A Message About Contentment



On this Post-Thanksgiving morning, I am thinking of all that I have to be thankful for. I have the most caring, compassionate and loving of family and friends. I have a job where I get to work with kids all day, in hopes of making them better people. I’ve been through some difficult situations which have made me stop and look at myself with unflinching honesty, as if to say “well, I guess you’ve got a choice to make. I can choose to live in this darkness – or to move on.”

All too often we think about things we should have done differently in our past, or how our current circumstances could only be “perfect” if we simply had that one person in our life to provide us with happiness… or if we could achieve that life-altering goal to feel noteworthy…

In the end our own happiness and self-worth come from within, and it all stems from being content with your life as it is, not as you wish it to be.

Ordinary Beauty

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I see beauty in the most ordinary places. I can’t help it… The contrast of these delicate leaves against the harsh driveway surface was stunning to me…


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Thanksgiving 2014


The day after Thanksgiving, I am even more thankful for the wonderful people in my life! What a spread: Aged Asiago, Orange Fig and Cranberry Cheddar Spreads… Lemon Artichoke Casserole, Carrot Suffle, Pork Stuffing, Vegetarian Stuffing, Green Bean Casserole, Asian Slaw Salad, Tossed Salad, Ginger Tangerine and Maple Cinnamon Cranberry Sauce and (of course) Smoked Turkey… We ended the night with a visit to Nana in the hospital with a broken arm. The snow reminded us that Christmas is just around the corner…

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November Potluck/Movie Night 2014


I hosted a potluck with friends last night. We toasted to “Friendsgiving” and enjoyed roasted chicken, creamy mashed potatoes, and a rich pumpkin tart. Our featured movie was Me And You And Everyone We Know. All in all, a wonderful night of living for the present, and sharing some laughter and pre-holiday cheer!  


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Daily Tarot Reading – KNIGHT OF WANDS – Suspending Expectation; Using Intuition To Move Forward

“Being a knight, you are always in the middle of a fire. If you want to survive, you must rely on good sense and the intuitive ability to react.”



The questing knight, this man traditionally signifies travel, and progress. This also refers to new ideas and inventions. He looks forward, intelligent and knowledgeable, and yet ready for battle and full of fire.

Being a knight, you are always in the middle of a fire. If you want to survive, you must rely on good sense and the intuitive ability to react. The horse represents a natural instinct, a drive. What you must find out is how you can find out what you want even before you’re aware of what you’re doing. Express your thoughts. Don’t consider eventual losses, and don’t have any expectations. Act before you know why. Just keep on moving because action is the only thing that brings you closer to your goal. Meanings, events and tasks will become clear only when things are happening.

Daily Tarot – SIX OF CUPS: Remembering Good Times; Moving On

Today’s card is a reminder to be carefree, and to reminisce on good times passed – (but not for too long).



The 6 of Cups is often a card about nostalgia; looking back on how things “used” to be. It is a reminder for me to look back fondly on the positive experiences in my life, while continuing to move forward.