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Snowbound Gratitude

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Snow covers Washington DC  – the result of a record snowfall. Jean Claude, the black Bombay and Koko, the domestic shorthair are at CCL’s house relaxing and monitoring the weather to determine if they want to go in the snow.  They are patient and don’t feel trapped .   We should ‘t either.   Being snowbound presents opportunities – rest, reading, eating snack food, binge TV  and of course shoveling and limited snow sport.  Still, those of us blocked from our normal activities and travels from snow can still explore. It is a time to reflect, to remember the things and the amazing people in your life.  Gratitude

Top Five

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Experts say that we are all the sum is of our environment – of late it’s the sum or average of the top five people we spend the most time with- that’s why it’s important to pick your friends carefully.  Koko and Jean Claude spend a great deal of time together at CCL’s house where they regular enjoy the company of other cats, still when it’s time to come in from the storm they chose each other.

 

Jean Claude and Koko survey their world

Jean Claude and Koko survey their world

October

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Welcome Fall.  Fall really is my favorite season.  It leads to Thanksgiving and Christmas – family, food and amazing wardrobe choices. I like October best in Washington DC where I  live.  The flowers are still in bloom and  even my rose bushes  are making a comeback .  The weather is sunny and crispy with beautiful colors of trees emerging.   I still run errands in my white yes white flats and wear sandals where it suits the occasion.  It is a month of  birthdays of my favorite people.  Perfect time for festivals and butternut squash soup.

 

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October is also Domestic Violence Awareness Month and Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  Donate to these causes if you can.

Do Unto Others

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Pope Francis paid a visit to the U.S. this week.   He literally made a stop in my neighborhood of Brookland  DC in fact I can see the Basillica from my house and yes I hear the bells on the hour..  Truth be told the vibe in my neighborhood aka “Little Rome,” is always pretty positive but it took on an added “feel good” air during his visit.  One thing the Pope  quoted the Bible Luke 6:31  to a joint session of Congress  “Do Unto Others As You Would Have Them Do Unto You.”   Interesting in a culture where it’s usually do unto others before they Do unto you.  Unfortunately in Congress, as well as other parts of the city the latter creed seems to persist, the real question is why.   All the back-stabbing, undermining and belittling – why?  Does it really mean success for those who engage in small acts of emotional terrorism?  I like to believe the answer is NO.  I’m with Pope Francis on this one. Ultimately a higher power decides.

Pope Francis in Washington, D.C.

Pope Francis in Washington, D.C.

Lonely Is As Lonely Does

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All of us feel lonely sometimes.  Some people more than others.    I’ve noticed a trend though people who tend to be selfish or braggish often find themselves without friends or confidants at the  end of the day.  I’m not just talking about someone who can pick you up from the airport, but it does help when the taxi or Uber drops you off if there is a brunch invitation or  your newspapers are inside your mail chute.

 

For some work is all they have –   they really don’t want any more.  Perhaps they just know better than the rest of us who are blessed to know we need people