Happy Thanksgiving, y’all! And much reverential gratitude for this beautiful bird who gave his life for our feast today.
Day 26: After 8 hours of relentless rain from Asheville, NC to Centreville, VA - I’m thankful we’ve arrived safely for Britt’s family’s Thanksgiving at Cox Farms. Tomorrow? Processing 3 live turkeys. Thankful for safe travels, sweet people, & selfless turkeys.
Day 27: Man, I love goats in a major way. Any day spent in their company is a great one. For quality time with a whole bunch of those cloven-hoofed cuties, I’m very grateful.
Day 25: Did you know that today is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women? Since its passing by the UN in 1999, this day serves to raise awareness and push for an end to rape, domestic violence and other violence that women suffer across the globe.
For the women and men (and organizations like Helpmate in Asheville and Oasis in Boone) who support, counsel, educate, work tirelessly to protect women and their children against violence, and for the countless, courageous survivors above all, I am deeply proud and grateful.
For more information, click HERE.
Day 24: For this morsel of truth by Brian Andreas, I heartily agree with a heart full of resolve (and gratitude).
Day 23: I love holiday parades… the local characters, performers, balloons, silly costumes, and high school bands most of all… They make me feel giddy in a childlike way… and grateful.
Day 22: Friends! I want to express my deep gratitude to you and FOR YOU today! Thank you for using this internet contraption to share your “one wild and precious life” (as Mary Oliver said). Thank you for educating me, challenging me, enteraining me, and making me laugh a whole bunch. I love glimpses into your extraordinary lives… your work, travels, milestones (marriage, moves, children, beating cancer!), and the many beautiful ways you’re investing your days.
Many of us see each other next to never, but I feel I know many of you better than before because you generously and courageously share what means most to you here on this funny little interface called Tumblr.
I’ve chosen this picture of Meerkats I took this past summer because these little cuties are exceptionally good at teaching us how to live within the dynamics of a group. Meerkats spend a lot of their time grooming and playing with each other to bond as a family unit.
And I guess this is a silly, but perfect way to describe the way I feel about you. Thank you for “Meerkatting” around with me… Whether I haven’t seen you in years or I saw you just yesterday, I want you to know that you’ve enriched my life immensely and I’m so grateful to call each one of you my friend, dear ones! Cheers to YOU!
Day 21: Ansel Adams said, “You don’t make a photograph just with a camera. You bring to the act of photography to all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, the people you have loved.”
I don’t know …who the first person was that put a camera in my hands, but I owe them a debt of gratitude. I’m clearly not a professional photographer, but I’ve loved taking pictures since I was a wee lass. And I’m grateful to the folks in my life who graciously tolerate my frequent need to stop and snap.
Day 20: I met these adorable Pug sisters in a store this morning – Penelope (age 9) and Phoebe (age 10). Their “dad” told me he adopted the girls this past March after his 13-year-old Pug died.
Penelope and Phoebe were breeders in a puppy mill and had been passed around to different foster families for several years after they were rescued from the mill. He said, “It’s about time they get to …enjoy a “forever home” and I’m thankful to be able to provide that for these deserving sisters in their golden years.”
What a guy! By adopting elder dogs, this gentleman knows full well he’ll face the grief of their loss sooner than he would’ve if he’d adopted younger dogs.
For selfless folks who invest themselves in the lives of others who need a little love and tenderness in this life – be it canine, feline, bovine, human, you name it - I am so encouraged by, proud of, and thankful for you today.
Day 19: Frisky canines begging for head pats over their fences. Neighborhood cats rolling on their backs for a belly rub. Fallen leaves crunching underfoot. Lovely views of Mt. Pisgah and Town Mountain from the Haywood Street 240 overpass. Downtown barely awake as tourists and locals alike roll into coffee shops and breakfast spots. Men rolling fresh kegs out of their beer trucks and down the street. Flocks of birds sunbathing in a row on the roof of the Haywood Park Hotel. Shop keepers sweeping sidewalks while buskers tune their banjos. Arriving to the office red-faced, thirsty, and happy…
For this delightful play that unfolds before me on my walk to work, I am glad and grateful.