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What I give thanks for this week …

10. Fun outing for Stinkerbell’s dance team

9. Working with my fellow dance moms to make costumes

8. Snow days!

7. Music to dance to

6. Getting to know a new friend

5. Cherry cordials

4. Crazy episode of The Following

3. Matthew McConaughey in Dazed and Confused

2. “Puppy Love” Super Bowl commercial

1. Having fun with my special someone

This week, I am grateful for …

10. Trick-or-treating with Stinkerbell

9. Fun Halloween festival at church

8. Hilarious costumes worn by my co-workers

7. My sweet kitty cat

6. Beautiful music during worship at church

5. Fun-size Butterfingers

4. Gabe Rygaard on Ax Men

3. Discovering & getting caught up with The Blacklist

2. Successful fundraiser for Stinkerbell’s dance team

1. Email messages that make me smile

My thankfulness for the week …

10. Dinner with Stinkerbell’s former babysitter

9. Working with a great group of kids at school as their class sponsor

8. Fun Homecoming festivities

7. Saturday without make-up

6. Candy Crush to occupy my mind

5. Getting to know a new friend at work

4. Country music that reflects my heart & soul

3. Pushing myself in CrossFit

2. Great day of college football

1. Season finale of Hell On Wheels

Things I am thankful for this week:

10. Stinkerbell’s math grade for a very difficult quarter

9. Spring Break

8. Catching up with a dear friend

7. Sunshine

6. The Bible mini series

5. Trying to play my guitar again

4. Sweet wedding ceremony for a sweet couple

3. Duck Dynasty

2. Easter celebrations

1. Laughing with my special someone

Gratitude for the week:

10. Stinkerbell getting her braces off!

9. Good news at my school

8. Finding bargains

7. Keeping up with friends on Facebook

6. The Bible mini-series on History

5. Completing 5 books in The Year of the Bible

4. Laughing at silly things

3. Beautiful Saturday on the lake

2. Great evening listening to folks play good music

1. Extra time with my special someone

What I am grateful for this week:

10. Spending time with Stinkerbell during our break

9. Returning to school on a Thursday (i.e., short week!)

8. Awesome New Year’s Day lunch & watching football with my family

7. Starting The Year of the Bible with my church

6. Dry roasted almonds

5. Music that reminds me of good times

4. Great college football season

3. Knowing I still have the NFL playoffs & Super Bowl left to watch

2. Downton Abbey Season 3 premiere

1. Heart-to-heart talks with my special someone

I have been listening to older music lately.  It should be noted that I am using the term “older” very loosely because I am referring to CDs from the 1990s, and I am most certainly not old!  Nevertheless, hearing artists from the 90s  brings back tons of wonderful memories from my days as an undergraduate student at Clemson as well as a graduate student at Auburn.  Here’s a list of some of my favorite bands from that decade:

Pearl Jam

Nirvana

Gin Blossoms

Counting Crows

Goo Goo Dolls

Jane’s Addiction

The Cranberries

Smashing Pumpkins

 So, I am curious which bands my readers dig from the 1990s?

I love music.  Music stirs my soul, and I especially love how certain songs can bring specific memories to mind.  My iTunes library is eclectic to say the very least!  And, since I am a list-maker, I have decided to compile my favorite songs of all time.

10. “Fix You” by Coldplay

9. “Smells Like Teen Spirit” by Nirvana

8. “Crash Into Me” by Dave Matthews Band

7. “One” by U2

6. “Everlong” by Foo Fighters

5. “Black” by Pearl Jam

4. “Wonderwall” by Oasis

3. “Purple Rain” by Prince & The Revolution

2. “Ripple” by Grateful Dead

1. “Pleas” by Widespread Panic

Super-quick thankfulness …

10. Dedication ceremony at our new high school

9. Fall premiere of Big Bang Theory

8. A former student taking time to thank me

7. Friends who understand – no matter what

6. Chocolate chip pie

5. College football

4. Laughter

3. 80s music

2. Manners

1. A sweet poem from my Stinkerbell

I will never forget August 9, 1995.  I was driving through Atlanta, Georgia with my mother.  We were on our way to Auburn, Alabama where I was about to begin my adventures as a graduate student.  A radio announcer broke in to say that Jerry Garcia had passed away.  I can not describe the reaction I had because it’s difficult to articulate how much Jerry and the Grateful Dead mean to me.    

You see, even though I was in my early twenties then, I had been lucky enough to see the Dead perform live a total of six times.  I was introduced to the band by a very special person.  He took me to my first show on March 1, 1992 at The Omni in Atlanta.  I saw five shows in Atlanta in 1992 and 1994, and one show at the Dean Smith Center in Chapel Hill, North Carolina in 1993.  All of these shows were while I was an undergraduate student at Clemson University.  So, you see, Jerry represents the carefree happiness of my youth.  Seeing those shows and listening to their music with different friends over the years are some of my most treasured memories of all time.  Jerry was a brilliant musician, and he was a beautiful singer.  Luckily, the Dead always allowed fans to record their shows, so “The Music Never Stopped”.  

As a tribute, I hope you enjoy these lyrics from one of my favorite Grateful Dead tunes, “Brokedown Palace”.

 


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