Year of Gratitude - Day 60 - Spring Training

If you are from the Midwest or Northeast, winter has really beat you up. It has been pretty off the chain. The most healing experience I have found for the dog days of the endless Midwest winter has been Major League Baseball's Spring Training. Generally, I don't recommend going to Florida, but March and April are perfect for the winter escape. Really, all of winter wouldn't be bad spent in Florida, but in March, there's baseball. It is a wonderful time, a time that makes you believe that yes, the sun is still out there, the earth can still be warm and that perhaps you can use your flip flops again soon.


Year of Gratitude - Day 55 - Tata

Today is the birthday of my father. He is the one who taught me confidence, athleticism and the importance of hard work, among many other things. He is a great person and I love him very much.


Year of Gratitude - Day 52 - Coming to America

I am really grateful that my family had the courage to leave their homeland, cross an ocean and start from scratch here in the United States of America. There is no telling what kind of life we would have led if we stayed in Poland, but I am very grateful for what I have been able to accomplish here. The idea of moving to a completely foreign country is pretty scary to me. I can't imagine how fearful immigrants must be. I was too young to be scared back then, but I can appreciate that fear now.



Year of Gratitude - Day 49 - This

"You are the books you read, the films you watch, the music you listen to, the people you meet, the dreams you have, the conversations you engage in. You are what you take from these. You are the sound of the ocean, the breath of fresh air, the brightest light and the darkest corner.

You are a collective of every experience you have had in your life. You are every single second of every single day. So drown yourself in a sea of knowledge and existence. Let the words run through your veins and let the colors fill your mind until there is nothing left to do but explode. There are no wrong answers. Inspiration is everything. Sit back, relax, and take it all in.
Now, go out and create something."

~ Jac Vanek (source)


Year of Gratitude - Day 48 - Creation of Adam

I learned about this part of Michelangelo's legendary fresco painted on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in my art history class at UM-Dearborn. It was easily one of the best classes I ever had and I had it my first semester at UM-Dearborn. It really got me excited about college. Thanks, Dr. Perlove!


Year of Gratitude - Day 47 - Wisdom 2

"One, remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Two, never give up work. Work gives you meaning and purpose and life is empty without it. Three, if you are lucky enough to find love, remember it is there and don't throw it away."
~Stephen Hawking

"Vision is the art of seeing things invisible."
~Jonathan Swift

"So you attempt to hide your loneliness in public, to behave, in fact, as though you have too many friends already, and thus you hope to attract people who will unwittingly save you. But it never works that way. Your condition is written all over your face, in the hunch of your shoulders, in the hollowness of your laugh. You fool no one."
~David Murosek


Year of Gratitude - Day 46 - Awful Library Books

Awful Library Books is one of the funniest library websites around. The stories that come of out of my journey through Library Land are oftentimes hilarious. When I share some of these tales, people say that there should be a reality TV show. They are right.

A place that people might not realize library humor spews from is the very shelves in libraries. These shelves have to be weeded regularly to ensure the collection is up to date. If not, you might find some of these Awful Library Books:

There are so many more. Enjoy the site and get ready for laughter and perhaps some disbelief.


Year of Gratitude - Day 45 - Trip to Cincinnati

A couple weeks ago, my two dear friends and I packed up my car and drove down to Cincinnati for a weekend trip. It may have been one of the most perfectly planned, timed and executed trips ever. We got a great deal on a condo for the weekend, walked everywhere, ate well, partied exceptionally and responsibly, slept easy and stayed hydrated. We also saw an amazing one-woman stage adaptation of The Handmaid's Tale. And the weather was perfect. This is a road trip that I will not soon forgot.