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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. 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:

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  1. Lovely fall days – it’s just a little crisp in the morning, but we’ve got sun and it’s still in the 70s during the middle of the day.
  2. My colleague/friend Julie. She’s finishing up her classes on Friday, the end of week 9. She’s a real asset to our program.
  3. My students’ dedication. I assigned them to visit a museum as part of our art unit. We’re doing it to coincide with the 10th China Arts Festival that’s going on now. They could go to any museum, but many chose the provincial museum that had a special exhibit of European paintings including one by da Vinci. Unbeknownst to me there was a 4 hour wait to get in. They could have let me know and I would have changed the assignment. God bless them, they stuck it out. Most of what I read indicates that they enjoyed the exhibit.
  4. Chinese food. We went to dinner tonight and again had such interesting dishes, things we can’t get in the U.S. like walnuts in a sweet sauce, and radish balls. I forgot my camera. I’ll bring it next time and share what I’m talking about.
  5. The U.S. government is running again – or limping along till January. (We’ve got to do better.)

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. The Art Institute of Chicago‘s exhibit “Impressionists, Fashion and Modernity,” which includes 19th century gowns, shoes, gloves, etc. with the paintings that featured them.
  2. My friend Sylvia, whom I reconnected with via Facebook. I hadn’t seen her since 1997.
  3. Greek food, which I had in Greektown with my friend Sheila. It’s tasty and healthy, as long as you don’t have too much.
  4. Again for the mid-70s temperatures. I’m not designed for high 90s so I’m delighted this summer.
  5. Johnny Carson. Last night I watched the PBS special about his career. While he was far from perfect as a family man, but he offered smart, entertaining, tasteful television.

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. Les Miserables. The book continues to absorb, entertain and enlighten me. A true masterpiece.
  2. Having time to get a head start on the mountain of work required for my Library Science summer class. It’s not easy, but I’m glad  I have time to get reading.
  3. A wonderful dinner cooked by my friend Lynne, such wonderful conversation and food.
  4. A chance to take some long walks and discover how lively and pretty the parks are near me at night.
  5. Temps that aren’t too hot. It’s in the 80’s which I much prefer to the 90s.

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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Entry to Five Dragon’s Pond

  1. Five Dragons Pond. I went there for the first time today. I can’t believe I hadn’t made it to this serene park in the heart of the city.  It’s only 90 cents to enter and is just lovely. So quiet and green.
  2. Daming Lake. I went for a walk around the lake on Sunday with my friend Lynne. It’s another green, peaceful park that’s so pleasant to walk around.
  3. My friend Ian is back in Jinan teaching for a couple weeks. He’s filled in for a teacher who had to leave early.
  4. The Wizard of Oz. It’s my book club’s April book and it’s delightful. Frank L. Baum has a charming voice in this work.
  5. My new cleaning lady. A few of us organized having a cleaning lady come. Had I known it would cost $5 dollars to have someone clean my apartment for two hours, I’d have done this long ago. It sounds so indulgent, but there’s an unbelievable amount of dust in Jinan.
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Spring leading to Daming Lake


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.

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This week I’m thankful for:

  1. The Resurrection! Death and sin are conquered and God came to us and delivered each of us.
  2. Easter. I had a terrific day beginning with mass. They insisted that my friend and I sit up in the choir loft so we got a bird’s eye view of mass and were surrounded by outstanding singers. They did justice to Handel’s Halleluiah! At the end I got this Easter egg, which says “God loves you” in Chinese.
  3. Easter brunch. The Mercure Hotel had colored eggs, chocolate bunnies and lots of delicious food. Twelve of us went and the conversation was great. Pictures here.
  4. Spring is coming and we’ve got lovely cherry blossoms on campus.
  5. My holidays this week. No classes from Wednesday to Sunday. Yep, we have to teach on Sunday to make up for Friday. Go figure.
  6. I love the Latin with Chinese

    I love the Latin with Chinese