All posts by Helen

Wonder is involuntary praise

Very Grateful for:

God’s creating new things out of nothing

Romans 4:17

hope that tiny decreases in extreme temperatures may signal Fall (Fall, y’all!)

W.C., who is generous with time and expertise

G.B., who is patient with chaotic timetables

J.F., who is generous in her gratitude

Garrett, who remembered my (latest) interview

Jean Wise’s series on Wonder and this resource she shared

The new passwords I am creating out of nonsense words

Wisdom Begins in Wonder ~ Socrates
Even in the familiar there can be surprise and wonder ~Tierney Gearon
Wonder is involuntary praise ~Edward Young

The first six people I met today on WLG

Very Grateful for
God’s community ties, including online

Karen’s resiliency and courage (9-6)
MaryEllen’s metaphor for mindfulness: “hit the backspace key” the innovative idea she shared of city’s adopting other cities after Hurricane Harvey (9-6)
Garrett’s connection of “sunbeams and support beams” (9-6)
Karen’s reminder that “God is Good”
MaryEllen’s advice that applies to me too: “Baby steps. Caution. Proceed (9-5)
Barb’s reflection of a lovely afternoon (9-4)

the emotion I feel when I learn from your lists on WLG

Mindfulness isn’t difficult, we just need to remember to do it. —Sharon Salzberg

emancipated playtime

Very Grateful for

God’s creativity

The 3 awesome bosses at my three jobs. Not one of them micro-manages

That brief time on summer mornings, right before the heat increases and scorches.


My patience with Windows Valdomort 10

Figuring out the shortcut for strikethroughs  in Google Docs

D. and K. safely traveling to Namibia

the emancipated playtime of the 7 dogs on our street right before dusk

Garrett’s wise advice regarding a job interview for me

Getting full on salad (who knew?)

“I will always choose a lazy person to do a difficult job… because he will find an easier way to do it.” ~Bill Gates

Hope and Zest

Very Grateful for:

God’s Love

*Ruby’s zest for life…”she’s young at heart,” said Lil’ Sam.
*our neighborhood and our neighbors
*working in air conditioning
*driving in air conditioning
*a virtual math meet-up between three U.S. states and two African countries today
*the awesome opportunity for me to listen to students discuss mathematical concepts in an intelligent, respect-filled manner
*eye drops
*ice cubes
*hope that tomorrow will bring happy news

The windshield is larger than the rear view mirror…Keep looking forward ~ Jennifer Dukes Lee

The natural colors that each day brings

Very Grateful for:

God’s waiting canvas

the way the blue colors of Dad’s eyes changes when we talk about his memories

our shared memories

taking time for morning stretches

the morning’s palette of colors- (what color is between orange and pink?)

the temperature lightness of this morning’s air

the way the herbs receive the morning water

my neighbors’ new and cool twirling sprinklers

soft-spoken people

coconut coffee blend


When it’s over, I want to say: all my life I was a bride married to amazement. ~Mary Oliver



The First 100-degree day

Very Grateful for:

God’s seasons

Our first 100-degree day … and I was working inside!

ice cubes

air conditioners

laughing really hard

zucchini spiral “noodles”

Honey Turmeric Chicken:

Not getting the nod for one job … and then getting an email about another one

When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive ~Marcus Aurelius


Thorns, Pancakes, and Hugs

Very Grateful for:

God’s care for all of us

Amelia, taking Ruby to the vet for me

Ruby, not knowing why she is stiff in her spine, and being brave anyway. (How does a dog know and understand pain?)

Amelia, coming to work with me on her last day at home

air conditioning in the hot office

cool water

Finding out that Rachel was unharmed when her car was burglarized.

Pancakes, even a small one for Ruby

Dad’s hugs

“Life is thickly sown with thorns, and I know no other remedy than to pass quickly through them. The longer we dwell on our misfortunes, the greater is their power to harm us.” ~Voltaire


Used To Be’s Do Count Anymore

Very Grateful  for:

God’s nudge (or push) toward change

realizing that I have changed what I value and need in a workplace environment

…the realization that I applied for a job for the person I used to be

…letting go

…moving onward

…new “AHA” moments

…this wonderful insight on attachment that Garrett tweeted (thanks, Garrett) :

…the happy changes in friends’ lives

…Dad’s hugs

To let go means to give up coercing, resisting, or struggling,
in exchange for something more powerful and wholesome
which comes out of allowing things to be as they are without
getting caught up in your attraction to or rejection of them,
in the intrinsic stickiness of wanting, of liking and disliking.
It’s akin to letting your palm open to unhand something
you have been holding on to. ~ Jon Kabat-Zinn


Wolf Spiders in the Morning

Very Grateful for:

…God’s intelligence working through smart doctors, technicians, and nurses

…God’s gift of rain this morning

…God’s creatures great and small

…the unsettling effect that a wolf spider had on my growing melancholy and apprehension this morning

…the focus it took to, um,  dis-invite this world’s largest spider from inside my front door shook me out of my apprehension

…the realization that if I could conquer the world’s largest spider, then I could show up and suit out for my medical tests today

Mary Ellen’s early morning email (thank you, Mary Ellen)

seeing a former work colleague before the procedure who then happened to be my nurse!

breathing into acceptance and trust in the process

“Still round the corner there may wait, A new road or a secret gate.”
~J. R. R. Tolkien




Walking the Steps

Very Grateful for:

God’s constructing us for rest

a long weekend

for once, I did not go into work “to get things caught up while the office is quiet”

green tea with mint from the garden

MaryEllen’s encouragement

Granny’s sweet potato pie

12,293 steps yesterday!

time to read

time to watch the French Open – and drink French Press coffee

remembering my mantra

this wonderful place that Crystal nurtures

“It’s not what you start in life, it’s what you finish.” ~Katharine Hepburn