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Sisters

sisters are gifts!

sisters are gifts!

SISTERS*
by Debb Stanton

There are many types of sisters out there
the kind you are blood sisters with
the ones you choose to consider to be your sisters
and the Sisters in the Catholic Church
(I am not Catholic, but I appreciate the Benedectine order)

The nuns are the lucky ones:
they get to devote their whole lives, their whole beings to God
It’s nice to have a sister in your blood family:
she shares your beginnings
The ones you find along life’s way
to brighten your life and brighten your day —
now THOSE are the major finds of a life!

This is to my sister
(the find along the way kind):
I love how you:
make me smile
make me laugh
make me think
make me feel
bring hope alive
dole out courage
are always there
won’t give up on me
are the ideal friend, too

Know that I love you
I pray for you
I am inspired by you
I am proud to know you
I am blessed to know you
and I am healed

* Lovingly dedicated to you-know-who
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My new catch phrase

Hi!  I just finished writing a friend a letter, and I closed it by telling her what my new catch phrase is.

I present to you this new phrase for your reading enjoyment:

 

“I’m all over the place, but my heart is always in the right place.”

—  Debb Stanton

Have a great Monday!

 


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Try, Try Again

Hello folks,

you who give me positive strokes!

 

Have you ever made plans

that were excellent but then didn’t turn out

like having lots of pots and pans

but being lousy at making kraut?

 

Methinks I need to reformulate in my life

stress causes personal strife

Take advantage of when your body and mind work best

Put good principles to the test

 

What does all this have to do with Debbie Dear?

 

She was wondering why evenings are very low productivity for her

(if any can be measured!)

Why is it so easy to write and clean house before work?

Why does a pretty pumpkin arrive at her house every night

content to sit and smile but that’s about all?

 

Aha, thought she,

I will work with my inclinations and their time table

and not act when I am expected to

Do my have-tos and want-tos

(cleaning and writing, respectively)

in the morning when I am at my best

This is not a “do what the Joneses do” type of thing

 

I never wanted to follow the Joneses anyway

and I was always kind of off in my own little world

Here is where my different-ness can be a plus

I don’t have to try to come alive at night

 

Let me be a morning songbird

who writes and cleans and smiles and sings

before work ~~

Let the night owls guard the night

and use their energy when they want to

 

When a plan or plans don’t work

it doesn’t mean they were bad

they are just something to give credence to  the tried and true ~

“Try, try again”.

 

What would have happened if all the inventors

had given up?

They found their way

and so will I.

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So, my friends….this is my latest attempt at “getting myself together”.  Do you know what, though?  It is great this time because I could write a poem about it so it’s more firmly in my mind.    🙂   How do you think I will do?  Do you have anything like this going on for you — trying to have the parts of your life fit together better?  I am sure my readers would like to hear, too.   Until then….

your friend Debb

 

 

 


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Hubby’s Birthday!

Dave and I are having a wonderful day off work together today!  It’s about 8 degrees but the sun, finally out, is delicious!  We went out for coffee this morning at Caribou, went shopping, then I treated him to lunch at the Mexican restaurant where we had our wedding reception…while he relaxes this afternoon I have some projects to work on (hopefully).  Tonight we will finish his big day with supper out and a slice of his miniature cake from Maid of Scandinavia.

It’s so wonderful to spend a day with my husband, whom I love so much!  Like an unexpected treat, to be with him on a Monday!   🙂

Debb

 

 


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A Word From the Magazine

Stanton Sunshine Magazine

Stanton Sunshine Magazine

 

I’m feeling better now and getting excited about February’s issue.  But I need you…I’m throwing out an “SOS” here:  looking for photos, artwork, stories, poems, or recipes.  In fact, Claire (the Ask Claire lady) is wondering why her mailbox hasn’t seen much action…do you have a general question she could answer for you?  🙂

I’m sure you’ve heard me say this before, but it’s worth repeating:  don’t be shy.  Do not be so critical of your work or talent that you keep it to yourself.  I’ve been told that it’s worth it to publish a post, even if it would help just one person who needs to see or feel the message you are conveying.  Just think… if the reaching just one person happens from a lot of contributors, the more people we can reach…and love…and help…and bring sunshine to.

SEE http://www.stantonsunshine/submissionguidelines for ideas.  And, my email box is always glad to fill up.  (www.stantonsunshine@gmail.com.) 🙂

In the community spirit,

Debb

Editor


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“Saving Mr. Banks” movie

Yesterday I was given a real treasure.  I finally felt better after battling a virus January 1-10th.  My friend Pat and I saw the movie “Saving Mr. Banks”, and I must give my five-star recommendation!

This movie explores the story of how Mr. Walt Disney, after 20 years of discussions with Mrs. P.L. Travers (author of the Mary Poppins books), finally talks her into letting her Mary Poppins character  2013-08-07-MaryPoppins come alive in a movie, a movie that became a favorite of children and adults alike.  “Saving Mr. Banks”  was a very warm and touching movie, as it explained P.L.Travers’ life as a little girl and the events that shaped her psyche and her ability to write.  The audience also got to know a little more about Walt Disney — his loving and compassionate nature that never gave up on people.  imagesSZY1V5UP

In my humble opinion, a new year of quality, high value movies has begun with this wonderful movie.  Please go see it!  🙂

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And…We’re Back!

StantonSunshineGraphicAs http://www.stantonsunshine.net was getting ready for takeoff, The Sunshine Factor decided it wanted a sprucing up, too. So yes…everything is changed. Take a look around and let us know what you think! I also hope you will comment in the magazine your feelings about our new “baby”.

One of the things that won’t change, however, is love. Love and compassion given to and shared with people and our community. This is the cornerstone of the blog and magazine: love shared by and through others.

Again ~

Happy New Year!
Debb