Bill’s Musings and Observations – Thanksgiving and Thankful

Good Saturday to you!

Rain! It’s a big Life Win for everybody this morning and boy, do we need this. The sprinkling tease we got just before Thanksgiving day was nice, but the soft staccato of drops draining from my roof to are beating a calm, healing rhythm on the leaves below. Hallelujah!

Sometimes you find a smile where you least expect it, and it’s wonderful if you can share it. My brother-in-law drove up from San Diego Thanksgiving day (he’s a real road warrior”) and along the way he observed a somewhat magical cloud formation. There in the crisp blue sky above Interstate 5, he saw what looked like two quill pens side by side, pointing toward Sacramento. He stopped to get a shot with his new iPhone 6 and shared it with my wife and I. My wife calls cloud formations like these angels, and it’s as if they were poised to write a clear, safe path for him to follow home. Very spiritual, ethereal…and cool.

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Feathers over I-5. By Robert Camhi, Copyright Nov.27, 2014

Of course, I think the Thanksgiving holiday was probably a Life Win for everyone. Family, food and fun is what most of us experience, I’m sure. However, there are many who are not so fortunate, those of our brothers and sisters who have no permanent home or means of support. Thankfully, there are organizations like the Sacramento Loaves and Fishes, the Salvation Army and the Sacramento Food Bank who ensure that many of our homeless and less fortunate neighbors are fed, clothed and sheltered year-round, not just on Thanksgiving Day with, for example, a Run to Feed the Hungry. Think about sharing your good fortune and giving thanks in the form of donations – money, food, clothing, time – to any or all of these or similar organizations. Even a few dollars will help and most of us won’t miss those few bucks. Buying one less cup of coffee at Starbucks or Peets, or purchasing a little less at the Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales and donating that sum to one of these wonderful organizations can help hundreds of people on the street, and it will come back to you ten-fold.

Ever think about building something from scratch and decided you didn’t have the “skills?” Check out JK’s blog, “The Right Tool for the Job,” for a little inspiration. And Kati’s brief  insight into walking the walk, not just talking the talk, will is food for thought in “Actions Not Words” on QuoteWriteInspire.

Until next week,


Bill M


Bill’s Saturday Musings and Observations

Happy Saturday, everyone!

There were a lot of life wins for me this week, and others, as I hope there were for you.

Life win #1 this week: Celebrating my Mom’s 90th birthday party at Mama Kim Eats in Del Paso Heights last Saturday (I talked about it in my last entry). Excellent company, great food and wonderful music. You need to check out their Friday and Saturday dinners or Sunday brunches (all with live music). We had a great time at a wonderful celebration and feast!


The birthday girl!

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Dancing the night away.

Life win #2: Watching “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay” with my granddaughter, Olivia, today. We’ve read all the books together and now have seen all three of the movies. We can’t wait to see Part 2 of this one (they split the last book into two movies) next year. Right on Katniss Everdeen!


Life win #3: Having dinner with our son and my mom tonight to end the celebratory week before she and her husband take off for Las Vegas tomorrow. We were glad to spend the time with Mom and it’s been a great week, but very hectic and a lot of work. Whew! We can use the rest.

Life win #4: RAIN! It wasn’t a lot, but an inch-plus really helps. Let’s pray there will be more on the near horizon


Life win #5: Not for me, but for Marine Capt. Derek Herrera. Capt. Herrera lost the use of his legs when he was paralyzed by a sniper’s bullet while serving in Afghanistan. This brave man promised himself he would walk again and his intestinal fortitude – combined with medical electronic ingenuity – allowed him to keep his promise to himself. He walked to receive a Bronze Star at Camp Pendleton, CA Friday, Nov. 21. Check out his story, Marine with robotic leg braces gets Bronze Star. 

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Marine Capt. Derek Herrera walks to receive his Bronze Star at Camp Pendleton, CA on Nov. 21. Photo by Nelvin C. Cepeda, San Diego Union-Tribune.

If you even remotely consider yourself a writer, or aspiring writer, please check out “STALLED SATURDAY, WRITERS AND LIFE” at feelinthegoods by one of our classmates. This blog is filled with good advice and encouragement as our writer discusses the work of her friend and novelist Kishan Paul. You’ll like this entry.

That’s all today. Have a great life win-filled week!

This blog is a collaborative outlet for English 400 Creative Writing students. Each member of our group posts one day a week to share the favorite “life wins” we experience. I’m Bill M, the Saturday “post-man.” I hope you enjoy my musings and feel free to comment on them. I look forward to hearing and learning from you.

Bill’s Saturday Musings and Observations

Happy Saturday everyone!

OK, here’s my Life Win This Week: my Mom turns 90 today and she and her husband are here from Atlanta to celebrate with us. My sister flew in Friday from Louisiana to join us.

What’s really special is that her brother, my 93-year old Uncle Henry, his daughter, my cousin Valencia flew in from New York to surprise her. I left for the store the other day and came back with my Uncle and you should have heard the screams of delight and seen the big hugs and kisses.

It’s especially heart-warming for me because Uncle Henry is recovering from stomach cancer surgery and treatment. He lost 70 pounds, but he’s gaining weight back now, sounding strong and looking good. He’s walking more slowly now – this is a man who used to walk from 135th Street in Harlem to Central Park in lower Manhattan about three times a week just two years ago – but he’s made progress even in the few days he’s been here. Here they are after dinner at our house last night (Friday):


Pic 1 – Sis (Mickey), Cousin Valencia, Uncle Henry, Deb (my wife, standing), Marion (my stepdad), Mom (a.k.a., Birthday Girl!)


Pic 2 – Sis (Mickey), Cousin Valencia, Uncle Henry, me (standing), Marion (my stepdad), Mom (a.k.a., Birthday Girl!)

We’re having a big family birthday dinner for her tonight with our kids and other relatives who live her in Cali. It’s going to be a lot of fun.

Happy 90th Mom! We’ll do it again at 100!

Speaking of cancer and cancer survivors, here’s a really heart warming story from the Sacramento Bee this week: New bedroom designs help kids with serious illnesses dream well.

And bibliophiles will enjoy this video poem about a book lover’s ideal love from JK’s Life Wins post this week, I need something to read

Peace, and have a winning week!

Bill M 

This blog is a collaborative outlet for English 400 Creative Writing students. Each member of our group posts one day a week to share the favorite “life wins” we experience. I’m Bill M, the Saturday “post-man.” I hope you enjoy my musings and feel free to comment on them. I look forward to hearing and learning from you.