I am grateful each time the calendar turns to a New Year. Health scares (in the past) bring reality into focus. The gift of each new day is precious. The gift of a New Year ahead of us? We can make it memorable. Let’s do that.
I’m grateful that nineteen years ago, Steven Palmquist, Vicki Semsch, and I decided we didn’t like making resolutions. Instead, we chose a theme for our personal year, one word or a phrase that we wanted to shape the coming months. This year, my word is “motion.” It holds meaning for me on many levels. I think the best themes do that. Last year, my theme was “joy.” I kept bringing my focus back to that inspiration throughout the year … it was a good choice. How about you? What is your theme for the coming year?
Last night, as friends gathered around the table for dinner, I observed as people took turns listening, questioning, and conversing. Laughter, glistening tears, congratulations, surprise, and caring. I realized how grateful I am for conversation, face to face, no digital intrusion, no miles or pixels between us. It’s an emotional high that’s nearly impossible to replicate in any other way. Let’s sit down together soon and exchange news, thoughts, ideas, and our love for each other.
This photo is the background for my computer screen. You may recognize it as the main reading room at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC. For me, it represents my dreams, goals, and ambitions. Reality and fantasy. Truth and fiction. The infinite possibility of discovery. I am grateful to the people who established this place that safeguards our knowledge and to those who carry on that mission. Do you follow them on Facebook? Something wonderful to behold each and every day.
On mornings after a snowstorm, I am grateful for the snow-painted beauty of Timber Crest Forest,
I often think that if I were a song, it would be this one, Mood Indigo, composed and performed by Duke Ellington, with a clarinet solo by Russell Procope. Here’s a wonderful film of Ellington and his Orchestra. I am grateful for the music that connects me to the world, then, now, and always.
Today I am grateful for visions of Christmas future. Believe in the Light and the power we have to share our love to create that future.
‘Tis the season … for enjoying good books! From our celebration to yours, we wish you engrossing reading. We’re grateful to authors past, present, and future for the gifts they give us every day.
I am grateful for each Christmas past. Wishing you, dear friends and family, sweet memories of Christmas celebrations.
I am endlessly fascinated by the creative mind and art of Al Hirschfeld, who crafted images of Broadway and other entertainment throughout his life, 1903-2003. His subject matter, his hidden Ninas, his perceptions … I am grateful he shared his talent with us. If you live near NYC, there is an exhibition of his work at New York City Center through March 3, 2019. This image is Patrick Stewart in “A Christmas Carol” from 1994.
View more of Hirschfeld’s art at The Al Hirschfeld Foundation.