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Welcome to my blog. I'm spending a year capturing happiness, and I invite you to come along as I journey toward a more joyful living. I also write about travel, food, and matters of the spirit. Hope you enjoy!

Glimmers of Greece

Glimmers of Greece

It's tempting to say gelato was my Joyful moment because gelato--especially one of the caliber I had tonight--is notorious for giving me great delight.

Hazelnut and coconut, both excellent. That hazelnut, though. Wow.  

Hazelnut and coconut, both excellent. That hazelnut, though. Wow.  

But my Joyful moment was more subtle, and it came before the ice cream and gelato (yes, I had both).

Today I had the great privilege to set up office at the Sherry's home as they spent an afternoon on the Jersey shore--the real one--with their extended family. After a morning run and a breakfast together, we separated, and under their strict instruction to "make myself at home," I did just that!

They have a beautiful wrap around porch, and I followed the path of the sun, beginning my day on the front side of the house and working my way to the back. I brought my laptop, notebooks, and pens and typed away. For 3.5 hours, I worked nonstop. At that point, a clear "end scene" as it were, my laptop needed recharging and so did I. I went for a quick walk around the block, poured myself a glass of wine, and typed a bit longer, making minor additions even after the Sherry's returned. 

BUT THEN I did put the laptop away, and while David got ready for our Princeton excursion (after successfully digging holes in the backyard through layers of clay) , Elizabeth popped open a bottle of $2.99 red wine from Trader Joe's and we sat on the back porch talking about books and Greece and prayer and Jesus. 

First of all, that wine is amazing. I'm buying it as soon as I get back to RI.  (Charles Shaw, cab sauv). Secondly, it was such a moment of pure contentment: I'd just finished a productive day of writing, something I love doing but never have enough space in my schedule to carve out more than an hour for, and here I was on a gorgeous late afternoon, sipping wine on a patio, conversing about my favorite things with someone who's so wise and insightful. It was the rewarding moment for an already wonderful day.

Looking back, I realize that feeling of contentment is the feeling I have in Greece. Being fully present in the now, not worrying about what's happening later, being satisfied for what's come before, and enjoying the company (and the wine). 

I'm so grateful to have had this time to spend in New Jersey. A special and heartfelt thanks to the Sherry's for their kindness and hospitality, the other reason I felt like I was as home here as I am in Greece.  Efharisto yia ola. :)

Looking back

Looking back

Sweet Arrival

Sweet Arrival