Posted in Being Grateful, Saying Thank You

A New Year’s Gratitude

Total Lunar Eclipse of the Super Blood Wolf Moon in Progress, January 21, 2019

We’ve closed the Christmas season of 2018, appreciated the New Year’s celebration, 2019, and are officially into our New Year’s Resolutions — ??

Regardless of sustained success with New Year’s resolutions:

  1. — I’m grateful that my family continues to thrive!
  2. — I’m happy to say it and thankful for it — having renewed energy for past projects partially completed, to forge ahead with a fresh outlook!
  3. — For the gift of learning and relearning, I give thanks for: what we have forgotten that may be renewed and enjoyed anew by merely opening an old book; the ability to reabsorb a traditional holiday song; the privilege to visit the library around the corner; the opportunity to listen to a family member who has lived through so much; being capable of writing down my feelings and reevaluating them.
  4. — Thank you to the many gifted persons of the Past who created such musical perfection with which to enjoy the annual Yuletide season!
  5. — And for the new, untried roads of 2019, I give sincere thanks as I explore their avenues!

A Super Blood Wolf Moon is:
A. — the first full moon in January, and
B. — a full moon occurring when the distance between Earth and Moon is as short as possible, plus
C. — a lunar eclipse —
all happening at once!

(BONUS TRIVIA: How many National Parks exist in the state of Utah?
ANSWER: Five!)

Explore an American National Park this year, or simply picnic with your family in a local park area, and catch the rewards of Nature sprouting around you!

And be sure to say thank you to a Vet, who helped make free exploration possible!

Photos from the personal and copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg


Since I first touched a pencil to paper, I've been writing. Where that passion has taken me as I lived life is explored in my Primary blog, . I love animals, including race horses, about whom I have written much, and I've always had a dog in my life. Shouldn't animals have their say? In my Second Primary blog, , I give them a chance to speak. In the Composite blog , I explore my life's journey and observations. Other interests -- poetry, sports, photography, thankfulness, story ideas, self-publishing, story art, fiction, and more -- get their due in my other (17) blogs. I'm from a rural community in Ohio, lived nine years in Vermont, then returned to my native Henry County in 1980. I've worked for various local newspapers and attended classes in writing over the years before retiring to free-lancing in 2008. It was after my migration back to Ohio that I began BAT Publishing in earnest. It is strictly a self-publishing enterprise in that I publish my own works -- novels, novelettes, short stories with my Roughcraft Art -- in my own softcover, or loose-leaf notebook, designs. My photos and artwork are also incorporated in the books. Prior to this endeavor, I produced a periodic story booklet for young writers only entitled "Connections". Its success sparked my interest in self-publishing my own titles.

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