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Deo Gratias

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Deo Gratias is Latin for “Thanks be to God.Remembering to give thanks for all of our blessings, big and small, helps us to find God in our everyday moments and gives us an attitude of gratitude!” Colleen at Thoughts on Grace has organized this meme and you can contribute by clicking here. This week I’m thankful for:

  1. For the help provided by the North Shore Senior Center. My aunt’s new rehab center wants her to be moved on Sunday. It’s a shock as she’s still weak and needs physical therapy. She doesn’t have much money. I called this office and their insurance counselor gave me good information, i.e. that Medicare gives such patients at least 21 days of rehab. I’m so happy that our community has this resource. See if your community does. Our suburb’s small so this is a center that serves a few communities that have banded together.
  2. For Jane Austen’s Emma. It’s the book I’m reading for my book club in February. I love her writing.
  3. That people come together and help each other when it snows.
  4. For the vacation time I have to write and for the inspiration that ultimately comes from God.
  5. For an opportunity to reconnect with Japan through volunteering to interview candidates for the JET Program. I love getting to help and to reconnect with this wonderful program.
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Deo Gratias

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Deo Gratias is Latin for “Thanks be to God.” Remembering to give thanks for all of our blessings, big and small, helps us to find God in our everyday moments and gives us an attitude of gratitude! Colleen at Thoughts on Grace has organized this meme and you can contribute by clicking here. This week I’m thankful for:

  1. That I got to talk with my mother and that she’s satisfied with the rehab facility.
  2. That the weather’s sunny some days ~ a break from the pollution.
  3. For my colleague Bob Foley, who left on Sunday. He was a very down-to-earth likeable teacher.
  4. The Paradise on PBS a nice dose of drama and history. The story is compelling and not an affront to my soul. (Too many shows are.)
  5. His Family, a lovely book by Ernest Poole, that I savored. It’s the story of a man who promises to engage more with his grown daughters after he loses his wife. Set in the early 20th century around WWI and free on Kindle.

Deo Gratias

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Deo Gratias is Latin for “Thanks be to God.” Remembering to give thanks for all of our blessings, big and small, helps us to find God in our everyday moments and gives us an attitude of gratitude! Colleen at Thoughts on Grace has organized this meme and you can contribute by clicking here. This week I’m thankful for:

  1. The Flowers of St. Francis, a simple, yet powerful movie on St. Francis of Assisi told in 12 vignettes.
  2. The upcoming three day weekend we’ll have in China for Dragonboat festival.
  3. The new idea for a writing project. I know it’s a gift from God and I’m trying to give it the time it’s due. I’m in the research stage. It feels wonderful to be inspired to create.
  4. The Count of Monte Cristo, what a compelling novel. I’m reading this for my book club.
  5. My friend Lynne. She won’t be returning to this school due to visa problems, but she’ll be in China. I’ll miss her a lot in the fall.

Deo Gratias

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Deo Gratias is Latin for “Thanks be to God.” Remembering to give thanks for all of our blessings, big and small, helps us to find God in our everyday moments and gives us an attitude of gratitude! Colleen at Thoughts on Grace has organized this meme and you can contribute by clicking here. This week I’m thankful for:

  1. Guan, a high school senior, I’m tutoring. She’s planning to go to North America to college she’s such a fine young lady, enthusiastic, smart and polite. It’s so encouraging to be around a young person who’s on the right track and brought up well. She appreciates books and ideas as well as numbers, her main love.
  2. The warm days. Yesterday it was in the 80s.
  3. The magnolia trees. Their flowers decorated our landscape all last week.
  4. Jane Austen’s Persuasion. I just finished it and soon will write about it. It’s not her best work, but gosh, it’s good.
  5. The strength from God and wisdom from scripture and Christian writers to deal with the small conflicts that come my way. I think I’m getting better at it. Not sure.

Deo Gratias

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Deo Gratias is Latin for “Thanks be to God.” Remembering to give thanks for all of our blessings, big and small, helps us to find God in our everyday moments and gives us an attitude of gratitude! Colleen at Thoughts on Grace has organized this meme and you can contribute by clicking here. This week I’m thankful for:

Holy Trinity Church

  1. My friend Kristyn’s visit. We met when teaching in Jinan and she now teaches in Wisconsin. She was able to visit from Thurs. to Monday. It was a grab time to share and explore as we had in China.
  2. With Kristyn, who’s of Polish descent, I went to mass at a Polish church I’d passed thousands of times in my life. I was not prepared for the glory and splendor. Holy Trinity church is right by the highway and is a vibrant parish.
  3. Garfield Park Conservatory. We wanted to see some green in the gray of January. It’s a 2 acre greenhouse full of lush plants. They have lots of activities for children and it’s free!
  4. Sherlock Holmes stories. My book club is reading “The Empty House” and The Sign of Four. I’d forgotten how gripping and well told these stories are.
  5. Saving Mr. Banks, a witty, positive movie with a good story, good acting from a cast led by Emma Thompson and Tom Hanks. I loved being drawn into a well told story that had no violence, foul language or gratuitous sex. Not to sound Puritanical but such films are just so much more life giving!


On Wednesdays, Judy, creator of an inspiring blog, A Thankful Woman’s Book of Blessings encourages participants to list their blessings, to give thanks for the five things in the past week and then link to Judy’s blog.

Be sure to also check out her other blog and her website when you visit.

This week I am thankful for:

  1. My sister’s well behaved dog. My youngest sister is back in town and brought her dog Gracie. Gracie’s and English bull dog and so well mannered.
  2. My cousin Randy’s visit. My cousin works with the Nascar races and was in town last week. It was great to catch up with him. He’s got a down-to-earth demeanor and values family highly. He’s steeped in family history and a good conversationist, i.e. both as a listener and a speaker.
  3. J’Ann’s recipe for chicken salad. I found it again wedged between a shelf crammed with cookbooks, old and new. It’s a great recipe as it’s healthy with grapes and no mayo. (I’m trying to cut back on such condiments.)
  4. Kindred, a time traveling book by Octavia Butler. It’s a rich novel and not at all overly sci-fi-ish.
  5. A wonderful Saturday at Millennium Park full of sunshine and blue skies. (See below.)