Author Archives: Ann Koplow

About Ann Koplow

I'm a clinical social worker at a major teaching hospital, specializing in group therapy.

Day 3129: Be a Good Human

Yesterday, while I was trying to be a good human on National Ice Cream Sundae Day, I saw this in our old neighborhood of Belmont:

It struck me that the sellers of those signs believed that I would be a good human, because their outdoor display depended entirely on the honor system.

What do you think it takes to be a good human? Do you see any evidence of that in my other images from yesterday?

On National All or Nothing Day, here’s a great song about how to be a good human from the musical “Catch Me If You Can.”

Because I’m a good human, I’m also going to share the wonderful dancing from “Don’t Break the Rules.

I try to be a good human every day by expressing my thanks and appreciation for all good humans everywhere, including YOU!

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Day 3128: When you look around you, what do you see?

Yesterday, as I was looking around me, I posted this on Twitter:

As I expected, the answers to my question opened up new and wonderful windows for me to look through.

Here’s what I saw when I looked around me yesterday:

When you look around you, what do you see? I’ll look for your comments later.

I looked around YouTube and saw this:

When I look around me, I see and feel gratitude, so thanks to everyone who helps me see more and more each day, including you!

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Day 3127: Growing old

Last week in one of my Coping and Healing groups, the older people told the younger people that growing old was not as scary as they feared. The older people talked about the benefits of growing old, which seemed to surprise the younger members of the group.

There are so many negative messages out there about growing old. Let’s see if we can balance those, here and now, with some quotes and images.

Speaking of ending the conversation, let’s see what the Daily Bitch has to say about growing old today.

Here’s what I find on YouTube when I search for “growing old.”

What are your thoughts and feelings about growing old?

I am grateful to be growing old and I’m grateful for those who are growing older with me, including YOU.

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Day 3126: Gratitude

Gratitude is easy for me to feel and express. I have so much to be grateful for, including waking up to this new day.

I’m grateful for all these quotes about gratitude.


Do you see gratitude in my other images for today?

One way I could answer the question “How are you?” is “grateful.”

Here’s what I find when I search YouTube for “gratitude.”

I always end my blog posts with gratitude, so thanks to all who are joining me here on this precious day, including YOU.

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Day 3125: A year ago today

A year ago today, we said goodbye to our amazing kitty Oscar, who was a wonderful presence in our lives and in this daily blog.

Oscar — who was chosen by my son Aaron from a shelter after a long search — was a loving and chill creature who was always RIGHT there, and we miss him very much.

Unlike Aaron, I usually choose shelter cats who are shy and scared, because I think they are less likely to get adopted. Case in point: our kitty Harley.

Now that my year of mourning Oscar is over, I’d like to get another shelter animal that won’t make Harley’s life a complete misery. We’ll see how that goes.

In the meantime, here are my images for July 22, 2021.

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While I don’t love the way my voice sounds in this 2014 video where I’m singing along to Pat Metheny’s “Third Wind” (in the bathroom for the acoustics!), this shows how loyal and present Oscar always was, so I’m sharing this today.

And here’s a much older video that Aaron made — “Graduation Cat” — which again demonstrates Oscar’s sweet and patient nature.

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I’m grateful for all the years we had with Oscar, and thanks to all who are here with me on this precious day, including YOU.

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Day 3124: What’s a small action you can take to make a difference?

Yesterday, I took the small action of tweeting this question on Twitter.


All of the answers I received made a difference to me.

Do you see any small actions that make a difference in my other images for today?


Cooper Raiff, the 20-something, first time director of the small action but amazing movie “Shithouse” has definitely made a difference.

What’s a small action you can take to make a difference?

Expressing gratitude is a small action I take every day, so thanks to Cooper Raiff, other creative people (including my Twitter friend ARTY who drew that cool portrait of me), all who answer my questions, and everyone who makes a difference, including YOU!

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Day 3123: What do you collect?

Yesterday, when I was collecting new experiences and memories, I posted this on Twitter:

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As people were collecting their thoughts about that question, that tweet began collecting lots of interesting answers.

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As you probably know, I also collect photos and other images along my life’s journey. Here are some more I’ve been collecting lately.

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I also have a small collection of pins.

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When I search YouTube for “what do you collect”, I find this

… and this:

What do you collect? I look forward to reading your collection of comments, below.

As noted above, I also collect expressions of gratitude, so thanks to all who have helped me collect thousands of posts in this daily blog, including YOU!

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Day 3122: What gets in the way of you celebrating every new day?

What gets in the way of you celebrating every new day?

Is it not knowing what to celebrate?

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Is it anxiety?

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Is it grief?

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Is it a battle between your heart and your brain? Or bad decisions from the past?

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Is it creepy people with too much power?

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Is it people telling you what to do?

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Is it too much responsibility?

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Is it weird animals?

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Is it dreary weather?

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Is it painful experiences?

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Is it sleep problems?

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Is it parts of yourself you have trouble accepting?

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Is it barriers in your way that you can’t control?

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No matter what might get in the way, I hope my other images help you celebrate the new day.

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This is what I find on YouTube when I search for “celebrate the new day.”

Consider celebrating the new day by leaving a comment, below.

Thanks to all who help me celebrate every new day, including YOU.

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Day 3121: Appearances

It appears that most people have many thoughts and feelings about appearances.

Here are some quotes about appearances currently appearing on-line:

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What kinds of appearances do you notice in my images for today?

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It appears that many of us are trying to figure out the importance of appearances.

Also, I have no idea what the appearance of this General Mills slogan (appearing at our local supermarket) means.

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Here is what appears on YouTube when I search for “appearances”:

I look forward to the appearances of your comments about this post, below.

Appearances may be deceiving, but please believe all appearances of my sincere gratitude for those who help me blog every day, including YOU.

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Day 3120: What day is it?

Many people tell me they have trouble keeping track of what day it is, especially since March 2020.

I hope this helps:

Today is also the first anniversary of American Statesman and Civil Rights Activist John Lewis’s death. And it’s the birthday of Angela Merkle, Phoebe Snow, Peter Schickele, etc.

July 17, 2021 is also just another day when I share new images with you.

How are you going to celebrate July 17, 2021?

I’m going to share this song that always cheers me up, no matter what day it is.

Thanks to all who are sharing this day with me, including YOU.

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