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Monday, November 30, 2015
How 'bout this group pic of my family on Thanksgiving? How did you fit everyone in, you maybe asking? Well, even if you're not, I'll tell you. A selfie stick. Yes, the very thing that I had previously deemed totally useless, neatly did the trick. That gadget comes with a remote control so you do not have to have a freakishly long arm to get the shot!.
The smiles on these faces came from a place of happiness and contentment. My sister Lisa and her hub hosted another fantastic day at their home in the woods. I got to catch up with my nephews, who I do not see as often as I would like. We ate, drank wine and played some crazy board games. Even the cold and sometimes drizzling rain couldn't put a damper on our Thanksgiving fun. Some other cousins dropped by for a visit and cocktail. Spent some time in old photo albums laughing at our mullets and other fashion faux pas! It was a simply a perfect day.
Thankful for all of it and praying for the grace of God to allow this day of abundance to remain the traditional event it always is for us. I realize and do not take for granted how very blessed I am. With the unrest in the world, I pray that everyone know peace and love. xo
Monday, November 23, 2015
After finding the nearest booze line, we located our seats and got comfortable. Stevie was only a little politely late. The stage was filled with 30 to 40 people at all times including his band, back up singers, a choir, the string section from the Detroit Symphony Orchestra as well as lovely dancers. Stevie Wonder is pure love-in case you didn't know it. He just is a giant love sponge. He spoke of his wish for world peace and love.
He sang all of his tunes perfectly and I was surprised to hear that he still had his pipes. His band did solos that showed off their particular talents and the vocalists treated us all to a verse of their favorite tunes. Stevie's show was the sixth concert I have been to this year and I'm happy to say the last. I think he is the last of the musical legends that I need to see. He was fabulous and even did a few of his cute 'blind' jokes.
His songs make me smile and remind me of specific times in my life and I'm happy to have had the privilege of seeing and hearing him with Sissy.
He's simply a bundle of love-and I think that's just what the world needs right now.
Thank you, Stevie. You truly are a Wonder. xoxo
Tuesday, November 17, 2015
I am trying to do my best to be the best I can be. Being the most impatient person in the world, I will try not to sigh and shift to foot while in line for my coffee. Instead, I will be grateful that I can afford that overpriced luxury. I'm gonna make an effort to be nicer, you never know what's gone on in someones' world that effects their day. I will be slower to judge and quicker to accept.
And I promise to be more thoughtful. And I will pray-not only for Paris, but for all of the world's suffering.
Have a full and grateful week, mon ami's. xo
Monday, November 9, 2015
After consulting the official 'Orphan Handbook', I found some names of interest that I wish to share with you. Aristotle and Moses were orphans. 3 U.S. Presidents, Jackson, Hoover, and Hamilton were without parents as well as Nelson Mandela and Malcolm X.
Literature orphans included Tolstoy, Keats, Edgar Allan Poe, J.R.R. Tolkien and William Wordsworth, to name a few. And in entertainment I learned that Ella Fitzgerald, Ray Charles, Faith Hill, Ice-T, Marilyn Monroe, and Trent Reznor all were raised without their natural parents. Steve Jobs and Dave Thomas had the same start in life.
I think that is a pretty impressive little list of names! Brains, leadership capability, strength, beauty, and creativity are strong veins of commonality. Don't know exactly if their origins helped to form these strong characteristics, but it certainly has to be considered. Maybe the people who DID raise them were influences that helped shape them. Either way, I think it's cool to consider.
Nature or nurture? Nuclear family or the next best thing? It's all debatable and relative.
Hope you enjoyed this little 'orphan' education.
Have a wonderful week, Dolls! xo
Monday, November 2, 2015
Saturday found us with another rainy Halloween. Friends hosted a garage party and I was surprised at how many children braved the elements. And there were plenty of treats for us big kids, too!
On Sunday, helped some friends move into a condo while marveling at the perfect weather that obscenely held off till after Halloween. It was all a Michigan fall day should be. (It would have been nice if the Lions would have won, though!) I also took a moment to consider All Saints Day. Remembering family and friends that have passed made me melancholy as I considered my loss and heaven's gain.
And on Monday, I had a coffee date with Mark. (Walking Man) Mark has been helping me with a very special project that I will be sharing with you all soon!
Life goes on, one little moment at a time. The spooky, the sweet, the beautiful and the reflective-it's all good.