Sunday, July 20, 2014

A Gift in Light, Dark, Shadow

  • The sun coming up over the mountains in the morning.

  • The full moon in the night sky.

  • My shadow as it fell on the sand on a beach in Florida.

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Saturday, July 19, 2014

Three Gifts Baked

  • Chocolate chip cookies.

  • Wheat bread.

  • German chocolate brownies.

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Friday, July 18, 2014

Three Gifts Musical

  • Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream. (Over the past sixteen or seventeen years, I've seen numerous productions of this musical based on the Biblical story of Joseph, found in the Book of Genesis - and I've loved them all. My favorite song is "Close Every Door.")

  • The Sound of Music and Fiddler on the Roof. (I have memories of watching the film versions of both these musicals with my parents when I was a child - and the feelings they invoked have been part of my life ever since. More recently I saw stage productions of these musicals and fell in love with them all over again.)

  • The Secret Garden. (The classic novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett upon which this musical is based was one of my childhood favorites. After I first saw a production of musical, I had to buy the soundtrack - with Mandy Patinkin as Archibald Craven - because I loved the music so very much. I've since seen another production, which I also loved. My favorite song is "Wick." By the way, I've seen Mandy Patinkin in concert since then too - which was awesome!)

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Three Gifts Learned

This week I'm attending a seminar for work. Today's gifts are ideas I'm learning at that seminar.
  • Success is ultimately about being relevant.

  • One component of the implementation of a strategic plan is metrics. The crucial factor is deciding what to measure!

  • If you're not at the table, you're on the menu.

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Three Gifts Random

  • Carrot cake - for the third time since the beginning of June. In some ways I think I like it even more than chocolate!

  • Reliable transportation - to get me to work each morning. It's nice to take this for granted, though I try not to.

  • Libraries - my favorite use of my tax dollars. I live in a county with a particularly great library system.

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Three Gifts of Stone

  • "Remember, remember that it is upon the rock of our Redeemer, who is Christ, the Son of God, that ye must build your foundation" (Helaman 5:12).

  • "Wherefore, I am in your midst, and I am the good shepherd, and the stone of Israel. He that buildeth upon this rock shall never fall" (D&C 50:44).

  • "Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock" (Matthew 7:24-25).

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Monday, July 14, 2014

Three Gifts Yellow

  • The Golden Arches, where I picked up lunch for the kids and me (because I was working from home today).

  • Some of the M&Ms on the chocolate frozen yogurt I ate for dinner.

  • The old, soft Tshirt I'm wearing to bed.

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