Thursday, September 18, 2014

Sharing Thanks for a walk in the park

Chalk art at Norman J. Levy Preserve
Thankful for this beautiful end of summer weather with hints of Fall in the air. It was a top ten day on Long Island so I went for a 2 mile walk at the Norman J. Levy Park & Preserve. It felt great to just get outside. There is something soothing about being in nature. I love bringing my camera along and taking pictures to capture the joy of seeing a moment of beauty. I am listing my thanks today with the pictures I took of these small joys

Water Lily Pond at the top of the Preserve
I love this part of the park. They have a Monet like bridge overlooking the pond. I was happy to spot a few water lily blooms. After you walk around the pond I came across this incredible view.

Great South Bay View from Norman Levy Park and Preserve

I love the tranquility of this park. You pass a few kindred souls, walking or running in the park. I saw  someone enjoying the peace and reading a good book. It's lovely to smile and say hi to the few people you meet on the trails here. I loved seeing all the wild flowers and enjoyed one area where golden butterflies were flittering among the purple wild daisies.

Golden Butterfly drinking nectar from wild daisies.

I was thankful to be able to spend this time in nature. Soon Fall will arrive. I saw a hint of autumn colors during my walk. What a glorius hour walk I had. I left the park feeling refreshed and then got to enjoy lunch out with my daughter Becky.

Fiery orange leaves heralding the hint of Fall's arrival!

Share your gratitude story of spending time with nature in the comments. I love hearing about what you are thankful for. Today is another glorious day outside. Get out there and have an adventure!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Sharing Thanks for a collapsed closet!

My new organized empty closet.
Sometimes good things happen from things that go bump in the night. On Friday night I was woken up by the sound of huge crash at 2:00 am. I jumped out of bed and turned on the lights to find that my wall closet rods and shelf had collapsed. My clothes laid half on the ground in a heap, and I'm embarassed to say it reminded me of an episode of "Hoarders." Thank goodness my cat was ok, sometimes she sleeps by a cuddly sweater.

How could I be thankful about this? Well sometimes it takes a calamity to force you to become more organized. Here is why I am grateful for my collapsed closet.

  1. I was thankful to have the opportunity to go through all of my closet belongings. I made my 3 piles, keep, give away to goodwill, and absolute trash. I have lived in our house for over 20 years. Some of my clothes are even older than that. I decided if I had not worn a piece of clothing in the last 10 years it should be thrown out or be given away. I felt so much freer parting with pants that have not fit me in the last decade. Sometimes you just have to wake up and smell reality.
  2. Thanks to my husband Spencer, who after I managed to empty the closet was able to hammer the shelf and clothing rod back to new! Thanks to my daughter Becky who helped me hold things in place while my husband happily hammered away.
  3. I am so thankful that I was able to part with 2/3rds of my belongings! Life is so much simpler to manage with less stuff.
  4. I am thankful to have caught the organizing bug. I am determined to get rid of the clutter, the unused underappreciated items that do nothing to contribute to me or my families happiness.
I hope you will share an organizing tip that you're thankful for in the comments. Sometimes good things can come out of bad things.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Sharing thanks for my Shotski Initiation!

Remember a shot of water can be just as much fun!
I love being around people who know how to orchestrate fun! I am a UMASS alumni, and one of our college friends hosts a reunion party every summer. It is so much fun to reconnect with old college friends and more important make some new memories together with all of our growing families.

  1. Thanks to our hosts Keith and Dora who hosted the party. It's a pool BBQ, and mostly everyone sleeps over. Guests from as far as Arizona, NY, Washington DC gather in Massachusetts to celebrate.
  2. Thanks to Keith and Dora for making a Shotski. Looking for something to do with your old skis? Keith organized pool game Olympics. And the games began with the a ceremonial SHOTSKI. There is something goofy about holding a ski and drinking with your friends. It just made me laugh
  3. Thanks to my team mate Annie in the swim relay. She held her own with the recent college grads. It was so much fun to be silly and be in an innertube kicking race. Although our team lost, we gave it our all.
  4. Thanks to Keith and Dora for teaching us that you are never too old to have fun. You help keep all of our friendships alive. Thanks for your amazing hospitality, delicious food, and most of all for your joy for living!
I invite you to share a reunion story that your thankful for. I love hearing your gratitude stories

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Sharing thanks for seeing the IFC film Boyhood

There is nothing better than going to see a summer indy matinee in a cool dark movie theater with my daughter Becky. Did I mention Becky is a recent film studies major? Boyhood is a masterpiece at capturing life's moments. Some scenes trigger memories of conversations I have had with my kids, fighting in the back seat of the car! Moments matter. Boyhood was filmed for 12 years and shows the cast aging and growing right along with the story line. See this amazing movie. Ethan Hawke's performance is Oscar worthy! What was even better was the discussion with Becky that followed the movie. Hearing her insights on the film and being able to discuss the movie and family dynamics. Take someone special and see this beautiful insightful film. This was a moment I will savor. Thanks also to the Cinema Arts Center in Huntington for celebrating independent films year round!


Monday, August 4, 2014

Sharing thanks for the sweet smell of a fresh herb garden!

Fresh herb garden at Barilla's new restaurant in New York City
I love cooking with fresh spices. Had a wonderful lunch with my girl friends at Academia Barilla Restaurant on 52nd St and Avenue of the America's. Loved the wonderful aroma of fresh basil, oregano, and rosemary wafting through this affordable restaurant. I have fresh mint and basil in growing outside on my patio.

  1. Thankful for making spaghetti with meat sauce with my fresh basil! Love the simplicity and flavors of a home cooked meal.
  2. Thankful for fresh mint in my home made ice tea. I love Lipton's cold tea bags so I can make home brewed ice tea. Fresh mint, slices of lemon, and a hint of sugar and voila home made ice tea. The taste of summer.
  3. Thankful to have lunch out with the ladies! Love finding affordable, fun places to eat in NYC!
  4. Thankful to find this draft blog post I started and being able to finish it. I love writing some gratitude about an experience I had with my girlfriends months ago. Great moments stay with us for a long time. 
I invite you to share your recipes with fresh garden herbs. I love hearing about what your grateful for this summer!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Sharing gratitude for the rhythms of life and seeing STOMP in NYC

Liz Davidson with 2 of the cast members from STOMP!

My daughter Liz is deaf and hears with a cochlear implant. I lot of music sounds like percussion to her. She loves drumming and we got to see STOMP on Sunday. STOMP is a percussion and dance marvel. Seeing this show made me realize the everyday beats that are all around me. Here is what I was thankful for.

  1. Thankful to take my daughter into the city and see the heart stopping STOMP! Got some discount tickets from Theater Mania
  2. Thankful for the creative set, with built in crazy drum sets! Love all the different objects used during the show. I will never look at kitchen sinks in the same way! This show made me realize all of the rhythums that around me and how to tune in to the energy of a creative beat.
  3. Thankful to learn that you can tell a story with just the beat. The performers really interact with the audience. We are all capable of making music just by clapping, slapping, you get the idea!
  4. Thanks to the actors who posed for a picture with my daughter at the end of the show. If you go to a broadway or off-broadway show, it is so much fun to wait outside the stage door and meet the performers.  I love seeing shows with my friends and family. There is something magical about a live performance that stays with you long after the experience.
I invite you to share a live performance you were thankful to see. I love hearing about your gratitudes!

Friday, July 25, 2014

Sharing thanks for being part of No Limits powerful play "Silent-No-More"

On July 20, my daughter Liz and I shared our stories in the powerful No Limits Theater Group production of "Silent-No-More" to a sold out show at the Long Island Children's Museum. My daughter Liz shared her story of what it was like to grow up deaf in a hearing world and about her dreams of becoming a film director. I was asked to provide a parent's perspective. I am so thankful to Michelle Christie the founder of No Limits for asking us to participate in this groundbreaking show. I spoke from the heart about what it was like to be a musician raising a deaf daughter. To learn more about the fabulous No Limits Theater Group visit  It's taken a few days for me to gather my thoughts about this amazing evening. If you are looking for a worthy charity to support donate to the No Limits for Deaf Children Organization. In addition to the theater program No Limits runs a speech therapy program that allows low-income children in Los Angeles to receive the free speech therapy they need to develop good listening skills with their hearing devices.

  1. Thanks to all of the No Limits Theater Group Long Island alumni for having the courage to share your inspiring stories about what it was like to grow up with a hearing loss. Liz, Grace, Henry, Samantha, Alexis, Jonathon, Francesca, and Stephanie you are all amazing!!!!
  2. Thanks to Michelle Christie and Eileen Nelson for your efforts to gather and write a show about all these amazing kids experiences about growing up with a hearing loss. You have enriched our lives. I am so proud to be a part of the No Limits family.
  3. Thanks to Newsday for writing this amazing article about the production and for getting the word out! Here is the Link for the Newsday Article Teens with hearing Loss Perform at LICM
  4. Thanks to everyone for coming out to sell out the show. Thanks to Steve Germano who directed many of the Long Island No Limits Shows over the years, as well as the audioligists, social workers, speech pathologists, friends and family who came out to make this a magical celebration of what is possible for kids growing up with a hearing loss today.  Thanks to Jim Packard at the LICM for providing a stage and allowing us all to share this full circle moment!