Monday, December 21, 2009
This post is all about gratitude that should be expressed every day, not just at this particular time of year at the Holidays. My husband and I have been so blessed to have made the acquaintance of Dr. Harry Horne and his lovely wife, Marilyn, a little more than one year ago. We live in a very rural area in Tennessee and at that time, medical facilities were limited and certainly overtaxed. At a public hearing for a zoning variance for a home that was being considered for a medical clinic, my husband spoke positively for the change and addition to our community. Little did we know that this would bring this wonderful man and his family into our lives. He has been instrumental in changing a difficult relationship between my husband and his father at a time in their life together, when goodbyes are looming larger than hellos. He has been able to prove that medicine is not just "institutionalized and uncaring." He has been able to prove the exact opposite and that good medicine can heal the soul and the spirit, as well as tend to the physical aspects of the human condition. His capacity for love and caring of his fellow human beings is as large as his acumen of medicine. This is a tribute to a "Prince" of a man and a damn fine doctor. Thank you, Harry, for being you!
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Besides world peace and a cure for all disease, what is on your Christmas list? Not to make light of the current situation, but, has everyone adjusted to the "new normal" that we all hear about on the news, or are there any holdouts for old fashioned Christmas consumerism? Actually, a year later, a year older, I just think a nice peaceful holiday is all that I want this year. Maybe just to curl up, and appreciate being warm while it is blustery outside with a wonderful cup of tea and a great old/new book. I am really finding it hard to drag out all the tinsel and Christmas decorations. I feel that I have Christmas in my heart, and I enjoy seeing it everywhere else, but I am feeling that it is kinda nice not to have to prove to anyone that my cookies are the most delicious, or my decorations the most creative. I don't have to go to the most or the fanciest parties, or host them either. Am I a scrooge? Or am I just being myself? I look around and I am so appreciative of the good things in my life. I have a loving partner, wonderful family members, cherished pets, and relatively good health. These are gifts enough for me this year. Still.....cashmere socks are always nice!