50 Things for Which I am Grateful…

In response to a post from the wonderful Rochelle Wisoff, who runs the Friday Fictioneers group (which I have not consistently contributed to this year, shame on me…) here is my contribution to the prompt, suggested by Dawn Landau over at Tales From The Motherland of 50 things to be grateful for as part of flooding the internet with gratitude.

If you want to join then follow the following instructions.

To join us for this project: 1) Write your post and publish it (please copy and paste the instructions from this post, into yours) 2) Click on the blue frog. 3) That will take you to another window, where you can past the URL to your post. (folks have trouble with this, but it’s not that hard. 4)Follow the prompts, and your post will be added to the Blog Party List. The inLinkz will be open until January 3, 2017

Also, please note the following from Rochelle:

Please note that only blog posts that include a list of 50 (or an attempt to write 50) things that made you feel Happy or 50 things that you are Grateful for, will be included. Please don’t add a link to a post that isn’t part of this exercise; I will remove it. Aside from that one caveat, there is no such thing as too much positivity. Share your happy thoughts, your gratitude; be creative; be happy and grateful, and help us flood the blogosphere with both!

As I look back on this year, and the past few years as well, I am grateful for the following:

  1. Faith
  2. Hope
  3. Love
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    Number 4: Reuniting with family members that you wondered about for many years.

 

 

 

 

 

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Number 5: My Kindle – I think that I am wearing it out!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6. Childhood heroes like the late John Glenn
6. Childhood heroes like the late John Glenn

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Number 7: checking off bucket list item of going to Gilbert and Sullivan at a university I have become familiar with! :)
Number 7: checking off bucket list item of going to Gilbert and Sullivan at a university I have become familiar with! 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Standing in line at 5:50 AM on election day with my oldest as he voted for the first time and seeing this which made me want to sing "God Bless America" (but I didn't) Both of my boys vote in their first election this year. It was my 11th Presidential election.
Number 8: Standing in line at 5:50 AM on election day with my oldest as he voted for the first time and seeing this which made me want to sing “God Bless America” (but I didn’t) Both of my boys voted in their first election this year. It was my 11th Presidential election.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Number 9: Re-uniting with a junior high teacher who has become a legendary Bluegrass Singer and leader of a well-known bluegrass band
Number 9: Re-uniting with a junior high teacher who has become a legendary Bluegrass Singer and leader of a well-known bluegrass band

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Celebrating my youngest's high school graduation and beginning the empty nest process.
Number 10: Celebrating my youngest’s high school graduation and beginning the empty nest process.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Number 11: The privilege of staying at a faith community long enough for both my boys to graduate and being a spiritual leader to a group of kids growing up from pre-school and younger to their high school graduation

Number 12: for doctors who suggest allergy shots which have given me relief during the fall to winter transition

Number 13: for allergy meds

Number 14: the ability to get out of bed in the morning and do something meaningful

Number 15: the awesome and at times overwhelming privilege of being a spiritual leader to a group of people in one place for over 16 years

Number 17: the chance to keep learning, even hard things, and growing as a person

Number 18: a local book club that I joined this year

Number 19: a house that I own (even though I have to pay for the upkeep)

Number 20: cars that work (generally)

Number 21: a group of budding mechanics who have worked on my cars as they learn the trade of auto mechanics and have saved me perhaps a thousand dollars in labor!

Number 22: My 40th High School reunion. In helping to remember our deceased classmates, I was reminded of the shortness of life and became more grateful for this group of people.
Number 22: My 40th High School reunion. In helping to remember our deceased classmates, I was reminded of the shortness of life and became more grateful for this group of people.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Number 23: Rollercoasters! Still love this one the best, the Millennium Force at Cedar Point which hits 90+ MPH down the first hill!
Number 23: Rollercoasters! Still love this one the best, the Millennium Force at Cedar Point which hits 90+ MPH down the first hill!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Number 24: The ability to express gratitude, something that I have had trouble doing from time to time.

Number 25: My blog. It has connected me with some wonderful people across this planet. I have learned much about myself and others as I have connected through this blog, now over eight years old.
Number 25: My blog. It has connected me with some wonderful people across this planet. I have learned much about myself and others as I have connected through this blog, now over eight years old.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Number 26: Being a theater dad and watching him as Bert go upside down! And then watching him a college freshman play Macbeth last month.
Number 26: Being a theater dad and watching my youngest as Bert go upside down a year ago in Mary Poppins. And then watching him as a college freshman play Macbeth last month.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Number 27: The beauty of nature. I have begun to pay more attention to sunrises and sunsets this year, in part because of Instagram, but also I find myself being more grateful as I pay attention to nature.
Number 27: The beauty of nature. I have begun to pay more attention to sunrises and sunsets this year, in part because of Instagram, but also I find myself being more grateful as I pay attention to nature.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Number 28: My Instagram Account...when I got my first smart phone last year I determined to have an IG account. Had one for a while, then deleted it. Came back to it and have been able to share my love of aviation.
Number 28: My Instagram Account…when I got my first smart phone last year I determined to have an IG account. Had one for a while, then deleted it. Came back to it and have been able to share my love of aviation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Number 29: Roses... nuff said...Enjoy!
Number 29: Roses… nuff said…Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Number 30: Pictures of my extended family, of great-grandparents and my grandmother (on the far right). I treasure these things now more than ever.
Number 30: Pictures of my extended family, of great-grandparents and my grandmother (on the far right). I treasure these things now more than ever.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Number 31: The ability to right, I mean write…

Number 32: The ability to think for myself (at least on a regular basis)

Number 33: The ability to care and to want to make a difference in another person’s life in meaningful and positive ways

Number 34: The ability to laugh, not at another’s expense, but as a way of not taking oneself too seriously and enjoying light hearted moments.

Number 35: Kids. The profound simpleness of children brings smiles and laughter out of me. (I also am ready for grandchildren…but that is a future hope).

Number 36: The majesticness of large cats. Tigers make me speechless. Lions make me wonder. Leopards amaze me.

Number 37: Speaking of cats... Hanna, our adopted cat who has been with us for almost 9 years now. This was not a good moment for her...the vet has just finished with her and her annual checkup and shots. Nuff said
Number 37: Speaking of cats… Hanna, our adopted cat who has been with us for almost 9 years now. This was not a good moment for her…the vet has just finished with her and her annual checkup and shots. Nuff said

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Number 38: Human treats at the vet. For all pet dads and moms who need something to de-stress after being through their pet's annual check up.
Number 38: Human treats at the vet. For all pet dads and moms who need something to de-stress after being through their pet’s annual check up.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Number 39: BOOKS! One of my favorite websites is Goodreads. Look me up there if you wish! I have been a reader most all of my life and it was books and book reviews that got this blog going!
Number 39: BOOKS! One of my favorite websites is Goodreads. Look me up there if you wish! I have been a reader most all of my life and it was books and book reviews that got this blog going!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Number 40: My One Word. 2017 will be the fifth year I have focused on a single word throughout the year. This year's word is Simplify and that has taken place in ways big and small. I will announce my 2017 word on New Year's Day. A great way to focus on personal growth for a year.
Number 40: My One Word. 2017 will be the fifth year I have focused on a single word throughout the year. This year’s word is Simplify and that has taken place in ways big and small. I will announce my 2017 word on New Year’s Day. A great way to focus on personal and spiritual growth for a year.

 

 

 

 

 

Number 41; PUNS! A good pun is always in style if not in good taste!
Number 41; PUNS! A good pun is always in style if not in good taste!
Number 42: These two - my sons. Youngest on left and oldest on right. I had infertility surgery because it was determined I needed it if I was going to be a dad. It worked! I am very grateful to God for them.
Number 42: These two – my sons. Youngest on left and oldest on right. I had infertility surgery because it was determined I needed it if I was going to be a dad. It worked! I am very grateful to God for them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Number 43: Planes. I am a plane fanatic. I grew up around an Air Force base and wanted to be a pilot. But that was not to be. So I am a sim pilot and this is a screen shot of an Airbus A320 in Gulf Air livery that I 'flew' the other night.
Number 43: Planes. I am a plane fanatic. I grew up around an Air Force base and wanted to be a pilot. But that was not to be. So I am a sim pilot and this is a screen shot of an Airbus A320 in Gulf Air livery that I ‘flew’ the other night.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Number 44 – Flight Simming. I have been a flight simmer for over 20 years. It is one of the ways I relax.

Number 45: Coffee. I am a coffee drinker. I enjoy different blends and my favorite is Komodo Dragon at Starbucks
Number 45: Coffee. I am a coffee drinker. I enjoy different blends and my favorite is Komodo Dragon at Starbucks

 

 

 

 

 

 

Number 46: This valentine handed to me by a young woman born in Russia and raised in the US. It made my day!
Number 46: This valentine handed to me by a young woman born in Russia and raised in the US. It made my day!

 

 

 

 

 

Number 47 My Mom - Now 92, she was a production line worker during WW2, a college student in her middle 20's, a librarian, a wife, a bank worker, private kindergarten teacher, and a public school substitute teacher. Her faith runs deep and she has survived serious cardiac surgery and two rounds with breast cancer!
Number 47 My Mom – Now 92, she was a production line worker during WW 2, a college student in her middle 20’s, a librarian, a wife, a bank worker, private kindergarten teacher, a public school substitute teacher and a person of prayer (in that order). Her faith runs deep and she has survived serious cardiac surgery and two rounds with breast cancer!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Number 48; My late father and his service to the US on the battlefields of Korea many years ago.
Number 48; My late father and his service to the US on the battlefields of Korea many years ago.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Number 49: My wife of over 33 years. She is a wonderful mother, a person with a strong intellect, a passionate worker in a local elementary school, and a wonderful partner in life. She has saved me from so many dumb and even wrong choices. I am grateful for her!
Number 49: My wife of over 33 years. She is a wonderful mother, a person with a strong intellect, a passionate worker in a local elementary school, and a wonderful partner in life. She has saved me from so many dumb and even wrong choices. I am grateful for her!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Number 50 Life itself.
Number 50 Life itself.

 

 

 

 

 

Happy Holidays!

Merry Christmas!

Happy New Year!

For what are you grateful?

 

 

 

 

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Friday Fictioneers: Case… unsolved

Writing, the fun kind of writing that let’s your brain breathe in new air, has taken a back seat for a couple of months, well I am letting my brain breathe again with this installment of Friday Fictioneers. As always a “thank you” to Rochelle for her creative leadership of this creative group.

100 Words of flash fiction… here we come!

copyright Gail Marie Stafford
copyright Marie Gail Stafford 

Case… Unsolved

by

Jim Kane

100 words!

The weekend of speeches and toasts, honors and awards, (“The Knicks game and the Rangers game in Brooklyn were the best,” he said to his wife) was over. Mass had been celebrated and the slight hangover was gone. A final trip, a final day in the office was before him.

As the day drew to an end, he looked out at the window, and deeply thought of one case on his first beat… the murdered young man in Queens… that had never been solved.

A sigh rippled through his soul as he walked out the door for the last time.

 

Friday Fictioneers: The Key of Time

Well it has been waaay too long since I posted a contribution to a wonderful group of people inspired and led by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields called Friday Fictioneers!

I am glad to be back and to share my take on this week’s photo courtesy of her husband Jan.

A reminder to newer readers, Friday Fictioneers is a flash fiction of 100 words or less that uses a photo prompt.

So here, for the first time 16 months is this week’s Friday Fictioneers!

Enjoy and feedback is welcome!

copyright Jan W Fields
copyright Jan W Fields

The Key of Time©

As the group slowly walked through the former home of Dorothy Martin, long time community music teacher who had passed ten years earlier, one of the group, a graying man who was about 70 stopped in front of the oh so familiar spinet.
His visage clearly changed as his mind and heart went back 50 years, to one particular day when they, teacher and student, were alone in the house. As he struggled with the Mozart minuet, she touched his tense hands and more than the music flowed.
“Dad…DAD! Doesn’t the house look nice?”
Tears of time was the response.

Friday Fictioneers: Letting Go, Going Forward

Good Thursday everyone! The confluence of this week’s Friday Fictioneers photo, the season of change and transition this time of year brings, (my oldest is now a college freshman, and the start of school for my youngest and my wife), plus warm memories of Labor Day with a previous faith community, and the reminder from the “Promises” of  12 Step tradition, brings me to my take on this week’s Fictioneers’ prompt.

Feedback welcomed!

We will not regret the past nor wish to shut the door on it. (Due acknowledgement is given to AA for all copyright ownership)

 

Copyright Rochelle Wisoff-Fields
Copyright Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

 

Letting Go, Going Forward©

by Jim Kane

Sitting before the fire, my family experienced a sudden rush of silence which took away the warmth of the flickering influence before us, replaced by a different kind of heat – of memory, of conflict.
Dad said, “This is a different final night for us. Steph goes off to college next week and the circle is changing as life changes. Tonight is a night in which we let go so we can go forward. So tonight we write a note of forgiveness to someone we truly need to forgive. Love must rule and not conflict.”
The warmth of love came quickly.

Friday Fictioneers: “Mom Always Liked You Best”

Good Wednesday morning all! I just checked and it has been over three months since I last posted my contribution to the wonderful Friday Fictioneers group! Seriously?

Well “summer” is about over and school will begin the earliest that it ever has here in our part of Indiana and so the wife and youngest will soon be back at it while the oldest gets ready to head to college for his first year. It has been be a good summer and I am grateful for a great deal.

Okay, enough catching up.

Here is my contribution to this week’s Friday Fictioneers and thanks to Rochelle Wisoff-Fields for her leadership and this week’s photo prompt.

 

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copyright Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

 

Mom Always Liked You Best©

by Jim Kane

As the ground began to fade beneath us and our quickly climbing 737, our conversation turned to the past.

“God, John where did the time go?’

“I know, Steve, I know.”

“Since she died, I have been thinking about her pineapple bundt cake. Wow, how I loved it. But she never seemed to make it as much. Why?”

I said nothing.

“I KNOW why! Because she was always making that blasted German Chocolate cake YOU and DAD liked.”

Silence.

“Mom always liked you best.”

“I know, Steve, I know.”

And with that I turned toward the window and smiled.

Friday Fictioneers: The End of An Era

Hi everyone! After a five week absence it is good to be back with my take on the always fun and challenging Friday Fictioneers! Thanks Rochelle for your work and thanks Erin Leary for the wonderful photo prompt!

 

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The End of An Era

by Jim Kane ©

The dampness on the rough rail matched Sally’s damp spirit. With the funeral now six months in the past and the will recently probated and read all that was left for Sally and her two siblings was to sell the farm.

As she walked along the texture of the morning air matched a memory that suddenly came to life.

“Sssally Hendersssson, you are ssstill alive?”

Turning to look behind her, she saw the black shrouded figure point a long bony finger at her.

“Yes I am Balthar, I am immortal just like you.”

Facing the ghoulish figure, Sally quickly pointed her own long bony finger and he vanished with a scream.

Friday Fictioneers: Disco Era Flash Back

Good Thursday evening!

It’s time once again for Friday Fictioneers! Thanks Rochelle for your leadership and Doug for the photo prompt!

Here we go!

Copyright Douglas M. MacIlroy
Copyright Douglas M. MacIlroy

 

Disco Era Flash Back©

by Jim Kane

 

Tony was truly in a good mood after a productive week of work. Jan was getting Ashley from daycare this week and so Tony figured he had some time to have some fun before they got home.
With the diving helmet on turned on the turntable and classic scratchiness of vinyl came to life
“She packed my bags last night, pre-flight…”

Soon he was in outer space
“Oh no, no, no, I’m a rocket man…”

 

Suddenly he heard Jan’s voice

“Ground Control to Major Tom
Your circuit’s dead,
there’s something wrong
Can you hear me, Major Tom?

 

Copyright of all quoted lyrics are to their respective writers and owners.