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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:

  • The lovely mass I attended at Northwestern University. What a great community! The priest’s words were so thoughtful.
  • Pope Francis’ book The Joy of the Gospel, which I just finished reading. There’s something for everyone. So inspiring and practical.
  • My friend Kasia. I’ve known her since high school and we rarely can get together. We had a nice, long lunch this week.
  • My friend Kevin. I worked with him years ago and we’ve stayed friends. We have different political views but can discuss issues civilly. Also, he finds all these interesting places to visit and books to read. I always come home enriched with a long list of things to do.
  • For this long vacation, which has given me time to visit my aunt while she’s in rehab about 6 days a week. I know it can get boring in these places.
  • One more – for the film Forbidden Games. It’s set in WWII and shows how children coped with the war. The child actors were so natural. A simple and stunning film.

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. Mary Poppins, which I just finished reading. The book is delightful and quite different from the movie or even the version the Mrs. Travers character in Saving Mr. Banks speaks of.
  2. Warmer temperatures. After some cold rainy days, we’ve gotten back to typical September weather with temperatures in the 70s.
  3. A fun birthday. Last week I celebrated with friends by going for duck and then having tea and cake back here. Facebook featured so many kind messages reminding me how blessed I am with friends.
  4. Madam Secretary, the new show by Barbara Hall. I saw the pilot and know Ms. Hall as a teacher in Act One’s Writers’ program. I like that the husband is a theology professor at Georgetown. Hall created Joan of Arcadia and I hope faith and religion are themes in the show. It’s a promising drama.
  5. That my classes seem to enjoy reading and discussing Romeo and Juliet. I like to share something beyond the bland textbook.

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. Our weather. It’s not too hot and not too cold. Perfect for my Goldilocks nature.
  2. The Keys to the Kingdom, a 1940s film with Gregory Peck as a priest who’s sent to China as a missionary.
  3. My new colleagues. I’m enjoying getting to know them. They have a lot to offer.
  4. My creative muse. It’s working quite well on a writing project I’m tackling and hope to finish this fall.
  5. The Count of Monte Cristo, my book club’s summer selection, which I just finished. It sure is long, but such a gripping adventurous tale.

P.S. The online Great Books book club is looking for new members. In September we’re reading Mary Poppins. It’s a group attached to the Christian writers’ group Act One, but our numbers have dwindled. Comment below if you’d like to join.


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:

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!


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:

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  1. Getting to see the splendid exhibits at Shandong Provincial Museum.
  2. Getting my finals finished and catching up on work. It’s good to feel in control.
  3. Getting to go to Shannon’s for a pot luck dinner. She made a great cherry crisp in a rice cooker. Imagine! I like how we got to eat all these goodies people brought.
  4. The rain we got on Sunday afternoon and Monday, which is good for the flowers and cleans the air.

A Thankful Woman’s Book of Blessings

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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. Vacation! I handed in my grades on Monday and now I can unwind and enjoy and reflect as Christmas approaches.
  2. Vacation! I finished my online library science class on Saturday! Yippee! It was fascinating but also tough. Lots of reading and an ornery group project member.
  3. Christmas decorations the world over. It’s lovely that Jinan, like many Asian cities, decorates for the holidays. No mangers except at a church on December 24th and beyond, but lots of lights, Santas and Christmas trees.
  4. Dicken’s A Christmas Carol, which I’m reading for my book club. Boy, it’s better than I expected and I knew it would be good. The book outshines all the productions I’ve seen.
  5. My colleague and friend Kristyn. She’s leaving for a new job, but I’ll get a few days to travel with her and her twin sister.  She’s a talented, patient, fair, creative person. Such a hard worker! It’ll be hard to fill her shoes.

Thankful Woman’s Book of Blessings

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. The lovely fall days we’re having. It’s just a touch cooler so I want a sweater, but the sky is often sunny and clear.
  2. The joy inherent in creating new lessons. I’ve been having a good time developing new lessons for my students. This creative aspect of my work is such fun and keeps teaching fresh.
  3. That my former roommate Alison, came to Jinan and we got to visit. We lived together in Indonesia and her friend got married in Jinan so we got to spend time together and have a good long talk over the weekend. It’s a small world.
  4. That although I have a cold, it’s not such a bad one.
  5. Getting to see more Catholic churches in China. The one below is in Kaifeng, south of here.

Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, Kaifeng, Henan, China

 

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