We Are Saying Thank You – Vol. 7

“If the only prayer you said was thank you, that would be enough.” ~ Meister Eckhart

In this time of thanks and gratitude, Jennie and I wish you and your loved ones peace, love and an endless supply of chocolate. May you carry your gratitude not just today, but every day. And on the days you forget to carry it, may it ride ever so lightly on your shoulder–a golden butterfly resting her wings–causing everyone around you to marvel and smile in your presence.

Happy holidays, with gratitude. Thank you for being a friend, Christy and Jennie

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“Thank you for being a friend
Traveled down the road and back again
your heart is true you’re a pal and a confidant

I’m not ashamed to say
I hope it always will stay this way
My hat is off, won’t you stand up and take a bow

And if you threw a party
Invited everyone you knew
You would see, the biggest gift would be from me
and the card attached would say,
Thank you for being a friend”

~ “Thank You For Being a Friend” (video) by Andrew Gold, on Thank You For Being a Friend

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“Flamin’ eyes of people fear
Burnin’ into you
Many men are missin’ much
Hatin’ what they do
Youth and truth are makin’ love
Dig it for a starter, now
Dyin’ young is hard to take
Sellin’ out is harder

Thank you falettinme
Be mice elf agin
I want to thank you falettinme
Be mice elf agin”

~ “Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)” (video) covered by Dave Matthews Band; originally performed by Sly and the Family Stone, on Greatest Hits

(If you want an instant mood booster, watch this. Dave dancing around the stage = Pure joy, especially at 6:01.)

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“I am grateful for what I am and have. My thanksgiving is perpetual. It is surprising how contented one can be with nothing definite – only a sense of existence. My breath is sweet to me. O how I laugh when I think of my vague indefinite riches. No run on my bank can drain it, for my wealth is not possession but enjoyment.” ~ Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)

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“I thank you God for this most amazing day, for the leaping greenly spirits of trees, and for the blue dream of sky and for everything which is natural, which is infinite, which is yes.” ~ e e cummings

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Waking up this morning, I see the blue sky.
I join my hands in thanks for the many wonders of life;
For having twenty-four brand new hours before me.
The sun is rising.
The forest becomes my awareness bathed in sunshine.

~ Thich Nhat Hanh

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“The greatest thing is to give thanks for everything. He who has learned this knows what it means to live. He has penetrated the whole mystery of life: giving thanks for everything.” ~ Albert Schweitzer

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"Homemade Cranberry Sauce" via How Crazy Cooks (visit for recipe)

“Homemade Cranberry Sauce” via How Crazy Cooks (visit for recipe)

“I made cranberry sauce, and when it was done put it into a dark blue bowl for the beautiful contrast. I was thinking, doing this, about the old ways of gratitude: Indians thanking the deer they’d slain, grace before supper, kneeling before bed. I was thinking that gratitude is too much absent in our lives now, and we need it back, even if it only takes the form of acknowledging the blue of a bowl against the red of cranberries.” ~ Elizabeth BergOpen House

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“Day and night gifts keep pelting down on us. If we were aware of this, gratefulness would overwhelm us. But we go through life in a daze. A power failure makes us aware of what a gift electricity is; a sprained ankle lets us appreciate walking as a gift, a sleepless night, sleep. How much we are missing in life by noticing gifts only when we are suddenly deprived of them.” ~ David Steindl-Rast

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“Eventually we will find (mostly in retrospect, of course) that we can be very grateful to those people who have made life most difficult for us.” ~ Ayya Khema

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“Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn’t learn a lot at least we learned a little, and if we didn’t learn a little, at least we didn’t get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn’t die; so, let us all be thankful.” ~ Gautama Buddha

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“I give thanks on this day and every day for the ability you gave me to gather the beauty of the land as if it were water that one takes with the lips, and also for the wealth of pain that I can carry in the depths of my soul without dying.” ~ Gabriela Mistral

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What it is
I know not,
But with gratitude
My tears fall.
Saigyō Hōshi

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“The highest tribute to the dead is not grief but gratitude.” ~ Thornton Wilder

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“If we were always conscious of the fact that people precious to us are frighteningly mortal, hanging not even by a thread, but by a wisp of gossamer, perhaps we would be kinder to them and more grateful for the love and friendship they give to us.” ~ Dean Koontz, Seize the Night

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Messenger

by Mary Oliver

My work is loving the world.
Here the sunflowers, there the hummingbird—
equal seekers of sweetness.
Here the quickening yeast; there the blue plums.
Here the clam deep in the speckled sand.
Are my boots old? Is my coat torn?
Am I no longer young, and still half-perfect? Let me
keep my mind on what matters,
which is my work,
which is mostly standing still and learning to be
astonished.
The phoebe, the delphinium.
The sheep in the pasture, and the pasture.
Which is mostly rejoicing, since all the ingredients are here,
which is gratitude, to be given a mind and a heart
and these body-clothes,
a mouth with which to give shouts of joy
to the moth and the wren, to the sleepy dug-up clam,
telling them all, over and over, how it is
that we live forever.

~ “Messenger” by Mary Oliver, from Thirst

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Thanks

by W.S. Merwin

Listen
with the night falling we are saying thank you
we are stopping on the bridges to bow from the railings
we are running out of the glass rooms
with our mouths full of food to look at the sky
and say thank you
we are standing by the water thanking it
smiling by the windows looking out
in our directions

back from a series of hospitals back from a mugging
after funerals we are saying thank you
after the news of the dead
whether or not we knew them we are saying thank you

over telephones we are saying thank you
in doorways and in the backs of cars and in elevators
remembering wars and the police at the door
and the beatings on stairs we are saying thank you
in the banks we are saying thank you
in the faces of the officials and the rich
and of all who will never change
we go on saying thank you thank you

with the animals dying around us
our lost feelings we are saying thank you
with the forests falling faster than the minutes
of our lives we are saying thank you
with the words going out like cells of a brain
with the cities growing over us
we are saying thank you faster and faster
with nobody listening we are saying thank you
we are saying thank you and waving
dark though it is

“Thanks” by W.S. Merwin, from Migration: New & Selected Poems

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~ “A Good Day” (video) by Brother David Steindl-Rast via gratefulness.org:

You think this is just another day in your life. It’s not just another day. It’s the one day that is given to you today. It’s given to you. It’s a gift. It’s the only gift that you have right now. And the only appropriate response is gratefulness. If you do nothing else but to cultivate that response to the great gift that this unique day is, if you learn to respond as if it were the first day in your life and the very last day, then you will have spent this day very well. . . .

Open your heart to the incredible gifts that civilization gives to us. You flip a switch and there is electric light. You turn a faucet and there is warm water and cold water. And drinkable water! It’s a gift that millions and millions in the world will never experience.

So these are just a few of an enormous number of gifts to which we can open your heart. So I wish you that you would open your heart to all these blessings and let them flow through you, that everyone whom you will meet on this day will be blessed by you, just by your eyes, by your smile, by your touch. Just by your presence. Let the gratefulness overflow into blessing all around you. Then it will really be a good day.

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“I guess I could be pretty pissed off about what happened to me
but it’s hard to stay mad when there’s so much beauty in the world.
Sometimes I feel like I’m seeing it all at once, and it’s too much,
my heart fills up like a balloon that’s about to burst…

and then I remember to relax,
and stop trying to hold on to it,
and then it flows through me like rain
and I can’t feel anything but gratitude
for every single moment
of my stupid little life…

You have no idea what I’m talking about, I’m sure.
But don’t worry.

You will someday.”

~ From movie American Beauty, written by Alan Ball

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“So long, and thanks for all the fish.” ~ Douglas AdamsThe Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

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This week’s Gratitude-themed music playlist via YouTube:

Select Past Words for the Weekend Volumes:

46 comments

  1. Another wonderful post! Thank you for sharing so much of yourself with us. This blog has been a great help to me and I’m glad that you continue share and encourage others. (I’ve noticed your message on the other site and can respect your position, but sure am glad you’re still keeping up with this one !) I saw this quote recently and it really touched me so I thought I would share….’Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.’
    — MELODY BEATTIE

    Wishing you all good things…..
    ~Elle

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    1. Hi Elle,
      That’s a brilliant quote by Melodie, in fact, most of her stuff is brilliant, isn’t it? I’ve embraced many of her teachings in Letting Go. Karen Casey is another excellent teacher in detaching with love (edited to add Karen’s blog ).

      (Did you know Melody has–or at least had–a daily affirmation type of blog? I forgot to mention it to you, but your quote reminded me. I’ll edit it into this comment when I get on the laptop later.
      Edited to add links: Melodie’s daily meditations; and Melodie’s personal blog )

      Hope you had a nice Thanksgiving! Don’t forget, you and your friend have an open invitation to share your poetry or prose–Jennie and I will build a theme around it. Offer is always open! xoxo, C

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      1. Thank you for sharing those links I know I’ll enjoy checking them out. Thanks too for your generous offer. I will keep it in my back pocket for now. I have let go of many things this past year, but timidity is not one of them…=) All in good time I suppose……in the meantime I will continue to gather inspiration from kind folks such as yourself and Jennie and others (including Mr. Sponsorpants who you so generously gave great kudo’s to on ROS..nicely done!!)

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        1. You are very welcome, and, of course, take as much time as you’d like–the offer is always open and never expires. We’ll see what theme 2014 brings us, you never know. 😉

          Mr. SP is wonderful. I mostly lurk there, but I am a long time reader and admirer; it felt so good to pay his help forward.

          Have a wonderful week, my sweet friend,
          Christy

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  2. Great set, and an excellent list of sources (though Dean Koontz was unexpected).
    Thank you,

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    1. Dean Koontz has surprising moments of poignancy. A few of my favorite quotes belong to Dean, though he does seem out of place in between cummings and Oliver. It’s like Chex mix around here!

      Hope y’all had a nice Thanksgiving!

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  3. In the time of my confession, in the hour of my deepest need
    When the pool of tears beneath my feet flood every newborn seed
    There’s a dying voice within me reaching out somewhere
    Toiling in the danger and in the morals of despair.

    Don’t have the inclination to look back on any mistake
    Like Cain, I now behold this chain of events that I must break
    In the fury of the moment I can see the master’s hand
    In every leaf that trembles, in every grain of sand.

    Oh, the flowers of indulgence and the weeds of yesteryear
    Like criminals, they have choked the breath of conscience and good cheer
    The sun beat down upon the steps of time to light the way
    To ease the pain of idleness and the memory of decay.

    I gaze into the doorway of temptation’s angry flame
    And every time I pass that way I always hear my name
    Then onward in my journey I come to understand
    That every hair is numbered like every grain of sand.

    I have gone from rags to riches in the sorrow of the night
    In the violence of a summer’s dream, in the chill of a wintry light
    In the bitter dance of loneliness fading into space
    In the broken mirror of innocence on each forgotten face.

    I hear the ancient footsteps like the motion of the sea
    Sometimes I turn, there’s someone there, other time it’s only me
    I am hanging in the balance of the reality of man
    Like every sparrow falling, like every grain of sand.

    — “Every Grain of Sand”, Bob D.

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    1. Simply beautiful. Thank you, Dan.

      The Blind Boys of Alabama cover this (with Bon Iver) on their newest album — it’s a breath of fresh air:

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  4. I am grateful for this collection of thoughts and words and music and images that stir my soul. Thank you both.

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    1. You are so kind, Mary, thank you.

      Your talent and your love of the written word has inspired me so much this year–you are helping me become a stronger writer–and I am so grateful to you.

      Please have a gooey chocolatey brownie for me!

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  5. I saw you over at Cayman Thorn’s and he spoke so highly of you I had to stop in, what trip. I was having a cup of tea and the tag on the bag said “An attitude of gratitude brings opportunities.” That tripped me out. Nice post. And awesome for starting out with the Golden Girls theme song. 🙂

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    1. Oooooh it must be fate! I’m drinking tea too! (but actually I drink tea nearly non-stop now, so maybe it’s just more like coincidence?)

      Still, yes, very trippy about your teabag message. Love that! And I just realized the whole golden thing I had going on with the start of this: gold butterflies, Golden Girls, Andrew Gold…

      So glad you clicked over. I adore Cayman. He jokes about how sweet I am, but, really, it’s the other way around. He’s as sweet as Tupelo Honey. 🙂

      Thanks very much for the visit and for the comment, it’s so nice to meet you,
      Christy

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  6. I love that Thoreau quote…and your beginning one wishing me lots of chocolate. Thanks! It does make life so much more joyful when we cultivate an attitude of gratitude. Being thankful for everything is the key to happiness.

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    1. I hoped my wishing all an endless supply of chocolate wasn’t redundant. I mean, peace and love is the same thing as endless chocolate, right?

      Life certainly is nicer when we are thankful and appreciative. It changes our whole outlook. Hope you enjoyed Thanksgiving, Char!

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      1. I loved it! And I don’t think chocolate can ever be redundant.

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  7. Love Pink Floyd, when I was young I painted the words to ‘Wish You Were Here’ backwards on my wall so when you looked in the mirror you could read the words. I also had the lyrics to ‘People Are Strange’ painted on my wall too. Good post for the weekend….. 🙂

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    1. That’s brilliant, CTS, I wish I would have thought to do the same. Could have used glow-in-the-dark paint to do the lyrics–and to add some stars too–then you could lay in bed and really float amid the song and stars.

      I love The Wall but “Wish You Were Here” is def my favorite Pink Floyd song.

      I hope you have a nice week,
      Christy

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      1. Glow in the dark paint! Man I wish I had thought of that. So many Floyd songs are above and beyond it’s hard to pick just one, they are in a class of their own. But I’ve always favored ‘Vera’ as my best. I also like in ‘Nobody Home’ when he says “I got amazing powers of observation”, I’ve always lived by that. But Vera has a special place for me. Oh, and I had the glow stars. 🙂 hope you have a good week aswell.

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        1. Vera…. I’m not remembering that…. I’ll give both songs a listen later this afternoon, thanks!

          I need to shoot you an email with some upcoming theme thoughts. I want so badly to feature your work! Next week is “Earth” (to close out the physical elements), then I think Jennie & I will collaborate on “Love” (the 5th element). Then, who knows. Have any theme ideas? 🙂 I’ll touch base soon my friend. -c

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          1. That sounds great. I’ll put some notes together and start some ideas. 🙂

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        2. Hi CTS! I just had to jump in here, “Vera” is an excellent song! “Nobody Home” has always been among my favorite Floyd songs, “I’ve got a strong urge to fly, but I’ve got nowhere to fly to” as a kid that line was perfect in my mind. And I did actually have a little black book with my poems in, so that struck me as well 😉

          My older daughter and I painted her room black, with glow in the dark stars and glow in the dark paint and then to add a bit of color to it I let her paintball it. (my parents wouldn’t let me paint my room black back when I was a kid, when she asked I kind of couldn’t say no lol) Though no Floyd was written on the walls but lyrics that meant things to her were. It looked pretty cool when she was done with it 🙂 -Jennie

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          1. Paintballs, that must have been fun and looked cool. My room all started with some railroad chalk and signatures of guests then evolved into an ever morphing mural of sorts. We would all hangout and just paint whatever came to us, sadly we had to move and it got painted over. But I like to think since we used a lot of thick acrylic paint that when the light hits it just so, the new occupants, can see a jumbled mystery outline of what is underneath. I bet it drives them crazy trying to figure it out. Ha! Glad you jumped in the thread, that’s cool about having a little black book with your poems in it. Such a great song. 🙂

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          2. You are such a rockstar Mom, Jennie. Too perfect that y’all did glow in the dark paint. Awesome. And the stars, can’t forget the stars!

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  8. whiteladyinthehood · ·

    Happy Holidays! Thank YOU for sharing Words for the Weekend!

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    1. Happy Holidays to you too White Lady. I hope you had a nice Thanksgiving week. Thank you for being a friend!

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  9. Thank you for following my blog. The wonderful thing about visiting new places is seeing new ways to communicate. This was lovely and I’ll be back (not quoting Arnold am following you as well.)

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    1. Oh don’t be afraid to throw some Terminator into the fray. We’re a mixed bag around here; I think I used the term “Chex Mix” earlier, though “Fruit Loops” would probably work as well.

      Very nice to meet you John, and thank you for the follow. I’m glad Cayman connected us–he IS a prince, indeed.

      Have a wonderful week, Christy

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  10. Hi Jennie and Christy,
    You did it again! After reading a month of everyone’s daily thanks items on Facebook, I’ll admit to being a bit numb and uninvited to the whole gratefulness party. Even though I’m a naturally grateful person, social media had done it’s job to water down the content and make it feel less than sincere. Thank YOU for bringing me back with a little Thoreau and Cummings. On a side note: I’m going to start drinking tea in copious amounts…it must be a creative aphrodisiac.

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    1. Michelle, hi!
      I confess I tire of those gratitude summaries too. They seem often fake and forced.
      I much prefer the realism of gratitude for every day, regardless of the good or bad that has happened, (I am grateful to know the vast sorrow my heart can hold without bursting), we can say thank you every morning and every night, and we can wave, dark though it is.
      At least we have running water, right?

      (Re: writer’s block… Just sit and write, M, even in a journal, even if it’s describing what you see in the room, or what you ate for breakfast, but the key is don’t stop writing. Don’t lift the pen for 15 minutes–30 or 60 even if you have time. Try this for a week and see what happens. And tea helps too. 😉 )

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  11. Seriously, you ladies find the best words for the occasion, every single time. It’s like some sort of superpower. Lovely, lovely, lovely. (Especially the Golden Girls theme song, because it’s one of my favorite shows EVER.)
    Peace and love to both of you. xoxo

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    1. A superpower! I love it!
      Able to leap burning poems and rescue abandoned puppies with a song!
      Haha, you’re the best Nicole, we are saying thank you 🙂 xo

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  12. Have kept coming back here to find a specific quote or reason I wanted to say thank you for. But it all just blows my mind. I love your range from high brow to low brow and every (eye)brow in-between. Thank you

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    1. And I thank you. I really felt this week’s theme. We went off schedule from the elements to do it too–I thought it would be good mental health for me, as the holidays can be tough.

      Merwin and Oliver are two of my favorite current poets, they are so gifted to capture the ordinary around us and make it something to be grateful for, extraordinary.

      Grateful for you, Joy, thank you.

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  13. love the quotes and the tunes….hey, you have long december on the stove. and fiona apple, and sara’s ‘vegas’, love it. on and on, always better.
    and the good vibes on this blog are natural, infinite and yes. lots and lots of yes.
    thank you ladies

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    1. Lots and lots of yes, yes! See, this is why we get along so well, C-Man, I say something, and you say “yes.” Plus you dig music. Especially VM and CCrows, and SaraB too, awesome, yes, yes, yes.

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  14. I am awarding you the Blog of the Year Award 2013 as an expression of my gratitude for following “The Journal of Wall Grimm” blog. You can see the post here: http://wp.me/p41c99-hx If you don’t accept awards, that’s no problem at all. Awarding you is my way to thank you and it is of no insult to me if you decline.

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    1. That’s so nice of you, Sage, thank you for thinking of us. “We are saying thank you.” 😉

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      1. You’re very welcome 😉

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  15. Brilliant! I love your posts. Always such amazing music thrown in there too. Obviously absolutely love the Dave Matthews video you posted. Awesome song, and a lot of fun. One of my faves. That playlist is fantastic too! Lots of great stuff on there. Had me dancing about like a complete drongo. Kinda like Dave. Haha, learnt from the best.

    Great post as always, Christy!

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    1. Drongo, LOL, I don’t even know what that means, but I think it is one of my new favorite words, EJ.

      Had to look it up… Wiki says it’s a bird, but I like the Urban Dictionary def:

      “Australian slang: A “no-hoper” or fool. Derives from a racehorse of that name in the 1920’s that never won a race out of 37 starts”

      You may have just introduced a new slang term to our English language, awesome!

      Always a pleasure to see you, Kramer, I haven’t forgotten about that playlist collaboration — let’s plan for sometime in the new year. I’ll shoot you an email with some theme suggestions, you let me know what jumps out to you to play DJ. 🙂

      Have a great weekend, Christy

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      1. Haha, yeah ‘drongo’ basically refers to an idiot, or is meant to less harshly describe a daft fool. Aussie slang at its best.

        Yes! I am very keen for that collaboration. Any time is good for me. I have a lot of time off over the holidays. Do you have my eMail? I don’t know exactly how WordPress works. If so, definitely hit me up, and we’ll start working it out. Thanks!

        Going to be a blast. You have a great weekend too! 🙂

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  16. This compilation is just right, sound and sight.

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    1. Hey Mike! Great to see you, so glad you dropped by.
      Hope you are getting in some good runs and training.
      My best,
      Christy

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  17. I know I’m late, but this just reminds me of how freaking awesome life is. I love the quote by Henry David Thoreau- I have one of his on my blog too about life. I also love the Alan Ball’s quote. So much emotion in that one. Thank you for sharing the quotes that are able to emote so much feelings in me on a Monday noon. *thank you bow and big hugs*

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    1. Hi Sunshine, please believe me when I say no comment is ever late. Each one is perfectly timed, both in when it needs to be written and in when it needs to be read.

      Yesterday was cold and icy and gray here. Receiving your comment, I felt a (much needed) warm ray of sunshine on my shoulder. And I thank you dearly.

      Love, Christy

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