Tag Archives: Gratitude

White Pony Reflections

Carol A. Hand Fall is really here. It was time to take my little “White Pony” in for a check-up and oil-change today. Yes, my 11-year old car has a name thanks to my granddaughter and an Ojibwe friend I … Continue reading

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Hope-full Reflections

Carol A. Hand Is hope fading with every wearing or seeping inside concealed as deeper caring? A question to ponder on laundry day dressed in my secondhand clothes ***

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Carol A. Hand Seven years ago, my mother passed away in the early morning. She was 89. During the last 13 years of her life, she gradually lost her memories and her abilities to care for herself and communicate. I … Continue reading

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October Reflections

Carol A. Hand As I greet the morning facing east the rising sun is momentarily visible between the tree-lined horizon and the bank of clouds moving in Multicolored leaves provide a filter allowing light and shadow to dance highlighting gardens … Continue reading

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September Reflections

Carol A. Hand *** I’m grateful to be standing, here, witnessing autumn’s delight long grass bending with the weight of sparkling dew, a welcome sight the last of the clematis flowers colorfully translucent in the morning, bright on our “pale … Continue reading

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In The Moment

Carol A. Hand Being in the moment for a moment Simply observing as a busy ladybug climbs a blade of grass I smile as the grass bends to the ground Undeterred, she climbs another When it remains upright she flies … Continue reading

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Reflections about Then and Now

Carol A. Hand Let me take just a moment to put aside the chaos of the world seeping into my soul Remembering a recurring childhood dream soaring above the earth simply watching with compassionate detachment as people went about their … Continue reading

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August Reflections 2017

Carol A. Hand August has been busy. Preparing to teach a research class, tending gardens, spending time with grandchildren and family, and taking time to simply live and reflect have kept me away from the blogosphere. Although my life will … Continue reading

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Carol A. Hand Sometimes I feel like a sprite Invisible And it’s really okay especially among so many strangers riding the city bus today There are times I prefer to be quiet when surrounded by so much loud rambling chatter … Continue reading

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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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