Sunday, November 16, 2014

Annual Thanksgiving Tradition: Year 15: 1500 ways I am grateful

Annual Thanksgiving Tradition: Year 15: 1500 things, events, feelings I am grateful for this year....
15 Years ago I started a list because a lot of folks I encountered were having a hard time or shared that they did not see a lot they could be grateful for in this area. I had learned about writing gratitude lists to generate for myself the good around me and keep it first in my heart and mind and sent out a “gratitude” list of 100 things I was grateful for in Wilmington that year. It was met with great success as it spurred on others to think about things they could be grateful for and draw attention to the positive, to perspective that might not always be in focus.
I decided, and have kept up, that each year I would do the list but make it equivalent to the number of years I had been doing it!
This year I am at 1500, and I am so glad to be able to have this exercise.
I include groups, things, organizations, service, and places.
Names are only used in reference to gifts..don't go looking for your name! LOL! :)
I GENERATE A NEW LIST EACH YEAR.  This is stream of consciousness and I try and write it at once, over several hours. I had to do it this year over three days, so it is not as smooth, but it was a wonderful and meaningful journey.
Regardless of what my circumstances might be, regardless of what events may occur in my life, it is a tradition I will continue, because, I/we am/are blessed and it is worth remembering, offering thanksgiving, and sharing with each other!
 I hope it will spark a list of your own and feel free to steal mine!
 I am grateful for:
1.)  My higher power, whom I know as God.
2.)  For a life with purpose and a course lain but discovered each day
3.)  For 25 years and counting, one day at a time
4.)  For 18 years of marriage to the most amazing human being I could have ever been blessed with and the unbelievable revelations of love and understanding of self, togetherness,  and commitment that this has brought.
5.)  For my family of birth
7.     For my beloved becoming a full professor this year
8.     For all the publications and achievements of Michael
9.     For our beloved companion friend, and sweet blessing jax
10.  For my family of choice
11.  For the best neighbor one could every hope for
12.  For a community of fellowship which I am learning more and more each day is a blessing of love, friendship, forgiveness, growth, and evolution
13.  For the life of my Mother. For her living to the very last moment of this life and for her victory in sharing and giving, participating and creating in this world and being an active, loving, INFORMED, and compassionate woman and person her entire existence.
14.  For my mother’s life’s work of caring for healthy babies and women’s health, reproductive rights and responsibilities.
15.  For my mother’s legacy of reading, listening, staying informed, being open, inclusive, challenging, creating, fighting appropriately, saying no when needed and meaning it, loving fiercely, sharing and being direct, for living in the present and fighting for the now, for knowing that we make solution and are accountable.
16.  Mother’s fierce facebook advocacy to the world
17.  Mother’s last worded facebook post:  “I feel that there is nothing more truly artistic than to love people”-vincent van gogh
18.  The last post of Mother’s, a pic of renee tevelow, cleaning the beach and mother wrote “yeah renee”. 
19.  Mother final like on Facebook: a beautiful pic of her, so happy, free and in love, in that hat I so very much hated (smile) just content. The pic was posted with such love by Nancy McCullough.
20.  For the love of this community who so gave and showed so much love to me and to our family after my mother’s passing
21.  For those last moments at her bedside before she slipped in her eternal sleep and her words to Michael and me. Forever ours.
22.  for the love of the circle of the book group…the “coven”
23.  for the witness of the application of lotion on my mother’s feet by friends who so loved her
24.  for the witness of care and listening
25.  for the sharing of time and stories together over 1000s of pictures
26.  for the boxes kept of mother’s treasures of our artifacts in our lives
27.  for the meals from friends and the love that prepared them
28.  for the first meal that was hung on my front door when we came home so exhausted from Will and Elizabeth cosper.
29.  For every word spoken by each woman at mother’s service
30.  For the amazing card and words with such love from my sister
31.  For the amazing words of Harold Hodges
32.  For the support of the most amazing husband in the world and for his deep love and relationship with mother, his mother in law, her son in law.
33.  For the star news and their handling of the obituary
34.  For port city dailies tribute to mother
35.  for the flowers which adorned the house and came and brought beauty to sadness
36.  for the music that filled our hearts from Susan Savia and gave voice to our need for soothing
37.  for the comfort of words and expressions from Jemilla Erickson to lead us to some closure
38.  for the gift of printing our memories from Aubrey Shaffer and PrintWorks
39.  for the space to host our gathering of time to commemorate at UU Fellowship
40.  for the friends who made the reception for our family so lovely and to Ashley Miller for arranging it all
41.  for Cousin David’s cards that came to Mother’s every single day. Every day
42.  for the tributes through CFCC
43.  for the tributes to the nurses at NHRMC
44.  for the tributes at Planned Parenthood
45.  for the cards, the amazing, loving cards that filled out homes..all of our homes.
46.  For the looks from the nurses that gave me hope
47.  For the looks from the nurses that told me not to let go
48.  For the love and compassion of those nurses
49.  For the work and diligence of those nurses on 5th, 3rd and 10th floor
50.  For the work of those nurses in the ER on the final trip and the love they gave
51.  For the love and help of Bill Anlyan and quick response in our crisis and need
52.  For the doctors at Duke, Dr. Globe and his team
53.  For adam and koral coming to see me when we were at duke
54.  For my time with Harold when we were at duke
55.  For Dr. Tinsley and his team
56.  For Dr. Anagnost and his team
57.  For the EMTs that came and were so amazing so often and so loving.
58.  For the EMT who looked like my uncle Jim Norris who took mom to Duke
59.  For Head to Toe Salon for making sure mom felt good about her hair during it all
60.   For the comfort of the per-released copy of celia’s book to give mother a smile during chemo
61.  For the facility on physicians drive and the comfort of the chairs to receive the medicine
62.  For the beach swings at Kure beach where mom and Harold could go and sit together during it all
63.  For the beach house at Carolina Beach at Easter
64.  For playing apple to apples with the youngin’s and mother and being together
65.  For us all being together to create a memory and to share love
66.  For Intracoastal realty for being there for my family
67.  For the butterfly house and walking together with the children
68.  For the NC Aquarium and being together to share that time and for them making to special
69.  For being able to watch the boys play on the playground at the playground and show up for Nana and Pa and Uncle Bo
70.  For time sneaking a “gun” game on the computer and sharing that secret with the boys
71.  For pa’s special fried shrimp and all of us having them one more time together in an Easter Feast!
72.  For hiding easter eggs all around the cottage for the boys to find with dollar bills and candy in them
73.  For the joy of watching the youngest hunt those eggs and his older brothers make sure he found some and got his share (without being asked)
74.  For those dollar bills to be some of those left from Daddy from his desk when he passed.
75.  For just making the time to be together
76.  For just taking the time to be together
77.  For having the love present, ahead of anything else
78.  For grandmother’s quilt mom said gave her some peace and security
79.  For Anne Schaffer for personally making sure her team for making sure mom and Harold had a great car to take back and forth to Duke during that time. 
80.  For Sylvia Caldwell and all her help with the hotels in Durham (and her love)
81.  for the chapel at NHRMC
82.  for the stained glass window at NHRMC Chapel
83.  For the compassion, love, guidance, friendship, and strength of Dr. Carrie Clements
84.  For Dr. Murphy and all her care
85.  For the Hospitalists from Wilmington Health and all their attention
86.  for David Parks for ensuring all would be ok and what an amazing administrator care provider he is
87.  for our ER at NHRMC and all they do and have done
88.  for the leadership, guidance and example (I want to be him when I grow up) Jack Barto
89.  for NHRMC all the way around
90.  for the law practice, but moreover the love of Julia boseman who was there in the room to take care of my mother and step father at the end, without blinking an eye or hesitation
91.  for the law practice of Phil wells who was at the ready to help anytime day or night
92.  for the flowers of Julia’s florist
93.  for the flowers for Fiore
94.  for Melisa’s cards that came every week for months during all this.
95.  For the calls, the texts, the love.
96.  for the flounder at fish bites of which was one of the last foods mom could really enjoy and we could enjoy with her.
97.  For the milk shakes at Cook out that gave mom ease
98.  For being able to keep her at home until the last day
99.  For the witness of her relationship with mother and Harold and a couple that stood by each other in a way that not many I have ever seen has or would and the love and power that created the absolute best in such a horrid circumstance but made it so much better by being together.
100.        For Harold allowing me to cut the grass and help from time to time (smile)
101.        For time with Harold and just talking and being with him
102.        For working in an environment I will never truly be able to repay for such support, kindness and love during this time.  
103.        For being able to take a few days to get away to the mountains
104.        For having service that adhered and honored every value and belief of our mother
105.        For having the support and the resources to walk through the grief
106.        For time in the mountains to heal
107.        For the flower pictures Harold posts
108.        For Harold’s new kayak and time to explore new places and adventures
109.        For finally getting to the top of Mt. Mitchell
110.        For releasing my fear of heights and enjoying walking on the edge of the mountain and climbing high
111.        For our time to cry while listening to blue grass in the mountains
112.        For the peace of being away
113.        For the fall color being a reward as we went higher in the elevation
114.        For the cool weather in the mountains
115.        For the dinner and listening to live music in the street
116.        For time to mourn and let go
117.        For the sheer beauty of the nc mountains
118.        For standing on our marriage spot from 18 years before
119.        For the daisies at the base of the overlook of mt. Mitchell
120.        For still point wellness center
121.        Going back to walnut grove overlook on Mt. Pisqah
122.        For the hikes in the mist
123.        For colors in the trees and the cool restorative breezes
124.        For the car trip
125.        For the new car
126.        For Parkway Volvo
127.        For the service at Parkway Volvo
128.        For heated seats
129.        For our marriage being legal in north Carolina
130.        For being able to finally change my tax forms to say married after 18 years
131.        For being able to buy insurance and receive benefits as a married couple
132.        For no longer needing to fear if something happened to us when we traveled to have access to one another
133.        For no longer having to carry all that legal paperwork to have access to one another
134.        For the decision coming from a claim from UCC and their ardent belief in religious freedom
135.        For first marriages in North Carolina
136.        For the first marriages in Wilmington
137.        For the time to remember all those who brought us to a day when marriage would be legal and we could move on to full equality and no discrimination
138.        For a time to remember Southeastern Alliance for Marriage Equality and remember all who waged an effort when no one was listening.
139.        For LGBTQIA Center at UNCW
140.        For the Ministry of Catherine  at Church of the Servant
141.        For the ministry of John McLaughlin at St. Jude’s Mcc
142.        For the ministry of Richard Elliot at St. Andrews on the sound
143.        For the ministry of Cheryl Walker at Unitarian Universalists
144.        For the ministry of Earnie Thompson at 1st Presbyterian
145.        For the ministry of rabbi Waxman
146.        For the witness of seeing my friend and classmate Mike Rhyne become bishop but moreover for his ministry and the facilitation of good through him
147.        For the Ministry of John Spainhour and his witness
148.        For the ministry of Russell Heiland, too far away but connected
149.        For the ministry of Hunter Thompson, too far away but re-connected
150.        For the ministry of Father laws, connected always spiritually and with good measure for teaching
151.        For the spiritual posts of each day from Sonya Perry that have been so helpful, particularly this year.
152.        For Perry’s emporium
153.        For the giving and the creation of good that comes from Perry’s emporium
154.        For the healing arts of Samuel Edwards LMBT
155.        For the Healing arts of Gretchen Rivas, RELAX Acupuncture
156.        For the healing arts and chiropractic care of Jai Isear, Shorelines Chiropractic 
157.        For the health and wellness practice of Mitzi Isear
158.        For the medical practice of Dr. Bart Jones
159.        For Wrightsville family practice
160.        For ogden optical
161.        For the walk in clinic at Wrightsville family practice
162.        For the wellness clinic at New Hanover County for employees
163.        For the flu shots for New Hanover County employees
164.        For the wellness  program at New Hanover county for employees
165.        For the fitness fun day for NHC employees
166.        For having boot camp training on site for NHC employees with Community Solutions Fitness and Brandon Knox and team
167.        For the self pay insurance at the county and the wellness incentives
168.        For my legal shield
169.        For our insurance
170.        For the planned giving in insurance to take care of each other and charities we care about
171.        For the ability to have insurance at all
172.        For the affordable care act which was the only insurance I had before I started this job and could not get insurance without it
173.        For all those who have insurance as a result of the affordable care act
174.        For the walking paths at the government center
175.        For being able to run at lunch
176.        For having a job with purpose and meaning
177.        For learning to pray and share when I run so I can focus on the positive
178.        For letting go when I run
179.        For having a job where I can be a part of recognizing the gifts and service of others and make that special for them.
180.        For having job where building resources to empower the best for someone is possible
181.        For having a job where service to the community is the ultimate goal of everything we do
182.        For having a job where I get to think and be a part of teams and creativity  
183.        For the shared values of Innovation, integrity, stewardship, accountability, and professionalism and really seeing them in use and aligned
184.        For having the ability to grow and learn in a job
185.        For being empowered to help others grown and learn in their work
186.        For being a public servant
187.        For being able to go to departments and see the work being done and testify to the amazing things being done for citizens in all areas
188.        For working with people who truly care about what they are doing and who they are doing it for
189.        For seeing public service at its finest
190.        For growing up and seeing progress, not perfection
191.        For understanding more about principles over personalities
192.        For the gifts of training from trainers who want to give back from UNCW
193.        For the gifts of training from trainers who want to give back from non profits
194.        For the gifts of support and encouragement to public employees
195.        For our amazing County Fire Services
196.        For the fire houses and the way they are run
197.        For the first responders
198.        For the response time in this county for responding
199.        For the gift of seeing our Fire Services awards and collaboration of services with EMT, 911 and Fire working together to save lives
200.        For our health department
201.        For the our DSS
202.        For the trainers working to train their peers on the new systems
203.        For the integrity of these trainers and the workers
204.        For the passion and desire to serve that I have witnessed in that department
205.        For our universal case workers
206.        For our universal case workers meeting the challenge of NC FAST to serve all those in need
207.        For the social workers working with families and individuals in these tough and judgemental times
208.        For our 911 operators hearing the call of those in emergencies
209.        For our register of deeds who were so responsive and open when the marriage decision came down
210.        For our model of good governance and the focus on serving the people
211.        For the amazing county webpage and the ease of navigation and access for all
212.        For all the public information and ease of sites
213.        For our senior center
214.        For home delivered meals to hundreds of seniors every day
215.        For our city of Wilmington
216.        For our bond for roads
217.        For our school bond passing
218.        For our Parks and Recreation department
219.        For Halyburton park
220.        For greenfield lake
221.        For greenfield lake amphitheater
222.        For empie tennis center
223.        For wheelchair tennis league
224.        For the ogden park soften ball complex
225.        For veterans park
226.        for the fiscal management of our taxes in this region that is done so well
227.        for the planning and care done by those in county planning
228.        For Atlanta bread Company
229.        For Zoe’s Kitchen
230.        For the giving of Buffalo Wild Wings
231.        For Orange Leaf Yogurt Company
232.        For Unleashed in Landfall Shopping center
233.        For the strategic initiatives that address childhood obesity and overall health and wellness for our county
234.        For the new jobs that have come to our area and the opportunity for a living wage without negative impacts on our environment
235.        For the work of Brady Bradshaw to stop seismic testing
236.        For the work of the Cape Fear Riverwatch
237.        For the osprey’s on the river
238.        For the black river tour
239.        For the cape fear river
240.        For sunsets over the cape fear river
241.        For the Battleship park
242.        For fireworks at the battleship on the fourth of july
243.        For the city club of Wilmington
244.        For the city club of Wilmington acquiring St. Thomas and prospering the work of Betty Ann Sanders
245.        The cupola room at the city club
246.        The front porch at the city club
247.        The gardens by Dagmar Cooley at the city club
248.        The healthy amazing food and service
249.        For the training of Brandon Knox
250.        For community fitness solutions
251.        For the boots camps at Autumn hall with Community fitness solutions
252.        For F3 Wilmington
253.        For 5:30 am at the gloom in Hugh mcCrae park getting me back on tract
254.        For lifting up prayers after training in the am
255.        For the being able to run again
256.        For the inner loop around UNCW
257.        For the Gary Shell Cross City Trail
258.        For the outer 4 mile loop that include rose avenue
259.        For the link of trail through autumn hall to eastwood road
260.        For sunsets over the pond at autumn hall
261.        For lowering the speed limit over the Wrightsville beach bridge
262.        For the opening of the sky and intracocastal when running or biking across the WB bridge
263.        For my bicycle
264.        For knowing how to ride a bike
265.        For knowing how to ride a bike in traffic
266.        For not being hit in traffic here in Wilmington while running or on a bike!
267.        For all the clouds
268.        For being able to share the clouds with others
269.        For the beach being so accessible
270.        For being able to park at friends at the beach
271.        For the row of oaks on the loop and the shade they provide
272.        For the drives we take on the island and the turn around at shell island
273.        For launching on my sit on top on the ocean
274.        For Johnnie Mercer’s pier
275.        For the pier at Kure Beach
276.        For the pier at Kure beach being free and open to the public
277.        For the johnnie mercer’s pier only being a dollar
278.        For the trees on the dunes at fort fisher
279.        For the NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher
280.        For the butterfly house at NC Aquarium
281.        For the bird sanctuary and gardens at the NC aquarium
282.        For the “Big” tank at the NC aquarium
283.        For the eel room and catching some quiet time in there
284.        For the funny photos to remember visist at the aquarium
285.        For the butterfly house at Airlie gardens
286.        For the Minnie evans temple bottle house at Airlie
287.        For the azalea festival azalea sculpture at Airlie
288.        For the frog displays at airlie this year
289.        For the airlie concerts
290.        For the Spring Garden at Airlie
291.        For walking and breathing at Airlie in the Spring
292.        For enchanted Airlie
293.        For the hot coffee from PCJ on the walk in enchanted airlie
294.        For the carolers at Airlie
295.        For the lights in the trees at Airlie
296.        For the peace and feeling of ease at Airlie
297.        For the preservation of land and natural beauty at airlie
298.        For Halyburton park
299.        For olsen park
300.        For the gift of giving and preservation of CatherineOlsen
301.        For running the perimeter of olsen park on a clear day
302.        For the Brax Stadium, PPD Miracle Field at Olsen Park
303.        For every brick on the pathway of champions
304.        For Brax cups and their staff
305.        For PPD giving
306.        For the McKenzie Picnic Shelter and all the joy and celebration that occurs under that roof!
307.        For the Trot and Katherine Nixon outfield at the Miracle Field
308.        For the Dan Johnson and David Morrison Family Rooms for dignity and inclusion at the Miracle Field
309.        For the sound of laughter and inclusive play on the Kiwanis Access of Wilmington Miracle Field Playground
310.        For the Miracle Playground and the accessibility
311.        For the universal accessibility of the park and the growing understanding of what that means and how much that is needed
312.        For watching the players of all ability play ball
313.        For being able to announce those games
314.        For being able to see their parents, friends and guardians cheer, cry with joy and root for their sons, daughters, and special friends
315.        For the UNCW Baseball team and all their service to the Miracle League and to the community
316.        Fro UNCW Baseball leadership
317.        For UNCW students who volunteer and give of themselves and learn and truly engage
318.        For the coaches, umpires, team moms, all who give each week for miracle league ball
319.        For Access of Wilmington
320.        For the board of Access of Wilmington
321.        For the CPA firm of Chuck Earney
322.        The black pens from CPA Chuck Earney
323.        For the Insurance Practice of Jim Moore
324.        For the coaching prowess and leadership of Shiela Boles
325.        For Campagna construction and the Campagna Family of businesses
326.        For Gregory construction
327.        For the seabelle’s of UNCW singing the national anthem under the Gregory flag every game
328.        The access of Wilmington facebook page
329.        For Uncle Louie’s Pizza Parlor providing food for the families at the games
330.        For Szechuan 132 on College Road providing food for the families at the games
331.        Nye Ice Cream providing food for the families at the games
332.        For pine valley united Methodist church youth being active with the players
333.        For pink trash
334.        For J. Michael Philly Deli being a team sponsor
335.        For Dye Creek Capital being a team sponsor
336.        For NHRMC Rehabilitation hospital being a team sponsor
337.        For Osprey Global Solutions being a team sponsor
338.        For the Country Club of Landfall Staff being a team sponsor
339.        For Memory Lane Comics being a team sponsor
340.        For Animal Warriors being a team sponsor
341.        For Delta Zeta at UNCW being a team sponsor
342.        For sitting on the pier at the oceanic
343.        For the oceanic restaurant
344.        For the first annual Miracle’s In Motion Run
345.        For the Miracle’s in Motion Run being fully inclusive
346.        For Go Time race management
347.        For Audi of Wilmington making the Miracle’s in Motion Race happen
348.        For Without Limits apparel rocking out shirts for Miracles in Motion
349.        For seeing all the runners and rollers together in the race
350.        For Wilmington Parks and Rec stepping up and helping to ensure the best for the race
351.        For Olsen Farms being the title sponsor!
352.        For watching a crowd, non stop cheer on every player as they play ball
353.        For seeing players who have never played before have their time in the sun
354.        For watching players improve and get better
355.        For experiencing the joy of participating with them each game!
356.        For the music and dancing and having a great time!
357.        For the Hoggard High School Cheerleaders for coming out and cheering these players
358.        For the Special Olympics Polar Plunge
359.        For the Special Olympics Spring Games
360.        For the Special Olympics Fall Games
361.        For the group homes and all the support they provide
362.        For the Disability resource Center
363.        For being able to do the innovation for the DRC fundraiser
364.        For the DRC fundraiser
365.        For the work and leadership of the DRC
366.        For the leadership in the city parks for keeping special Olympics as inclusion
367.        For the office of Vocational rehabilitation
368.        For the column and advocacy of David Morrison
369.        For the NHC Disability Commission
370.        For the advocacy and outreach of the NHC Disability commission
371.        For the advocacy and outreach of the disability education and awareness provider from the rape crisis center of Coastal horizons.
372.        For the grant to support the disability education and impact support for those with disabilities impacted by sexual abuse and rape.
373.        For the rape crisis center of Coastal Horizons Inc.
374.        For the walk a mile in her shoes event for the rape crisis center
375.        For the vagina monologues at UNCW which benefit the rape crisis center
376.        For walking the streets of Wilmington in heels
377.        For walking the streets of Wilmington with marines walking in heels! :)
378.        For the Youth Shelter and Open House of Coastal Horizons Inc.
379.        For Coastal Horizon’s Inc
380.        For new ideas to support
381.        the ongoing work of coastal horizons and her mission and continuation in the midst of funding cuts and changes.
382.        For another year of providing the largest impact of services on the region as a non profit for substance abuse and mental health services from Coastal Horizon Inc.
383.        For the coastal horizons luncheon become a stable, staple in the fundraising events and for more and more people participating in it as something to want to do and want to be a part of.
384.        For the non profit leadership of coastal horizon’s Margaret Stargell
385.        For the non profit leadership of Wilmington Health Access for teens, Joy Grady
386.        For having on site health care for youth in all but one of our high schools
387.        For having direct care accessible to our youth on a regular basis
388.        For having the support and management to continue the delivery of care in a tough funding environment for youth health care.
389.        For the non profit leadership of Cape Fear Clinic, John Devaney
390.        For the advocacy for all who need health care from the Cape Fear Clinic
391.        For the dental care of the Cape fear Clinic
392.        For the general healthcare of the Cape fear clinic
393.        For care  regardless of immigration status, but focused on human beings at the Cape Fear Clinic
394.        For the humanity of serving all in need of the doctors who take referrals from the Cape Fear Clinic for specialty needs
395.        For the staff at the cape fear clinic
396.        For all who give to make sure all have healthcare
397.        For the cape fear healthnet and the legacy of Scott Whistnant
398.        For the work of NHRMC to collaborate and promote Medicaid expansion
399.        For the work of the chamber of commerce to educate and advocate for Medicaid expansion
400.        For the non profit leadership of Kids Making it, Jimmy Pierce
401.        For the beautiful teak of the battleship NC that are made into pens at Kids Making it
402.        For the skills of entreprenuership attained at Kids Making it
403.        For the success rate of high school graduation for the kids at Kids making it
404.        For the volunteers and skilled artisans who give their craft to the kids at kids making it
405.        For the Hippy Ball and the fun fun fun for raising funds!
406.        For the non profit leadership of NHRMC, Jack Barto
407.        For introducing Lean Management to his work
408.        For the leaders in Lean at NHRMC
409.        For the buy in of NHRMC in lean and focus on the consumer
410.        For readily and willingly including me in the lean work at NHRMC
411.        For the non profit leadership of the Heart Association, Ashley Miller
412.        For being able to give the invocation at the heart ball
413.        For the risk taken to allow me to chair the Heart Walk
414.        For the executive leadership team for the heart walk
415.        For the good weather at the heart walk
416.        For the teams in support of their loves ones at the heart walk
417.        For the major sponsors at the heart walk
418.        For American Property Experts
419.        For the CPA practice of Robert Thomas
420.        For title Sponsors, The Daniels family Foundation and Katherine McKenzie
421.        For NHRMC
422.        For Parkway Volvo
423.        For Wilmington Health
424.        For all the doctors who care
425.        For the amazing photo booth
426.        For dog stations, treats and water bowls from Barb Biehner
427.        For the record crowd walking the heart walk
428.        For sharing the walk at the heart walk with Michael and Jax
429.        For the big turn out of the Daniels family and crew for Windell at the heart walk
430.        For all those who raised money for the heart association
431.        For the teaching of David Glenddenning and hands only CPR at the heart walk
432.        For cumulus, bringing it every year
433.        For the women of Alpha Phi being there every year for the heart walk and volunteering
434.        For subway bring the food for everyone at the heart walk
435.        For Port City Java, always with the coffee for the heart walk!
436.        For my birthday bash at Terrazzo’ for the heart walk
437.        For pine valley market selling hearts for the heart walk
438.        For clean eatz selling heart for the heart walk
439.        For Port City Java Selling Hearts for the Heart Walk
440.        For port city java supporting the troops
441.        For mission BBQ bring the food to the miracle field
442.        For mission BBQ supporting wounded warrors
443.        For the Oleander Port City Java Selling the most hearts for the heart walk
444.        For MY port City java on racine coming in second and being so supportive
445.        For the staff of the racine Port city java for taking such good care of Michael and me
446.        For all those who bought signs for the walk with educational awareness
447.        For UNCW and sharing the campus with the heart walk
448.        For UNCW police making sure all where safe for the heart walk
449.        For being so amazingly cost effective on the fundraising and the money going to fight heart disease not for overhead!
450.        For the fundraising integrity and acumen of Ashley Miller
451.        For the fundraising integrity and acumen of Kitty Yerkes
452.        For the fundraising integrity and acumen of Janine Powell
453.        For the fundraising integrity and acumen of Diana Corbett
454.        For the fundraising integrity and acumen of Margaret Robison
455.        For the fundraising integrity and acumen of Bob Jones
456.        For the non profit leadership of WHQR, Cleve Callison
457.        For the Cape Fear Association of Fundraising Professionals
458.        For the ethics of the cape fear AFP
459.        For the annual recognition of fundraisers and givers from AFP
460.        For the monthly education and programing of AFP
461.        For the non profit leadership of the Arts Council, Rhonda Bellamy
462.        For the non profit leadership of the Domestic Violence Shelter Mary Ann Lama
463.        For the Non profit leadership of Wilmington Area Rebuilding Ministries, JC Skane
464.        For the non profit leadership of Habitat for Humanity Steve
465.        For the non profit leadership of Good Shepard Center, Katrina Knight
466.        For the non profit leadership of the full belly project Jock Brandis
467.        For the non profit leadership of The Carousel Center, Amy Feath
468.        The carousel center show and gala
469.        Nourish North Carolina
470.        The food bank of eastern north Carolina
471.        For Programs and outreach of Lower Cape Fear Hospice
472.        For Wilmington Interfaith Hospitality Network
473.        For Phoenix Ministries
474.        For the NHRMC Foundation
475.        For the Pink Ribbon luncheon
476.        For SHE ROCKS
477.        For the posts of sunrises of Beth Quinn
478.        The example of embracing life in the face of adversity of Beth Quinn
479.        For the advocacy for women of the Copper Lilly Salon with women dealing with cancer issues and addressing their needs for wigs and hair stylings etc.
480.        For the Pretty in Pink Foundation and the spirit and Advocacy of Joy Wade
481.        For Willie Stargell Foundation
482.        For The Willie Stargell Dialysis Unit at NHRMC
483.        For The golf committee at the Willie Stargell Annual Golf Tournament
484.        For The amazing volunteer drivers at the Willie Stargell Annual Golf Tournament
485.        For The Hampton Inn Landfall and Suites
486.        For The staff at the Hampton Inn Landfall and Suites
487.        For The life and legacy left in Wilmington and through the world of Willie Stargell
488.        For the Cape Fear Memorial Foundation (and all their amazing leadership!)
489.        For the Landfall Foundation
490.        The largest giving ever for the grants from the landfall foundation
491.        The gift from Quintiles marathon to the landfall foundation
492.        The landfall foundation gala
493.        The landfall foundation art show
494.        The landfall foundation holiday market
495.        The landfall foundation Legends of Tennis
496.        Legends of Tennis now being with the Landfall Foundation
497.        Community foundation of North Carolina
498.        For the Kimberly Eshleman Foundation
499.        For the Good Friends of Wilmington
500.        For playing santa at good friends with other men each year
501.        For being a witness to the power of the group of women who gather each year to do good at good friends
502.        For the “bag lunch” that is so simple and perfect for the good friends luncheon
503.        For the testimonial cases read at good friends
504.        For sharing merry Christmas with all at the good friends luncheon
505.        For the leadership year after year at the good friends luncheon
506.        For the world’s largest rotary wheel Christmas tree lighting
507.        For playing santa at the Christmas tree lighting
508.        For riding in on the back of a fire truck as santa
509.        For listening the desires of hundreds of children as they tell santa their wants for Christmas with such hope and love
510.        For the beauty of that garden at the rotary wheel and all it offers
511.        For all those who tend the rotary garden
512.        To the new non profit for the rotary garden
513.        To all rotaries in Wilmington
514.        For being inducted into Wilmington Rotary
515.        For the 100th anniversary of Wilmington Rotary
516.        For the gift of education from Rotary 101
517.        for the Rotary Foundation
518.        for the paul harris fellowships
519.        for rotary international
520.        for health and happiness at rotary each week
521.        for the diversity of opinion but the binding of the four way test rotary
522.        For the work at Williston school through Wilmington rotary
523.        for the food and fellowship each week at Rotary
524.        for the coastline convention center
525.        for the Gentlemen’s corner
526.        for all the community involvement of the gentlemen’s corner
527.        the clothes in the gentlemen’s corner
528.        lumina station
529.        the shell station by lumina station where they say hello and thank you when you get gas
530.        the Wrightsville beach Baptist church when they give out water on the loop
531.        spending every Sunday on the island with my friends in fellowship
532.        For the “coffee” group
533.        For the women’s action network
534.        For NC Sororsis
535.        For the NC Sororsis recognizing Nan Graham
536.        For the writing of Nan Graham
537.        For the commentaries on WHQR of Nan Graham
538.        For WHQR
539.        For the new ALL MUSIC WHQR spin-off! LOVE THIS!
540.        For being able to listen to wait wait don’t tell me on WHQR
541.        For being able to listen to Garrison Keeler on WHQR
542.        For the WHQR Gallery
543.        For the voice and community advocacy of Jemila Ericson
544.        For the voice of Aimee Bowens on Hometown Solutions
545.        For the voice, fun and joy of FOZ on the radio
546.        For the voice, community advocacy and change agents and leadership of Sandra McGlammy on 97.3
547.        For the voice, community advocacy and change agents and leadership of Brandon Hickman on 97.3
548.        For the annual teen summit (which I know they are not going to forget me this coming year!)
549.        For the voice of news of Frances Weller and the longevity of her work
550.        For Frans Fans
551.        For the voice of news of Jon Evans
552.        For the voice of morning news of Randy Aldridge
553.        For the recovery of David B
554.        For NHRMC rehabilitation hospital
555.        For the voice of morning news of Kim Ratcliff
556.        For having a newspaper still delivered to our front door
557.        For sharing the Sunday paper together
558.        For Focus on the Coast
559.        For sharing that joy in FOC with mom at Airlie
560.        For Men Ink and the advocacy for being better men
561.        For Men Ink getting in with FOC, perfect fit!
562.        For the amazing new publication in our area SALT! Love IT!
563.        For Encore magazine and all they do for so many!
564.        For Encore mag’s awards each year (really the only ones and not to be duplicated!)
565.        The encore awards ceremony
566.        Seeing all the encore awards plaques everywhere
567.        The fierce and progressive reporting of encore magazine
568.        For the engagement of Michelle and Jeff
569.        For the celebration of shower of Michelle and Jeff
570.        For celebrating with Michelle’s Mother
571.        For sharing Michelle’s mother cookies J
572.        For Morgan and Michael’s wedding
573.        For sharing that wedding with Harold and with Michael
574.        For seeing my sister so beautiful and happy at Morgan’s wedding
575.        For seeing my brother in law breath and have time to enjoy at that wedding
576.        For seeing my oldest niece lauren as such a strong, grown, gorgeous woman
577.        As seeing our Morgan embracing the next phase of her life
578.        For the plate at the wedding for mother
579.        For my sister say “I love you too” when I said “I love you” as we parted
580.        For all the embraces at the wedding
581.        For all the joy in that place where mother’s spirt wanted to be but where her spirit was
582.        For Frank Potter’s loving guidance on the loss of a mother
583.        For frank’s gift of kinship in helping me through this time
584.        For the best haircut I have ever had! J
585.        For bangz in general and all the staff there
586.        For Jessie, his assistance calling me 10 times to remind me of my appt, cause I would forget!
587.        For the strong hands of hunter..and if you know who he know what I mean and would be grateful too! J
588.        For the joy that comes with each new coupling and the community that is built
589.        the wedding of Kathy and Christi
590.        for the love of all families with children
591.        for those who adopt children who are in need
592.        for those who foster children
593.        for the Methodist home
594.        for the Epicurean Event for the Methodist Home
595.        for the Fundraising acumen of Regina Richardson Hawes
596.        for the DSS workers who seek to place children in homes
597.        for the Boys and Girls home of Lake Waccamaw
598.        for the rotary cottage at Lake Waccamaw
599.        for the guardian ad litem program
600.        for those who serve as guardian ad litems
601.        the wedding of Frank and Linwood
602.        the wedding of Jimmy and Allen
603.        the wedding of Patt and Gregory!
604.        The wedding of Andrew and Jeffrey
605.        The wedding of Samuel and Talen
606.        The wedding of Ian and Brad
607.        The engagement of the jeffs
608.        The marriage of Charles and Ralphie
609.        For the most special and healing marriage of Adam and Koral
610.        For officiating at the wedding of Adam and Koral
611.        For seeing the love between Adam and Koral and the blessing of the witness of their vows
612.        For the beauty of the wedding of Adam and Koral
613.        For having seeing someone I love very much be happy with a new family and be successful!
614.        For the witness of victory of difficult circumstances for someone I love
615.        For healing in others
616.        For the recovery of Pam B
617.        For the recovery of Eric R
618.        For the continued remission of Scott W
619.        For the recovery and continued outreach of Jean
620.        For the love and surrounding treatment and moving forward of Scott C
621.        For the love and life and continued remission of Mary B
622.        For the use of recovery to champion good in Robert M
623.        For the use of heart issues and overcoming obstacles to champion good in Robbie C
624.        For the motivational speaking of Chad Porter
625.        For the message of victory in all circumstances of Chad Porter
626.        For the motivational and inspirational writing of our own Tom Morris
627.        For the daily posts and tweets of Tom Morris
628.        For using one’s gifts to benefit others without self seeking
629.        For giving and serving as the ultimate act of accomplishment
630.        For witnessing true actions of giving without desire or expectations of return
631.        For witnessing true actions of service to others without expectations of return or desire to benefit
632.        For seeing people give to causes with their resources because they actually care about the causes
633.        For time out with friends just to have dinner and share stories
634.        For having time in friends homes to sit and relax and be together
635.        For sharing in Ms. Wellers birthday again this year
636.        For sharing in Katherine’s home to share the carousel center
637.        For sharing time in mother and harold’s house just spending time
638.        For hanging out in Ashley’s basement and working on the heart walk
639.        For sitting on the beach at the Hearne’s place with friends, just talking
640.        For taking the boat out with Ashley
641.        For walking the river walk with Michael and listening to the downtown summer concert
642.        For the downtown summer concerts
643.        For hanging out feet off the dock over the river and watching the sunset in the breeze
644.        For sharing a Kilwin’s ice cream
645.        For rummaging through the joke shop near kilwins
646.        For not buying anything at the joke shop at Kilwins
647.        For going to the toy store with Michael and seeing him have fun with the games and knowing he will be figuring out the combnitorics of it all, the equations, but also, the fun.
648.        For going to all the book stores with Michael and watching him browse and ponder all of them
649.        For healing in general
650.        For love and friendship among men
651.        For love and friendship  
652.        For Forgiveness, mine and others, and in particular, most importantly God’s
653.        For Understanding more and more that nothing is ever really confidential so what is said should be said with love and a desire to help and heal…..
654.        For the therapeutic gifts of Louise Coggins
655.        For the therapeutic gifts and healing of Rick Titcomb
656.        For the therapeutic gifts and healing of Tony Puente
657.        For the therapeutic gifts and healing of Rich Ogle
658.        For the law practice of Julia Boseman
659.        For the law practice of Williams Mullens
660.        For the law practice of Murchsion, Taylor, Gibson-Andy McKvey
661.        For the power of example of health and wellness of Andy McKvey
662.        For the power of example of athletics and health of Sherman Criner
663.        For the power of example of health and wellness of Brandon Knox
664.        For the power of example of health an wellness of Cedric Boney
665.        For the power of example of health and wellness of Matt Skelly
666.        For the power of example of health and wellness of tom Clifford
667.        For the power of example of health and wellness of tracy Christian
668.        For the power of example of health and wellness of david fredrickson
669.        For the power of example of health and wellness of Brenda eslack
670.        For the power of example of health and wellness of colin hackman
671.        For the power of example of health and wellness of nigel williams
672.        For the power of example of health and wellness of Kerri Davis
673.        For the power of example of health and wellness of Brian Knox
674.        For the power of example of health and wellness of katy gauspohl
675.        For the power of example of health and wellness of Stephanie Kraybill
676.        For the power of example of health and wellness of Sean Sposeep
677.        For all those who inspire me daily to keep on the track to take care of me and to be motivated to be active healthy and well
678.        For all those who so freely give of their abilities with health and wellness and share with others
679.        For the nutrition practice of Heidi Kaufmann
680.        For the dental practice of Sandra Miles
681.        For Protocol fine gifts
682.        For the protocol sale each year
683.        For the best notecards ever from protocol
684.        For the orange street festival
685.        For the orange street art festival moving down a little and expanding
686.        For the farmer’s market downtown
687.        For tidal creek
688.        For Wilmington yoga (while I am still needing to go there, I am grateful it is there!)
689.        For Costco and all they do for the community
690.        For all the businesses that will NOT be open on thanksgiving, Christmas, or any other major holiday to give their employees time to enjoy too!
691.        All the public servants who have to work on holidays (fire, sherriff, police, 911, hospital etc) so we can have a safe holiday and enjoy time with each other
692.        For the promotion of Matt L in his public Service
693.        Grateful for all those who have service members in their homes for the holidays
694.        For those who buy gifts for those without in the holidays (everyone deserves a santa)
695.        For those who buy food or donate to buy food for those without at the holidays
696.        For those who provide meals at the holidays for those without or in need
697.        For those who seek to include all at the holidays and focus on the giving of self, love, and effort, not just material goods
698.        For the monologue that chris rock did on SNL regarding commercialization
699.        For every single ornament we have for our tree that has been collected over our 18 years and growing
700.        For the ability to decorate at the holidays
701.        The glow of the tree
702.        Sharing our home with those we love at the holidays
703.        See the decorations of others in town at the holidays
704.        For being allowed to judge the holiday parade every year that it has been going on
705.        For the joyful and thoughtful floats in the holiday parade
706.        For the llamas in the holiday parade
707.        For sharing PCJ coffee while seeing all the parade items go by
708.        For enjoying the greyhound rescue dogs dressed up for the holidays
709.        For seeing the cub scouts and boy scouts knock it out year after year in the parade and remembering how much I loved the cub scouts myself.
710.        For the tree on the riverfront
711.        For the fire truck coming with santa!
712.        For animal services through the Sheriff’s department
713.        For the public service of the New Hanover County Sheriff
714.        For the NHC Sheriff and the Wilmington police working together on the Gang task force
715.        For the gang task force being so effective and so meaningful to eradicate fear within the communities who are so affected by the violence and aggression of those who wage the war.
716.        For the Wilmington Housing Authority
717.        For the new leader of the Wilmington Housing authority
718.        For the incredibly well done process for choosing the new leader of the Wilmington Housing Authority
719.        For the staff of the Wilmington Housing Authority
720.        For the work to maintain  affordable housing in the city by the Wilmington Housing Authority
721.        For the resident associations in the Wilmington Housing Authority
722.        For Dreams of Wilmington
723.        For the UNCW/WHA Community Campus at HillCrest
724.        For the Southside Neighborhood Revitalization opportunity
725.        For the Wilmington Police Department
726.        For the District Attorney’s office
727.        For the Judges in our area
728.        For the Service of Drug Court and the solutions that help to change lives from Judge Faison
729.        For the service of Judge Criner
730.        For the service of Judge Corpenning and his leadership in all areas of the community
731.        For the Service of Judge Cobb and his leadership and commitment
732.        For the service of judge Crouch and her re-election
733.        For the service of Judge Blackmore and her joy and success on retirement
734.        For the ad in the starnews for the heartwalk
735.        Healthy clean eatz meals for home each week
736.        Powersecure donation of solar to the miracle field
737.        Miracle field solar farm supplying power with buy back power
738.        For the story in UNCW magazine on the Miracle League
739.        For the new Wilmington Magazine
740.        For Wilma and all they do to promote, empower and champion all women
741.        For Wilmington Biz..
742.        For the integrity and guts of Wilmington Biz
743.        For the Wilmington Biz Breakfasts
744.        For the Health Care Heros
745.        For those nominated for Health Care Heros
746.        For the YWCA 100th anniversary
747.        For Wilmington Biz Expo
748.        For Wilmington Biz Expo always including non profits
749.        For the regular features of writers in Wilmington Biz
750.        For the regular emails from Wilmington Biz
751.        For the Greater Wilmington Chamber of Commerce
752.        For Leadership Wilmington
753.        For the Karl Davis Alumni Award
754.        For the GWCC foundation
755.        For Work on Wilmington and its impact on so many needed projects in a day
756.        For the biz mixes and networking
757.        For the Wilma Women to Watch
758.        For seeing a youngin become such a beautiful young woman and become the Wilma woman to watch, Jenna Curry
759.        For VIP Limo and all they do (he does) to serve the community
760.        For the cape fear garden club (lord they do so much!)
761.        Books on Old Front street
762.        For the art of Virginia Wright Frierson
763.        For the Photographic art of Kelly Starbuck
764.        For the pottery of Marty Allran and her forms!
765.        For the art of bates toone
766.        For the movie arts of Cucalorus film festival
767.        The art of movies and direction of Dan Brawley
768.        The cucalorus film festival
769.        The writing art of sheri malman
770.        The writing art of Dana Sachs
771.        The Hiroshima book by elin slavick
772.        The music of Susan Savia
773.        The music of L Shaped Lot
774.        The music of No dollar Shoes
775.        The music of Randy McQuay
776.        The music of Brian Setzer
777.        The music of Jack Jack 180
778.        Port city Christmas jam 2013 for nourish north Carolina
779.        Port City Christmas Jam 2114 for nourish north carolina
780.        For the photographs for Jason Frizzelle
781.        For the Photographic art of Harold Hodges
782.        For the Art of Hiroshi
783.        Hiroshi’s show at the Cameron art museum
784.        The timelessness and installation of Hiroshi’s show at the Cameron art museum
785.        CAM getting it that the local treasures yield so much for our desire here
786.        The amazing turn out for the opening of hiroshi’s show a the Cameron art museum
787.        The installation of artists in the state of art display at the Cameron and the extraordinary pieces
788.        The installation of Arlene Pulley at the Cameron
789.        The phenomenal piece by Mark Boren at the Cameron at that show
790.        The deeply spiritual application of tim dols icon in that show and all his work
791.        The artistic teaching, leadership and passion of Geogia Mastreoni
792.        The skillful mastery of installation art of Bob Unchester
793.        The skillful mastery of museum registry and installation of Holly Tripman
794.        The skillful mastery of communicating art to the community of Kim Kelly
795.        The museum shop at CAM and the talents of Nan Pope
796.        For the pancoe art studio at Cameron
797.        For the Cameron art museum
798.        For the Cameron art museum school
799.        For the leadership in art and art education of Donna Moore
800.        For the ashes of claude howell resting on site
801.        For the museum store at Cameron
802.        For the Weyerhaeuser Hall at Cameron and all the concerts
803.        For art of dumay Gorham
804.        For dumay Gorham redoing the World War II memorial
805.        For the world war II memorial being moved to the river front for all to see
806.        For the pedestrian art downtown
807.        For the venus fly trap at the foot of market
808.        For the sanitary water troth at the foot of market
809.        For the stained glass windows in first Presbyterian
810.        For the stained glass window in the NHRMC chapel by Rown LeCompte
811.        For the stained glass window in Church of the servant by Rowan LeCompte
812.        For the Cartoons of the stained glass windows in Church of the servant by Rowan LeCompte
813.        For the stained glass window by Rowan LeCompe in Cameron Art Musuem
814.        For the Whirly gig on the grounds of Cameron Art Museum by vollis Simpson
815.        For the whirly gig by vollis I own that was a dear and meaningful gift I treasure
816.        For the life of Rowan LeCompe
817.        For the life of Vollis Simpson
818.        For the art of Elizabeth Darrow
819.        For the art of Sully Anlyan
820.        For the art of Judson Crowe
821.        For the glass art of Jim Downey
822.        For the drawings of Sandy Lee
823.        For the Art of Harry Davis
824.        The Art of Fritzi Huber
825.        The art of Margi Worthington
826.        The art of elin slavick
827.        The art of Kira Van Sickle
828.        The photography of Brownie Harris
829.        The art of Andy Cobb
830.        The retrospective of Andy Cobb’s work at Airlie this year
831.        The frogs of Andy Cobb
832.        The manger scene created for church of the servant by andy cobb
833.        The angel sculpture by andy cobb
834.        The Buddha frog at the arboretum by andy cobb
835.        The NHC arboretum
836.        The NC arboretum system
837.        Visiting the NC Arboretum in Asheville for the first time
838.        Experiencing the quilt garden
839.        Experiencing the bonsai trees at the NC arboretum
840.        The Japanese tea house at the NHC arboretum
841.        Doing the employee appreciation event at the NHC arboretum
842.        The rose garden
843.        The ability garden at the NHC arboretum
844.        The master gardener program at the arboretum
845.        The lillys on the pond in the afternoon sun at the arboretum
846.        Games on the wedding lawn at the arboretum
847.        For the art of MJ Cunningham
848.        For the photographic art of Katherine McKenzie
849.        For the art of Liz Hosier
850.        For the art of David Norris
851.        For the Acme Art Studios
852.        For the Brooklyn Arts District
853.        For the Brooklyn Arts Flea Market
854.        For the Castle Street Antique District
855.        Michael Moore Antiques
856.        For Jester’s CafĂ©
857.        For browncoat theater
858.        For Big Dawg Productions
859.        For Thalian Hall
860.        For Level Five
861.        For City Stage
862.        For the comedy of Timmy Sherrill
863.        For the pencil drawings and cards of David Norris
864.        The Wilmington symphony
865.        For the Wilmington Girls Choir
866.        For the Wilmington girls choir coming and singing at Peace Day
867.        For the Peace Day at HM Park
868.        For the hope of peace at peace day
869.        For the unity of hope and the celebration of peace
870.        For the drumming at Peace Day
871.        For the sharing of the roses from Leanne to others at Peace Day
872.        For the new portable planetarium from the cape fear museum
873.        For the cape fear museum
874.        For Wilmington downtown inc
875.        For being asked to deliver the invocation for WDI luncheon each year
876.        For those who work to move the city and the region forward together and not in silos
877.        For those who see a bigger picture and greater opportunity for our area
878.        For the plans to build up on the former parking deck downtown
879.        For the brick streets downtown
880.        For the horse and carriage rides downtown
881.        For the river tours
882.        For the white tail squirrells in landfall
883.        For the encounter with the hawk
884.        For the encounter with the fox ever other day or so
885.        For having thanksgiving out together last year, mom, Martha, Harold, Michael and me
886.        For going to Leanne’s for Christmas and all of us being together
887.        For playing football with the boys
888.        For the boys having such fun with the goal posts
889.        For the photo of all of us on moma austin’s couch
890.        For Wesley being old enough to know what was going on
891.        For sharing our collection of nativities
892.        For the nativities people have given us from all over the world
893.        For having decorations I made our first year together when we were both still in school and could not afford to buy anything.
894.        For being able to send cards at Christmas
895.        For all the cards we receive at Christmas
896.        For the lights on the back fence Michael loves so much
897.        For michael’s blue tree and all the ornament mother bought to make sure his tree always had plenty
898.        For mom always making Michael a birthday cake because his birthday was on Christmas
899.        For martha’s coconut cake
900.        For mom’s apple cake
901.        For mom’s Mexican wedding cookies
902.        For mom and harold’s tree with our ornaments from childhood
903.        For my santa mom brought back from Mexico in the 70s
904.        For the elf in he tree from the 30’s of mothers
905.        For the thoughtfulness of gifts and the careful wrapping
906.        For the amazing sky and sunset over the golf course on the way into the cape
907.        For the polar plunge at Carolina Beach
908.        For plunging with Craig and tammy every year for the polar plunge
909.        For the amazing crowd that comes out for the polar plunge
910.        For the View from the snows cut bridge
911.        For the gifts of Michelle Clark Realty
912.        For the sponsorship and community involvement of Hopkins Realty
913.        for the Property Shop of the Carolinas
914.        for seeing Ed have so much joy selling with the Property Shop
915.        for all the LGBT owned business in our community
916.        for the community involvement and advocacy of Salon Beyond Basics
917.        for the success of SolaHair and the connection all the way back to high school
918.        for the marriage of gary and steven
919.        for taste the olive
920.        for Chadworths Columns
921.        for the brave desire to run for office and fight for us all of Elizabeth redenbaugh
922.        for the brave desire to run for higher office and fight for us all of Jonathan Barfield
923.        for the brave desire to run for office and fight for us all of Tom Gale
924.        for the re-election of our Sherriff McMahon
925.        for the re-election of Judge Faison
926.        for the re-election of our DA
927.        for the re-election of Judge Crouch
928.        for the brave and valiant fight of Kay Hagan
929.        for the advocacy and election of Rob Zapple
930.        for advocacy and election of Skip Watkins
931.        for the advocacy and election of Bruce Shell
932.        for those who observed at the polls
933.        for those who educated the voters about their rights
934.        for those who motivated others to vote
935.        for those who voted
936.        for those who embraced democracy
937.        for those who took time to learn about the issues
938.        for those who took time to do more than share their opinion, but share information to help others understand issues
939.        for the fierce advocacy of Louise and Steve
940.        for those who took down their signs quickly
941.        for those, and there were a couple, who did not abuse the community with signs
942.        for the discussions and camaraderie about the abuse of the signs
943.        for not taking for granted my ability to vote, regardless of how I may feel at times about the process
944.        for those who understand the sacrifices made to be able to vote
945.        for those who understand how few places in the world that can actually have the vote in the way we do.
946.        For growing in not taking for granted any of the privileges I get to have or the experiences that are put in front of me
947.        For being able to climb into the tower of the county courthouse
948.        For being able to explore eagle point
949.        For being able to go up in the PPD building and see out of those amazing windows and the views
950.        For the amazingly generous professional sharing of PPD leaders and partner, Lynn Whitsell
951.        For the amazingly generous professional sharing of PPD leaders and partner, Ed Murray
952.        For the amazingly generous professional sharing of the city of Wilmington
953.        For the amazingly generous mentoring, partnering and real and true caring of NHRMC Jack Barto
954.        For the vision and leadership of NHC manager Chris Coudriet
955.        For the vision and leadership of NHC Strategic management
956.        For the shared vision and working together of the fire chiefs
957.        For those who understand that collaboration builds better outcomes for all involved
958.        For being able to bike to work
959.        For being able to bike to the beach
960.        For being able to bike or run to the gym
961.        For being able to walk to the shops on racine for lunch
962.        For the arts booths on racine
963.        For the sushi specials at Nikkis on Fridays
964.        For the half price sushi during the week
965.        For the cheap burritos at islands
966.        For amazing pastry at La Gemma
967.        For the chicken bryan at carrabas
968.        For the fundraising carrabas does
969.        For carrabas being locally owned
970.        For the buffalo wild wing golf tournament for the miracle league
971.        For the curry at big thai
972.        For indocine, period
973.        For browsing through the ivey cottage
974.        For the recycling of the ivy cottage
975.        For selling some things at the ivy cottage
976.        For getting out of the ivy cottage without buying anything
977.        For the pumpkin muffin at PCJ in the fall
978.        For the best buffet in town at tandori bites
979.        For bringing me home to my soul at Casey’s Buffet
980.        For the love and family that goes into everything they do at Casey’s
981.        To the best chicken n dumplings since my grandmother passed at Casey’s
982.        For the best healthy, filling food on the go at Zoe’s kitchen
983.        For the best steak without all the fuss at texas roadhouse (and yes I said, Texas roadhouse)
984.        For being at texas roadhouse when I got the alert that our marriage become legal (no explanation necessary)
985.        For the best food in general in Wilmington in any of ashes restaurants!
986.        For the best meal AND Service in the city of Wilmington at the city club
987.        For the best brisket I have every had at mission BBQ
988.        For my cheat meal at Cook Out
989.        For my cheat pizza and mellow mushroom…
990.        For chops deli finally being open near us!
991.        For the oyster and chop sandwich!
992.        For sweet and savory breakfasts
993.        For Blue surf grill lunches
994.        For being able to eat out at all
995.        For pine valley market and being able to sit and enjoy
996.        For the cooking genius of Smokey
997.        For the cooking genius of Christi Webb-Ferretti
998.        For the catering of Pine Valley Market
999.        For the soup at Pine Valley Market mother loved so much
1000.     For the picture Kathy sent me of mom and Harold from CAM after she passed
1001.     For celebrating with Kathy and Christi the night marriage became legal
1002.     For DePaolo hall at UNCW and remembering all she did for so many
1003.     For Leutze Hall and remember all he did for so many
1004.     For Leutze’s new book and the truth being revealed about where the state has gone and is going
1005.     For the seahawk statue being returned to his perch in front of Warwick
1006.     For Dumay’s seahawk flying high in front of campus and watching me when I run
1007.     For passing by the marker for Rosemary on the trail and remembering all that history and the victories in the face of so much opposition
1008.     For the trees that line the trail by the track
1009.     For the UNCW track
1010.     For running the UNCW track
1011.     For the ropes course in the woods
1012.     For the woods behind UNCW and adjacent to our home
1013.     For the childhood feel being in those wood when running
1014.     For the beauty of nature in the middle of the city
1015.     For Gerald shinn plaza
1016.     For the decorations in Autumn Hall at Christmas
1017.     For the candelight tour at Christmas
1018.     For the garden tour in the Spring
1019.     For the money from the garden tour going to the garden club grants
1020.     For the money from the riverfest going to CFCC
1021.     For the money from beer fest going to the carousel center for abused children
1022.     For cape fear jazz festival
1023.     For beau gunn’s concert’s in Greenfield amphitheater
1024.     For 93.7
1025.     For 107.5
1026.     For 93.7
1027.     For the ministerial round table of Wilmington
1028.     For those who bring inclusive invocations at public meetings
1029.     For those who think inclusively
1030.     For the view down third street and the line of bell towers
1031.     For the view down front street and the street scape
1032.     For the growth of champion davis
1033.     For the harp gifts of Julie Rehder
1034.     For the temporary physical rehab at Champion Davis
1035.     For Liberty Home Care
1036.     Liberty Hospice Services
1037.     For the new Carolina Bay coming for seniors
1038.     For McKinley Building
1039.     For Cape Fear Formal Wear
1040.     For the all the community activities and support of Cape Fear Formal Wear
1041.     For Gallery of Oriental Rugs
1042.     For The giving and community involvement of the Gallery of Oriental Rugs
1043.     For Wilmington Plastic Surgery
1044.     For the gifts, courage and service of Dr. Ken White
1045.     For Envision Mortgage
1046.     Alpha Graphics
1047.     For Alpha Graphics helping with the AFP breakfast program
1048.     For First Citizens bank taking care of our personal banking
1049.     For first citizens bank stepping up for non profits so often
1050.     For first citizens being still locally owned in North Carolina
1051.     For what is now South State bank and their support of the Airlie Concerts
1052.     For South State bank and their support of AFP
1053.     For NewBridge Bank supporting the heart walk
1054.     For the employment leadership practices of Live Oak Bank
1055.     For the health initiatives of Live Oak Bank
1056.     For the investment in the community of Live Oak bank
1057.     For the power of example of how to do business of Live Oak Bank
1058.     For tech mountain through Castle Branch
1059.     For Castle branch as a whole
1060.     For the expansion of Castle Branch
1061.     For the Wilmington convention center
1062.     For Velocity of Wilmington
1063.     For Anlyan and Hivley
1064.     For UCB financial and all those who do so much for so many in the firm
1065.     For Bennie Sheally Insurance
1066.     For Cape Fear Soccer
1067.     For accessible soccer at the Miracle League field
1068.     For hotwheel wheelchair hockey
1069.     For pickle ball
1070.     For the Intracoastal Information Kiosk at the Miracle Field of Wilmington
1071.     For hook line and paddle
1072.     For hook line and paddle suiting up Harold with all he needed
1073.     For the rentals from Hook line and paddle
1074.     For the rack for my kayak on the new car
1075.     The polka dot palm
1076.     For Alpha Mortgage
1077.     For SeaCoast Realty Coldwell Banker Advantage
1078.     For The love and guidance on the loss of a mother of Patrice Willetts
1079.     For Watching Victoria willetts grow and become an amazing woman
1080.     For Sharing new years at Yaw and Li Shings
1081.     For Watching the success, growth and achievement of Megan
1082.     For Watching the success of Michael
1083.     For Sharing dinner at Wei and Shin Liu’s
1084.     For the championing of the right way in academics of Wei
1085.     For the trip to Madrid for Michael
1086.     For the experience of Madrid for Michael being with Yaw, Shin Liu and Wei
1087.     For Going to movies with my mother in law
1088.     For Going to ruth’s kitchen with my mother in law
1089.     For watching my youngin’s succeed grow and flourish
1090.     For the visits from the youngin’s when they come back like nate humphrey
1091.     For the dedication and service of Sarah and Kyle
1092.     For the example of leadership, integrity and strength in Kyle, Sarah and Andrew
1093.     For watching so Sarah Gilbert flourish as a professional and a mother
1094.     For seeing the marriage of Sarah and Zach moving forward so well
1095.     For seeing the marriage of Leigh and Randall moving forward so well
1096.     For seeing he marriage of Elizabeth and Will Cosper moving forward so well
1097.     For seeing the marriage of Christy and David Hill moving forward so well
1098.     For seeing the marriage of David Shell and Nikki bueno moving forward so well
1099.     For seeing the Russ Bienias and his youngin on facebook and is happiness as a dentist
1100.     For seeing so many former students getting married and having kids
1101.     For the marriage of Kimberly Goodlin (fern) and being a PA
1102.     For seeing the practice of Allison Eggleston taking off
1103.     For seeing pete hunt teach and be happy
1104.     For seeing andre teach and be happy
1105.     For seeing devon be an attorney
1106.     For seeing james leading the LGBT center in Raleigh
1107.     For seeing nate humphrey run a marathon and be a dean!
1108.     For seeing so many achievements in all of the amazing youngin’s and still allowing me to be a part in some way to witness their successes
1109.     For the Honors College at UNCW
1110.     For the 20th and 40th Anniversaries of the Honors College and the Honors Program as a whole
1111.     For being invited to join in the reception and going to visit the old office
1112.     For many of the things I began and we began still in place and happening in that college
1113.     For those who still value academics and work to give the liberal arts education to our youth f
1114.     For the faculty senate at UNCW for keeping the principles and needs focused on students and the academy
1115.     For sitting with friends and having dinner and just sharing and talking about ideas and life
1116.     For remembering good stories without melancholy
1117.     For the gift of my memory
1118.     For the blessings of making amends and having peace
1119.     For being able to admit when I am wrong (sometimes..eventually..LOL)
1120.     For just having a night at the movies with Michael
1121.     For our movie theater
1122.     For towne restaurant
1123.     For the pom frites and sliders at Brasserie!
1124.     For heart walk breakfast at Hops Supply Company
1125.     For the French dip at Hops!
1126.     For the heart walk lunch at the government center f
1127.     For the heart walk education at the hopspital for the campaign kick off
1128.     For the Corning Softball Tournament for the Heart Walk
1129.     For the Atiba’s work on Stroke and the walk to end stroke
1130.     For the Wilmington Chapter of NAMI
1131.     For the NAMI walk
1132.     For the work of Coastal Care
1133.     For the Mental Health Band-aid training from coastal Care on creating awareness for those serving the public of people with mental health issues
1134.     For the public service of Sheri Malman giving a class on Professional writing to NHC employees
1135.     For the public service of Tom Barth giving a class on Ethics to NHC employees
1136.     For the public service of Dan Johnson and Candy Ashton giving a class on Inclusion and Access for all to NHC employees
1137.     For the public service of Janine Powell giving a class on Non Profit choosing and awareness to NHC Employees
1138.     For the public service of Jason Clamme at Lower Cape fear hospice doing a course for NHC employees
1139.     For the jumping love of Jax when we come home
1140.     For the dance jax does when we feed him
1141.     For the way jax curls up in between us in the bed, but switches between us almost equally throughout the night
1142.     For the way jax uses his smell and hearing to find his way around so easily
1143.     For the way we jax and I wrestle
1144.     For the play dates jax and the dog, henry next door have together and how much fun they have.  
1145.     for boseman sporting goods
1146.     for properly fitting shoes to run in
1147.     for music constantly filling our house
1148.     for my phone and Itunes for music when I run
1149.     for the chimes on the back patio
1150.     for the buoy bell on the back patio
1151.     for watching the birds on the feeders in the back yard
1152.     for little garden
1153.     for all the rocks that have been collected from all our journeys over the years in the garden
1154.     for the art of Karl Saliter
1155.     for the sculpture of Karl Saliter
1156.     for the posts and connection of Karl Saliter
1157.     for the mentoring and care of Joanna Puritz
1158.     for the love, attention, care and quality in all they do at PrintWorks
1159.     for going in to PrintWorks and getting hugs
1160.     for the Collaboration with PrintWorks to recycle end cuts of paper to use for recognition pads
1161.     for the amazing thank you cards Printworks makes
1162.     for being able to give the dogs treats at Printworks
1163.     for the Recognition Program at New Hanover County
1164.     for being able to read the recognition that people give to each other through the recognition system and really feeling good about those I work with and for.
1165.     For LINC of Wilmington
1166.     For the Hometown Hires program and giving people a real a substantive chance
1167.     For the NHC NAACP
1168.     For all who advocated for full inclusion, justice and equality
1169.     For the open forums of Rev. Earnie Thompson at First Pres between services
1170.     For Smart Start of NHC
1171.     For the legacy of Linda Lynkavenko at Cape Fear Literacy
1172.     For the work of Cape Fear Literacy
1173.     For the work of the volunteers at Cape Fear Literacy
1174.     For the Nursing program at UNCW
1175.     For the nursing program at CFCC
1176.     For the job training and vocational program at CFCC
1177.     For the athletic programs at CFCC
1178.     For the GED program at CFCC
1179.     For the early college through CFCC
1180.     For the Isaac Bear early college
1181.     For the friends school of Wilmington
1182.     For the cape fear center for inquiry
1183.     For MLK center
1184.     For the Maides Center
1185.     For the after school programs at the MLK center
1186.     For the YMCA of Wilmington
1187.     For the swimming lessons at the Y
1188.     For the advocacy for access and inclusion at the Y
1189.     For the camps and activities through the Y
1190.     For fit for fun center
1191.     For the skate parks
1192.     For Mobility 101
1193.     For Mobility 101 programming for those of all abilities to increase access
1194.     For the mobility 101 access at Jungle rapids
1195.     For the mobility 101 sponsorship of the bleachers at the Miracle League park
1196.     For the mobility 101 accessible Halloween party
1197.     For the imitations music
1198.     For the Wilmington celebration choir
1199.     For the music and director of joey gore
1200.     For the music and direction of John tabler
1201.     For the music and direction of jennife sugerik
1202.     For the music and direction of steven errante
1203.     For the music, leadership and culutural prowess of Norman Bettlemens
1204.     For Kenan auditorium
1205.     For access to kenan auditorium for the public
1206.     For the turkey trot for habitat for humanity
1207.     For the great glow run for UCP
1208.     For the run for the Ta Tas
1209.     For the Wrightsville Beach Sounds of Summer concerts
1210.     For ½ price apps at the chop house before 7
1211.     For freshmarket treats by the pound
1212.     For the cookie bar at whole foods
1213.     For the 10% days at whole foods for non profits
1214.     For the cool frozen meals at trader joes
1215.     For having so many choices for healthy choices for foods
1216.     For the customer service and quality at Blacks tire year after year
1217.     For the amazing work of TJ Drexel for painting
1218.     For the Photography of TJ Drexel
1219.     For the Photography of Tim Smith
1220.     For the work of Tim Smith at Four Season’s trophy
1221.     For the giving of Tim Smith at Four Season’s trophy
1222.     For the accessible picnic tables that miracle league from the NHC firefighters
1223.     For sitting at grandmother’s secretary in our loft and writing thank you notes
1224.     For having papa austin’s desk to work at from home
1225.     For being able to sit in the den and wrap up in a blanket and rock and write
1226.     For hearing the rain on the skylight
1227.     For the memory of the rain on the tin roof of granddaddy dean’s farm house
1228.     For still having the list I can see every day from 25 years ago from a group that helped to create a new life for me
1229.     For the Wilmington Chamber Music
1230.     For the Wilmington Celebration Choir
1231.     for the Wilmington Concert Association
1232.     for UNCW theater
1233.     for the NEW Wilmington Opera Company and their premier performance
1234.     for the art of Ned Irvine
1235.     for the library sale at NHC NE library
1236.     for the smile and excitement it brings to Michael at the sale each time
1237.     for our books
1238.     for the love of books and the engagement in them
1239.     for spending time with jax curled between us, reading, watching Netflix
1240.     for the quiet times
1241.     for the den and the wrapping up in the cold
1242.     for having air condition in the summer and Spring
1243.     for having heat in the winter and fall
1244.     for having a roof over our heads
1245.     for not having mice and other vermin in our home
1246.     for having bug control in our home
1247.     for having a home with a solid flooring
1248.     for having a home with indoor and working plumbing
1249.     for having fresh water to drink in our home
1250.     for having fresh, clean water delivered to our home
1251.     for having the ability to cook in our home
1252.     for the ability to wash our clothes in our home
1253.     for the ability to bath in our home
1254.     for the new jet tub and the therapeutic nature of that tub for me
1255.     for the essential protection from storms and the elements each day
1256.     for having clothing that is temperature and seasonally appropriate
1257.     for not living in fear of bullets around us in our streets
1258.     for feeling relatively safe walking in our neighborhood
1259.     for having security in our neighborhood
1260.     for having lawn care
1261.     for having an HOA
1262.     for community Solutions Southeast and all they do to take care of our neighborhood
1263.     for having wireless internet in our home
1264.     for getting rid of cable (best decision we ever made)
1265.     for having a space in the back Jax can sit and hang out with us if he wants
1266.     for having a home Jax can be free in at all times
1267.     for the best carpenter and handyman ever Jimmy
1268.     for having peace around us
1269.     for having photographs to look at for memories
1270.     for having knick knacks and keeps sakes to relish memories
1271.     for the art we have to bring such peace in the house
1272.     for having gym equipment at home
1273.     for having shoes to walk in
1274.     for having shoes to run in
1275.     for having dental care
1276.     for having health care
1277.     for having optical care
1278.     for having options for different types of care when so many have none or no options at all.
1279.     For the bedding we have
1280.     For the ability to change our bedding
1281.     For the pillows to put our heads on
1282.     For the cups to drink from
1283.     To be able to make coffee at home
1284.     For the plates, forks and kitchen equipment
1285.     For the refrigerator
1286.     To have ample food at all times
1287.     To be able to provide adequate care for our dog
1288.     To be able to walk our dog each day
1289.     For the dog stations in our neighborhood
1290.     For the beauty of the walk in our neighborhood
1291.     for the Wilma Daniels Art Gallery at CFCC
1292.     for the Windell Daniels Hall at CFCC
1293.     for the McNeill Health Building at UNCW and all that continues to prosper there
1294.     for growth of Boseman Field
1295.     for the Boseman-Tenhuisen Scholarship and its use
1296.     for the Katherine Bruce-Diane Levy Honors Scholarship and almost being fully endowed
1297.     for the new Scholarship in Honor of Bill Atwill
1298.     for the LS Dean Jr. Scholarship
1299.     for the Ada Zola King dean Nursing Scholarship and It’s recipients
1300.     for the Thad Dankel Math Scholarship
1301.     for the John Myers Art Scholarship
1302.     for the Windell Daniels Section Eight/Public Housing Opportunity Scholarship at UNCW
1303.     for the Windell Daniels Scholarship at CFCC
1304.     for the Nancy Phelps Hodges/Martha Stines Freeze Women’s Empowerment Scholarship at CFCC
1305.     for the Planned giving society at UNCW and for all who make plans to give
1306.     for the Planned giving society at CFCC and for all who make plans to give
1307.     for the Shipman Planned giving society at the Miracle League of Wilmington
1308.     for the naming of the latest building for seniors at the WHA after Linda Pearce
1309.     for the life’s work of Linda Pearce
1310.     for Elderhaus of Wilmington
1311.     for the day services of Elderhaus to so many in need
1312.     for the crabfest every year at Elderhaus
1313.     For the Wilmington Journal
1314.     For the preservation of ALL history by the Wilmington Journal
1315.     For the 1898 Memorial
1316.     For the 1898 memorial being the first thing coming into the city
1317.     For the Moushakis family working with the Watson family to preserve the pier and making it even greater at the oceanic
1318.     For the after dinner strolls out the end of the pier and just sitting
1319.     For feeling the ocean wind on my face
1320.     For feeling the sand under my toes
1321.     For hearing the reeds move
1322.     For hearing the waves crash
1323.     For the restaurant row on airlie row
1324.     For the fish house
1325.     For the fisherman’s wife gifts and all they do for so many!
1326.     For the beauty of rounding that corner on that road and seeing the intracoatal open up
1327.     For the hidden hills on Summer rest trail
1328.     For the view from the bridges that cross from the marsh to the island on Wrigthsville beach
1329.     For the parks on Wrightsville beach
1330.     For the outdoor exercise set complete with instructions on Wrigthsville Beach
1331.     For the stone that remembers Dr. Nesbitt on the loop
1332.     For running the loop
1333.     For watching the seasons on the marshes on the loop
1334.     For the wright family work on creating awareness for children with Down Syndrome
1335.     For the education on eradicating the “r” word
1336.     For beau wright being a celebrity in the azlalea festival this year
1337.     For hearing the wrights sing at the symphony
1338.     For the film work on little peanut productions
1339.     For the Hansley family foundation support for the miracle league
1340.     For the home run derby begun by Trent Hansley in his senior year and it continuation
1341.     For the Tammy Premiere party at Sir tyler and the proceeds going to the Heart Association
1342.     For  McColl and Associates raising money for the Heart Association with the Corn Hole tournament
1343.     For the outreach of courts and sports
1344.     For healing and love after mother’s passing and making amends
1345.     For 25 years of McColl and Associates
1346.     For Hooks Alarm
1347.     For the great Easter Vigil on Wrightsville Beach
1348.     For the Christmas eve service
1349.     For Christmas carols
1350.     For our home
1351.     For the feel of the wood downstairs under my feet
1352.     For being able to look up in the skylight and see the clouds moving by
1353.     For having space to get away, but never be too far
1354.     For the light coming through the cobalt
1355.     For the rainbows in the crystals
1356.     For the warmth of the books surrounding us
1357.     For having that place for my keys
1358.     For having that draw where everything thrown
1359.     For living in one place the longest I have ever lived in my entire life
1360.     For the sound of the fan lulling me to sleep
1361.     For the heated mattress pad keeping me warm I the winter
1362.     For the glow of the candles making Michael Smile
1363.     For things that make Michael Laugh
1364.     For seeing Michael light up with excitement
1365.     For hearing Michael share things that make him feel engaged and respected
1366.     For sharing time with Michael in ways that seek both our interests
1367.     To hear the video game and know Michael is giving himself a break and an escape for a while
1368.     To hear Michael sleep and know he is at rest
1369.     To see Michael with Jax and how much joy they bring to each other
1370.     To share with Michael all I have and never once doubt that it is safe…..
1371.     Michael
1372.     God in everything and maybe I have already said that, but I am so deeply grateful to God in ways that I am still being amazing by more and more, particularly as I go through the hurt.
1373.     A great office
1374.     The freedom to decorate and create the environment I am in in my office
1375.     Space to breathe in my office
1376.     Space to create in my office
1377.     Space to collaborate with others in my office
1378.     For the space to learn in my office
1379.     For the equipment I need to teach in my office
1380.     For the rooms I need to teach
1381.     For the equipment I need to teach in general
1382.     For support to get the job done
1383.     For a home that is equally as wonderful and equipped
1384.     For living so near to work
1385.     For being able to come home and tend to jax at lunch
1386.     For the old mixed with the new making it ours and not living in the past
1387.     For living in a place that is so accessible to everything
1388.     For the shell island end of Wrightsville
1389.     For the preserve for the birds at the Wrightsville beach
1390.     For running on the beach
1391.     For being able to watch movies in bed
1392.     For not having a tv in the living room
1393.     For have an Iphone
1394.     For the Iphone camera getting so much better to take pics
1395.     For being able to take photos
1396.     For being able to share photos
1397.     For being able to see other people’s photos
1398.     For finding so much joy in sharing photos with others
1399.     For being able to just unwind with stupid tv
1400.     For being able to just watch funny
1401.     For being able to watch hulu and netflx and not worry with cable
1402.     For not having news anymore
1403.     For not having political ads on tv anymore
1404.     For having athletic clothes to wear when I work out
1405.     For my meditation books
1406.     For my meditation apps for my daily readings on my phone
1407.     For my news apps on my phone to stay up to date and informed
1408.     For having my email on my phone
1409.     For learning how to update my own phone settings and needs
1410.     For being able to work on my own computer (more)
1411.     For the plant place
1412.     For the stone garden
1413.     For our little fountain in the back
1414.     For the trees mother and Harold gave us flourishing
1415.     For the crepe myrtle from mother and Harolds yard in Raliegh growing bigger every year
1416.     For the day lilies form Mr. and Mrs. Freeze’s yard in Salisbury coming back each season
1417.     For my magnolia reaching to heights we never dreamed of
1418.     For sharing time watching all this grow
1419.     For coming home to our little planters with flowers blooming seasonally
1420.     For the azaleas in the spring time all over this neighborhood so vibrant
1421.     For the Harbor Island Garden Club that does so much to keep everything so beautiful on Wrightsville beach
1422.     For the launch under the draw bridge for my kayak
1423.     For the diminishing republic
1424.     For the marsh reeds and escape from the world in the kayak
1425.     From being able to see the blue crabs in the shallow while paddling
1426.     For encountering the herons on the marsh while paddling
1427.     For the jumping fish leaping and gleaming into the air while out on the water
1428.     For the private little islands and escapes so accessible to get away to.
1429.     For the launch at Fort Fisher
1430.     For the launch at Trails end
1431.     For the escape to Masonboro Island and the peace out there
1432.     For the turtle nests
1433.     For the turtle nest watchers
1434.     For the Karen Beasley Rehabilitation turtle Hospital
1435.     For the new facilities for the turtle hospital
1436.     For the work, legacy, love, grace, and guidance of Jean Beasley
1437.     For being so close to topsail and surf city
1438.     For the expansive, quiet and beautiful beaches of topsail
1439.     For the turtle releases and the magnificence of the turtles
1440.     For all those who labor to secure the health and wellness of those majestic turtles
1441.     For the sierra clubs work in our region
1442.     For the bald head island conservancy
1443.     For the friends of Masonboro Island
1444.     For the Rheder Flytrap Preserve
1445.     For the new laws making disturbing the traps a felony
1446.     For the NC Coastal federation
1447.     For the work of the coastal Land trust
1448.     For the gifts of all those who see the need to give and preserve the land for perpetuity
1449.     For our yard sale
1450.     For letting go of things that encumbered us
1451.     For letting go of the idea of false value
1452.     For freeing ourselves of things that others might be able to use  
1453.     For focusing on not acquiring more in the future we will not need or make use of
1454.     For not reacting to the stress of major events with bigger changes
1455.     For listening to others and heeding their advice to stay the course when stress came and not make any other major decisions
1456.     For growing in listening to my gut and actually adhering to it
1457.     For being able to reach out and do for others and not staying so focused on me
1458.     For getting out of me
1459.     For allowing others to help me
1460.     For being able to ask for help
1461.     For being able to fail
1462.     For admitting I do not know it all
1463.     For admitting I need to learn
1464.     For being more comfortable not having to let everyone know all I know
1465.     For being more comfortable not having to have all everyone else has
1466.     For being more comfortable appreciating me
1467.     For the videos I was able to make for mother on the water to share that time with her and that peace
1468.     For the launch at Carolina Beach state park
1469.     For the paddle on the river
1470.     For the encounter with the feeding birds on my paddle on the river
1471.     For my kayaks
1472.     For my ability to fit in a kayak (not always the case)
1473.     For being able to exercise period
1474.     For my overall health
1475.     For my overall wellness
1476.     For my ability to see
1477.     For my ability to hear
1478.     For my ability to type this
1479.     For my cognitive ability
1480.     For the gift I have been given to speak
1481.     For the gift of my heart
1482.     For the gift of my conscience
1483.     For the gift of my ability to love
1484.     For realizing I am loved
1485.     For allowing others to love me
1486.     For being less afraid than I ever have been of being vulnerable
1487.     For being more aware than I ever have been of taking care of me and not sharing everything I know about me! J
1488.     For applying the learning that I have been granted to grow and move forward
1489.     For the 20/20 hindsight
1490.     For accepting the gift each day
1491.     For the gift of all my emotions
1492.     For the gift of my ability to understand more about me today than I ever have
1493.     For the gift of growth
1494.     For the challenges to grow
1495.     For the opportunities to learn
1496.     For the ability to recognize the good in others
1497.     For the ability to discern
1498.     For the ability to seek the positive
1499.     For the desire to want to be of more service
1500.     For my senses
1501.     For having some sense J
1502.     For the self awareness I was helped to have that in the last two ½ years, I have lost my father,mother, first cousin, and uncle, had major career changes and through it all have been able to stay moving forward but that the totality of this was huge and I need to take care.
1503.     For the ability to get back on track for my own health and wellness when stressful situations occur.
1504.     For those who have understood that I need to take care of me during all these changes and still now, mourn and heal
1505.     For more and more being in the present and living in the perfection which is the now
1506.     For living each day and being available to the absolute gift and wonder each day brings

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