Thanksgiving – A Time for Giving

What are you thankful for?

I count my blessings every day. There have been too many to count or list. Whether large or small, they’re all important.

Thanksgiving is a special day to listen to my heart and be thankful for what God has given me. I’m thankful for everything, but most of all, for His love.

My family means the world to me. We’re a large family and sometimes there may be squabbles, misunderstandings and rifts. But in the long-run, those issues are worked out.

We’re family after all.

What family doesn’t have their problems? I don’t know of any that hasn’t had difficulties at one time or another. My family is no different.

When there are struggles to deal with and I have no answer, that’s when I have to let go of what I can’t control, because we can’t control other people. We can only be true to ourselves, forgive and forget.

Then we can move forward.

It’s a special time to remember loved ones who are no longer with us, and be thankful we were blessed to have them for the time we did. Those memories will last a lifetime.

Here are a few things I’m also thankful for.

Tough upbringing, because it made me strong
Hugs when my heart was weary
Angels to watch over me
Nonstop faith
Kindhearted, because kindness builds up others
Freedom of worship
Unbelievable blessings
Loving family

I wish you and your family the best. That you have wonderful and safe Thanksgiving. Enjoy time with your loved ones on this  special day. 

Bird-song, Joy and the Growing Light

Mourning-Dove_5637This morning I heard our resident mourning doves greet the sun with their smile-inducing coo. They greet the day with joy. They say goodnight to it with the same lyrical celebration.

In this I want to be like a dove.

spring-equinoxYesterday was OSTRA – the Spring Equinox – the day when Spring officially begins and the moments of light and dark are equal.

I love this day. Tomorrow the Light grows, by almost two minutes per day, until the longest period of Light and the shortest night.

Spring is the time of Hope. It brings eggs, seeds, sprouts, chicks and bunnies. How can we hear bird-song reveling in the longer days and not be warmed inside? Impossible.

Now is the time to plant our seeds and nurture them into future abundance. Literally and figuratively.thGOTSE2J6

I’ve used today to plan my next two months, and sketched out the broad strokes for my next novel.

Today I’ve also sketched the goals for our business for the short-term and the next few steps I can take immediately to help that business grow and flourish.

We cannot plant literal  seeds for our vegetable or flower gardens yet, it’s far too cold here for that. Still, the planning has begun. Hint, there will be a plethora of impatiens and a variety of heirloom tomatoes.

May the many blessings of Spring be yours. Happy Easter. Happy OSTRA. May we all grow in Love, in Health and in Abundance.

Leigh

 

Christmas wishes

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Christmastime for me is filled with emotion. I am a Celt by birth and spiritual affiliation, so perhaps this comes with the territory. Everything seems to have meaning during this contemplative time of year. The nights are lengthening, daylight is precious and bustling with activity. Work becomes frantic as the calendar year comes to a close. Celebrations last the month, or more, and are filled with friendship, family and hope for the coming light and the New Year.

There is magic in theses moments. Magic to be shared.

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Every story I write has some element of magic—that power that thought, intention, and action bring, especially when the spark of the Divine enters the mix. Words carry power, so let us use them! I believe in Christmas wishes—their power to heal both the wisher and the recipient.

Here is my wish for you, from Anam Cara, A Book of Celtic Wisdom, by John O’Donohue. I’ve combined a few of his Blessings, and although the words are his, this wish for you is mine.

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 A Friendship Blessing

 May the light of your soul guide you.

May you be blessed with good friends.

May you learn to be a good friend yourself.

May you be able to journey to that place in your soul where there is great love, warmth, feeling, and forgiveness.

May you never be isolated, but always be in the gentle nest of belonging with your anam cara (soul friend)

May the sacredness of your work bring healing, light, and renewal to those who work with you and to those who see and receive your work.

May the day never burden.

May dawn find you awake and alert, approaching your new day with dreams, possibilities, and promises.

May evening find you gracious and fulfilled.

May you go into the night blessed, sheltered and protected.

May your soul calm, console, and renew you.

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May every word be granted to you!

If you believe in the magic of Christmas wishes, please give one in the comment section—and may all your wishes come true this Yuletide Season!

 

Blessings,

 Leigh

I am thankful for…..

…being a writer. It is not the easiest or the hardest job in the world. Sometimes it can feel like I’m frying my brain to come up with the perfect sentence and sometimes my body feels the abuse of butt in chair for long hours to get the job done. But it isn’t digging a ditch or being the guy with the shovel walking behind the elephant!!

…having writer friends. They are the people who ‘get you.’ Like the lovely ladies here at Authors of Main Street. It was serendipity that we all came together, get along, and enjoy doing the things we do, like the boxed sets of stories, together.

…getting to do what I’ve dreamed of all my life. Taking the scenes and voices out of my head, putting the words down on paper, and sending them out into the world for others to actually want to read. I pinch myself everyday that this is my life.

…all the amazing people I’ve met in person and online who connected to me through books–either the ones I’ve read or the ones I’ve written.

thanksgivingBlessings and Wishes for a Happy Holiday Season to all!!

 

 

Merry Christmas!

Christmas is special to me, to all of us, if you celebrate Christmas. It is a time of worship, a time for our families to gather and enjoy a day of rest and cherish loved ones. It’s a special time to give thanks for many blessings.
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Our Christmas Eve and Christmas Day will be spent with family. I couldn’t be happier to be able to do so. Our traditional dinner is out the window again this year. This year is Shrimp Scampi, Shrimp Alfredo, roasted Asparagus and salad for those who don’t like Asparagus. I love it. Since time hasn’t allowed me to bake fresh bread, I picked up some scrumptious garlic/parmesan rolls. If you only knew how much I love bread, you’d know that may be the first item on my plate. Ha, ha!
I managed to make Pumpkin Tarts, Pecan Tarts, both with sugar and with Splenda. I sure hope it warms a bit tomorrow, if not grilling out is going to be a challenge. I’ve grilled out in the rain, so the guys shouldn’t be too bad off. 🙂
I’m sure we’ll all be super busy tomorrow and Christmas. So…I’ll make this short and sweet. We’ll talk later unless time allows a few minutes to log on and check out friends and their goings on. I hope I find a few minutes to kick back with a cup of Russian Tea. Wonderful, flavorful and comforting.
Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas! Whatever you celebrate, I hope it’s a wonderful day.
Also wishing everyone a safe and fabulous Christmas. I hope you get all you ever dreamed of. I wish you love, butterflies and music.
Please check out our Christmas on Main Street boxed set if you haven’t already. You’re going to love the stories!

A Smoky Mountain Wedding – Book Two, coming soon.
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