IJ readers share brief tales of gratitude – Marin Impartial Journal

IJ readers share brief tales of gratitude – Marin Impartial Journal

We’re only a few weeks away from the tip of 2023 — how did that occur so shortly? — and because the 12 months winds down, now’s an excellent time to cease and replicate on the previous 12 months. What did it deliver you? How was it totally different than others earlier than it? What’s one thing you’ll keep in mind going ahead, from the little moments to the large milestones? Or is it one you’re able to put behind you as you head in 2024?

I’d like to know. So, for December, please share a narrative — only one — of what your 12 months was like with the IJ.

Please make it a narrative, a private story, with a starting, center and finish — not six adjectives, not a cliche and never recommendation. Make us chortle or cry or on the very least really feel one thing. For an instance, right here is the well-known story attributed to, however not confirmed to be written by, Ernest Hemingway: “On the market: child sneakers, by no means worn.” That’s fairly the story! Want extra examples? “It may possibly’t be. I’m a virgin,” writes Kate Atkinson. “Set sail, nice storm, all misplaced,” says John Banville.

If you need your story to run within the IJ, please:

• Write “Six-word story” within the topic line

• Ship one story. Only one

• Embody your full title and Marin city within the physique of the e-mail, no attachments

• Write your brief story within the physique of the e-mail, no attachments

• Use correct punctuation and spelling

• Use sentence model in a single line

• It mustn’t rhyme

• Don’t submit six adjectives — that’s not a narrative

Please ship to existence@marinij.com by Dec. 15 and search for it within the Dec. 26 existence part and on-line.

Final month we requested IJ readers to share what they’re grateful for. Right here’s what they needed to say.

Awoke this morning, nonetheless respiratory. — Richard Schneider, San Rafael

Turkey jumped fence. Grateful for ham. — Valerie Stilson, Novato

Mashed potatoes and turkey gravy; yum. — Pamela Lunstead, Novato

Mexican American gratefully born in America. — Mary Ann Gallardo, San Rafael

Being a part of a caring household. — Cece Jonsen, Novato

Silver Peso fortunately serves working individuals. — Kermit R. Kubitz, Larkspur

Thankfulness makes yet another utterly human. — David Reinstein, San Anselmo

I’m grateful for Earth Science Novato. — Paul Barrier, Novato

Household, pals, creation, all items — grateful. — Ann Carroll, San Anselmo

Identified. Cured. Hair lastly grew again! — Mary Denton, Larkspur

Grateful! Beneficiant, supportive, enjoyable life accomplice. — Evelyn Riebe, Mill Valley

Did it once more. I awakened! — Helen Hayes, Ross

Grateful for household, pals, adopted nation. — Margarida da Silva, Novato

Nash Rambler; seven adults; Syracuse; Florida. — Nancy Greenfield, Larkspur

Love, 100 miles, in a single hour! — Lyle Thomsen, Corte Madera

Household pleasure is alive and nicely. — Michael C. Vogel, Mill Valley

Gratefully blessed to be a blessing. — David Curtis, Novato

Grateful for shut, enduring household ties. — Jim Koger, San Rafael

Definition of grateful — my three sons. — Kathleen Daly, Corte Madera

Beloved coronary heart occupants: household, pals, life. — Therese Stawowy, San Rafael

Clear air, pure water, Barry Tompkins. — Chuck McDevitt, Corte Madera

Grateful to really feel empathy and compassion. — Kay Noguchi, Terra Linda

Pictures retains thoughts and eyes occupied. — Linda Varonin, Corte Madera

Many years of progressive MS; nonetheless strolling. — Jenny Wooden, Mill Valley

Jerry, Bobby, Phil, Brent, Micky, Invoice. — Brad Honsberger, San Rafael

4 grandkids, time flies, new hopes. — Jeff Brusati, San Rafael

Thankfulness ceaselessly with superb non secular progress. — Antoinette DeLucchi, San Rafael

Household, enjoyable, meals, overeat — sure — forgiven. — Davey Myles, Marinwood

My dad, Irving, was a present. — Carol Hosmer-McConnell, San Rafael

Our household and the love shared. — Sam Fleeger, Marin Metropolis

Fifty years in Marin with Bonnie. — John Hanson, Novato

I’m grateful for household, pals. — Marie Lazzari, Novato

Grateful for God, nation, household, pals. — Angelo Capozzi, Tiburon

My coronary heart is full of gratitude. — Susan Storch, Greenbrae

Golden lady sleeps. Gentle shines on. — Joe Grey, Kentfield

Household, pals, freedom, fellowship and festivities. — David Leipsic, San Rafael

I reside, I feel, thanks Mother. — Hank Simmonds, Kentfield

Sewers and cheese graters are grateful. — Bruce Donals, Fairfax

Entrance door opens, China Camp welcomes. — Timothy Warden, San Rafael

Sickness is weighty. Love is every part. — Tom Baldwin, Corte Madera

Terra Firma! I by no means appeared again. — Merideth Lewis, Santa Venetia

He’s 94. We nonetheless have enjoyable. — Mary Waetjen, San Anselmo

Neighbors who’ve stopped blowing leaves. — Mary Geving, Woodacre

I’m grateful to be clear! — David Ammons, San Rafael

Loving mother, Dahway, lives subsequent door. — Kathy Slaught, Larkspur

Democracy, freedom of speech and voting. — Katherine Ware, Belvedere

New prepare dinner, burnt turkey, Chinese language takeout. — Sara Gordon, San Rafael

I’m grateful for assembly you. — Lily Worch, Novato

Nature’s dazzling wonders and adventures embraced. — Lucille Herger, Novato

My gratitude listing has 2,358 gadgets. — Rev. George McLaird, Tiburon

Yearlong Korea service. Grateful for all times. — Peter Hayward, Novato

Husband’s good style in two girls. — Mary Lou Hayward, Novato

Gratitude? Six phrases usually are not sufficient. — Leslie Stone, San Rafael

A crowded desk full of love. — Sharon Eide, Novato

Sounds of kids taking part in gleefully exterior. — Katheryn Horton, San Rafael

Love misplaced, if discovered please return. — Matt Raftery, Novato

Nonetheless rowing collectively, two blissful years. — Barbara Rowe, Mill Valley

Grateful being alive to be grateful. — Stephen Redner, San Rafael

My husband, greatest buddy, 50 years. — Kimberly Weichel, Tiburon

No seizure for 5 years, yeah. — Kathryn McMudie, Novato

Previous, however wholesome; in love, grateful. — Melinda Sales space, Mill Valley

Grown youngsters, all distinctive adults. Blessed. — Deb Johansen, Novato

I can stroll, breathe and love. — Dave Powell, Novato

“Run for starvation.” Binge after. Pharisaic? — Jane Ure, Mill Valley

No ache when transferring, thanks hips! — Diana Chiarabano, Tiburon

Gratitude consists of the smallest of issues. — Laura Miller, Novato

Staying grateful helps hold me afloat. — Gail Cassee, Mill Valley

Saved by grace, by way of religion. Hallelujah! — Gigi Bibeault, Terra Linda

Grateful for Marin’s wonderful autumn magnificence. — Elaine C. Johnson, Greenbrae

Will be glad about donated kidney! — Carole Bonhomme, Greenbrae

Kids, grandchildren residing close by — so great! — Lucy MacSwain, San Rafael

Let’s all chill out, savor our November!  — Dart Cherk, Mill Valley

Second possibilities make all of the distinction. — Daniel R. Maloney, San Anselmo

Spending holidays with many alternative households. — Keith Granger, San Rafael

Classes realized, changes made, alternatives forward. — Ingrid Francis, Mill Valley

Seeing one of the best in all others. — Jim Williams, Novato

Mom Nature makes me really feel grateful. — Janet Benjamin, Tiburon

Adi; There isn’t any disputing about tastes. — Ron Skellenger, Woodacre

Highway journey, brother, sister, bond ceaselessly. — Elisa Charne, Novato

I’m grateful for world’s happiest marriage. — Ian Begg, Corte Madera

Escaped COVID demise. Respiratory freely, gratefully. — Gailya Magdalena, Lucas Valley

I handed the DMV written take a look at. — Pam Thomas, San Rafael

One other new day, I’m alive, blessed. — Ann Eller, Woodacre

Married 1964, 1984; No. 3, 2015, ceaselessly. — Pam Berkon, Novato

I respect Mom Nature every day. — Billie Forer, San Rafael

Purchasers thanking me for my work. — Karen Arnold, San Rafael

Hearty thanks for God is love. — Michael Ardito, Fairfax

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