Simple Things

A list of simple things here and there.

1. Simple giving. A few years back, inspired by my friend Lisa who routinely gives blood, I started donating every few months. I think it was a pregnancy that put a halt to my giving. When I recently read of a blood drive close to my home, I jumped at the opportunity to start donating again. If you’re short on money or time, giving blood is a charitable offering that’s extremely valuable. The blood draw takes on average six to eight minutes and the whole process about an hour. Bonfils and the American Red Cross are a couple blood banks where you can give.

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Cranberry Orange Relish

Cranberry Orange Relish | the beauty in simpleThe story goes, shortly after my parents married in December 1964, my dad fell sick with a cold. My mom asked what he might like to make him feel better. Oddly (I think), he requested cranberry orange relish. I can only assume this was a food from his childhood. My mom made it for him following a recipe from the Boston Cooking School Cook Book. The cranberry orange relish was so well loved it has graced our family’s Thanksgiving table ever since that winter of 1964.

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Simple Things

A list of simple things, here and there.

Practicing Gratitude | the beauty in simple1. Practicing gratitude helps ease my anxiety, lifts my spirits, and focuses my attention on the beauty in this life. Sometimes I write down what I’m feeling grateful for, sometimes I verbalize what I’m noticing for others to hear, and sometimes I just quietly acknowledge my feelings to myself. However it’s expressed, it’s a profound but simple practice that I do daily.

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Simple Things

Simple Things is Getting a Fresh Look | the beauty in simpleGiving gratitude to simple things helps me find beauty in every day. The picture painted is always lovelier. This week I’m taking my gratitude inward, but next week I’ll be back with a fresh look and feel to these posts. Have a peaceful weekend.

Love, Julie