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“those who bring sunshine to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves.”-jmb


a call came from a director

who had worked with my grandson

on an entertainment project

he and his crew were in town

to shoot a pilot for a new show

the idea is to surprise someone

but instead of pranking them

it’s focus is on thanking them

he was looking for locals to help with the show

those who know ‘afternoon delight’

a local breakfast/lunch spot

not fancy, with great food

an unchanged part of this town for many years

the surprise was to be for walter

a local, humble, and very deserving gentleman

who has worked there for 40+ years and refuses to retire

he lives without a phone

(the farmers at the market let him use theirs when he needs one)

he lives without a car

(the local pedi-cab guy gives him rides to work and whenever he needs one)

he’s never been on a plane or boat

he lives alone with his many plants

his family is the restaurant crew and all who pass through the doors

he shows up every single day, works hard, and is unfailingly kind to everyone

but his presence is so much more than that

he has touched so many lives over the years and in so many ways

after keeping walter at home a bit longer than usual

 worrying about being needed at work

everything was finally ready

the moment he walked in

he looked teary

saying, “i can’t believe my eyes”

with the sweetest smile

he thanked everyone for coming

and was told

“walter, we are here to thank you!”

for impacting the town and the people

he had a chance to talk to every person

as we each presented him with a plant and our story

he had walked one down the aisle

when she was a waitress there and didn’t have a father

the pedi-cab driver had worked there too

some had worked with him for many years

or had been coming in for many years

and one after another

each person thanked him

multiple generations had eaten there

and he listened and he smiled and he thanked them

for being such an important part of his life

 when he sat in the booth that now has his name on it forever

he told his stories

how things had changed over the years but stayed the same

how life had been hard at times but was so thankful for everything

when he first started it was bob dylan and joan baez stopping by after a concert

 each era brought new music and new people

along with people who continued to come in over and over

bringing children and grandchildren

while the food is very good

walter is what makes the difference

why people keep coming

as we said our goodbyes

walter climbed into the pedi-cab,

now with bubbles flowing, music playing, for a ride around town

his town

to celebrate his special day

before coming back to his other home

the restaurant

as i walked back to my car

someone saw my t-shirt

stopped his car and asked:

“is that for walter from afternoon delight?”

when i said it was

he told me he owns a nearby deli

 whenever he sees walter making his way down the street

he makes walter’s favorite sandwich for him

walter is a treasured family member to everyone lucky enough to meet him.

“there is a light in this world, a healing spirit more powerful than any darkness we may encounter.

we sometimes lose sight of this…

then suddenly the spirit will emerge through the lives of ordinary people,

who hear a call and answer in extraordinary ways.”

-sir richard attenborough

thank you.


“I made this thank you note. I’m going to give it to my family.”

“what are you thanking them for?”

“I’m going to thank them for being my family.”


“if the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough.”

*Meister Eckhart



*Eckhart von Hochheim (c. 1260 – c. 1328), commonly known as Meister Eckhart, was a German theologian, philosopher, and mystic.




years ago today 

I published my first blog post

thank you to all

who have made the time

to stop by for a visit

and sit for a moment.


“all human actions have one or more of these seven causes:

chance, nature, compulsions, habit, reason, passion, desire.”






painting by: bruce nutting – seven birds of blue

merci beaucoup.



i would like to 

offer my sincere appreciation

to my 1 and only reader

hailing from 

the lovely 

french caribbean island



i wonder which of the people in this picture it is?

each day

one of them wanders 

out of the crystal waters

onto the baby powder soft warm welcoming sand

under an azure sky

dotted with fairy floss clouds

back to his/her lovely beach hut

and takes a minute to read my blog.

here’s to you

loyal reader. 

appreciation is a wonderful thing.

it makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.

– voltaire

Life is a long lesson in humility – James M. Barrie



it is time at last, to thank my fellow writers for the many awards you have bestowed upon me. these have languished somewhere on the side stage for far too long. i am humbled and honored by your generosity of spirit. not surprisingly, i haven’t followed many of the rules in accepting the awards, but i wanted to thank every one of you none the less. following are the awards and the writers who nominated me for them, in no particular order. each is wonderful and unique in their own way, and i hope that you’ll stop by their sites for a visit. many thanks to all of the rest of you who’ve given me the opportunity to read your words, and who’ve taken the time to read and thoughtfully comment on mine.  



Award Winning Blog Blessed Again

Awesome Blog Content

Best Moments

Blog of the Year

Bouquet of Awards Symphony of Color

Dragon’s Loyalty 

Fantastic Blogger

Inner Peace

Inventive Blogger



Loyal Reader

Most Creative Blogger

Most Influential Blogger

Semper Fidelis

Shauney Award for Blogging Excellence

Shine On

Sisterhood of The  World Blogger


Super Sweet Blogging

The Versatile Blogger

Very Inspiring Blogger

Word Press Family 

and the writers and their sites:


 writes and photographs her daily adventures using public transportation in montreal


 a smart and funny approach to movies and music and sports and life in syracuse, ny


country music and homespun wisdom 


three 40 somethings riffing on life


poetry and tales in the world of nature and fairies


lisa writes with a mind wide open 


the world of dating after a certain age


writer and photographer 


anne’s journey through life 


the story of family and life 


writes about life using photos and stories


2 single women’s trip through life


even with his personal struggles he tells about a positive in his approach to the world


 engineer and poet in india who writes about women’s issues 


poet and fiction writer 


 scientist who writes about life


freelance writer and animal advocate 


all about animals, peace, social justice, women’s issues 


 insights about life, using art and photos


michael writes about his love of animals and adventures in the world


a brit married to a sicilian, adjusting to life in italy



The thankful receiver bears a plentiful harvest. – William Blake