The creative writing, observations, experiences, and opinions, on life, and the world around him, by Kiril Kundurazieff; taking one step at a time on the Journey of Discovery, and Enlightenment, that every individual must take from the cradle to the grave.
1. I am grateful to my local Barnes & Noble for the job interview I was given, early last week, for the bookseller position. I was told that if I heard nothing by the end of Monday then I was not chosen for a 2nd interview.
2. I am grateful for the generic, formulaic email I got on Friday, that read..."After careful review of your background, we have chosen to pursue other candidates whose skills and background more closely align with the qualifications of the role."
3. I am grateful that, once again, those that do the hiring at Barnes & Noble have made it clear to me that a person with 17 years in book retail, 11 as a store manager, does not ”align with the qualifications of the role" (the 1st time was over a decade ago when a young manager in training, half my age, wondered why a person with my background wanted to work for them.), thus showing me that working for Barnes & Noble might not be what God means for me to do (though I do have several other applications on file with other B & N stores in Houston.).
1. I am grateful for vacations, those of my childhood, early adult years, and the last 13 years.
2. I am grateful for a summer trip to a camp ground at a lake in northern California, taken sometime between 1969 and 1972. All I remember is that it was a trip our family took with my Aunt Pat & Uncle Pop, in their camper to God knows where because I sure don't remember.
3. I am grateful for the summer trip our family took, in the early 70's to a town in Colorado where my Uncle Bill was pastor of a church. We took the Greyhound to and from and I remember leaving part of my right big toe in the Colorado River. If you encounter a giant, shaggy, beast wandering the woods, out there, we are probably related. :-D
As I head toward the finish line of this series I'm gonna be a little silly this Saturday....
1. I am grateful for the Tuna Casserole my sainted Ma used to make! Just wish I had her recipe!
A mother is a man's best friend!
a man who loves to cook, and she will readily rhapsodize about how your
"legs are hollow!" whenever she brags, agreeably, about how you love to
eat, especially when the food is something she prepared.
2. I am grateful for homemade mac & cheese.
3. I am grateful for the crockpot and the recipes I've cooked using it.
My curiosity about a black cat overruled my common sense, and I got myself a serious boo boo, in May 2011. As I fell, and suffered a severely broken ankle, the first thing that popped into my pain-filled head was...Oh boy, THIS is gonna hurt! Hee, hee!
1. I am grateful that I learned never to investigate cats in drainage ditches.
2. I am grateful that I learned to keep my sense of humor in the face of disaster. My sense of humor was one thing that kept me going over the following year of recovery.
3. I am grateful for this blog and my cat blog for giving me creative outlets to share humor, stories and poetry related to my injury and recovery, as well as medical updates.
4. I am grateful for my cats, Nikita and Elvira, for their comforting presence in my life.
What signs are there in my life that this may be so?
With all that has happened in my life, medically, since the end of spring 2010, as well as soon to be 3 years of unemployment, some would consider it understandable if I went around feeling blue all day long, every day.
1. I am grateful that I have overcome the urge to feel blue.
2. I am grateful for all the books I have read that have inspired me not to feel blue about the circumstances I find myself in and try to find ways to move forward beyond where I am to where I hope to, want to, be.
3. I am grateful that I am learning to find ways to take the blue in my hands and smile in the face of it.
4. I am grateful to be able to stand next to the blue and smile, confident that it won’t control my life.
1. Today I am grateful that my health is improving.
2. I am grateful that my right ankle, broke in the spring of 2011, healed and though I still have the pins and screws in the ankle and leg, physical therapy helped me recover the ability to walk, though I still can’t run like I used to.
3. I am grateful for the ability to see and for the surgeries in both eyes since December that took care of an issue in the left eye, and is helping me fight the cancer in my right eye.
This post marks the 900th entry on this blog since it began in October 2007; I had intended something else for this entry, but my travels this day took a lot longer than planned and I had something else to do when I got home.
1. Today I am grateful for the fresh Texas air on a warm Tuesday in Houston.
2. I am grateful for the beautiful grove of trees, in a grassy bowl of land, near Allen Parkway and Waugh.
3. I am grateful for the sounds and smells of nature emanating from the nearby Buffalo Bayou.
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