Author Archives: Carol A. Hand

About Carol A. Hand

What matters are not the titles I’ve held or university degrees I earned or the size of a house or bank account. It’s really what I’ve learned from ordinary people like me whom I’ve met along the way. They taught me to live with gratitude and give thanks for each new day.

Reflections Inspired by Geese

Carol A. Hand Feeling physically fragile as I gently greet the morning gazing up at the southwestern sky a silent V of geese soon followed by another, larger V trumpeting encouragement for the one temporarily leading breaking through wind resistance … Continue reading

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Signals of Changing Seasons

Carol A. Hand The waxing crescent at sunset signals upcoming changes in seasons alerting me about the need to refocus for so many important reasons – *** *** Thank you all for sharing your visionary art, for enriching my life, … Continue reading

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Stewardship Anyway

Carol A. Hand Ageist messages that I’m too old at 70 to do simple chores sometimes makes me hesitant to try But my courageous daughter inspires me and a funny thing happens when I do try anyway     I … Continue reading

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Reflections about Beauty

Carol A. Hand Grateful for sharing a visit to a garden with the dear friend who delighted in each bloom and greeted everyone we met with kindness as we shared a lunch at a local “greasy spoon” *** *** Grateful … Continue reading

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Gratitude for Gardens and Granddaughters

Carol A. Hand Sometimes, one doesn’t have to travel far to observe serenity and beauty with beloved companions Even in the context of critters, city “upgrades,” and unpredictable weather sometimes there are possibilities to create little sanctuaries to enjoy a … Continue reading

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Sitting Still

Carol A. Hand Sitting still watching the waning mid-July moon descending in the western sky as the world turns The wonder of nature still visible despite the old technologies that enable us to connect with others around our ever-spinning home … Continue reading

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Reflections about Being a Parent and Grandparent

Carol A. Hand When my daughter was born, my view of the world forever changed. “To have a child is to decide to have your heart forever walk around outside your body.” (anonymous) Life was no longer something I peered … Continue reading

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Looking Up

Carol A. Hand Looking up Watching the eagles gliding high above treetops in the hazy cloudless sky on this Sunday morning the beginning of July Enjoy peaceful moments while you can before fireworks signal warning “The rockets’ red glare, bombs … Continue reading

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Blessed Rain

Carol A. Hand I swear I can feel the tension building among thirsty trees and plants anxiously waiting for life-giving rain to bless their day – at last I breathe a sigh of relief as healing drops finally begin to … Continue reading

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