Friday, February 26, 2016

Celebrating Some Personal Things


              I'm celebrating each Saturday or Sunday with Ruth Ayres at Discover Play Build

            I love reading your celebrations, too. 

         Today: loving this quote on my desk: "Barn burnt. Now I can see the moon."

          I attended a potluck luncheon with my bookstore group last Sunday. It's the annual meeting to visit, and I enjoyed meeting many of the volunteers that mostly I'll only connect to through e-mail. I'm celebrating kindness and niceness today. The person who welcomed me and trained me, then has given much support since he is the one I'm replacing as the volunteer coordinator. During this transition with new learning, and a myriad of names that have no faces, a varied schedule, I have been so grateful for his timely, and humorous, answers. He's made the complexities navigable. Whew!          


          In the face of much stress while watching this particular and peculiar election year, I celebrate that I know it can be different. It could mean a clear delineation of future plans for our country, plans that have a chance of implementation. That can include plans for good things to happen for our children, our poor and for education, in addition to making productive and positive connections to all the world. And I know that having conflicting opinions do not make scurrilous attacks necessary. It can be different. I celebrate than I can vote, which I'll be doing next Tuesday evening!
          Each day, I celebrate our blue, blue skies and sometimes gorgeous clouds. We've had incredibly warm weather in the new year, and pulling out short sleeves from the summer stash has been terrific. Those shirts welcome spring and feel very good.


26 comments:

  1. Blue skies and a bookstore - poetic happiness. US election - not poetic, rather scary, since the outcome is unpredictable. Having the right to vote is a good thing. I hope people use it wisely. I know you will.

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    1. Thanks, Terje, I'll be doing all I can in this election, and you're so right about that poetic happiness. I am loving the bookstore!

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  2. I so much enjoyed the optimistic quote and tone of your post Linda. I think I have been watching too much news lately and have become too much like Eyore about the elections.

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    1. I believe it can be changed, Bernadette if many of us step up to make it happen. But I know what you mean; the news does not make me smile. Thanks.

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  3. Your optimism shines through! As I think about this election, I feel like it's motivated many people who haven't cared to get out and vote. Maybe that's the upside. I have to believe it's going to be ok! We cancelled school here because so many voters are expected. Wow! And I always love hearing about the bookstore! So exciting!

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    1. Wow, school canceled! I wonder how many will come to our caucuses? It'll be another interesting week! Thanks, Michelle.

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  4. Linda, the campaign trail has been littered with such back stabbing that watching the debates is a lesson in patience. I celebrate along with you that you will be able to add your voice to the race. I just read that Michelle's school is closing because of the huge voter turnout. Let's see what that brings. Positivity counts!

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    1. I saw about Michelle's school, too, pretty amazing that. I've been to caucus over the years, and wonder how this one will be, a little nervous actually, but interested too! Thanks Carol.

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  5. Transitions such as the one you are making truly do allow us to see the kindness and generosity in others, as they look at the "better good" for the situation. I'm glad your transition is going well; here's praying for the transition of our country after this election - I hope it is done with kindness, generosity, and love for our country and all its people.

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    1. All your wishes are mine, too, Karen. We are again living in interesting times. Thanks for the comment about transitions. I am grateful to discover new ideas to make my days a pleasure.

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  6. Short sleeves? I'm so jealous, Linda. :) Your celebrations are bright and sunny this week!

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    1. It's very nice to be in short sleeves but a bit unnerving, too. It's only February after all. Thanks, Jennifer.

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  7. We've had beautiful blue skies as well. We should always celebrate kindness. We need so much more of it in the political sphere. When did it become not only OK but revered to be greedy and unkind?

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    1. As you can see, I am wondering how some are applauding the attacks and are not demanding more serious discourse. Sad to see. Thanks, Margaret.

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  8. Here, here for celebrating different, blue skies, kindness and voting. All good things. Adding into what Margaret said, I'm hoping for a little kindness seeping into our voting booths this year.

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    1. I hope so, too, Julieanne. I'm curious how my caucus will go on Tuesday.

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  9. So like you to have a positive spin on everything, Linda, even this horrible election. Here's to more kindness and niceness!

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    1. I certainly am hopeful, Tara. Thanks.

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  10. You are definitely looking at the moon, Linda! Your time at the bookstore sounds like the best kind of challenge! I, too, am loving the blue skies and warmer weather.

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    1. Hi Christy, love hearing you're loving the weather too. Yes, looking at the moon too!

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  11. Love your post, Linda. I'm looking forward to warmer weather here in Iowa, but I think we have a little more time to go. While yesterday was very nice, today it's a little cooler. Just a tease of spring, I guess.

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    1. I think we have a lot more time to go, too. Last year we had a big snow on Mother's Day! It's very strange to have continuous warmth. Thanks, Deb.

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  12. That's a great quote. Yes, I would like things to be different. We don't have to agree and we don't have to turn in hatred to those who think differently either.

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    1. Thanks, Crystal, glad to hear your thoughts too.

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  13. I've been celebrating blue skies,s but mine have a few more clouds in them! "...this particular and peculiar election year..." I'm glad there are people like you celebrating that things can be different. I'm clinging to the hope that many more good people will awake and speak up for the poor, for education, and for our world.

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    1. Me, too, Ramona, me, too. I'll be caucusing on Tuesday, trying to do what I can, and more in the coming months. It would be hard to be a teacher this year, or at least more challenging than in other years.

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