Giving Thanks: To You

If you’re reading this, I’m giving thanks to you. Yes, you!

Thanksgiving may be about a big feast, but more important is the people who join you at the table, and the people who are in your day-to-day life. I’m going on a bit of a hiatus to spend some solid time with my family. I feel more fortunate than ever to have the opportunity. Recently, my mother took a fall, a bad one. Let’s just say, for a few days, I thought I really lost her. Now that she is recovering, both mentally and physically, I feel that I have a second chance.

Wouldn’t you know it, my battery charger on my computer needs replacing and won’t be arriving in time before I leave. So, it seems that all is aligned for a week apart from you. Sob. I know for certain, I won’t be posting, but maybe I’ll get a chance to read a few.

I want to take a moment to thank you for the continuing support of my blog, and for the inspiration that you give to me each and every day. Really, truly, thank you. In the meantime, may I highlight a few treasures that I have read in the past few weeks:

Life’s a Journey: This Woman’s Work – from Jen Groeber: mama art. Reflective, personal, a journey about life, love, childhood, and motherhood. My heart melted many times, as I read, and her art is wonderful.

Reflections In Durham – from Michelle Gillies at SilkPurseProductions. A look at The Park of Reflections in Whitby, Ontario, Canada, a new memorial honoring all of Canada’s uniformed service personnel.

Friday’s Child is Full of Wow – from Shalagh Hogan at Shalavee.com. A reminder that sometimes we must push and give ourselves permission to be the creative people we need to be.

My Middle Child: You Are My Center – from Anka at Grit&Honey. A touching post about her middle child. No matter what the birth order, sometimes kids don’t know we do see them.

11 Fool-Proof Rules for Writing Fiction – from Trent at TrentLewin.com. If you’re going to read any list of rules for fiction, you only need to read this one. Just make sure you wear a hat.

On Connections – from Frank at A Frank Angle. A wonderful, corroborative post with photographer Steve Ancik. Connections is what we’re all about here on the blogs.

And finally, 

The Saturday Six: Playing with Your Food – from the guys at Long Awkward Pause. They just get funnier and funnier. Plus this is about food, so you don’t want to miss this!

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I laugh as I write this, since I’m sure no one needs to add to their reading lists. Still, I feel lucky to have read these, as well as many many others! Thank you all for making my world brighter.
Have a great week, and for those who celebrating Thanksgiving, have a wonderful holiday!

photo credit: Deiru via photopin cc

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62 thoughts on “Giving Thanks: To You

  1. Completely agree. The importance of on-going dialogue. Of laughing. Of hearing a lot of different voices. It’s a great thing about the WordPress community and why I keep coming back. Enjoy your unasked for forced break from blogging. It’s not such a bad thing to take a break from this whole thing and experience that non-tech, non-blog world for a bit, no matter what the reward is you get from this little world you’ve created. It’s the biggest reason I’ve taken a break from blogging.

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      1. Well, it’s not helping me write any more. I still check my reader every day and comment on other blogs. And I find ways to waste enough time that I can then avoid writing. 🙂

        Enjoy your week away and have a great Thanksgiving.

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  2. Have a great Thanksgiving, Amy. I’ll probably be going on a bit of a break too, since I’m going to visit in-laws in the Land of Limited Internet Access. I’ll see you on the other side. 🙂
    -David

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  3. So glad to hear your Mom is doing well and your faulty battery is giving you a break. An inspiration for us all. Looking forward to reading the posts, what a lovely way to give thanks. Happy Thanksgiving to you and all!

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  4. Amy, I am so sorry to hear about your Mom. Please know I will be thinking of you and her while you are away. A little prayer is coming your way.
    Thank you so much for including me in this list. It is an honour to be mentioned with this group of fine writers.
    Take care, My Friend.

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    1. Oh, thanks Michelle. Thanks for the prayer and warm thoughts. Oh where are my fuzzy socks. I will wear them everyday. You’re welcome! Your posts are always touching. And thank you for being so supportive and a dear friend.

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  5. Wow lovely Amy. I am ever so grateful to you. For your mentions and your friendship. So far away and yet you’ve always been right here with me. I wish you peace and gratitude with your hiatus and your Mom’s recovery. Thank you thank you.
    Love,
    Shalagh

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    1. Awww, thanks! I’m never too far away. I’m always with you in spirit. 🙂 Thank you for being such an inspiration and for going after your dreams. Have a great Thanksgiving! Thanks for the well wishes. Love, Amy

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  6. Hoping you have a wonderful visit with your mother. And you have the chance to interview her- don’t miss the chance. And thank you, thank you for such a sweet and lovely honor. Really. Looking forward to checking out these other bloggers as well. Happy Thanksgiving, my dear. Safe journeys, both metaphorical and actual. Cheers.

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    1. Yes, yes, Jen, I will interview her! You’re most welcome! All your posts are works of art, such a thoughtful blogger you are. I know you will enjoy these posts. Hope you get a chance to read them! Thanks! Hope you have a great holiday, too. Cheers right back at you.

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      1. It did all go well and I’m thankful I didn’t say anything stupid 🙂 Someone told me that I sounded as good as the professionals who were on the show so that is good.

        All publicity is good publicity!

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    1. Thanks so much, Vanessa. The laptop is not even coming along. Yes, I’m forced. Of course, I will still bring along my phone! My mom hopefully will make a full recovery. It will be great to see her.

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  7. That’s scary about your mom taking a hard fall, Amy, but it’s good to hear that she’s on the road to recovery. Your priorities are definitely in the right place. The blogosphere will be here whenever you’re ready to return. Meanwhile, I wish you a happy Thanksgiving.

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    1. It was really scary. We’re very lucky she’s doing much better. Nothing makes you stop and think than health matters. I’m so happy to visit her now. It will be a good time! Happy Thanksgiving to you, too. What are your plans? Will you be seeing Milton? Whatever you do, I hope you have a nice holiday!

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  8. Enjoy your mother and your time off. Everything else can wait. We’ll be here when you and your computer are up and running again. Thanks again for the mention, Amy!!

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  9. First and foremost, all best wishes to you mom for a speedy recovery. A pity that you have to leave us but you’re got your priorities in order, I’d say. And you’re right about Trent’s post. I went back for a second helping and it was just as luminous as the first reading. It took me a minute to realize he wasn’t serious. How embarrassing!

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    1. Thank you, Mark. I appreciate your well wishes. It will be a great visit. Trent is a little stinker, isn’t he? In a good way, of course. He fooled me, too! Glad you enjoyed it. Have a great holiday yourself!

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  10. Wow … what a pleasant surprise, so thanks for including me in your list. In case you see this, Life: The Musical is tonight … Positive Emotions is the theme. More importantly, I hope your mom continues to improve. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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    1. Oh, you’re so welcome, Frank. I think it was a special post you did. I will look for the Musical, and see what I can do! Thanks so much. You have a great holiday, too! Enjoy a nice bottle of wine. 🙂

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      1. Actually, becoming a sort of writer myself, I’d love anything you have to say on it. (For perspective. Google maps can only go so far… 🙂 ). (I also get that you’re saying it was uncomfortable enough to want to…)

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  11. Nothing wrong with adding possibles to people’s reading lists. They may not, as with me, be able to get to them, however, just you having mentioned them gives a thrill to those who wrote them. Enjoy your week (or you may already have by now) and we will hear from you again soon. Best wishes to your mother.
    Scott

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    1. Thanks so much, Scott! It was a great week, although plenty of family drama to go along with the visiting. I hope people enjoyed the mention and no one felt slighted. I always second-guess myself on these things, but I figure, people are inspiring me all the time. This is just the recent inspiration. 🙂 Thanks for the well wishes and for stopping by.

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