Day 23: Appreciation

Sometimes in the late fall/early winter, I focus on what I don’t find when I step outside.

The sun, for example, is mostly missing in the gray. The grass, once warm and green and cushy to lay on is frozen hard.

I miss my flowers, the sweet lavender and bold giant sunflowers.

Even the bright orange and yellows of fall have gone, the trees bare and what’s left of the foliage long raked over and forgotten.

But today I walked out and the sun lit up the icy lawn and showed me this…

leaf with ice crystals

Happy noticing small beauty,



  • astaras

    i look for the inset line, the one you put in larger print, that you italicize. (is it there?) believing that someone from the outside can show and tell me what’s important. like buying a used book that someone took a highlighter to too often and i’m not sure if i’m distracted by it or if they did me some kind of huge favor since, of course, THEY know. ah, a bit of emotion today semi-colon some very rough moments with this mind of mine.
    thank you for the class. the structure was good for me and you always teach from such a practical as well as inspirational level. did you ever see the book Taming Your Gremlin? i’m sure you can figure it out. anyway, you’ve given me this great POSITIVE Gremlin, though i may not see it always, and it is open-armed saying “it’ll all work out” or some such like you said.
    i came into this month a bit prematurely but i’m grateful for the opportunity to sit with others in the process.
    i’m just getting around to looking at your blog. very nice to feel you putting yourself out there. thank you for all you share and model for us!

    November 27, 2013
    • Kathy Dunnehoff

      Thanks for reading! I don’t think it’s ever too early in the process to sit with other writers and talk :)
      I enjoyed the group and hope to see you spring semester some where!

      November 27, 2013
  • astaras

    Gluckwunsche! on the translation!
    … imagine the diaeresis (plural) over each u ….

    January 19, 2014

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