Monthly Archives: December 2012

30 Days of Gratitude – Day Twenty Four – Flowers

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Today I am thankful for flowers.

There are so many beautiful flowers.  No matter where you live or what season it is there are always beautiful flowers to enjoy and they always seem to brighten the day.

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30 Days of Gratitude – Day Twenty Three – Musicals

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Today I am thankful for Musicals.

I have always loved musicals.  All kinds of musicals.  Movies, tv shows, stage productions – even animated musicals.

Some of my favorites are Hairspray, The Sound of Music, Beauty and The Beast, The Wizard of Oz, All That Jazz, Little Shop of Horrors, Glee, Chicago, Across The Universe, Wicked.

And I am especially excited to see the movie Les Miserables this month in the theatres.

What did I leave out that you love?

30 Days of Gratitude – Day Twenty Two – Clean Water

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Today I am thankful for having access to clean water.

What a blessing it is to have water that comes out of the tap ready to drink, to clean with, to cook with.

What a blessing that I don’t have to walk long distances and carry heavy containers to get clean water or worry about getting diseases from water.

When you have always had access to clean water it is easy to take it for granted but today I am taking the time to give thanks for clean water.

30 Days of Gratitude – Day Twenty One – Soul Force

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Today I am thankful for Soul Force.

In case you don’t know, Soul Force is an organization devoted to changing the hearts and minds of religious leaders who engage in anti-homosexual campaigns.

One of Soul Force’s programs is the Equality Ride. The Equality Ride is an annual civil rights bus journey across the United States led by young adults who travel together to schools with policies that discriminate against the LGBTQ community. On these campuses LGBTQA students and faculty are forced to suffer in silence. If they come out they are subject to expulsion and can even be forced into harmful “ex-gay” or “reparative” therapy programs.

The Equality Ride was conceived of in 2005 and hit the road for the first national trip in 2006. Since then, the buses have carried over 100 Riders to over 50 schools.  The message of Equality Ride is clear: discrimination against LGBTQ may be legal, but it is unjust.

In 2005 my son was a Freshman at a Christian college in Texas.  The Equality Ride came to his campus and played an important part in helping him to come out and live an authentic life as a gay man.  They held symposiums on campus (fortunately the campus allowed it) and helped my son discover that scripture did not condemn him or healthy same sex relationships.  They were the beginning of my son thinking about himself in a healthy and loving way, which eventually gave him the courage and confidence to come out and live authentically.  And that was the beginning of me re-examining what I believed about same sex relationships.

Organizations like Soul Force aren’t just changing campuses, they are also changing families and individuals.

I am thankful for this organization and other lgbt social justice organizations such as GLAAD, PFLAG, and HRC.

What lgbt social justice organization has had a positive impact on you or someone you know?

30 Days of Gratitude – Day Twenty – Humor

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Today I am thankful for humor!

The longer I live the more I value a good laugh.  Laughter really is the best medicine.

I am lucky in that I have a husband, two sons and numerous friends who have a great sense of humor.

Some of my favorite movies and tv shows are comedies.

One of my favorite comedians is Ellen DeGeneres.  I love how she can take everyday stuff and make it hilarious.

Got a good joke to share?

30 Days of Gratitude – Day Nineteen – Podcasts

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Today I am grateful for podcasts.

I love listening to a good podcast!  Some of my favorites are This American Life, The Breaking Bad Insider Podcast , Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me and Stuff You Should Know.  When Lost was on TV I used to listen to a podcast called The Lost Podcast with Jay and Jack!  It has two episodes per week and it made watching that show even more fun.

And now the IPhone has a separate app to manage my podcasts!

What podcast do you recommend?

30 Days of Gratitude – Day Eighteen – Music

Today I am grateful for music.

I love music – all kinds of music!

I love the way music gives us ears to hear.  I love the way music can bring back a memory or feeling from long ago.  I love the way music can help us process.  I love the way music makes our celebrations special and fun.  I love the way music is a universal language.

I can’t imagine living in a world without music.

Today I am grateful for music and for all those people out there that are dedicated to making music.