Go Placidly Amid the Noise and Haste – Vol. 10

You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here. ~ Max Ehrmann; Desiderata

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Try to be like the turtle – at ease in your own shell.
~ Bill Copeland

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The Second Day of Chickmas by hitandrun1964 of Rethinking Life

The Second Day of Chickmas by hitandrun1964 of Rethinking Life

TWO TURTLE LOVES
And
A chicklet in a pear tree

Candy and Terry fell in love. Rita is taking them to the pond behind the chicken coop so they will have safe place to live and start a family. They plan on celebrating the holiday at the coop, with the chickens and chicklets, because that’s what friends do. ~ hitandrun1964 of Rethinking Life

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“Only once in your life, I truly believe, you find someone who can completely turn your world around. You tell them things that you’ve never shared with another soul and they absorb everything you say and actually want to hear more. You share hopes for the future, dreams that will never come true, goals that were never achieved and the many disappointments life has thrown at you. When something wonderful happens, you can’t wait to tell them about it, knowing they will share in your excitement. They are not embarrassed to cry with you when you are hurting or laugh with you when you make a fool of yourself. Never do they hurt your feelings or make you feel like you are not good enough, but rather they build you up and show you the things about yourself that make you special and even beautiful. There is never any pressure, jealousy or competition but only a quiet calmness when they are around. You can be yourself and not worry about what they will think of you because they love you for who you are. The things that seem insignificant to most people such as a note, song or walk become invaluable treasures kept safe in your heart to cherish forever. Memories of your childhood come back and are so clear and vivid it’s like being young again. Colours seem brighter and more brilliant. Laughter seems part of daily life where before it was infrequent or didn’t exist at all. A phone call or two during the day helps to get you through a long day’s work and always brings a smile to your face. In their presence, there’s no need for continuous conversation, but you find you’re quite content in just having them nearby. Things that never interested you before become fascinating because you know they are important to this person who is so special to you. You think of this person on every occasion and in everything you do. Simple things bring them to mind like a pale blue sky, gentle wind or even a storm cloud on the horizon. You open your heart knowing that there’s a chance it may be broken one day and in opening your heart, you experience a love and joy that you never dreamed possible. You find that being vulnerable is the only way to allow your heart to feel true pleasure that’s so real it scares you. You find strength in knowing you have a true friend and possibly a soul mate who will remain loyal to the end. Life seems completely different, exciting and worthwhile. Your only hope and security is in knowing that they are a part of your life.”

~ Bob Marley

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“Don’t let the past steal your present. This is the message of Christmas: We are never alone.” ~ Taylor Caldwell

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“I believe that one defines oneself by reinvention. To not be like your parents. To not be like your friends. To be yourself. To cut yourself out of stone.”
~ Henry Rollins

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An Early Chickmas Gift by hitandrun1964 of Rethinking Life

An Early Chickmas Gift by hitandrun1964 of Rethinking Life

When handmade sweaters go bad

Alex received an early Chickmas gift from his Auntie Clar. Sadly, Auntie Clar got a bit carried away while knitting. The chicklets decided to use the sweater as a tent and they are all quite happy with their new home. ~ hitandrun1964 of Rethinking Life

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“My great hope is to laugh as much as I cry; to get my work done and try to love somebody and have the courage to accept the love in return.” ~ Maya Angelou

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“My idea of Christmas, whether old-fashioned or modern, is very simple: loving others. Come to think of it, why do we have to wait for Christmas to do that?” ~ Bob Hope

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“I’ve learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow. I’ve learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights. I’ve learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you’ll miss them when they’re gone from your life. I’ve learned that making a “living” is not the same thing as making a “life.” I’ve learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance. I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back. I’ve learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision. I’ve learned that even when I have pains, I don’t have to be one. I’ve learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back. I’ve learned that I still have a lot to learn. I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

~ Maya Angelou

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“You were never nothing less than beautiful
So don’t you worry
I’m your angel standing by”

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“Just because you fail once, doesn’t mean you’re gonna fail at everything. Keep trying, hold on, and always, always, always believe in yourself, because if you don’t, then who will, sweetie? So keep your head high, keep your chin up, and most importantly, keep smiling, because life’s a beautiful thing and there’s so much to smile about.”   ~ Marilyn Monroe

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“Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow, for heaven’s sake. Sing in the shower. Dance to the radio. Tell stories. Write a poem to a friend, even a lousy poem. Do it as well as you possible can. You will get an enormous reward. You will have created something.”
~ Kurt Vonnegut (A Man Without a Country)

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“To be nobody but yourself, in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else, means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting.”  ~  e.e. cummings

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Seven Cats A Singing by hitandrun1964 of Rethinking Life

Seven Cats A Singing by hitandrun1964 of Rethinking Life

Seven Cats a Singing

Six bright ideas
Five crimson rings
Four ticking clocks
Three leaky pens
Two swimming fish
and
A black bird on a party hat

hitandrun1964 of Rethinking Life

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Draw a crazy picture,
Write a nutty poem,
Sing a mumble-gumble song,
Whistle through your comb.
Do a loony-goony dance
‘Cross the kitchen floor,
Put something silly in the world
That ain’t been there before.

~ Shel Silverstein

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“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.” ~ Oprah Winfrey

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“Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.”
~ Buddha

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Ring out the old, ring in the new,
Ring, happy bells, across the snow:
The year is going, let him go;
Ring out the false, ring in the true.

~ Alfred, Lord Tennyson, “Ring Out, Wild Bells”

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We’d like to thank Gigi who blogs as hitandrun1964 at Rethinking Life for giving us permission to include her Chickmas pieces in this edition of Words for the Weekend. Please take a minute and head over to her blog to see the many other Chickmas pieces she has; they all are so fabulous. Picking just a few was very difficult!

We hope you all have a wonderful weekend and remember to go placidly amid the noise and haste that, at times, can be the holiday season! We’ll see you in 2014 with a new look and new themes! (If you have a theme suggestion feel free to share, we love a challenge!)  ~ Jennie

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“We elves try to stick to the four main food groups: candy, candy canes, candy corns and syrup.” ~ Buddy the Elf

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This week’s Holiday-themed music playlist via YouTube, including music by: John Denver, Jewel, John Lennon, The Muppets, C-3PO, and more.

52 comments

  1. Lovely, thank you:) Merry, merry.

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    1. Thank you as well! I wish I could have used all your Chickmas and Tags pieces, it was truly difficult to try to pick “favorites”, they’re all equally as wonderful! Have a wonderful weekend and a merry Christmas, Gigi! ~ Jennie

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    2. Merry, merry, Gigi. Thank you for allowing us to showcase your work. You’re such a renaissance woman–a talented writer, poet, photographer and artist, and an animal lover too! Much respect, Christy

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    3. Hi Gigi,
      Christy suggested that I drop you a note (xo Christy!). First of all, I loved your words, and stories and pictures 🙂 I think the Christmas sweater gone bad was my favorite! It made me smile and warm all over. I’m planning a small post for my own blog and wanted to see if it was okay to link back (pingback?) to your blog. I think my readers would love your positive spirit and talent. No hurry on the reply…I’m still working on a couple of other pieces. Merry Christmas!
      Michelle

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  2. Oh, I LOVE ‘Desiderata’. I have it memorised 😉

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    1. The Desiderata is one of my favorite pieces, I have it framed (Christy does as well, I believe) but, I don’t have it fully memorized! I’m glad you enjoyed it and hope you have a great weekend! ~ Jennie

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    2. I sure do have it framed, Jennie and Michelle, since before college and still in its “do it yourself” puzzle piece frame with scratched plastic glass. A humble reminder for me.

      In fact I shared it on RunningOnSober nearly a year and a half ago after the Aurora, Colorado shootings:

      http://runningonsober.com/2012/07/25/a-reminder-from-max-it-is-still-a-beautiful-world/

      A timeless message for us all, I’m so glad you included it here, Diddy. 🙂

      With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be careful. Strive to be happy.

      Happy Holidays, Michelle!
      -c

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  3. Does the greatness never end over here?! C.K. … beautiful. It is that sweet reminder that it (that I) am so much more than I ever possibly imagined it (or I) could be. Such a welcoming post. My love to you this holiday season. Lisa

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    1. Had to jump in on CK’s comments 🙂 (my husband and I are traveling today, so I’m distracting myself on the iphone from the traffic–he’s driving, lol)

      You have always been an inspiration to me, Lisa, and as Jewel sings:

      “You were never nothing less than beautiful”

      Wishing you a very Merry Christmas! Lots of love,
      Christy

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      1. 1. I love it. Giving up the driver’s seat.
        2. Ditto my friend. Ditto.

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        1. 1. Not easy.
          2. Effortless. Always.

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  4. This is yet again another great post. I love sitting back curled up on the couch Saturday mornings with a stout cup of bean and enjoying the mix. I have to apologize, for my laptop took a, umm, vacation last week and hasn’t been in the mood to cooperate on a daily basis until just recently. I thought I might share a nice little number I stumbled onto this morning after not seeing it for awhile. Hope that’s alright and y’all enjoy. Thanks Jennie and Christy. May peace be with all. 🙂

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    1. Of course it’s alright, that’s part of the fun. Perfect song for this happy vibe too, CTS, great choice. I’m on my phone, so I’ll edit it in later, but Eva Cassidy does beautiful versions of both songs too. Her “Rainbow” may be my favorite version of all.

      Sorry to hear about the laptop issues. They can be so moody. Drop me a note when you get settled, I still want to do what we were talking about. 🙂

      Love and peace to you too! -c

      Edited to add Eva Cassidy performing “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”:

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      1. I can’t believe you referenced Eva Cassidy, just last night I was looking for a good cover of time after time on YouTube and found Eva. It was the first time I had ever heard her and didn’t know she even existed, wow, then you go and mention her today. How about that? 🙂

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        1. *goosebumps*
          Synchronicity in the air! I had the coolest thing happen yesterday with my RoS blog… I’ll post about it there most likely on Monday, but it had to do with my mom (who passed away a couple years ago) and her birthday yesterday. It’s a magical time of year, isn’t it?

          I love Eva. It saddens me terribly that she is no longer alive here, but ah the musical gifts she left us. Invest in her “Songbird” album — every song is a treasure.

          Oh… Everything But the Girl. (Their big hit was “Missing”) …

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  5. So much to love here, Jennie, what a fabulous volume. You did such a great job curating these, it flows effortlessly.

    Hard to pick a favorite, but Bob may have edged out Max and Kurt.

    “Never do they hurt your feelings or make you feel like you are not good enough, but rather they build you up and show you the things about yourself that make you special and even beautiful. There is never any pressure, jealousy or competition but only a quiet calmness when they are around.”

    Perfect. 🙂

    But, please don’t judge me by how I untangle Christmas lights, lol. I usually say to hell with it and buy new ones in advance (when they are 90% off after the holidays of course.)

    Love the playlist too. What a happy, relaxed, feel-good post for the holidays. A perfect Words post–brava!–by perfect You.

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    1. I would never judge you for how you untangle Christmas lights, even if buying new ones is cheating 😉 Of course now you can’t judge me and my OCD packing away of the Christmas lights so they aren’t tangled!

      It means a lot to me that you loved this one, it means more that you trusted me to be able to do it without question. Thank you for that and for Words (and for covering comments while I ran around like a demented elf!)

      “I offer you peace.
      I offer you love.
      I offer you friendship.
      I see your beauty.
      I hear your need.
      I feel your feelings.
      My wisdom flows from the highest Source.
      I salute that Source in you.
      Let us work together. For unity and peace.”
      ~ Gandhi

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      1. Cheating?! Sez who? I consider it bolstering our economy. Helping to keep the world trade and commerce strong. Not to mention helping to keep my sanity strong.

        ((See? I can rationalize ANYTHING.))

        Gandhi made me cry. Thank you, well, for everything. Speaking of helping to keep my sanity strong … Thank you for that too.

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  6. Hi Jennie and Christy,
    Ah, fantastic! I introduced my husband to the “four food” groups on Tuesday complete with a viewing of “Elf.” Made me happy and warm all over (not to mention sugar overloaded!) I would love to steal the quote from Maya Angelou and pingback to your blog and hitandrun. Would you be okay with that? I think your messages are perfect, positive and more insightful than what I typically see come across my Facebook newsfeed 🙂
    Have a vrey happy and blessed holiday season. So glad I found you!
    xo, Michelle

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    1. Hey Michelle, since Jennie is out getting things ready for Santa, and I’m driving–well, riding–figured I’d hop on and say of course, please feel free to share the Maya. We’d be most grateful for the mention, thanks 🙂 As far as Gigi’s work, I’m sure she would love you mentioning or linking to it, but (just in case) if you wanted to actually use one of her images, you can ask her either in her comment above or on her blog (or I can ask if you’d like). She is such a creative talent.

      Thanks so much for the kind words. We’re all such word, music and art lovers–this is a great community to be part of. I’m so glad we met through Victoria.

      Yummm, candy…..
      xc. 🙂

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      1. Hi Christy,
        Thanks for the reply! Sorry for my lagging response…been way under the weather and am finally emerging again. I will definitely drop Gigi a note and get her permission if I decide to link back. I’ve been off writing for almost a full week, so I finally have some content to organize and duh, actually write! I also see that you have a post on your other blog sitting in my reader. Can’t wait to dig in. Merry Christmas to you and yours!
        so, Michelle

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        1. Hope you are feeling better Michelle. These hectic days can run anyone down, myself included. Hoping for a quiet week of R&R&football to charge up my batteries and immunity again. (Saw your note to Gigi, that was sweet.)

          So glad your writer’s block has passed — I’ve missed your words. I saw a post from you too in my email, will be by later. Your comment on RoS was so touching–thank you. I’m letting all of that energy and good vibes soak in before I reply over there, but I’ve seen all the comments and have been graciously warmed. Thank *you*. Merry Christmas to you and all the fam! xoxo Christy

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  7. Thank you. Happy Christmas.

    Child of the Universe. Love this.

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    1. This was great, Graham, thank you!

      A very merry and happy Christmas to you and your family. May your week be peaceful and joyous.

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  8. Beautiful compilation!

    Now I’m in the holiday spirit.

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    1. Make the most of the holiday spirit, Guap, and enjoy! It didn’t hit me until I listened to The Muppets and John Denver. It takes what it takes, they say.

      (89 days until Spring! But who’s counting? Oh yeah, we are.)

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  9. Love this…..
    Just returned, happy, from a holiday party and realized I didn’t read this this morning.
    So glad I didn’t….this and a cuppa tea is the perfect capper to my day!

    Thanks and Merry/Happy

    xo
    michele

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    1. Been thinking about you, Michele, and your ’14 word. I’m going to join you this year (though ’13 in retro had a letting go theme about it; I embraced Elle’s theme in that regard.) I have a good feeling what it will be, but I’m going to sit with it a bit more. And–yay!–I’ll be writing on RoS about it and so much more. I’m so ready to get back.

      I hope you do your quotes and words post, would love to mention it here.

      Merry Merry, happy happy. xo

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      1. I am doing it…
        it’s a work in progress..LOL….
        but it will be my word of the year post and it will be soon.
        I’ll be glad to see you back….
        and with that a question..whatever happened to Susan? Where is she?

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        1. I was hoping you would know about Susan, I’ve missed her. Someone asked me recently about her. Hmmmm. I need to reach out again, and then I guess I’ll put on my detective hat.

          Thanks for your sweet comment at RoS. I’m letting them all soak in… Love love love those winks!

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  10. Once again, Ladies, your timing is impeccable. Over the last couple of days, I have experienced the din of absolute crazy all around me, and my response was to say “Fuck it all”. So I ranted to my girl, and inside of this rant I was nobody but myself, and how. And she listened to every last word and then she spoke to me in that way, and I forgot about the fight I was having with the craziness. She brought me back to the center and it’s really the most amazing thing, when a person can do that for you.
    Then yesterday morning, I was bummed. I had to take my daughter to the airport. She is off to New Mexico for Christmas break to see Mom. But for the hour and a half we spent on the drive, I was forgetting all about being bummed because she was making me laugh so much. And the way she can make me laugh, every time. I’m a fool for it, tell you what.
    Thank you for the time you take with these posts. The quotes and the music are really sensational, but it’s the soul you bring to it that makes this thing come to life. I wish the both of you a very Merry Christmas and a brilliant New Year.
    PS- Here’s the song that I came back to this morning, when thinking on my girls.

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    1. Ya know, it’s funny, Cayman… When I saw your comment this morning, I was reminded of something I saw on tv a few nights ago. We were channel surfing or waiting to start a movie or something, and I caught a bit of Robin Roberts on Barbara Walters’s 2013’s Most Interesting People. Robin said, “When I am depressed, I find that I am usually thinking about the past. When I am anxious, I am usually thinking about the future. But when I stay right here in this moment? Things are pretty wonderful.”

      (It’s funny, because I later saw Elle’s comment about using 2014 to practice mindfulness and staying in the moment, and it went hand in hand with Robin’s words.)

      You’ve got some great ladies in your life, Cayman, and I know I’m happy to count myself as one of them–even in this virtual setting.

      You know I love James, so for you… his son, Ben, singing a song from my all-time favorite singer, Sade.

      (Jennie is out playing Buddy the Elf and battling all of the shopping crowds–I think she even said Toys R Us (crazy!)–if you get a sec, say a prayer for her survival, hahaha! … Two Words for y’all: Amazon Prime.)

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  11. I have to agree with the words above from Cayman. It IS the soul you bring that makes me look forward to visiting this site!! I would like to thank you so much for all of it. It has been quite a year and “words” has been such a joyful part of it all. I’m looking forward to all that you both have to share for the upcoming year.
    I’ve given a lot of thought to what “letting go” meant for me during 2013. It has been purifying in so many ways. Although I’ve had relapses, moments where I forgot to loosen the grip, for the most part it’s been quite freeing. With that said, I’ve discovered that when one let’s go, one can come to appreciate the beauty of the moment. And so, I think I’ve decided to have 2014 be the year of savoring the moment. It just seems to be the natural progression of things.

    PS. Thanks for the Eva Cassidy song. I’ve been a fan for a long time! And CK should know that I’m now obsessed with Amy Lee’s “Good Enough”!!
    Wishing you both happiness.

    ~Elle

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    1. I can’t walk through life facing backwards
      I have tried
      I tried more than once to just make sure.

      What a great song, Elle, Jason is such a fun singer. There is ALWAYS so much I want to say to you… as a friend wrote recently in an email, “F*ck, I am so wordy!” (I told her I was stealing that for my new tag-line.) but I’ll try to hit the highlights:
      — So grateful for you in all capacities this year+. You’ve been a big part of my healing, whether you know it or not, and I thank you.
      — I love the idea of “savoring each moment” in 2014. Perfect. Fits with the Robin Roberts quote I shared with Cayman above.
      — Eva Cassidy. Of course you love her too, how perfect!
      — I’ll be writing as RoS tomorrow. Had such a surprise and honor this week from WordPress. Stop by to read when you get some time.
      — I’m juggling two words for ’14; one is related to the RoS post and one is related to the below song.
      — Jennie will love that about Amy Lee. She’ll be checking in after all of her holiday shopping frenzy.
      — Wishing you (and your daughter) all good things. Have yourself a merry little Christmas!

      Sara B:

      “Let the words fall out…
      Let your words be anything but empty”

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      1. Thank you for your kind words!! I also have much I’d like to say to you!!!
        YOU have helped ME heal!! I happened upon your ROS site quite accidentally when looking for support in dealing with my daughter. How happy I am that I found your site!! You have been so encouraging, supportive, full of grace….and BRAVE!!!!
        Your words are always “anything but empty” and I’m grateful for your insight, vulnerability and wisdom.
        I look forward to reading your post on ROS, I know any honor afforded you is certainly very well deserved!!

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        1. I love those happy little coincidences and accidents. All part of that universal conspiracy theory I often muse about. I don’t understand it, but I am very grateful for it, this coincidental synchronicity and magnetic Law of Attraction… And loosely related, Elle, if you have not yet read The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, please do! I try to read it every year around Christmas; it starts me off in the right direction each new year. Grace and Brave… you smart cookie, you. 🙂

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  12. Wonderful post. Thanks so much for all of it! I’m very glad that our paths have crossed here.

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    1. Ann, hi, it’s so nice to meet you. I found you via Gigi’s blog in a comment you left for her, and I’m so glad I clicked over. Your blog really clicks with me on a personal level (and I may stop by to follow you later under my personal recovery blog Running on Sober), and I have enjoyed browsing your postings–especially your current one on signs and full stops (and, oh god, yes I know a thing or two about guilt over a past you cannot change or undo).

      I hope I didn’t find you too late though and that you will continue posting into 2014. (Please?)
      Gratitude, Christy

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      1. It’s not too late, Christy. Blogging helps me too much to stop now, so I will definitely write on. Lots of gratitude back at ya.

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  13. Christ, I’m going to have to come up with some new words to express how much I love this blog! I don’t just skim through it, I savor it, it’s like my new favorite thing to eat, made from the finest dark chocolate in the world. Every mouthful is a surprise of sensation.

    Pleasant surprises/discoveries in this post: The Oprah quote, which is right on. I love it. Also discovering Gigi’s happy art & poetry at Rethinking Life.

    The Bob Hope quote sparked a reverie of memory, and I had to stop reading to write it out – perhaps it will end up in a blog post eventually.

    On the one hand, there is too little time these days to do everything I think I need to do. On the other, there’s this — you amazing women who fill my well with your wisdom and words. Thank you. Deeply. What Cayman said is truer than true: soul, baby. You got some soul.

    Happy Christmas/Winter Solstice to you all!!

    xox

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    1. So much to say, Mary… all this talk of savoring, and butterfly nets and albums, and saving words, and dark chocolates, and too little time, and just wanting to push pause — even if just for a moment.

      So for you Mary, I offer you my love, my appreciation, and my friendship (which you have had all along.) If I could bottle time for you–“if words could make wishes come true”–you know I would, but I’m so glad you choose to share some of your valuable time with us. We are all better for you. xoxoxo

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  14. I was reminded this afternoon to, “count your blessings”. She was right. So much to be thankful this Christmas season. Appreciate you guys. Thank you.

    Alison Krauss and the fellas with Julie Lee’s ‘Away Down The River’

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    1. Aw man, Whistler, this is beautiful. But damn you for making me cry. (In the best of ways though!)

      So what’s good for the goose …. have a listen to Mary Chapin Carpenter’s “10,000 Miles” (but have some kleenex handy)

      Blessings abound when we have eyes that see.

      Happy Christmas week to you and yours. Get to work on your project, would be honored to see it (share it even?) when you’re finished.

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  15. whiteladyinthehood · ·

    Great Bob Marley quote! I hope you both have a very Merry Christmas!

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    1. I think that particular quote may be my favorite one of Marley’s. We hope you have a very happy and merry Christmas as well! 🙂

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    2. Ho ho ho!!!
      Have a great one, Whitelady, thanks for all the fabulous stories this year.
      I’m Your Number One Fan,
      Gringa

      but, you know, not like in a creepy Misery way… 😉

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  16. I love how you worked Buddy the Elf’s wisdom into this post. Perfect wrap up. And thanks for showing me Gigi’s blog. I love her Chickmas art. It’s henpecking good.

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    1. Doesn’t Gigi’s Chickmas art just make you happy? The Buddy the Elf quote was the first one that came to me when I started thinking about how I wanted to do this volume, apparently the four food groups are tops in my mind for the holiday season 😉 I hope you had a good weekend and have a great holiday week! ~ Jennie

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      1. Thanks, Jennie. We must be kindred spirits with how we view food groups.

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        1. See? She’s a kindred sugar-loving soul! Fits right in around here!

          Hope you and all the family have a wonderful Christmas, Char. Thank you for the sweet comment at RoS. I’m letting it all soak in before responding.

          Big bacon hugs to Ginger, and maple bacon donut hugs to you,
          Christy

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  17. Merry Christmas! Merry Christmas!! I’m savoring this in a post-Christmas glow and it’s even better after the fact. Have a wonderful New Year!

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    1. Merry Christmas, Kary, and all good things for us in 2014. I’m feeling good energy from you– things are good for you now, aren’t they? I’m so happy. 🙂

      Enjoy that glow, and shine on, my friend! You’re a lighthouse,
      Christy

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