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Grateful for NASA’s Space Program (TY-27)

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I have always been fascinated with astronomy, the moon, the stars, the planets, our solar system, our galaxy and the entire universe. The vastness of our universe and everything in it is remarkable. I am deeply grateful that our wonderful nation has such a phenomenal space program with NASA. Of course, I may be a bit biased because my wonderful father spent his entire career working (playing) there as a master electrical engineer (some called him a rocket scientist). He was responsible for the communication instruments used on Viking 1 and 2, which were hugely vital and very important to the mission. His work is on Mars! How many people can boast about that!

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Last night at 8:15 p.m. EST (0115 GMT Wednesday), the Orbital Sciences-built Minotaur 1 rocket launched into space from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia to begin the ORS-3 mission, which is run by the U.S. military’s Operationally Responsive Space Office. As you can see from the images, it was awesome. NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility had a live webcam running during the launching. This launching brings back beautiful memories for me. When I was about 8 years old, I had the opportunity to see a huge rocket (Viking 2) launch from Cape Kennedy, which was destined for Mars in search for life!

The rocket used to carry Viking 2 was MASSIVE and during the pre-launch events, it was referred to as THE BEAST! THE BEAST shook the ground a mile or more away as it took off. I know this for a fact because I was there to witness it from a distance of about one mile away. I will never, ever forget this event. Ah, yes! I do deeply appreciate NASA and its phenomenal space program. May we never lose our pioneering, creative and engineering spirits!

 

Grateful for Mom’s Hands (TY-26)

Today I wish to express my deepest appreciation for my mother and her hands. She has done countless deeds to make our lives wonderful. She is a phenomenal wife to my father and an extraordinary caretaker for my sister and I. Her gifts and talents are numerous. Her love for us is endless. There is nothing in the world I would not do for her. Yet, she expects nothing in return but our happiness. My mother is the epitome of unconditional love for which I am profoundly grateful. Thank you, mommy.

Her Hands

© Maggie Pittman

Her hands held me gently from the day I took my first breath.
Her hands helped to guide me as I took my first step.
Her hands held me close when the tears would start to fall.
Her hands were quick to show me that she would take care of it all.

Her hands were there to brush my hair, or straighten a wayward bow.
Her hands were often there to comfort the hurts that didn’t always show.
Her hands helped hold the stars in place, and encouraged me to reach.
Her hands would clap and cheer and praise when I captured them at length.

Her hands would also push me, though not down or in harm’s way.
Her hands would punctuate the words, just do what I say.
Her hands sometimes had to discipline, to help bend this young tree.
Her hands would shape and mold me into all she knew I could be.

Her hands are now twisting with age and years of work,
Her hand now needs my gentle touch to rub away the hurt.
Her hands are more beautiful than anything can be.
Her hands are the reason I am me.

Source: Her Hands, Mother Poem http://www.familyfriendpoems.com/poem/her-hands#ixzz2DYWQnTVE
www.FamilyFriendPoems.com

As promised in yesterday’s blog (Grateful for Goodness), here is the image of the 3 “tree canvas ornaments” I made for my friend Lorrie B. Jonas and the tree she is contributing to the A Festival of Trees fundraiser (http://www.festivaloftreesutah.org/). If you are interested in donating artwork, join this group on Facebook: Festival Of Trees-Artist Around The World Tree. She needs to have the artwork no later than November 30, 2013. I am mailing these out today.

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Grateful for Goodness (TY-25)

As we appreciate the goodness in the world and in people, we plant seeds, nurture these seeds and create roots for more goodness to grow in the world and develop in people. More and more, I am seeing some wonderfully kind deeds being done, large and small. This is the time of year, where there are so many opportunities to contribute time and resources to others. People tend to be just a bit more kinder this time of year as we approach Thanksgiving, Hanukkah and Christmas.

I know of many people who are finding ways to help. I have a friend in Utah, who is putting together a Christmas Tree to be auctioned to the highest bidder as a fundraiser for a Children’s Hospital. It will be covered in handmade art from contributing artists. I am honored to be one of the contributing artists. I have hand-painted 3 small canvases that will be hung on that Christmas Tree. I deeply appreciate every time I witness others helping others. I am grateful that people do know how to come together and contribute time and resources when others really need it. All this goodness is appreciated. Thank goodness!

P.S. I will post images of the art I made tomorrow; I made 3 canvases, which are almost complete. They just need to dry.

Grateful for Mobility (TY-14)

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I am deeply grateful for my mobility. I am able to move, walk around, run in short spurts and exercise. We often overlook our ability to move around until there comes a time when we injure our ankle, knee or foot. That is when we wish we could easily move around, right? Right.

Therefore, I am taking this opportunity to say “thank you” to those parts of my body that allow me to move around easily. I appreciate my legs, feet, ankles, knees, hips, and all the bones and muscle therein that allow me to move and dance around. I will not take them for granted and I will recognize and value their significance in my life! THANK YOU, torso, legs, knees, feet and toes!

Grateful for Teachers (TY-21)

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Teachers come in many forms. You have your traditional classroom teachers and then you have people, situations and events in your life, which may teach you life lessons. These teachers in our lives are very important whether they be people, situations or events, because they help us to experience things and gain wisdom. I deeply appreciate all the different and unexpected teachers in my life.

Some came in the form of heart breaks, natural disasters and embarrassing situations; and, others came in the form of significant people in my life including traditional teachers. I am grateful for the bullies who taunted me, because they taught me resilience. I am grateful for the fears in my life, because they taught me courage. I am grateful for the wants and desires in my life, because they taught me patience. Every life lesson had a teacher for whom and which I value and appreciate.

Grateful for Veterans (TY-20)

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Today, I would like to recognize and appreciate veterans. I often do not think about all the wonderful men and women who have devoted their lives to defend our wonderful country (United States of America); yet, many of my dearest friends and a few of my relatives have served in the armed branches  (Navy, Air Force, Army, National Guard, Coast Guard and Marines) . They are honorable people and I love them dearly. 

I appreciate the time they spent away from their families to serve under uncertain conditions to maintain our military presence and protect/inspire democracy in unstable areas of the world. I am grateful for their sense of duty, their enthusiasm, and their self-discipline. While, I value and appreciate all the veterans in my life, today I would like to thank every veteran for their honorable services to our great nation. I salute you! 

 

Grateful When Things Work (TY-19)

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In the past 24+ hours I have been frustrated with my computer. It kept freezing up on me so that I could not use my mouse or keyboard. For me, this circumstance was a great reminder to be grateful when things work!

Therefore, I have devoted today’s blog to thank all the devices and modern conveniences in my life. I deeply appreciate my alarm clock, the hot water heater, indoor plumbing, the toilet, the bathroom sink, the shower, the washing machine and dryer, my computer, my scanner/printer, the telephone, my cellular/smart phone, my car, electricity, electric lights, the microwave oven, the stove, and every single device that I take for granted when they are in working order.

I am ever so grateful that my life is so much easier because of all these things that do function as I expect them to do. Unfortunately, we often do not even think about them until they do not. Thank you!!! I really do appreciate your significant role in my life.

Grateful to be Me (TY-18)

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Today, I am grateful to be ME, because as you can see, it is ME that can set my CREATIVE heart and soul FREE! (Dr. Angi quote). I am grateful that I can rhyme from time to time, as well as all my qualities and attributes. I am even grateful for my faults and shortcomings. I am grateful that I have a positive outlook on life and that I find it easy to care about people.

I have the innate ability to see both sides of most situations, which allows me to be objective most of the time. I am grateful that I am able to profess confidently who I am even through my doubt due to my courageous  heart. I am grateful that I am able to write whatever comes to mind without worrying too much about what I have just said only to discover that it was indeed profound. I am grateful that I can laugh at myself and not take myself too seriously. Today, I deeply appreciate who I am and for what I believe…love, kindness, compassion, God and humanity…especially our ability to bounce back and adapt. Today, I am celebrating, ME! 

Grateful for Differences (TY-17)

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A world without differences would not only be boring, but it would also be stagnant that is without growth and learning experiences. I am grateful for differences, whether it be difference of opinion or different styles and trends. Differences allow each of us to be unique and to stand out. Differences allow us to be imaginative and creative.

Without difference, everyone and everything would be the same, right? For example, everyday would be the same with the same weather, the time would not change, there would only be one species of the same gender speaking the same language thinking the same thing…it could get quite nonsensical. Right? I deeply appreciate having variety, contrasts and differences. These differences are in fact necessary. Viva la difference.

Grateful for Friendship (TY-16)

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Friendships can often be taken for granted, especially those long-standing since childhood. I deeply appreciate all the interpersonal relationships I have and had in my life. Each person with whom I engaged in conversations, activities and other events have played a significant role in molding who I am today. I deeply care about each of my friends, no matter how long I have known them and no matter if I have ever met them face-to-face or not.

Each interaction has been special and I am grateful for each moment we shared, whether we exchanged e-mails, comments, talked on the phone, responded or posted on Facebook, Tweeted, blogged, etc. I deeply appreciate the time involved and the thoughts behind each moment, where you have thought about me. Thank you so very much for being a part of my life!

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