to realize that you are safe.

Ode to DIFFERENT

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It’s 2 years since I first wrote this. Now more than ever we need to embrace ” different”

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Everybody is different;

Fat, skinny
Smart, silly
Homely, pretty
Country, city.

Black, white
Day, night
Dull, bright
Wrong, right.

Actors, singers
Circus ring leaders,
Followers, leaders
Make – believers.

Haters, lovers
Sisters, brothers
Warriors, fighters
Love – one – anothers.

Sinners, healers
Students, teachers
Pioneers, doers
Sitters – on – bleachers.

Laughers, cryers
Truth – tellers, liars
Discreet, pryers
Don’t – bat-an-eyers.

Salty, sweet
Veggies, meat
Energetic, beat
Messy, neat.

Advance, retreat
Unfinished, complete
Corpulent, petite
Victory, defeat.

Athletic, lame
Crazy, sane
Healthy, in pain
Proud, shamed.

Rich, poor
Flamboyant, demure
Childish, mature
Straight – ahead, detour
Blended, pure
Uncertain, sure
Evident, obscure
Diseased, cured
Diced, skewered
Soupe-du-joured

Composed, frazzled
Razzle-Dazzled
Cottages, castles
Easy -does – it , hassles.

Assembly line workers,
Poets and cursers
Do-gooders,
Snatchers of purses.

Short paragraphs,
Long verses
Levity, terseness
Rigidity, diverse-ness.

DIFFERENT keeps the earth spinning,
the flowers growing,
the birds singing.

DIFFERENT needs…

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WHY AMERICA IS GREAT and WHY SHE ISN’T

I have been grappling with sadness and hope that things will work themselves out under the US government . A fellow blogger seems to have expressed many of my thoughts for me. Though I am not American nor can I profess to know what it is like to be an immigrant I really appreciate her words :

A Holistic Journey

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Deeply troubled by the reports of violence against the Jews in Europe, Gil Kraus decided to rescue children from the clutches of Nazi Germany. His posh home and successful law practice in Philadelphia were treasures he could let go. Even with two kids, 13 and 9 – and perhaps because of them – he was willing to confront danger for families suffering terror. His wife Eleanor, won over to his vision, prepared affidavits from people who signed on to help support the kids financially. When she was kept from joining him on the voyage to Europe, Gil convinced their friend and children’s pediatrician Dr. Robert Schless to take her place. The men found themselves in Austria which, swept into the Third Reich, saw Jews by the tens of thousands in a panic to flee. At Gil’s urging, Eleanor caught the next ship out across the Atlantic.

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STAY! Just a little bit longer ….

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Its that time again! Back to work tomorrow malgré moi . Exactly one year ago on the day the work week started after the holidays I posted this blog.

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Christmas has left gently closing the door behind her,
Eggnog stains and chocolate wrappers the only reminder.

The garlands and wreaths have come off the door,
The wrapping paper, ribbons and bows in the way no more.

The Santa hats and stockings lovingly folded and packed away,
Infused with the laughter and cheer of that magical day.

The reindeer on pause, a vacation for Santa Claus.
Seasonal movies pushed to the back of the shelf,
We are left with Yuletide blessings and wealth.

Today the work week once again starts,
Let’s keep Christmas living in our hearts.

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Happy Fresh Begining!

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A full year has come and gone since I wrote this but it is every bit as much the time for another fresh beginning . Make it count people!

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Fresh Beginnings:

As the year 2015 is quickly coming to an end we all set our sights on the approaching New Year.

I like to think of it as the “Fresh Beginning” year.

More impactful than simply the New Year;

The Fresh Beginning year promises the road untraveled, the year of getting it right, the year where you start out slowly with trepidation and uncertainty, learn along the way and finish strong!

A New Year; like a new sweater bought in a store is wonderful at first , but soon it gets old and discarded like the others.

A Fresh Beginning by contrast allows you to pick out the pattern for that sweater, painstakingly
put it together with trial and error and …even if by some twist of fate this sweater does not turn out exactly as planned; how wonderful it was to map it out! To have learned so…

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Doing Nothing

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It’s 5 AM on a frigid winter morning.  Only four more sleeps before Santa drops down our very busy (these days)  chimney .

I still have things to purchase, plan, wrap and I am in the midst of  a crazy busy six day work week.  Truth is; this has been the scene for the last month and I know I am not alone.

Most of us mere mortals are squeezed in between our massive to – do list, work deadlines, carpools, multitudes of holiday functions and events, stuffing children into snow suits, standing in grocery lines, shoveling, attending meetings and a little laundry thrown in for good measure.

I’m fairly certain that like myself none of you ever have to worry if you  need your weekend nanny or your weekday housekeeper  nor do you forget what time your chauffeur is picking you up.  How fortunate we are not to have these worries along with all else that sits on our collective plates .

And so ..,,I arrange my alarm for 5 AM. I light the Christmas tree. I light the fire. I stare into the flames and warm my hands with my hot cup of Joe  and I do…… NOTHING!

My husband on his way to the bathroom ducks his head in and asks “what are you doing?”

“NOTHING!” I reply.  And I still have 10 minutes left ☺️

I hope you find a few minutes to do NOTHING today dear reader . That is my wish for you today  and every day .