30 Days of Thankfulness – 11/3/21

Today I’m thankful for the people working hard to combat climate change. Scientific reports say that the world doesn’t have much more time before the oceans and climate will change irreversibly. I’m also thankful that we’re beginning to look at ways to adapt. It probably won’t affect me too badly, but I worry about the grandchildren. It’s a beautiful world and I’d like to leave it the same way for future generations.

30 Days of Thankfulness – 11/1/21

For the month of November, I’m going to continue with my habit of posting things I am thankful for. Thankfulness is different from happiness, and I don’t want to conflate the two.

As we seem to be coming out of quarantine (for real, this time), I’m thankful for the forced isolation. It was a balm to this introvert’s soul. I’m particularly fond of Zoom, FaceTime, Facebook-Live and YouTube-Live that allow me to attend church or lectures in real time, while not having to be in the same place as people who exhaust me.

30 Days of Thankfulness – 11/1/20

For the month of November, I’m going to continue with my habit of posting things I am thankful for. Thankfulness is different from happiness, and I don’t want to conflate the two.

During this interminable year of quarantine, social distancing, and isolation, social media has kept me sane. The connections provided by Facebook, Instagram, Zoom, Twitter, Pinterest, WordPress, Vimeo, Substack, YouTube, etc., have been invaluable. I am so thankful for this modern world that provides us with friends, entertainment, and opportunities for interaction while remaining safe from the virus..

30 Days of Thankfulness – 11/8/17

For the month of November, I’m going to try to include gratitude in all my posts (and post every day.)

 

Today, I’m grateful to be waking up in a world that is not eternally mired in distrust, hatred, bigotry, violence, racism, misogyny, sexism, or provincialism. All those things are still there in our society, but they’re no longer in the ascendency. I have real hope once again after a full year of stomach-churning disgust and terror. The election results last night in a small way did much to rout the forces of evil. Thanks be to God.

We have a new mayor in Tacoma – a woman of color. A transgendered woman was elected to the legislature in Virginia, defeating the self-proclaimed “homophobe-in-chief.” A progressive Democrat was elected to the Washington State Senate, giving progressives a solid block of three governorships, three senates, and three houses of representatives on the West Coast. Maybe we can begin to turn the tide against the forces who would destroy our beautiful planet with backwards climate thinking, and shrinking of our public lands and monuments.

The battle for the light is not done. We must remain vigilant. We must continue to work for the marginalized of our society. But there once again is a light at the end of the tunnel.

 

 

30 Days of Thankfulness – 11/6/17

For the month of November, I’m going to try to include gratitude in all my posts (and post every day.)

 

Today I’m thankful for my little house at Franke Tobey Jones in Tacoma, WA. It’s warm and cozy in the winter, and cool and breezy in the summer. The maintenance people keep everything running smoothly and the landscaping crew keeps the grass mowed, and leaf-free. I’m happy here.

 

 

30 Days of Thankfulness – 11/1/17

(It occurs to me that I never posted on November 1st)

For the month of November, I’m going to try to include gratitude in all my posts (and post every day.)

I’m so grateful for my church. The friends I’ve made there, and the sense of purpose they have brought into my life as a “newcomer” has been life-giving. I know it would have been easy to “retire” from life when I retired from work, but, thanks to these folks and especially Pastor Sarah, I didn’t. They have loved me and corrected me and pushed me to keep growing in God’s goodness.

Thank you, Bethany!

 

 

 

30 Days of Thankfulness – 11/5/17

For the month of November, I’m going to try to include gratitude in all my posts (and post every day.)

I’m eternally grateful that I get to spend my declining years between the mountain and the sea. For this “flatlander” from arid Texas to be able to walk out my door and look one direction and see Puget Sound, and the other direction and see Mt. Rainier is a blessing.

“For the beauty of the earth…Lord, of all to thee we raise, this our hymn of grateful praise.”

 

 

30 Days of Thankfulness – 11/4/17

For the month of November, I’m going to try to include gratitude in all my posts (and post every day.)

Today I’m thankful for my friends on Facebook. You inspire me, and correct me, and pray for me, and love me. Some of you I’ve met in real life, and some are only pictures on a computer, but you are all dear to me. (And if your picture/icon didn’t make it there, it doesn’t mean I’m not thankful for you – it just means that Facebook only shows 16 at a time.)

 

 

30 Days of Thankfulness – 11/3/17

For the month of November, I’m going to try to include gratitude in all my posts (and post every day.)

Today I’m grateful for the ACLU. I feel safer and more sure of my constitutionally protected rights as an American. In these uncertain times, we all need all the help we can get in defending our rights.

Join me in donating to the ACLU.