Happy Birthday

Today is my birthday and already I’m so appreciative of the people in my life who have taken a small moment of their time to send me happy energy through Facebook, e-cards, texting and phone calls. I also am feeling blessed by the delicious cake that a colleague at work made and how everyone gathers around to sing “happy birthday” – even if they don’t stay in tune (hee hee).  The biggest surprise so far today has been this video message from ING DIRECT. What a great way to spread joy to their customers! Thank you so much.

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Appreciating Lucy, Languages, Cultures and Laughter

Today would have been Lucille Ball’s 100th birthday. I think Lucy was one of the funniest people ever and I love the “I Love Lucy” shows. Today Google is showing a very cute show on the main page for those that haven’t seen it yet! You really should try searching something and click on the old tv set and its channels to take a look! Isn’t that such a creative thing?

For my appreciation of Lucy and the tons of laughter and joy she brought to my life, I’m posting the piece about counterfeit money in Paris. It’s hilarious and reminds me of how much I appreciate my work in international education, the learning of foreign languages and cultures and how much I will always love Lucy and laughter!  EnJOY!

Happy Birthday, U.S.A.!

I’m starting my first blog entry on The Gab of Gratitude with a birthday wish for my country. I do so because I truly am grateful for having grown up here. I’m grateful for all the opportunities I’ve had because I am from the U.S., and for the comforts that have been afforded to me. I know from traveling to other areas of the world that not all people are as fortunate. This contrast helps me realize and appreciate what I have.  While my readers may not be from the U.S., nor even agree with me, the beauty and fun of The Gab of Gratitude is in finding appreciation in everyday things.  Besides, I’ve always loved birthdays and particularly birthday parties!  So Happy Birthday, U.S.A.! Hit it, Jimmy and Elmo!