‘Tis The Season To Be Extra


I want to thank all the people who walked into my life

and made it outstanding,

and the people who walked out of it

and made it fantastic.


To bring 2018 to a resounding close, nothing beats making a list of what I’m grateful for. I share this tradition with my family using pen and paper on New Year’s Eve because a Gratitude Journal makes it easy to remember all the good for posterity. It’s also handy for a quick pick-me-up in moments of feeling down-dooby-doo-down-down.

Among my proudest moments this year was witnessing my teens act like adults who bring something to the table, chip in and help out without being asked. I was extra  proud overhearing the one who didn’t bother with presents last year ask his siblings first, “What do you want for Christmas, Guys?” I’m taking this as a sign I can retire from being Santa–though I doubt I’ll ever want to stop wrapping pretty things with red bows.

I  am honored by the kind and loving women who made the experience of creating the portraits shared on this blog a true pleasure! I am grateful for the devoted blog fans who spoil me with sweet comments, gifts and bright ideas.  I am blessed with great health, enduring love, and a world mostly at peace, by people who inspire me with their happy hearts and laughter, pride in their work, their gentle self acceptance. I admire those who persist and commit to what/whom they love even when that doesn’t love them back with equal passion, those who hang on to dignity and grace through hard times refusing to be identified as victim. I thank Arianna Grande for inspiring the young with her positive spin on heartbreak with the song Thank U, Next! (as soon as I got over my older generation shock at a word I deem unnecessary in the vocabulary of a beautiful woman. 😉 )

Click on “Leave a Comment” (top left) to share what you’re extra grateful for this year. Thank you so much for sharing this journey with me and have the merriest Ho Ho Ho!







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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Mountain
    Dec 25, 2018 @ 00:04:38

    A Merry Christmas to all—

    Christmas this year suddenly became one that I wont ever forget. I went to the mailbox and there I found a package and as soon as I saw who it was from it brought on an instant smile. An unexpected gift from a special person who is very dear to my heart. When I opened the card and read what was written my smile grew even bigger. A gift and card with thoughts that will be treasured, always!

    I love sharing my thoughts here, especially at Christmas. It’s a place that for many years now I’ve felt comfortable saying things that may never have been told anywhere else. Thank you, Sharon for giving us a place of peace and beauty to share some of our thoughts and opinions. I’m grateful for you!

    And oh yes, how can I go until I’ve chosen my favorite photo of this beautiful Goddess…number four! Do I see a bit of naughtiness in her eyes? I hope so! 😉



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