For the record, I did NOT put that much cheese on mine. 🙂

This week I offer one quote from Charles Dickens in honor of his 200th birthday and because it tied so nicely into August McLaughlin’s Beauty of a Woman Blogfest which I participated in.

Quotes on Gratitude

“Cheerfulness and contentment are great beautifiers and are famous preservers of youthful looks.” -Charles Dickens

“The source of love is deep in us and we can help others realize a lot of happiness. One word, one action, one thought can reduce another person’s suffering and bring that person joy.”Thich Nhat Hanh

“Be like the sun for grace and mercy. Be like the night to cover others’ faults. Be like running water for generosity. Be like death for rage and anger. Be like the Earth for modesty. Appear as you are. Be as you appear.” — Rumi

Gratitude List for the week ending February 11

  1. My application to the Highlights Foundation Poetry for All Workshop was accepted! So I’ll be heading to Honesdale in May.
  2. In the light of less than a half moon, the stars in Breckenridge are brilliant.
  3. Fresh snow for skiing!
  4. Homemade 3-way Cincinnati chili – YUM!
  5. Another Margareaders meeting, and everyone enjoyed the book I chose – One Thousand White Women.
  6. Julie B.  She knows why.
  7. Meeting with my in-person critique group. Go Boulder Picture Book Writers!
  8. Rocky laying at my feet under the desk while I work
  9. Watching Em have fun selling Girl Scout cookies – AND the fact that the sale is over! (We still have three boxes of Thin Mints left if anyone is interested)
  10. Reading easy readers with Jay. He never tires of it and is getting better and better.  Soon he will read on his own!

What are you grateful for this week? 

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  1. A supportive network of writers. Not so grateful to the snow this weekend. I’m just a snow wimp. I canceled some plans and enjoyed the time at home. OK, so maybe I am grateful for the snow. 🙂

  2. I am grateful that all my horses didn’t escape when one of them tore ten feet of fence down. Gah! Hubby and I got it fixed, but we out in the freezing wind chill, in the dark, fixing it. I am grateful for my CP’s and betas too. They rock! I am soooo grateful for 12×12. Because of it, I have written some pretty good first drafts. Happy Valentines Day, Julie! *waving*

  3. I love thin mints! That quote from Rumi is wonderful. Another very fruitful week for you Julie. Take care.

  4. Honesdale is an amazing place. Relaxing yet energizing. Enjoy every moment!
    February is being a slo-o-ow month for me. I’m grateful there’s still half a month left.

  5. Julie, you’ve come through for me again! I was just making my grocery list when I saw your post. Cincinnati Chili is on the menu for tonight. I haven’t had it since we last visited my sister-in-law there. I’m so thankful for all the 12 x 12ers with their advice and insight….and great recipes.

  6. LOVE the tail-end of that Rumi quote: “Appear as you are. Be as you appear.” — Rumi

    Have a great week!

  7. What fantastic quotes, Julie! Thanks for
    alerting us to Mr. Dickins’ birthday. (No wonder I feel like baking a cake… ;))

    Congrats on your Highlights acceptance! And thanks again for your *wonderful* contributions to the blogfest. I’m grateful beyond measure.

    • I am so grateful for your blogfest August. Seeing all of those posts together makes me realize how much women need to get beyond the external beauty hangups. Events like yours are one step in the right direction.

  8. Wow! That chili looks yummy. That’s so exciting about your Highlights acceptance. That is something to look forward to in a big way. I have heard such wonderful things about the Highlights workshops. I hope that you will be blogging about your experience.

  9. Grateful for: old friends still wanting to catch up with me even though I was the one who took too long to get in touch; finally winning some recognition via our public radio station for a bit of writing (zip code stories airing tomorrow on–so exciting!; a quiet day to get over a cold; a good friend who moved away and is moving back–hurray!; and a couple of more weeks to work on 12X12!

  10. I am grateful for . . .

    . . . a best friend who sticks by me no matter the crazy things I drag her to do.
    . . . finding the courage to jump into a new writer’s community.
    . . . spending time with family at the biggest used book sale in town (it happens once a year and is amazing!).


  11. Grateful for that same less-than-half moon over Arkansas tonight. It was a character by the way in a recent picture book idea last fall.

  12. I am grateful for my writing friends on here in the 12x12in12, for the lovely weekend, visiting a travel show and picking up some brochures. Lovely post as always Julie.

  13. Lovely list as always. And you’re going to Honesdale! So jealous! 🙂 Can’t wait to hear all about it 🙂

  14. Good list, Julie. I loved One Thousand White Women. I am a sucker for historical fiction and that is one of the best. I just finished reading The Glassblower of Murano, which I got from your list of books you read in 2011.

  15. major congrats on highlights! what an amazing piece of news 🙂

  16. congratulations on the Highlights Founder’s workshop. Their new conference center is awesome – so is the food, the cabins, the people … well, the whole place. You will return energized and inspired (even moreso than you already are).

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