"Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow." – Melody Beattie
"Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God." – Jesus (Matthew 5:9)
The Christmas/Holiday Season has many meanings to different people depending on your spiritual and social views. Some become upset if you don't use the traditional Merry Christmas and instead say, "Happy Holidays." You will note above I chose both greetings. I personally find Happy Holidays to be more inclusive when speaking to a larger audience but use both greetings during this season. But whichever one you choose to use, the real message is what does this particular time mean to you. For me, it is not only a time to examine one's faith but also a time for family and friends to celebrate life and the many gifts our relationships have given us.
During this special season may your feasts be joyous and filled with love.
If you have comments, recommendations, or suggestions for the PJ, please e-mail them to firstname.lastname@example.org. While sometimes I cannot print everyone, I personally respond to all.
". . .By the way, the photos are awesome. You are quite the photographer. And, congratulation on your new novel. It sounds like a good read. . ." - Poet Jan from OH (Ed.: Thank you, Jan! She had a lot more she shared including comments about her poems.)
"I found this months edition particularly delightful! Maybe because it was so close to home, maybe because I felt the familiarity ... your photography is magnificent Bob! Would love to have a gallery of your work. Your poems were very deep and meaningful. Happy Thanksgiving. Grateful there are people like you in the world. I would love to sit down and have a deep intellectual conversation with you." - Poet K.C. from Portland, OR (Ed.: Much appreciated! K.C. is an extremely talented poet. She is currently working on her book. Once it is published, I will let you know.)
"How I enjoy the clarity of your photos of beautiful Utah, my favorite state. It makes me want to buy a better camera as everything is so sharp. Thanks for sharing your thoughts," - Bev from OH (Ed.: Many thanks Bev for your comments.)
States- AZ, CA, CO, CT, DE, FL, HI, IA, IL, IN, KS, MI, NC, ND, NY, OH, OR, SC, TX, UT, VA, VT, WV, and WI;
Canadian Provinces - BC, ON, and QC;
Countries - Australia, Belgium, Canada, England, Germany, Ireland, New Zealand, Norway, Turkey, UK, U.S., and Venezuela.
If your state, province, or country is not mentioned, please let me know.
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The next issue will go out on January 28, 2018.
Until next time - joy and peace,
Guest Poetry: Often readers send me a poem stating they would like it included in the PJ. Many of the poems are well written. Although I enjoy reading them, at this time I do not include guest poetry as part of this newsletter. Instead, I suggest that they submit them for inclusion in the Guest Poet section of my web site. A number have chosen to do so. However, time limitations and quality govern the number that will be accepted. I currently am not accepting poetry from minors.
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