Sunday, January 29, 2012

Thankful... 01/29/12

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Today I am thankful for...

... another amazing weekend...

... another amazing week...

... another amazing month...

... and what is shaping up to be another amazing year.


Today I am thankful for...

... my dancing daughter...

... her excitement at winning a Platinum trophy for her Lyrical-dance solo...

... my extremely imaginative and creative son...

... the sound of his giggles while he watched "Robots" during last night's long car ride home...

... and knowing that I am blessed.


Today I am thankful for...

... unexpected encounters with very dear friends...

... plans for "Movie Nights"...

... "Dry the Rain" by The Beta Band...

... and Zooey Deschanel's "cuteness".


Today I am thankful for...

... Record stores that still sell actual "records"...

... early Madonna albums...

... thrift stores...

... zipping my wife into vintage black dresses...

... and looking forward to helping her unzip from them again.


Today I am thankful for...

... Phở...

... Oxtail Dumplings...

... chopsticks...

... slurping...

... and delicious dinners with wonderful friends.


Today I am thankful for...

... being able to find beauty in places others can't see it...

... being able to capture moments that others don't notice...

... being able to see things others can't see...

... being able to create things others have yet to create...

... and being able to dream things and give life to those dreams.

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Sunday, January 22, 2012

Thankful... 01/22/12

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Today I am thankful for...

... a wonderful evening spent with wonderful friends...

... coffee mugs with Great White Sharks hiding inside them...

... zombie mermaids...

... hugs...

... and finally being able to finish Christmas.


Today I am thankful for...

... A.S. Roma destroying A.C. Cesena - 5 to 1...

... Il Capitano, Francesco Totti...

... the New York Giants going to the Super Bowl...

... and another weekend of great games.


Today I am thankful for...

... back-to-back episodes of "Oddities" featuring the wonderfully beautiful Laura Flook...

... Real Burlesque...

... glittery, sparkly fabrics...

... the original RENT broadway soundtrack blasting on my stereo...

... and not giving a damn what anyone thinks about any of that!


Today I am thankful for...

... the loud click of my Canon F-1's shutter, scaring people...

... a stack of Kodak film waiting to be shot...

... standing in snowy fields, pressing icy cold shutter release buttons with freezing fingers...

... having three cameras in my bag at all times...

... and the knowledge of a Leica M3 coming my way in the near future.


Today I am thankful for...

... a dancing daughter...

... an incredibly imaginative son...

... a dumbass cat who falls off of his perches...

... and my wife's butt shaking while she's on her hands and knees looking for a tiny Swarovski crystal she dropped on the floor.


Today I am thankful for...

... having an amazing coffee house so close by...

... Mr. Happy Cloud's cover of the entire Lucinda Williams' album "Car Wheels on a Gravel Road" being sooooooooooo much better than the original...

... coffee...

... more coffee...

... and... even more coffee.


Today I am thankful for...

... miles and miles and miles on the treadmill...

... rediscovering muscles I had forgotten existed within my body...

... music helping to push me further...

... having goals...

... and the feeling of stepping out of the gym - hot and exhausted - into the wonderful, icy January air.


Today I am thankful for...

... knowing that today was wonderful...

... knowing that tomorrow has the potential to be even more wonderful...

... and knowing that the "wonderfulness" of all of my tomorrows is completely up to me.

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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Thankful... 01/17/12

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Today I am thankful for...

... Noodles...

... Spicy Broth...

... Chopsticks...

... and Slurping.


Today I am thankful for...

... my new Asics gym shoes...

... improving endurance...

... ice-cold Penta water...

... and hot, sweaty women in yoga pants.


Today I am thankful for...

... a (relatively) clean house...

... San Lorenzo by the stove...

... cats who hide in boxes...

... and white porcelain Espresso and Cappuccino cups, hanging in rows... waiting for me.


Today I am thankful for...

... days off...

... rejuvenation...

... getting things done...

... and feeling "complete".


Today I am thankful for...

... free music...

... amazing headphones...

... body movements...

... within and without.


Today I am thankful for...

... the smell of a roll of 35mm film...

... the sound of the film advancing in my Canon...

... the feel of the lens as I focus...

... the mystery that comes with not always knowing what was actually captured.


Today I am thankful for...

... planning trips...

... dreaming of Cadillacs...

... Sunroofs open to the night sky...

... and jazz-filled nights.


Today I am thankful for...

... Roads that go ever, ever on...

... re-taking old journeys...

... the pitter-patter of raindrops on my roof...

... and the ability to be carried away.


Today I am thankful for...

... all that I have...

... all that I am...

... all that I know...

... and all that I have yet to become.

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Monday, January 9, 2012

Thankful... 01/09/12

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Today I am thankful for...

... improving health...

... twelve lost pounds (so far)...

... a gym I love going to...

... and a great friend to go with! (Thanks Lenny!)


Today I am thankful for...

... Lacuna Coil on my iPod...

... Hot tea in the evening...

... blank Moleskine journals, waiting to be filled...

... and a Kindle full of journeys.


Today I am thankful for...

... knowing farmers...

... being able to easily get Heirloom Berkshire Pork...

... and Heritage Breed Chicken...

... and Lamb...

... and grass-fed Beef...

... all of them raised without hormones or antibiotics...

... all of them raised locally.


Today I am thankful for...

... "A Bit of Fry & Laurie"...

... Laughter...

... Smiles...

... and a "YO, BITCH - I DIDN'T ASK FOR NO SPRINKLES!".


Today I am thankful for...

... "now"...

... the possibility of "tomorrow"...

... "tomorrow" becoming nothing more than "now"...

... and "now" always being "good enough".


Today I am thankful for...

... "you"...

... "this"...

... and, for "life"...

... which is good!


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Sunday, January 1, 2012

Thankful... 01/01/12

There was a little "project" which I started doing in a spirituality group on MySpace - WOW - Remember MySpace!?! - way-back-when.

I believe it was 2006... but that doesn't really matter now, does it?

Anyway - there was this little project which I started doing on MySpace way-back-when. Every day I'd post a list of things that I was thankful for. At first it was a straightforward list of 3 to 5 things - like "Family"... "Friends"... "Health". Then it became a little more specific to the day - like "A wonderful lunch with wonderful friends at the Holiday Diner today". Then it expanded even more... expanding and evolving to become an abstract - and often quirky - list of random thoughts, items and feelings - sometimes posted daily... sometimes weekly - which often brought about enthusiastic responses and comments from friends and family members and even people I didn't know.

It has been a while since I've done that little project. Eventually I left MySpace (didn't we all?)... and went to Facebook. I started this blog... and for a time I posted some "Thankful" lists here - but a few years ago it just sort of fizzled out... and the last one I did was in January of 2009.

Well... now it's time to change that!

So - using that post from January 2009 as a bit of a base to expand upon... here's the first of what I hope will become many "Thankful" lists for 2012!

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Today I am thankful for...

... a new year...

... a blank slate...

... and a world of possibilities.


Today I am thankful for...

... having a job that I actually love.

... with awesome co-workers who have become even more awesome friends...

... and amazing, understanding, and supportive bosses.


Today I am thankful for...

... my amazingly wonderful and beautiful wife.


Today I am thankful for...

... my amazingly wonderful and beautiful children.


Today I am thankful for...

... my iPhone and Mac - and the moments of "connectedness" they bring.

... my iPod - and the moments of "sanity" it brings.

... my camera - and the side of me it brings out.


Today I am thankful for...

... giant pots of "Sunday Gravy" bubbling away on the stove...

... and the wonderful memories the aroma brings.


Today I am thankful for...

... Molly Wringwald's lips...

... and "Jake Ryan's" too!


Today I am thankful for...

... rolls of Kodak professional Black & White film waiting in my fridge.


Today I am thankful for...

... "Felice Anno Nuovo!"...

... being able to say "arrivederci!" to 2011...

... and bringing in 2012 with a bang!


Today I am thankful for...

... a sense of Self.

... confidence.

... creativity.

... inspiration.

... desire.

... passion.

... dreams.

... music.

... and an intense "need" to express myself.


Today I am thankful for...

... now...

... this moment...

... and the possibility of the next.

(and the immense beauty inherent in that).


Today I am thankful for...

... Walt's words (Whitman... not Disney)

... and the fact that, yes - even I, get to contribute a verse.


Today I am thankful...

Today...

... I AM...

... thankful.

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