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Day 3501: Social media

In case you haven’t noticed, we’re all engaging in social media now. Here are some definitions and quotes about social media:


I am now going to steal your time and contribute to my own digital footprint and personal brand. Ready?

Am I being an asshole on social media if I think that “Check with local organizations for dates near you” is funny in a description of National Night Out Day?

Social thanks to all who follow me on social media, including you!

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Day 3138: Take a Break

Yesterday, when I was taking a break from work, I noticed this on Twitter:

Since we’re not able to take a break from the world-wide pandemic, it’s especially important for us to practice the ability to take a break.

I couldn’t help but notice this way to take a break:

… since we’re going to take a break this afternoon to meet this kitty in her foster home:

Her name is Ginger but Michael wants to call her Joan.

Harley, seen here taking a break in the curtains …

… will soon be taking a long break from being the only cat in this household.

Now it’s time to take a break by looking at my other images for the day.

Time to take a break with this song from Hamilton:

I hope you can take a break and leave a comment about this take-a-break post, below.

At least take a break to take in my gratitude to all who help me blog every day, including you!

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Day 3109: Starting today

Starting today, I am going to

  • be braver,
  • not assume,
  • breathe more deeply,
  • be less afraid of other people’s anger,
  • take more breaks, and
  • only Tweet when I’m at home, because I’m close to exceeding my monthly mobile phone data.

Starting today, if I’ve overslept and I’m running late in the morning, I’m not going to feel guilty about throwing my blog post together quickly without much explanation or organization.

Starting today, if I don’t have time to include music or a video in my blog post, I shall feel no guilt.

This is not starting today, but as usual I feel and express gratitude for everyone in my life, including YOU!

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Day 2849: Hold on to your face masks.

Yesterday, when I was holding on to my face masks and visiting the hospital where I work to get my yearly flu shot and to get a hospital-quality mask, I saw this:

Hold on to your face masks! I have a LOT of photos to share with you today.

Hold on to your face masks — there are only fifteen days until the U.S. election, when we the people hope to get rid of the other person with the problem.

Here‘s the Hamilton Mask-up Parody Medley by The Holderness Family:

Hold on to your face masks and hold on to my gratitude to all who help me create these daily posts, including YOU.

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Day 2829: Fault

Whose fault is it that I can’t abide bullies who refuse to recognize when they are at fault?

Do you see fault in any of my photos from yesterday?

Whose fault is it that I am blogging rather than sleeping at 3 AM? Is it because some idiot is debating a challenger for the USA presidency later today?

Here‘s Manny Walters with “My Own Fault” for the Sofar Sounds Artist Fund.

Whose fault is it that I am so grateful, here and now ?

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Day 2788: Approaching

Here’s what is approaching, for me:

  • The beginning of my two-week staycation.
  • My husband Michael’s birthday.
  • An EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) therapy session to deal with some lingering traumas.
  • A ZOOM training session to help with my upcoming 50th High School Reunion.
  • My 50th High School Reunion.
  • Th U.S. Presidential Election.
  • Magnificence.


  • The rest of my recent photos:







Harley hasn’t been as skittish, lately, when I’ve been approaching.

What’s been approaching, for you?

Every day, I encourage myself and others to be approaching what feels left unsaid, so  we can be approaching a good enough sense of closure.  Why? Because we never know when our last day is approaching.

Today’s music selection — “Something Left Unsaid” by the late, great Lyle Mays — is approaching.

I look forward to any and all comments that might be approaching.

Can you guess what’s approaching, here and now?



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Day 2627: Comfort Plan

I think most of us need a comfort plan these days, so I was glad to see this in my hospital room yesterday:


How would you fill in your own personal comfort plan?  For me, it’s connecting and communicating with people I love …



… eating healthy food …





… looking forward to better days ahead …


… noticing the beauty around me …



… treating myself ….


… self care …


… a peaceful environment and quiet rest …


… taking reasonable precautions …





… sharing photos and thoughts with you through this blog…

… and listening to comforting music.


Part of my comfort plan is to express gratitude, every day.



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Day 2389: Messes

Yesterday, somebody who was trying to make sense of life’s messes showed me this:


Because I’ve witnessed a lot of shame about messes in my life, I loved that mess by artist David Shrigley.

Later, in a therapy group, messes showed up again.




The group focused on “Self-Worth” and we worked on experiencing unconditional self-worth, despite inevitable messes.

Here are some quotes about messes:

Beginnings are always messy. — John Galsworthy

People are messy; therefore, relationships will be messy. Don’t be surprised by messiness. — Timothy Keller

Surely it’s better to love others, however messy and imperfect the involvement, than to allow one’s capacity for love to harden. –Karen Armstrong

A problem is only a problem when viewed as a problem. All change is hard at first, messy in the middle and gorgeous at the end.  — Robin S. Sharma

Life itself is a haphazard, untidy, messy affair. — Dorothy Day

Messy is a word we use to explain a conflict with an expectation we had. Eliminate the expectation, and you eliminate the messy. — Steve Maraboli

It’s good to leave your room super-messy when you’re away. Whoever tries to break into your room will think it has already been ransacked. — Douglas Adams

The truth is messy. It’s raw and uncomfortable. You can’t blame people for preferring lies. — Holly Black

A messy kitchen is a sign of happiness. — Anonymous

Do you see any messes in my other photos from yesterday?









Here’s I Have Made a Mess by They Might Be Giants:

David Shrigley and Chris Shepherd have made a fine mess with Who Am I and What I Want.

Don’t worry about making a mess in the comments section, below.

Messy thanks from me to all who helped me create this post about messes and — of course! — to YOU.




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Day 2360: It gets better

Yesterday, at a better hospital in Boston, I noticed this:


When things seem to be getting worse, it helps to believe that it gets better.

It gets better when we …

  • welcome each other,


  • introduce ourselves with love,


  • throw kindness around like confetti,


  • commit to accountability, communication, respect, innovation,  and teamwork,


  • accept and express appreciation,


  • accept all our feelings,


  • stop self-defeating thoughts and behaviors,


  • show our strengths and our vulnerabilities,








  • inspire and become inspired,





  • see beyond,


  • transform tomorrow while also honoring the past,




  • accept ourselves exactly the way we are,



  • realize we have options of different ways to respond,


  • set healthy boundaries,


  • eat healthy food,


  • and realize that we are loved.


It gets better with music like “It Gets Better” (by Broadway Sings for The Trevor Project):

It gets better with gratitude, so thanks to all who helped me create this “it gets better” post and — of course! — to YOU.




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