Meet the author: L. Kris Gowen

One Nation Under Song, 50 for 50 #27

She drove 48 states (17,774 miles) in 99 days, singing karaoke along the way.

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  • 5 October 2018
  • Author: Tracey Yokas
  • Number of views: 462
  • Comments: 6

Day 2, part 1

Big Island Day 2,  50 for 50 #22

Damn. Look at these beauties.

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  • 23 August 2018
  • Author: Tracey Yokas
  • Number of views: 310
  • Comments: 2

Notes on gratitude 50 for 50 #20

Joy and gratitude!

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  • 30 May 2018
  • Author: Tracey Yokas
  • Number of views: 493
  • Comments: 3

Another first -- DL day

Notes on Gratitude

"We can learn to rejoice in even the smallest blessings our life holds. It is easy to miss our own good fortune; often happiness comes in ways we don't even notice. It's like a cartoon I saw of an astonished-looking man saying, 'What was that?' The caption below read, 'Bob experiences a moment of well-being.' The ordinariness of our good fortune can make it hard to catch.

The key is to be here, fully connected with the moment, paying attention to the details of ordinary life. By taking care of ordinary things--our pots and pans, our clothing, our teeth--we rejoice in them. When we scrub a vegetable or brush our hair, we are expressing appreciation: friendship toward ourselves and toward the living quality that is found in everything. This combination of mindfulness and appreciation connects us fully with reality and brings us joy." --Pema Chödrön, The Pocket Pema Chödrön

Maybe a bit less than ordinary, but fully connected to the joy of experiencing this amazing first major step of independence with and for my daughter. Filled with gratitude.

  • 5 October 2015
  • Author: Tracey Yokas
  • Number of views: 1333
  • Comments: 2

Another first

Notes on Gratitude

Today my beautiful, talented and resilient girl starts 11th grade. Wow. Can someone please tell me where the last 11 years went? Today also marks the third first day of school since we thought there might not be any more first days of school for Olivia, at least not in the way there always had been. Every day that has passed since we emerged from our darkest hours, my daughter has been an inspiration not only to me, but to others around her.

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  • 26 August 2015
  • Author: Tracey Yokas
  • Number of views: 1428
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