13 Things For Which I Give Thanks

This week of gratitude would not be complete without these 13 things for which I give thanks.  FAMILY INCLUDING GRANDCHILDREN Near and Far (in no particular order of preference or date)   FURRY FAMILY FRIENDS Imagine YOUR photograph here. You thought I’d try to put in photos of all my friends? I love you all! I would not want to miss any of you.   HOME that shelters me from all kinds of weather  snowmagedon 2013   FOOD COFFEE the elixir of my life!   MEDICINE and how modern medicine has sustained the lives of those I love MUSIC all varieties TECHNOLOGY NATURE in all its variety My Health   FINISHING MY EVERLASTING MANUSCRIPT!       Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

A Void in My Heart

Sometimes there is a loss that leaves a void in your heart.  This void isn’t the worst kind of loss: the loss of a parent, a sibling, or child.  Rather, it’s the loss of a four-legged companion with whom you shared a lifetime. We suffered that kind of loss in my home this past weekend.  It’s left a void in my heart. If you are a pet lover, you understand.  If you are not, you have my permission to skip over this post     I’ve had pets most of my life.  And since pets lives are short, I have outlived many pets.  There are some pets, though, whose presence comes to mean far more than just companionship.  My miniature schnauzer, Nemo, was one such pet.  I’m including a snippet of one of my morning pages that explains a little of why Nemo’s presence was so very special in my life. Morning Pages 3/17/12:  As I write this, Nemo’s labored breathing fills my ears. Tears well up and my heart aches. I’m losing him. I feel guilty for the pain I think he must be suffering. Yet, he still eats, he still plays with his toys, and he still guards the […]