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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!

Say thank you to a Vet today!

Photos from the personal and copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg

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Thank You — July 4th American Style

Black and White Flags!

I’m grateful for July 4th in America! We are a free, United States of America!

I’m a Buckeye (Ohioan) born and raised, but I’m an American, first!

I’m growing older, but I’m still the child who was loved by her parents and taught to respect others and do right, rather than wrong, because the difference impacts all those around me — first!

I’m a farmer’s daughter, a believer in conservation, because this Earth is all we have in the universe — first!

What can you share, or write about, on the subject of July 4th in America?

Please use the comments section to share your thoughts!

(BONUS Trivia: Manish Mamtani, who grew up in central India, was inspired to photograph American national parks at night when he came to the United States to live and found that most Americans can’t get a view of the Milky Way. TRUE, or FALSE?
ANSWER: True!)

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Thank You — My Computer

Steady computer operator companions

I’m so grateful for my computer when I haven’t slept a wink, or three, and, of course, for my computer companions — coffee, tea, or an instruction book!

Thank you wee-hour companions, for being there steady as a rock! Without you, I couldn’t get through those last five hours of the morning! Oh, yes, and I’m thankful for eye drops!

I intensely disliked the emergence of the computer era, being the type (no pun intended) that still enjoys a pen/pencil and paper under a maple tree.

And so, I went screaming to the new technology of word-processing, but now I can type-write proficiently. However, a step up to geek-ness is out of the question!

Are you a computer geek; a writing geek; a regular typing writer? What’s your writing preference?

Please share your thoughts in the comments section!

(BONUS Trivia: Becky Lomax, who wrote Moon USA National Parks set for release in October of 2018, said of which national park, “…I knew it had wildlife, but it has lots of wildlife.”
ANSWER: Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota!)

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Thank You–Ned Garver and Others

Some people are natural givers…

Who needs help today? What can you contribute?

Ned Garver, a Major League Baseball pitcher from the tiny town of Ney, Ohio, which is nestled between the Northwest Ohio farm cities of Bryan and Defiance, passed away Sunday, February 26, 2017.

Ned gave back to his community. And that’s what I’m grateful for today. I’m grateful for the successful who rededicate their lives to their home towns. After his baseball retirement, Ned served his little berg as mayor, council member, and park board associate.

For 14 years, after all the celebrity and hoop-la, he held a job at a company in his home area. He knew his farm community people.

Celebrities and sports figures regularly appear on the American landscape as integral parts of their hometowns.

Acts of kindness, community service, and giving go on year round in our country, not loudly and with fanfare, but with sincerity and dignity in serving humbly. These are the attributes and the acts that make it worthwhile for humans to know one another.

And I’m grateful for that.

Is there a miracle person in your life? Have you witnessed kind acts of a generous celebrity? Is there something in your pen, or keyboard, trying to burst out on this subject?

Please share your thoughts in the comments section!

(BONUS Trivia: Which two states have the most national parks within their borders?
ANSWER: Alaska and California both have eight different parks!)

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Expressing Personal Gratitudes


What are your personal gratitudes?

Use the comments section here to start a discussion on gratitudes. For what are you grateful today? What gratitudes of life would you most like to share?

I love writing, and I’m grateful for the opportunity to do so. I love the feel of putting words on paper, of creating from lead and ink and paper made from wood.

It’s healthy to express gratitude for who you are and what you contribute to society, to understand that everyone has something to give the world.

Please feel free to express your own gratitude in the comments section!

(BONUS Trivia: Virginia’s Shenandoah National Park offers 105 miles of what is called its Skyline Drive. How many scenic overlooks does that distance include?
ANSWER: 70!)

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Thank You–The Vote

Vote! Vote! Vote! Vote! Vote!


Today, especially, and always, I’m grateful for America’s freedom of The Vote. It’s about love of country, and it’s about love of life and liberty.

Get out and vote! The privilege of voting is part of what makes our United States of America, or any country, great!

So many have written about The Vote; so many struggled and persevered to obtain it. And The Vote established one of the most democratic nations on Earth – America.

What are your writerly thoughts on The Vote? Do you disagree with this post’s opinions? What does your pen want to say?

Please share your thoughts in the comments section!

(BONUS Trivia: While Death Valley exhibits much in fossils, which park offers such fare from 34 to 56 million years ago?
ANSWER: Badlands National Park in South Dakota!)

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Thank You–A Quote of Belief

Were 1800 authors better and more informed believers than those we encounter in today’s complicated technology-driven world?


I believe they might have been, for they still are quoted in the new millennium when a slowing down of frantic pace and a retake on thoughtfulness are capable of easing our tension.

What is gratefulness?

Henry Van Dyke (1852-1933) saw many changes in his lifetime, but is still quoted thusly in the 21st Century:
“Gratitude is the inward feeling of kindness received. Thankfulness is the natural impulse to express that feeling. Thanksgiving is the following of that impulse.”

I am grateful today for the wisdom of 1800s circa authors who saw humankind for its true frailty and didn’t hesitate to try to help shape it into an acceptable and forgiving form.

I’m thankful to be able to pursue interests I believe have value.

What are you pursuing with your pen? Do you read writers from the past? What to you, is gratitude?

Please share your thoughts in the comments section!

(BONUS Trivia: Colorado houses which national park that features the Trail Ridge Road?
ANSWER: Rocky Mountain National Park!)

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