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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 a chance to spend time with my youngest sister who’s visiting for work.
  2. For my writing to be selected for an opportunity to make an oral proposal to a producer. It’s always a long shot to get a job writing for TV so I welcome prayers.
  3. For a chance to have lunch with all four of my former colleagues last week. We worked together n the ’90s and have still kept in touch.
  4. For another chance to see my friend Luzanne, whom I haven’t seen in 15 years. I’m delighted to say we still had plenty to talk about.
  5. For young priests like Fr. Joshua Johnson (see post below) whose faith and spirit I hope will show young people how relevant and true the Christian faith is. It seems that while his communication style is contemporary, his theology is tested by time.

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 Lent! Sounds crazy but having an extended period when I focus on God more, with my fellow Christians, is so welcome. Yes, it can be hard (I’m light headed now as I haven’t eaten since lunch), but it can be transformational.
  2. For the caregivers and nurses at my aunt’s rehab center. They seem quite good.
  3. For the Chicago History Museum Library. I went there to work on a writing project and it’s amazing to read newspapers and fashion magazines from the 1800s. The staff is so helpful. It’s also intriguing to work side by side with other history buffs and historians. I don’t know what they’re looking up, but it doesn’t matter.
  4. Tomato soup. It’s a great comfort food and since I don’t like fish a good Lenten dish.
  5. My yoga class. It’s free at our library on Fridays and the teacher’s great. You have to get there early as it gets packed. I got the second to last spot because a freight train detained me.  It’s a nice community.

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.

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 caregivers who’re helping my aunt get better and caregivers the world over who provide kind, patient care.
  • A mild-ish winter.
  • The play, Rapture, Blister, Burn. I’m not sure it intended to, but it’s made me want to read Phyllis Shaffley’s work.
  • Warm apple cider – a great winter drink.
  • That my mother’s doing well in her recovery from back surgery and that my father is well and has taken on so much care-taking, which is outside his comfort zone.

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. We found my aunt who may have had a heart attack and got her to the hospital. Not sure what happened, but she hadn’t answered the phone for a few days and was lying on her bedroom floor for a long time. (She doesn’t know or doesn’t want to say how long.)
  2. That my aunt’s getting good healthcare.
  3. For my friend Kristyn who came to visit the last 2 and a half days.
  4. For my friends Tundi and Kristi who are so wise and have already had to handle aging parents so they can understand and offer the wisdom needed.
  5. That it warmed up a bit today and we had sun.

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:

  • A warm house on these cold days. It’s frigid outside and I know some people must battle the cold in the winter. I’m grateful to have a warm, cosy home.
  • The Joy of the Gospel by Pope Francis. I saw this book on the new book shelf at my library and had to check it out. I’ve read about 20% of it and love it. It’s full of wisdom and challenges for Catholics. I really think every Catholic should read it and it would be best if each parish hosted a discussion group about the book.
  • The quiet of the post Christmas season. I’ve become grateful for the days after Christmas that are quiet and still close to the holiday. The nativity is still fresh in my mind and something I can reflect on as our home decorations are still up. Sad to say, but in December Christmas gets lost in the shuffle all too often. Now that the shopping and secular holiday thrills are gone, I feel I can savor the most important aspects of Christmas.
  • Christmas hymns. This is the best season for singing at mass. I love all the songs: O Come, O Come Emmanuel, Silent Night, O Come All Ye Faithful, The First Nowell, etc.
  • Old friends. I’ve been able to meet up with a few old friends now that I’m back in the US. It’s a joy to chat and share with people I’ve known so long.

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 gathering of friends this evening to celebrate Thanksgiving in China.
  • My students who’re pleasant to teach.
  • That my mother’s recovering from back surgery pretty well and that her care has improved.
  • Good health for family and friends.
  • The discovery of old films (The Kid, City Lights, and so many more) and books (by Ernest Poole, Zola, Horatio Alger, etc.)  that are high quality and don’t require that I compromise my beliefs (as too many modern works seem to).

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. Easter and the Resurrection! Without this we’d be lost. Forever lost. We tend to forget that, but Easter mass reminds us. I was lucky to get to go to my little Chinese church for Easter mass. Such color and joy!
  2. Easter brunch. Now this is far, far lesser than the Resurrection, but I did enjoy the conversation and food at brunch.
  3. The article below by Barbara Nicolosi on art and the church. It really made me think. We can do much better along these lines. We must.
  4. Shakespeare. It was his birthday on the 23rd. I’m reading Cymbeline, which I confess I never even heard of before. It’s a challenging, though lively read.
  5. My friend Kimberley. I just got an email from her. She’s got an amazing wisdom and outlook.

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:

  • Graham Greene‘s The End of the Affair. We’re reading it for this month’s book club. Greene’s a masterful writer who shows sides of characters that most writer’s don’t begin to understand. On top of that he’s one of the great Catholic writers. He shows the intricacies of the faith and why it’s such a unique religion, why Catholics view a relationship with God uniquely. His masterful writing is a terrific example of how one uses a talent or gift to glorify God.
  • That I made it through my Wednesday, my most challenging work day.
  • That I’ll be spending Thanksgiving with friends having turkey and possibly cranberry at the Hyatt.
  • That I got two submissions accepted for publication in a teaching book.
  • That it hasn’t been all that cold ~ till today. Oh, well, I’m also thankful for effective heating, that makes my apartment cosy.

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.