Practice Thankfulness

Tomorrow the calendar states it is Thanksgiving … in North America an annual national holiday. Many enjoy an annual turkey feast fit for a king with their loved ones, some watch Thanksgiving day parades on the television while others watch football games, yet some sit quietly alone in a room, as their loved ones are no longer with them, holding steadfast to their memories of days gone by.

I choose to reflect on why I am thankful with a grateful heart. When our mind is occupied with thankful and grateful thoughts, we have little time left for worrying or complaining as negative thought patterns will grow weaker and positivity bursts forth.

Full Definition of THANKSGIVING. 1 : the act of giving thanks. 2 : a prayer expressing gratitude.


                                                  Happy Thanksgiving from Sweet Conclusions!

                                           Rosie & Gavin

Powerful Words

I find power in words – phrases that make you stop and ponder your life’s path with new restorative meaning …


“I don’t measure a man’s success by how high he climbs but how high he bounces when he hits bottom.” -George S. Patton

Share some phrases you find powerful …

Until next time with more Sweet Conclusions,


25th Anniversary of Berlin Wall

Twenty-five years ago today the Berlin wall came down and the Soviet Union’s tyranny was brought to an end… or was it?

Twenty-five years later, the great bear is lifting its ugly head once more and threatening world stability. Yesterday Russia denied the accusation that it was sending new convoys into eastern Ukraine. Today the Russian Government has been proven liars… again. There has been intense artillery bombardment overnight in Donetsk.

Within the past weeks, Russian fighter jets have flown within Swedish airspace. Why should we ever trust the leaders of that country? The Berlin wall came down twenty-five years ago today, but there is still a wall… and it’s possibly the most frightening wall of all.

8,000 Illuminated Balloons Celebrate 25th Anniversary Of Berlin Wall Destruction

Interestingly enough in just a couple of days’ time, it will be Veterans Day – a day for honoring all veterans. Also, Armistice Day, Remembrance Day… Poppy Day.

This year takes on an added significance as it is the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War. On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918, the guns of the Western Front fell silent after four years of continuous warfare.

So as Germany celebrates the dismantling of the Berlin wall, let us hold our poppies with pride. For we are here only because of the huge sacrifice that so many gave. We are today and forever more in debt to the brave men and women who fought for our freedom.

God bless our martyrs for the price they paid …


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A Courageous Woman Indeed

It’s been a while since Rosie or I have posted anything here. I’m sure I saw a lonesome tumbleweed blowing across the screen a little while ago, that and a whole bunch of cobwebs in the dusty Microsoft Word corners. It’s actually been a somewhat harrowing month for both Rosie and me. It’s been much worse for her than for me of course. I mean, I’ve gone about my daily routine, done my thing, worked to bring home the bacon as it were. She on the other hand, has struggled day-in and day-out. She’s a fighter though, never giving up. If I had half her courage I would be superman.

Imagine living without food or without being able to quench your thirst. Not being able to eat would be my worst nightmare. Rosie lives that way… always. She doesn’t eat and she doesn’t drink. Well, not as you and I do at least. Her stomach is paralyzed and she lives by means of a feeding tube. She has been my best friend the past seventeen years and never once in all that time, has she eaten food. I met her face to face for the first time back in 2011. I spent a whole summer with her in Litchfield, Minnesota. I was there again in 2012, 2013 and 2014. Trust me; I’ll be back for summer 2015 as well.

So, imagine not being able to eat or drink. You have a guest over from Europe, a guest who eats and drinks. Imagine cooking breakfast, lunch or supper, knowing the best you can ask for is a waft of fine food lifting about the kitchen. You are hungry beyond words, but you cannot eat. You can smell and you can watch your guest eat. That would drive me insane. Not Rosie though. She’s a wonderful cook. Doesn’t that inspire you? It really inspires me.

I am not going to go into why Rosie cannot eat or drink. One day you’ll all get to read the book of her life and then you’ll ask yourself more questions than you ever thought possible. Knowing her story first hand, I ask myself the questions you’ll ask, over and over again. I guess the first one will be; what drives a woman to fight so hard and to remain so faithful when death spends so much time waiting at her door?

On the first of October this year Rosie underwent a major surgery, yet another major surgery. She’s pretty used to them by now. Her pain levels went through the roof and for a woman who lives in constant pain, that’s telling you something. She came as close to death as one possible can without actually dying. She is home again now. Rosie is bedridden for the time being at least, forced to remain in bed for the foreseeable future. She has a cockatiel in a cage and a couple of cats for company. She also has copies of every book I’ve ever written. It isn’t really very much though, is it?

Nobody knows what the future holds for Rosie. She is fighting against the odds once more, struggling to remain strong in spite of her anguish and pain. Her story is one of sheer determination. Rosie doesn’t quit, she won’t give up. One thing’s for sure, Rosie will go on fighting, go on proving the doctors wrong and go on inspiring others.

God bless you, Rosie ♡


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Shadows of Simplicity

One never has to look too far to see the beauty of life all around us. This weekend I was again thankful for my vision. My own backyard gave me all the shadows of intricate simplicity I needed yesterday. Look at these majestic colors against the blue sky.

“Simplicity is the last step of wisdom” Victor Hugo


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Enjoy this slow motion video of falling leaves


Today’s News

What had we really expected from Russia? America, backed by Bahrain, Jordan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates has now begun bombing IS. 130,000 refugees crossed into Turkey yesterday and on the news today, I heard them thanking America and the other countries involved for their help. Russia’s Foreign Minister Spokesperson claims this is a gross violation of international law, despite the fact that Vladimir Putin has been doing just the same thing in Ukraine.

My question isn’t why Russia is so against the eradication of this evil band of barbarians. We all know that Russia lives by its own rules and doesn’t give a damn about anybody else. My question is why are only America, Bahrain, Jordan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates seeking to destroy these wicked, child murdering, women raping, throat cutting, life hating savages?

I am not a warmonger and do not believe in war. I do believe though that IS must be taken down before even more innocent lives are put to waste.

Where is the rest of the world when this is going on?


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Shades of Autumn

I watch a graceful Monarch butterfly and a bumblebee drink nectar together. The Monarch leaves the plant and flutters all around me for several minutes. I feel peace with nature.  I take in more beauty by looking closely at vibrant autumn flowers.  An occasional leaf here and there has begun to make the transition to autumn.  Giving off hues of oranges, reds and yellows in the beams of the sunlight. I hear the cardinal in the near by tree and to try to get a glimpse of his radiate color and outstanding beauty.

As I try to hold on to summer I know that is not possible. Another season and day are upon us.


 Find a quiet spot today and take a moment to pause and reflect on your life. Enjoy the wonderment of the world all around us.

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Simple and Delicious

Sometimes you just need to have something “sweet” to perk up your day!  One of these Pretzel – Rollo – Pecan cookies will do the trick.  They freeze well so you can pop one or two or three into a lunch box or picnic basket at anytime!


50 small pretzel squares (they make gluten free pretzels)

50 Rollo candies

50 whole pecans

  1. Place pretzel pieces on a baking sheet.
  2. Top with one Rollo candy.
  3. Place in a warm (250 degrees) oven to just let the Rollo candy melt on top of the pretzel to hold it in place.
  4. Remove from oven and place a pecan piece on top.
  5. Let cool and harden.

 Until next time with more Sweet Conclusions,

Rosie and Gavin


If you laugh at it you can deal with it!

Joan Rivers 1933 – 2014

Comedian Joan Rivers died in a New York hospital Thursday afternoon, a week after suffering cardiac arrest during a medical procedure at the age of 81.

Joan Alexandra Rosenberg, known by her stage name Joan Rivers, was an American actress, comedian, writer, producer, and television host, best known for her stand-up comedy.

I had the great pleasure of being in the audience to see Joan Rivers in 1983.  It was a dinner theater performance at the Carlton in Bloomington, Minnesota.  Joan was promoting her album at the time entitled: What becomes a Semi Legend most?  She was very cordial after the show to sign autographs, have photos taken and chat briefly.

Joan was a quick-witted and sharp-tongued comedian on stage. Her famous line was, “Can we talk?”   In real life Joan had a heart of gold, having gone through many battles.  When being interviewed by Larry King, I recall her profound statement about life. She said, “If you laugh at it you can deal with it.”  How very true that statement is.

My mother’s greatest joy in life was to make people laugh,” Melissa Rivers said. “Although that is difficult to do right now, I know her final wish would be that we return to laughing soon.”

Until next time with more Sweet Conclusions,