Thankful Sunday 18 November 2018

Today, our book discussion met for the last time until Spring. I am thankful for the book discussion group, the conversations, and the moments shared. I am the youngest one in the group and I always enjoy learning from the older members. Today did not disappoint, Miller’s Valley was a great book, but it was awesome hearing the history from others. It was nice seeing everyone before the holidays and catching up.

Thankful Thursday 15 November 2018

Winter has visited the Greater Philadelphia Area a month early! While the weather people were predicting a wintry mix, they weren’t predicting more than an inch of snow. I say we have about 2 inches out there now! We received the Pocono’s weather, where they received ours. I am grateful I made it home safely, Lyft wasn’t expensive to get home in, and that my manager at the library said I could take today off. Hopefully, it’ll be clear to get to my full-time job tomorrow morning, but I am just grateful we are all safe.

I know it’s been a few days since I last posted and I’ve been busy finishing up a book for the book discussion group on Sunday. I finished Anna Quindlen’s Miller’s Valley last night and I would recommend the book. I have been involved with the book group for 11 years and despite budget cuts, I am grateful these discussions take place twice a year, every year.

What are you thankful for?

Thankful Monday 12 November 2018

Last night I had dinner over Terry’s, a co-worker from the library. She ordered me a gluten and dairy free pizza, then chatted and laughed over dinner. Her husband was also there and joined in the laughter. I am watching the cats over Thanksgiving and I bonded with the three kitties for a few hours. I can’t wait to watch them and I am thankful for the friendship and opportunities.

 

Thankful Sunday 11 November 2018

What a view last night! In the past three years, I’ve grown to love classical music and I just can’t get enough. I’m thankful that Claire took me to my first orchestra three years ago, I’m thankful for WRTI and the @philorch for all that they do for the arts.

I am officially a Young Friend of the Philadelphia Orchestra! I went to the after party, met Opera singer Joyce DiDonato, saw Yannick Nezet Seguin, but unfortunately missed him. Next time! It was a fun evening and even met some kind people. I chatted with three lovely women; I am an introvert and at times large parties are too much for me, but I’m always grateful when I find a tiny group to chat with.

Wonderful evening that I feel grateful for.

 

Upper Merion Township Library’s Diwali Night | 5 November 2018

Diwali is the Hindu Festival of Light and prosperity and is often associated with Lakshmi, the Goddess of Prosperity. Somewhat similar to Halloween, especially since it usually falls around the same time, diya lamps light the darkness into the new year and fireworks announce the festivities. Diwali fell on 7 November this year, however, the Upper Merion Township Library decided to celebrate on Monday, 5 November 2018. It was a rainy Monday evening, but the diya lamps, story telling, and dancing lighted the bleak evening.

I enjoy helping out with the event. The library staff read a Diwali story to the toddlers, I led the songs about the diya lamps and other traditional activities. I also guided the children when it came to playing with beanbags as we sang about what Diwali meant. Later in the evening, a sculptor came in and taught the older children how to make diyas. I loved guiding the children who were unfamiliar with clay sculpting and I was teaching them different techniques as we built the turtle diya. I took ceramics for two years and I enjoyed instructing. I could do that all day long.

Between story time for the toddlers and the activities for the older children, I had an hour break to watch the dancing. They had five different performances with different age groups performing different types of dances. How lovely and it was awesome to watch!

 

There was even a bizarre going on outside. Tables filled with food, some of it gluten-free, drinks, and information booths advertising ESL classes, Indian history, or other cultural facts. I tried some of the gluten-free treats and wasn’t disappointed.

Before I left for the evening, I asked Ms. Rina for a selfie. I’m very close to her and I am thinking of printing it out and framing it for her. I’m giving my library co-workers pictures from the New Year party last year for the holidays, I may frame this for Ms. Rina.

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Diwali Night was a success! Everyone had so much fun, and I did as well. I kept thinking throughout the night, “this is what makes America great! This is what makes any country great! Diversity is beautiful and it makes the world a lively place. Love and tolerance lights the world too!” I can’t wait until next year’s.