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Can I move to your community? What a special place and you are one kind hearted lady. Love can indeed be found in the interruptions. A phone call from my kid, a stranger at the market who couldn’t pay for a gallon of milk-- I felt love for her and paid for all her groceries-- which made me give extra thanks to G-d for being able to do so. Love the pics you shared. I adore the leopard print suit.
I've especially loved following Jonah's story! And it's so wonderful to see him reach this milestone. Thanks for sharing!
Thank you for this candid and clear narration of your life Holly. It takes a lifetime to reach such a level of self expression and I am in awe of how you do it.
Now, my turn:
What’s new with you? - I just wrote the 2 year anniversary edition of my poetry newsletter Hello Universe. I'm proud of what I've been able to do with it. This latest edition is the third in a trilogy of poems. The first one was written in 2020! It feels really good to work on a single idea and grow it over many years.
Share your wins, however large or small, tangible or intangible. - I was told by someone at work that I'm considerate and open to ideas. That is a part of my personality that I have paid special attention to cultivating, so to hear someone acknowledge it felt powerful and validating.
How is love showing up for you? - I'm in a new city and meeting new people and making new friends. Everyone has a different flavor, and no one is the same as the good ol' gang I miss from another city, but they are genuine and open-hearted!
How are you showing up for others? - By listening intently. I have decided that my words hold little meaning if I've not understood the other person's point of view well. Hence I make a sincere attempt to listen and understand first. I am enjoying it so far!
You are a Maker/Tender of a Caring Community. What an honor to know you through your writing.
This beautiful post is so heartwarming, Holly, that I am glowing all over. You'll laugh at this: at lunchtime (it's just gone 4pm here now) I popped upstairs to grab a freshly-ironed hanky because I know you'd be publishing a post this afternoon. And HAH! - this time it's still dry, but if my heart were on the outside rather than the inside I would have had to use it to mop up the MELT.
I'm so thrilled to hear about Jonah's milestone - wonderful!
I've been hearing about the tornados in the news this last week - it's heartbreaking for the communities caught up in the destruction.
I must tell you: I am astonished at the effect your post this time last week has had on my alcohol consumption. I don't drink to excess, but you have made me much more aware. Thank you.
Those are both huge wins for Van & Jonah!
We had our first tornado warning of the year last night as part of that same system. My youngest and I were driving home from his practice when our phones went off. Nothing touched down near us, but those 3-4 miles home felt loooong.
Speaking of which, our gift this week was watching our neighbor's dog so she and her younger daughter could go somewhere for spring break. Our dogs have a field day together, so we definitely get something out of it, but it's nice to be able to help.
Holly! So many things to celebrate. I'm so happy to hear about your brother Van and your son Jonah. I'll continue to hold them in pray. "Love comes in the interruptions" — this is powerful. Thank you Holly. You are building so much love in your corner of the world and inspiring me to do the same— to figure out what that looks like for me here. Thank you.
I’m glad to hear Van is cancer-free! I know of three people in my school circle whose battling cancer-- one is 47 years old, the two others early to mid-50s. It’s heartbreaking. I try to lift spirits even if it’s by reaching out and letting them know they were in my thoughts today.
"love comes in the interruptions" - I like that. I am going to sit with that this week, especially when it comes to my pets who have all decided to take turns being extra special needy for some reason or another over the last few days. Oh and I love the concept of a family newsletter - thank you for allowing me to be a tiny part of that family. Blessings
Like I said to you in a comment on one of my posts, you sure do know a thing, or two, or ten, about bringing love to everything, Holly! Each of these updates warmed my heart and inspired me to find more places to be present to the "love in the interruptions" in my life. Thank you! xoxo
Great news about Van and Jonah. Must be a huge relief to everyone, and congratulations, respectively 😃
Always love saving you for Sunday morning! Reading so many accomplishments, celebrations, answers to prayers to God! Smiling!!☺️🙏🎉
I was a mentor/coordinator to University student workers in our Alumni and Development office. It was one of my favorite moments each year when reviewing applications and hiring new eager and somewhat lost freshman. Felt like momma bear as some stayed thru their 4 years. The venue is turning into the hot spot! Just fabulous and seems like such a perfect venue to share your skills and love. New word today, octogenarian.🤔😮😍
I enjoy hearing your stories (so much new life emerging!) entwining place and people. Thank you.
Planters is such a heart space.
“I haven’t been so excited for a boy to ask for my number since I was in college.”
Tons of good news in this edition. Looks like I need to get caught up on everything during the past 2 months...