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Saturday, November 13, 2010

Gratitude in Alphabetical Order: Brian Miller

This morning I want to introduce you to the one brave man who was willing to guest host: Brian Miller. (I did invite a few others, but they didn't even man up and respond!!!) Brian is a gifted writer whose blog I enjoy reading for his ability to see and express his view of the world's beauty, ugliness, joy and sorrow with clarity, honesty, humor and his own wise insights. Earlier this week I left a comment on his blog about one of his exquisite poems, I said: "your writing about humanity has laser like precision! Beautiful, sad...and still so beautiful." That's what I'm trying to tell you about Brian. He's like a writing "acrobat" moving through your heart with perfect accuracy from one place to the next with grace; inspiring awe. Brian's offering today is a playful acrostic list of the things he is grateful for. 

I hope you will take the time and treat yourself with a visit to this prolific blogger's site over @


Thanks so much for Guest Hosting today Brian!!!


photo by brian miller
airplanes (waving as i fly over) ~ belts (how else would i keep my pants up?) ~ coffee (strong black) ~ dirt (it's where i came from) ~ elephant ears (my dad used to take me to get them on saturday mornings) ~ friends (should be self explanatory, but they are salt in life) ~ gravy (mmmm...) ~ hair (maybe it will stay if i appreciate it) ~ i (hey it's me, but that starts with an 'm') ~ jungle gyms (some of the best times) ~ krispy kreme (i have to drive 2 hours, but it is so worth it) ~ lemurs (i could seriously sit for hours watching them, squirrels too) ~ lederhosen (while this is a second 'l', i just needed to laugh) ~ mud (while it is a cousin of dirt, its a whole different experience) ~ night (how else would i see the stars) ~ oompalumpaas (30 years later and i still have that song stuck in my head) ~ once (favorite movie) ~ parenthesis (without them this post would not be possible) ~ quilts (the old patchwork one at my moms house especially, it is so warm) ~ rescue workers (just stand up and applaud them, enuf said) ~ snow ball fights (they keep me going) ~ tabasco (i like it hot) ~ utility belts (they got batman out of more jams on saturday mornings. i need to get me one of those.) ~ vacuums (i tend to be messy) ~ water (there are 884 million people without access to improved water) ~ xylaphones (tink, tink, tink-tink, tink, tink, tink...) ~ yellow (what a happy color) ~ zippers (buttons may look nice, but they can be so hard)

be thankful in the big and in the small....

47 comments:

  1. haha. i love this guy...

    oh wait, its me. smiles. thanks for allowing me to play. Just dropped a link at my place so hopefully a few friends will be stopping by in a bit....

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  2. thanks so much brian! What a delightfully light hearted post!!

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  3. lol@Brians comment.Yes it was a delightful little post,I agree.

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  4. Krispy Kreme's give me heartburn so bad that I think I am going to die, but they do taste so good and I would be grateful to not get heartburn from them.

    Brian, that is a great list you wrote and I think we could all be grateful for everything on it.

    But one thing not on your list is you, and you know how grateful we all are to have found you and to be able to read what you write.

    And I am always most grateful for you always visiting my site. It is very much appreciated and I am very grateful, and you are a much loved blogger.

    God bless.

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  5. He's fantastic. I love reading his work...and he can draw too! xo

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  6. Thankful for blog friends like Brian--whose outlook on life is never stale!

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  7. So sweet and clever. Brian, you are one talented fellow...always delighted to read your words and wisdom.

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  8. Wonderful post Brian. I think you covered the most important bits. I still play in the dirt - it is my contribution to the enduring child.

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  9. I. LOVE. THIS. LIST. Because it made me grin REAL big. Thanks, Brian (and Laura, for encouraging us all to be grateful.)

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  10. The best alphabet I have read so far in my life. You always scatter some reminders of other peoples work and difficulties; I appreciate the mention of the rescue workers and the hardship of some people living without water. You have a big heart, it is a good example to those of us who fall into our little selfish lives and take care of our own when in actuality we are all in this together.

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  11. You live up to the introduction. I think I like that as much as the gratitude you expressed :)

    Very cool!

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  12. wonderful and looks and sounds like so much fun I may "borrow" your form.
    Hey that's the bestest compliment ya know.

    and I love your blog. for those of you who think you are too busy to visit...
    No you are not!

    thanks for sharing Brian, with us, Laura :-)

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  13. I can't imagine not having Brian in my life now.

    this was perfect.

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  14. This is classic Brian (classic, Brian). Love it!

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  15. I love your grateful list...Brian you have a genuinely beautiful heart and every time I read your words I go away blessed. Thank you. And thank you for leading me to Laura's blog because everything I've seen so far I absolutely LOVE...love reading her thoughts on gratefulness...I look forward to reading more! I am definetly a new follower here! Happy weekend!

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  16. Lovely, Brian. Just brimming with all the big and small that make life something to be grateful for.

    And I'm glad you were man enough :) (though I had no doubts of that!)

    Thank you, Laura! Hope all went well with MRI!

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  17. good ones. you made us smile too brian.

    trisha
    mydomainpvt.wordpress.com

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  18. ha. thanks friends...this was fun...and my head will now unfortunately not fit out the door...lol.

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  19. Yellow IS a happy color! Cool way to post and all pretty like! Hey Brian! :o) nice post!

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  20. Reading about Krispy Kreme's makes me miss Tim Horton's big time. And mud. Is anything more fun than mud? Cool post, no matter how you dress it a Brian Miller post always tastes the same: yummy fun like a fresh bowl of Cap'n Crunch cereal!

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  21. I love this guy too! He is one of my favorites. I love all the things he is thankful for! Every single thing!

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  22. This list of things to be thankful for is nearly endless - enjoy this alphabetical bit of gratitude.

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  23. 'Mud the cousin of dirt but a whole different experience...' that's playful, vibrant Brian who always thrills with his zest for life.

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  24. holy zebras! that takes time! :) love the pic!

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  25. I am grateful that there is Brian, one of the nicest people in all of blogdom.

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  26. Brian, your head won't get too big. That doesn't happen to true artists, true mature human beings, and true lovers of life. That's who you are and so much more.

    I am so grateful to know you. When I first read your blog, I never thought you would read mine, yet you did and your influence has been immense. Thank you so much!!!

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  27. Laura, thank you for having Brian as your guest. I need to take a little time, but plan to contribute to your lovely quilt.

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  28. Brian, be careful with your head!!! :)

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  29. I heard that guy is awesome :)

    Great thanksgiving!

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  30. This was so much fun to read and it's making me head next over to Brian's blog and see what this guy is up to! Thanks again Laura for brightening my November.

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  31. now that was a colorful post...and i have no idea what krispy kreme is...
    but lots of good reasons to be grateful..thanks brian and laura

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  32. I love your alphabetical list of gratitude. And so colorful too!

    nice!

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  33. Oh marvelous Brian! (punctuate as you see fit, it is all true)Love your colorful list--especially "snowball fights"--and the wonderful accompanying photo.

    Thank you, Laura.

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  34. Brian, you've outdone your gratitude and turned it into joy - a magician that uses words instead of rabbits - especially loved the utility belts (made me laugh) and rescue workers (I'm standing right now, applauding).

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  35. A wonderful list. Love it Brian.

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  36. I got stuck at gravy....mmmm!

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  37. Pick up that head of yours Brian and walk proud because you my dear are one of a very special breed and you should be proud!! I loved reading this post .. light-hearted and fun!

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  38. This is why we all love Brian. You never know exactly what to expect from him but you know without doubt that it's going to be great.

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  39. There are SO many things to be grateful for... and SO many we take for granted. Thanks, Brian, for the reminder.

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  40. Laura:

    How very delighted I am to see my blogger friends guest write in your place. Brian is a wonderful writer who brings out life in the mundane. I can't have enough of my friends here.

    Brian:

    Ha ha. I love this guy... oh! It is that Brian from Waystation One. How could I not know. He continues weaving his charisma here, there, and everywhere. Love your boys here. They perfectly coordinate with the colour here.

    Joy, smiles and love,
    Susan

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  41. lemurs, ooompaloompas and snowball fights

    yeah!!!

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  42. Brian is one of my favourite writers. This is whimsical and beautiful!

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  43. Oh great post, but I am not surprised as Brian is so very talented and unique in his writing style.;)
    xoxo

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  44. You're awesome, Brian. And what a cool blog to be guesting at... going to have a look around.

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  45. LOVE this post! Great job Brian!!

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