Monday, January 1, 2018


The simple grace of a tiny palette on a long  road trip

Each year, for as long as I can remember, I've chosen a word to define my goals or mindset for the new year. This year the word is grace. It's something I've been thinking about for awhile and intend to make it a continuing focal point in 2018. It has many definitions and should make for a year of interesting discoveries!

Grace(as defined by Merriam-Webster)

1 a: unmerited divine assistance given humans for their regeneration or
b: a virtue coming from God
c: a state of sanctification enjoyed through divine assistance

2 a: approval, favor stayed in his good graces
b: archaic: mercy, pardon
c: a special favor: privilege
each in his place, by right, not grace, shall rule his heritage —Rudyard Kipling
d: disposition to or an act or instance of kindness, courtesy, or clemency
e: a temporary exemption: reprieve

3 a: a charming or attractive trait or characteristic Among disagreeable qualities
        he possessed the saving grace of humor.
b: a pleasing appearance or effect: charm
all the grace of youth —John Buchan
c: ease and suppleness of movement or bearing
danced with such grace

4 used as a title of address or reference for a duke, a duchess, or an archbishop

5 a short prayer at a meal asking a blessing or giving thanks

6 Graces plural: three sister goddesses in Greek mythology who are the givers of
        charm and beauty

7 a musical trill, turn, or appoggiatura

8 a: sense of propriety or right
had the grace not to run for elective office —Calvin Trillin
        b: the quality or state of being considerate or thoughtful accepted his advice
        with grace

and Grace(as defined by me)
1      unexpected moments and insights that make us draw breath and smile 


  1. Your definition is the best one! I look for those moments.

  2. Thank you, Carol. It's surprising how many you find when you're open to them, isn't it? Happy New Year!