Monthly Archives: November 2013

Vigil of the First Sunday of Advent

The photo is from my walk on Thanksgiving.  It was such a beautiful day. Tonight I will head to Mass.  Every year as I enter the church on the Saturday Vigil Mass prior to the first Sunday of Advent, I … Continue reading

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How can I start listing the things I am grateful for?  It seems impossible.  But I know I am grateful to be baking pies this morning.   The last year has been an ascent out of hell for me.  How … Continue reading

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My plan was to get up super early this morning and get to the grocery store before work.  For some reason, I slept for almost 10 hours instead.  I will likely go ON my way to work, I have only … Continue reading

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Practical Holiday Tips

I remember so well the first year of sobriety and going through “the holidays” sober for the first time in my adult life.  I was given some practical advice that has served me well over the years.   We may … Continue reading

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Back to it

A hike yesterday was shortened by high winds and freezing cold temperatures.  I wasn’t dressed adequately, or I could have continued.  It was still good to get out in the fresh air. As I write I am enjoying  a plate … Continue reading

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Gratitude Meeting

This morning I went to a good old fashioned gratitude meeting.  How lovely.  Some of us talked about our experience with one of my dear former boyfriends.  He is now ill, but he is still sober – over 40 years. … Continue reading

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50 Years Ago Today

I was a sixth grader at Holy Family School.  An announcement was made over the PA system.   The President had been shot.  We were to all file out to the church.  We hit our knees and prayed for all … Continue reading

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Snowy Morning

Text received from daughter this morning.  I’ll be careful.  And a little bit afraid.  Snow is one thing, ice another.  Ice is not fun to drive, especially not on the hills of my neighborhood. I finally got to confession yesterday … Continue reading

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Wednesday a.m.

Browsing through my last 12 months of photos this morning, I found this wonderful photo of a pot of cranberries.  A reminder that it is a week away from Thanksgiving. My son is coming back from Montana for the holiday … Continue reading

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Over the weekend, even with a migraine, I hit the trail.  I did not run.  I did not walk fast.  I did not go a long distance.  I set out to walk one slow mile.  When I had finished a … Continue reading

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