Looney-June: Surviving my Most Stressful Month of the Year

June is Crazy Time here in the land of the Hotel Bassemonte.  Sorry Baby Jesus, but the births of two of my daughters, my wedding anniversary, Father’s Day, and the End-of-the-School-Year-Palooza make December seem like a sleepwalk in the park. We cap off the month by flying across the country for an extended visit with family and friends.It’s just 30 days of parties, presents, and packing. Or 30 days of me trying desperately to hold onto my sanity....more

Stop Being Petty and Count Your Blessings

Petty behavior can block blessings.If it hasn’t happened to you, I’m sure you know of someone this has happened to. Here’s a scenario. Your best friend has a major life event happening. You would love to attend the event, however, financial constraints won’t allow that to happen....more

What to Remember...or Not

May you never forget what is worth remembering,not ever remember what is best forgotten.Irish BlessingPatricia's Place ...more

The Importance of Receiving Appreciation

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Did you know it rains DIAMONDS?

 It's all in your perspective, don't you think?I am not a gal who is much for learning how things work, although I did once briefly consider taking a car mechanics course when my little green Ford Cortina persisted in stalling at red lights and the smug Neanderthals at the dealership insisted nothing was awry.  ...more

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving to all. I have a lot to be thankful for this year and I wish the same for you and for the world. Blessings....more

Saying Grace on Thanksgiving

Editor's note: Mata, BlogHer's longtime and much-loved contributing editor on religion and spirituality, passed away in May of 2013. I can think of no better tribute than re-running this post she wrote in 2009, on giving thanks. -- Julie ...more
On Thanksgiving and before every meal.more

Blessings

Blessings at dinner are something I have struggled to redefine for my own family after I left my parents’ house....more

Dear Mom: You Were My First Blessing

Dear Mom,If life had gone the way I'd planned, I wouldn't know much about Alzheimer's disease. I would probably be organizing a party for your 60th birthday at Pappadeaux or Chuy's instead of selling shirts and bracelets to raise funds for the Alzheimer's Association in your memory. I would probably be naive and foolish, wasteful with time, and not counting every blessing God has given me....more
Thank you for this. I lost my own mom last month after taking care of her for a long time and at ...more

Blessing Bag Challenge!

I can't sleep. The Hubbs is rolling over, heavy sighing, moaning "GO to sleep!" I too EXCITED! I have decided to help out people who need a little extra help. I have decided to bring some really great people with me to help those people out even more!...more