Not on the water ….

but close!

girls

To us, family means putting your arms around each other and being there.

~Barbara Bush

Can you see it?  The river in the background?  Ah, isn’t it beautiful.  I am sure you were wondering what Anita and I do in the winter since we can’t paddleboard.  Well, today our brother Joe and Sister-in-law Anne decided to drive up from the Philadelphia area so that we could take advantage of the snow.  They needed to try out their Christmas present – cross country skis – and Anita and I were more than happy to take them on the trail and show them the river.  She and I were gazing at the water thinking of what a wonderful paddle boarding season we had last  year and how much fun we had together.  We are so lucky to have each other and to have such a great family.  We love being together.  Today was a great day made even better by having them here.  Just a fair warning … Now that we got out on the trail once, we are hooked.  You may have to endure some more photos of us playing in the snow, well, as long as the weather cooperates.  Enjoy the snow!

family

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Forgiveness

 We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies.”

~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

Love

flower

   Love is a force more formidable than any other. It is invisible – it cannot be seen or measured, yet it is powerful enough to transform you in a moment, and offer you more joy than any material possession could.

~ Barbara de Angelis

On this cold and dreary Monday, I am thinking about spring.  These were the last flowers of summer that we had in our office.  They remind me of sunshine and of the warmer days yet to come. I really don’t mind the winter and the snow, but I prefer the warm sun on my face, the green grass, and the emerging tree buds and flowers.  How many more days of winter?

2014 in review

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The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 21,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 8 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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