10 Favorite Quotes of Thanksgiving

We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures. – Thornton Wilder This week and holiday here in the US is my favorite of all, for it is a time to say thanks. We have so much. We have been given more than we need.Continue reading “10 Favorite Quotes of Thanksgiving”

Saying THANKS This Thanksgiving

“Thank you, always say thank you; it’s the greatest gift you can give someone; because thank you is what you say to God.” -Maya Angelou   Every summer, I plant a tomato plant. Usually it’s from a 3″ pot, already growing. Sometimes it shows promise, maybe even bears a tomato or two, but they’re noContinue reading “Saying THANKS This Thanksgiving”

Some News I’m Pretty Proud Of…

“When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence.” ― Ansel Adams   Writing has always been my first creative love, but photography comes in a very close second. Often, here at my blog and site, I write about photography (link to a list ofContinue reading “Some News I’m Pretty Proud Of…”

Thanksgiving and Friendship

“The glory of friendship is not the outstretched hand, not the kindly smile, nor the joy of companionship; it is the spiritual inspiration that comes to one when you discover that someone else believes in you and is willing to trust you with a friendship.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson   Grace, Gratitude, and Living Abroad ThisContinue reading “Thanksgiving and Friendship”

A Birthday, a Blogiversary, and Gifts for You

“Writing and the business of words is astounding to me, as much as it is a love. To write something is to simply compose an idea—whether it is a greeting card of 8 words, a note of 80 words, an essay of 800 words, or a novel of 80,000 words—out of the elementary 26 charactersContinue reading “A Birthday, a Blogiversary, and Gifts for You”

Mentors: Helping Us to Be More Than We Could Be On Our Own

I carry your heart with me; I carry it in my heart. -e.e.cummings In 1992, I enrolled in the Mechanical Engineering program at Purdue University … a tough program, to say the least. I graduated with my engineering degree four and a half years after I started, though it wasn’t because of me. I hadContinue reading “Mentors: Helping Us to Be More Than We Could Be On Our Own”

Gratitude, in the Year’s Best Photos

Though our Thanksgiving this year is vastly different than all Thanksgivings in the past (Tomorrow is just a normal day here in Prague–school, work, etc.), we’re still remembering those things for which we are thankful. I’ve been blogging a whole year already (this is the 56th week), and out of gratitude, I’m posting, here, my best photosContinue reading “Gratitude, in the Year’s Best Photos”

Road Tripping and Finding Thanks

This past weekend, we ventured on a road trip. Just like the old folk song goes, “Over the meadow and through the woods …” Well, that was us this Thanksgiving. We went over the meadow and through the woods to share some of the holiday weekend with relatives. We’ve made the same journey so manyContinue reading “Road Tripping and Finding Thanks”