Year of Gratitude - Day 101 - Anthony and Jamie

Today, my friends Anthony and Jamie got married. I can't think of two more wonderful, caring, smart, funny, loving people. Seriously, Anthony has been our friend for a long time and it feels like Jamie has been with us just as long. They are so wonderful and great and I am delighted to be considered their friend. Further, I'm honored they invited us to celebrate their love. Their wedding was WONDERFUL! A perfect day in every way!

Sidenote: I really, really enjoyed Batch 69 American IPA from Frankenmuth Brewery. Really. I think we all enjoyed a lot of things that evening. This photo is evidence of that.



Year of Gratitude - Day 100 - BBC News

I don't watch a ton of videos online, but I always watch the ones posted on BBC News's Facebook page. They are terrific. Like this:

They also have really spectacular photo galleries,  and do a nice job with their social media in general. And, well, I think the British are hilarious.


Year of Gratitude - Day 99 - The Street

So grateful this was shared with me. Well done, Mr. Eddie Stewart!

Happy Poetry Month to you all.


Year of Gratitude - Day 98 - Student Leaders

Here's my reality - I belong in higher education. When you drill down to the very core of higher education, wherever you go, you find the success of the students trumps just about everything, as it should. Tonight, I had the privilege of being part of the 35th Student Leadership Awards ceremony at University of Michigan-Dearborn. It was so great to see so many student leaders and their families gathering for a night of celebration. I was also extremely proud and fortunate to have been able to get to know and work directly with so many of the award recipients. I am very grateful for the students that lead at UM-Dearborn. I was grateful to have celebrated their accomplishments today and look forward to celebrating more in the future.


Year of Gratitude - Day 97 - DVR

While I still refer to the process as "taping" shows, the DVR and Netflix are much better. I can watch shows at a quicker pace since commercials don't stand a chance. It's also great that I don't have to miss hilarious shows like @Midnight because I go to bed at 10pm. Hey, I'm getting old. Gotta' get in my z's. Don't judge me.

Anyway, I'm grateful there are so many ways to enjoy television efficiently and with limited interruption.


Year of Gratitude - Day 96 - Opening Day

Opening Day in Detroit is quite a spectacle. I have been lucky to have gone to three. David Price pitched a stellar game and the Tigers won 4-0. It was a wonderful day.


Year of Gratitude - Day 95 - Solitude

From: An Existential Life

"What is necessary, after all, is only this: solitude, vast inner solitude. To walk inside yourself and meet no one for hours - that is what you must be able to attain.”

~ Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet


Year of Gratitude - Day 94 - Apple Almond Cinnamon Scones

Last night, I vowed that I would bake my first batch of scones from scratch. And I did. And it was fantastic.

Baking is still pretty new territory for me. However, as I have marveled in the past, you can find out how to do anything on the internet. That includes making scones. I found a very tasty recipe for Almond Apple Cinnamon Scones on Allrecipes.com.

I used Fiji apples, but I think I'd either dice them more or just shred the apples into the mix next time. Delicious with coffee or tea and served hot or room temperature.


Year of Gratitude - Day 92 - Game of Thrones

This post covers both the books and the show. I was able to get the first 3 books in before the show started up. Yes, I'm very late to the party and I'm sorry to all those folks who have been waiting over a decade for the rest of us goons to catch up. However, I loved spending a year reading these books. At the time I started reading them, I was looking for a more adult fantasy series and had just been let down royally, no pun intended.

Also, it has been quite fun to be a part of the hoopla surrounding the show. Everything from watching people's reactions to the story to dodging internet spoilers has been a lot of fun. Now we just NEED THE LAST FEW BOOKS, MR. MARTIN. NO PRESSURE. KIDDING. LOTS OF PRESSURE.

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