January 23, 2021

Gratitude: Accessible meditation

Netflix has a meditation series called Headspace featuring Andy Puddicombe. I happened across the program the other day and am grateful for the discovery. Andy offers a clear and accessible approach to meditation. His melodic voice pulls you into the words and simple animations pull you into the images. But really, the whole series could be a podcast because it is about the stories and techniques Andy shares.

January 22, 2021

Gratitude: Sunlight and Shadows

Chilly morning with rain so Jazzercise was cancelled. Instead, I took a bike ride along the American River. Clouds opened up to reveal blue sky. The result was strong highlights and shadows. This view from under the bridge always catches my eye. Today it was more vibrant with the post-rain sunshine. The contrast between nature's infrastructure and human-made infrastructure is always of interest to me. Gratitude for this beautiful morning, an unexpected bike ride and giving myself permission to stop and take a photo.


January 21, 2021

Gratitude: Amanda Gorman

Relief! Thank goodness for the inauguration of President Biden and Vice President Harris. The star of the event was Amanda Gorman. Her words, poise and bright yellow jacket brought sunshine of hope and a rise of excellence for our country. Gorman's poem The Hill We Climb will forever mark the opening of a new, better chapter for America.