Archive for January 2nd, 2016

Discover. Play. Build.

Ruth Ayres invites us the celebrate each week. Click over to her site Discover. Play. Build. to read more celebrations.


I had the privilege of being a round one judge for the CYBILS awards for poetry. Here is our list of finalists.

Sunset by Margaret Gibson Simon, all rights reserved.

Sunset by Margaret Gibson Simon, all rights reserved.

For Christmas, I got a new digital camera, Sony a6000. This week while I was at New Castle Lake with my parents in Mississippi, I took this sunset picture. My plan for 2016 is to take more pictures and share them here. Images inspire me in many ways. Some, like this one, speak of quiet and being present with the light.

New Year’s Day with my husband was nothing special and everything special. He built a fire. It was a perfect fire-in-the-fireplace day, wet and cold. I put Pandora on the Roku (a gift from the children) and undecorated. Taking down the decorations can be a chore, but yesterday I actually enjoyed the process–wrapping each ornament in soft tissue paper worn with time and nesting the creche figures back into their boxes.

We cooked a meal together, black-eyed peas, cabbage, sweet potatoes, bread, and baked chicken. Sitting together at the kitchen table felt sacred to me. We rarely take this kind of time just to simply be with each other.

Then we went to see Star Wars! My heart was racing the whole time. As others have said, it is a must-see. Fond memories of the first Star Wars. Masterfully done.

My wish for 2016 for you and for me: An appreciation of the simple joys in life!

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