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TToT: The Tempestuous Sea That Is Jan-uary – Circles and Rectangles, #SundayFunday #10Thankful

“A single dream is more powerful than a thousand realities.”

–J.R.R. Tolkien

I have more photos from Christmas.


I will be featuring some of them here, over the following TToT posts, to help pass the first month of 2016 a little faster.

#SundayFunday – MAGIC!

One last shot of the holidays, I hope, before they are a distant memory.


It always makes me a bit sad when all my mom’s hard work and creativity is removed for another year.



For a genius and the world of Middle Earth he created.

There are so many wise quotes to choose from him. I could hardly decide which one to start of this week’s TToT with.

Happy Birthday to Professor Tolkien, who gave me something amazing with his writing. It opened me up to the possibilities, showing me that I shouldn’t close myself off to something like the fantasy genre, like so many other things in life.

For the birth of another genius, so long ago.

The inventor of braille makes my thankful list on a continuous loop, as he is all of why I have words to love so much to begin with, but I am recognizing him now, as he would have celebrated his birthday on the beginning of the week, beginning of the year, with a second early January birthday.

I can’t fully express in words what it has meant to my life to have the groupings of six raised dots, forming words, that one man dreamt up once upon a time.

Braille literacy is one of the skills I am most proud of. I owe this man a great great debt of gratitude, forever and always.

For the news that my friend, her baby girl, and mother/grandma arrived safely in Ireland.

There was, apparently, a little bit of a snag with their rental car, on a deserted Irish road, but a couple helpful policemen showed up on the scene and saved the day, helping to repack all the baggage in a replacement vehicle.

Or so the Facebook status update said.

I read the word “police” and my heart nearly stopped, before I went on to finish reading.

For a brand new year beginning and my inclusion in and amongst so many who are looking back with gratitude and looking forward to a year just as great or better.

Proudest Single Stride of 2015 From People All Over the World

I was quoted, with my pride in the story I had published last year, in one of my favourite blogger’s 2015 posts.

For a return I made this week to my writer’s circle.

I was even missed. How about that.


For the bonding time afterward.

We all went out, as a group, and I got the hangout with them that I missed out on just before Christmas, thanks to unforeseen events. One was even kind enough to pay for me because I hadn’t come prepared, asking for nothing in return.

For my schooling on Dungeons & Dragons and other nerdy things.

The best thing about this group, other than all the writing and talking about writing we all do, is when we aren’t just discussing writing. We are all geeks for whatever it may be: literature, video games, television or movies and trivia. There were a few Simpsons quotes thrown in by myself and a few other members throughout the evening too.


For my brother’s remarkable recovery in just one month and his triumphant return to his college program.

He is so close to graduating later this spring and I know it’s hard to know for sure when is the right time, not wanting to push himself. We didn’t want him to take on too much, too soon.

He still has time to make a final decision, but he did well.

For January.

It is a bit of a contemplative month, with the new year so new and fresh, but I value it for its melancholyish quality. It is a quiet time of reflection and so much possibility ahead.

For a newly discovered blogging challenge that came around at precisely the right time for me.

Just Jot It January, #JusJoJan

I was struggling a bit, wondering what the next twelve months might hold for my blog and my writing and my life. This extension of the weekly Stream of Consciousness Saturday I participate in was welcomed strongly by me.

It’s giving me an entire first month of 2016 to just imagine what my writing could look like this year.

Lights – Ellie Goulding

“Access to communication in the widest sense is access to knowledge and that is vitally important for us if we (the blind) are not to go on being despised or patronized by condescending sighted people. We do not need pity, nor do we need to be reminded we are vulnerable. We must be treated as equals and communication is the way this can be brought about.”

–Louis Braille (1809-1852)

Braille’s above quote may sound critical, to some, but he was a product of his time. I wonder what he would think if he were alive today.


21 thoughts on “TToT: The Tempestuous Sea That Is Jan-uary – Circles and Rectangles, #SundayFunday #10Thankful

  1. Hooray for Tolkien and Braille! Hooray for nerd things, too!
    And I am SO glad to hear of your brother’s continued recovery. That is triumphant indeed and an answer to prayers for sure. Is that top photo you and him? I love it.

  2. Braille literate truly should be a source of pride. I know no one else who possesses this skill.
    And this is for your brother….Go, go , go!!! Full steam ahead in 2016.

  3. “Melancholyish” LOVE IT! What a wonderful word. And yes…communication is a great equaliser and I’m so glad that LB was the man he was, and thunk of that wonderful system.

    Still SO GLAD your brother is recovering. What a relief. Long may it continue.

    • Glad you like my word.
      Yes, LB was an innovator of epic proportions. Of course, with all the technology of modern times it is less common, Braille, but nothing will ever replace the feeling I get from running my fingertips over the bumps that make up the many volumes of my Harry Potter Braille book collection.
      My brother is back to his old self. Can’t wait to read Braille with him again.

  4. Kristi says:

    Literacy, in whatever form it takes, is a key to so much knowledge and wonderful ideas. What a skill you have!

    My kids had fun with Dungeons and Dragons over Christmas, too. 🙂

    • It’s the key, yes.
      Well, I still have a lot to learn about DD but glad your kids had fun with it. Something to remain so popular for so long…there’s got to be a good reason for that.

  5. Braille is an amazing thing to have — all those doors to wonderful worlds are opened up for you. I think it’s fantastic.
    I find January to be a quiet time too. I am at home so my husband and kiddo are back at school and things are slow at home — quiet, reflective. Melancholyish 🙂
    I’m a huge Simpsons fan by the way
    My blog title “All Work And No Play Makes Mommy Go Something Something”
    Was actually from an episode when Homer went nuts “All work and no play makes Homer go something something” 🙂

  6. valj2750 says:

    That photo of you and your brother is hauntingly beautiful. While I was reading the whole post, I was thinking about how amazing it was. A very talented photographer. I remember a high school friend taking notes in Braille, with her stylus, and I was always amazed to watch her read and write. You are amazing.

  7. When I was a kid, I was fascinated with both Braille and sign language. I took a class at our local library to learn sign language, but I never found one on Braille. I would run my fingers over the dots, completely in awe of the people who knew how to decipher it. Mr. Braille was a brilliant man.
    I’m glad to hear your brother is doing well.

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