Thank you, thank you, thank you.

There’s little I love more than finding great videos of the love and kindness of which humans are capable – and then sharing those videos with you. Let’s be clear here – there’s plenty I love as much as this, but little I love more. So, I am thankful for these lovely videos I’ve stumbled upon this week. Actually, now …

Thankful for Questions

I’ve read that on average we have somewhere around 70,000 thoughts each day. I did try to work this out, but it seemed too much like hard work. After all, how long does a thought last? I don’t have a standard thought size. “Chocolate.” That didn’t take even a second. “Chocolate.” Neither did that. “I wonder if there’s any in …

Random Acts of Thankfulness

This week I have collecting up snippets for my Ten Things of Thankful post as I went along. This wasn’t intentional, but on Tuesday I read a beautiful story on the BBC that I wanted to share, and so it began. These are all lessons I have learned this week that I am thankful for. Tuesday’s lesson in kindness and …

Happiness and Gratitude

I’m starting another Ten Things of Thankful post with some reservations. I haven’t written any posts on this blog since last week’s TToT, and I don’t want it to become nothing but a thankful blog. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, but it’s not my intention for this blog. I mainly want to write posts about parenting and self-development. …

Thanks for this? Yes, really.

When I was seventeen a young man threatened me at knife point, tied me up and held me hostage. He was the ex-boyfriend of my friend and he figured this action would somehow get her back. (I know, I know – and yes, I did point out that even if she came running she wasn’t likely to stay. My logical …

Appreciation for the Simple Things

I have been busy this week, too busy to blog till now. Mostly I’ve been busy with my other writing – the fiction kind –  largely with submitting my writing to various arts trusts or magazines  – in the hope I might get an award or grant or an acceptance. Yesterday I went to a masterclass on pitching for authors. …

Giving Thanks, Hurting and Healing

Try not to resist the changes that come your way.  Instead let life live through you. And do not worry that your life is turning upside down. How do you know that the side you are used to is better than the one to come? – Rumi Friday 13th September: Those of you who’ve read any of my recent posts …

Goodbye to a Wonderful Father

My wonderful, wonderful father died today. He had had cancer for almost 5  years, but earlier this year he was well enough to go for walks and enjoy the sunshine. Then last month he caught a chest infection and became very ill. After 2 weeks in hospital he seemed to be improving and was expected to go home today. It …

Thankful for My Father

I’ve been away. I had planned to write a post before I went, and I had planned to write a post for last weekend’s 10 Things of Thankful blog hop. But as fellow Scot, Robbie Burns, once said, “The best-laid plans of mice and men go oft awry.” (Well, actually, he said: “The best-laid schemes o’ mice an’ men gang …

10 Things of Thankful – Songs to Make You Smile

This weekend for 10 Things of Thankful, I’ve decided to share 10 songs that I am very thankful for. Each of these songs brings a smile to my face. With some of them it’s just the music that does it, but mostly I love the lyrics too. 1) First up is: All Will Be Well by the Gabe Dixon Band. …