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This is a continuation of my list of one hundred things I am thankful for. I thought it would be nice to link up this post this week (at the bottom of this post), and that leads me specifically to my seventy-first…

  1. the world being full of crazy beautiful different people
  2. my eye color
  3. art collaborations
  4. open windows
  5. Maine’s rocky coast (and living it with this boy)
  6. salted caramel
  7. friends who make me dream catchers
  8. packing and purging
  9. New England weather
  10. The Smithsonian (visiting again in a couple days!!)

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I figured it would be safe to reveal what I’m giving my lady pals for Mother’s Day, as none of them read this blog (probably)!

Some background before the reveal: I am a… secret spiritualist? I don’t know. That sounds lame. I keep it to myself, mostly, so it’s kind of strange to put that out there. Atheist, definitely. I believe in freewill. I believe in science. I know old energy exists all around us, and I know life is simply amazing. I totally believe in ghosts (that’s another entry altogether), but I don’t believe in higher power. I believe that ritual is necessary, comforting, whatever that ritual may entail. A ritual may or may not result in something real or tangible, but what is real is different for everyone.

I love. I exist. I am made of stuff that is ancient.

So now that you know a bit about where I’m coming from…

I thought it would be nice to put together a tiny gemstone “care” package, something full of positive energy, for the deserving mothers in my life.

I chose these specific gemstones after doing a bit of research. What I have listed here are the powers that are commonly associated with these specific gemstones; I wanted to choose a combination that was healing, restorative, and balancing for these insanely hard-working women. I really do think, though, that any power can be applied to any object, and that this kind of energy association can work for just about anyone. I find these common associations a great starting point, and I rather like the idea of a focused, community energy.


Moonstone: symbol of femininity, soothes emotions, aids with stress

Picture Jasper: “Mother Earth” stone, grounding/harmonizing, absorbs negative energy

Rose Quartz: unconditional love and peace, restores trust/harmony

Amazonite: soothing, calms mind and nervous system, balances masculine and feminine energy

Sodalite: peace, healing, wisdom, dispels fear/guilt, stimulates trust

I knew that I had to include moon stone and rose quartz, and the others came up as I was searching certain characteristics. Aesthetically speaking, this ended up being a really lovely mix of stones.

** I have one extra set of these (with a handwritten and painted card) to give away. Leave a comment before 12:01am Tuesday, May 14th if you’re interested. I’ll randomly choose a winner on Tuesday. US only, please, and be sure to leave an e-mail so I can get in touch with you if you win! You can also tweet a link to this post for an extra entry. Please leave a separate comment with a link to your tweet if you choose to do so! ♥

++ I bought all my gemstones from Green Earth Stones on etsy.

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This is the third installment. I am listing one hundred things I am thankful for.

  1. grey cats (specifically Gumdrop and Johnathan Boomerang Densmore)
  2. ordering delivery food over the internet
  3. Timothy’s parents
  4. fields
  5. being barefoot
  6. the future (my own, mostly)
  7. my former boyfriends
  8. non-petroleum lip balm
  9. cedar trees
  10. my trip to China

Today I am sticking with a shortened segment of the list, if only because I am a bit worn down. I received my enrollment decision for the graduate program I applied to. The result was… disappointing. I put all my eggs into one very narrow (highly competitive) basket. I am letting myself feel it for a couple days, and fighting the urge not to be disappointed in myself. I have some ideas I would like to explore. There are options.  ♥

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I am continuing with my list of one hundred things I am thankful for, started here.

  1. donuts
  2. goats
  3. stones found on shorelines and river banks
  4. spring
  5. friends who understand and respect my infrequent communication
  6. the afghan crocheted by my grandmother
  7. public radio and television
  8. the internet
  9. museums
  10. the library at UVM 2006-2009
  11. the printmaking class I took at MassArt
  12. chalkboards in restrooms
  13. my eyes
  14. chai
  15. sourdough
  16. houseplants
  17. the tortoise
  18. Young Playwrights
  19. Timothy’s hands (they are beautiful)
  20. glass sun catchers
  21. notebooks
  22. growing up pre-cellphone
  23. my high school art teacher
  24. pierced ears
  25. rose quartz

To be continued.

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I am listing one hundred things I am thankful for. These are one hundred things that make me feel happy, safe, loved (and loving), inspired. They are everywhere, everything.

Spring is a time for remembrance and renewal. I’ve always found that a little difficult. I tend to dwell, and only on the negative, especially when it comes to myself, my own personal failings. I want to be refreshed, but I want to stay grounded. I am slowly learning that those desires are not necessarily contradictory. This is a season for development. Positive thinking.

Part one, numbers one through twenty-five. 

I am a list-maker.

  1. sunshine
  2. my first dog, a loyal and heroic golden retriever named Taffy
  3. false memories
  4. warm toes
  5. waffles
  6. the ocean
  7. clean drinking water
  8. soil
  9. mourning doves
  10. my father
  11. my mother
  12. skin
  13. Vermont and Vermonters
  14. the house I grew up in
  15. the girls I grew up with
  16. giant trees
  17. my right to choose
  18. color
  19. vision
  20. summer thunderstorms
  21. a stable, healthy relationship with the man I love
  22. comfortable silence
  23. books, the ability and freedom to read them
  24. my older brother
  25. coffee

To be continued.

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