“Always reward your long hours of labor surrounded by family.
Nurture their love carefully, remembering that your children need models, not critics.
And even if you have failed at all else in the eyes of the world, if you have a loving family, you are a success.” -Og Mandino
It’s only two weeks until Christmas — and we can subtract one of those days for Hanukkah.
No? Okay, then this week, the tradition begins. Here’s my second recap of a year’s worth of posts on Southern Exposure. It’s always fun to look back, especially when originality has to await my complete recovery from whatever bug grabbed me and wouldn’t let go this week.
I like this quote, and I want to remember it as I go through the holiday season.
Do you have the answer? It equals exposure to lots of new germs and a very bad cold. I came home from our Thanksgiving trip with a real doozy, so instead of working right now, I’m taking a break to clear my head and feel better.
Southern Exposure will resume next week when I can type without pausing for volcanic sneezes.
“It’s not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.” – Mother Teresa
“We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.” – Winston Churchill
I share these two quotes in honor of The National Day of Giving — or Giving Tuesday which is November 29th this year — to remind all of us that generosity is at the heart of happiness and joy.
For Thanksgiving I wanted to share a wonderful excerpt that came to my inbox last week from Kelly Justice, owner of the Fountain Bookstore in Richmond, VA. Her thoughts on being thankful summarize my own so well, thoughts about our writing community here and on my author page at Facebook. I hope it touches you as it touched me.
Congratulations to Terri Chlapek who won two “listens” from Audible. The Audible giveaway was announced here on the 9th in my post about the new audiobook of When We Were Sisters. It ran through the 16th. As always random.org chose the winner from all entries that followed the rules.
Terri, enjoy your new books!
Gratefulness is the only appropriate response to that which is given…and this life is a given. Every human being can realize: we didn’t make ourselves, we didn’t even choose this life. If you train yourself to be grateful for everything, every moment, then when you come to something that you don’t like, you realize it’s still given and you have to deal with it.
Why is this week’s blog a bit early? Picture me in Palm Beach, Florida. No, I won’t be on vacation–although it might feel that way. This Tuesday and Wednesday I’ll be speaking at the Society of the Four Arts Libraries.
How do you find me?
Tuesday afternoon at 5:30 I’ll be at the Dixon Education Building (240 Cocoanut Row, Palm Beach, FL 33480) as part of their Florida Voices Program, to be followed immediately by a booksigning conducted by the Classic Bookshop.