Happy Thanksgiving from The Juice Bar!

Be Thankful

Be thankful that you don’t already have everything you desire,
If you did, what would there be to look forward to?

Be thankful when you don’t know something
For it gives you the opportunity to learn.

Be thankful for the difficult times.
During those times you grow.

Be thankful for your limitations
Because they give you opportunities for improvement.

Be thankful for each new challenge
Because it will build your strength and character.

Be thankful for your mistakes
They will teach you valuable lessons.

Be thankful when you’re tired and weary
Because it means you’ve made a difference.

It is easy to be thankful for the good things.
A life of rich fulfillment comes to those who are
also thankful for the setbacks.

GRATITUDE can turn a negative into a positive.
Find a way to be thankful for your troubles
and they can become your blessings.

Author Unknown


“Gratitude Haikus” by Roz Levine



Rain splatters my brain
Scattering fresh breath upon
All new thoughts today

Born from rich red blood
We wend a way to deep breath
In and out each day

And the sun rises
And the moon hovers above
And this life is good

Thank you I tell them
The mailman, the trash man
They big smile to me

I give you my smile
I give you a big thank you
You give it all back

A smile, a tear, life
It is all things everywhere
It is each new breath

A good morning smile
Sends love into all my pores
Makes me sparkle now

This body aging
Savors such delightful words
Grandma, I love you

Roz Levine

Photo by L. K. Thayer

© 2011

“Tho I Have Not A Poem…” by Kari Pratt Bishop



Tho I have not a poem,
I want to share with you
a glimpse on my first morn
of 2011.
I woke up early as I do
and my cats Zack and Abbie were there
on the empty spot for them
to look outside.

They see I’m awake…
it is a new day in what year?
We spent the New Year with party hats, honkers,
and my friend and her two six year old grandsons,
Roman and Gabriel.
Smart, kool kids,
We played CRANIUM …

As I lay in bed this a.m.
the snow was falling
so beautiful
and the gratitude
for my warm bed and my kitties
and the beautiful flakes of snow…
gratitude, gratitude.
This a ramble
no poem.

Kari Pratt Bishop
© 2011

“Because” by Roz Levine



Because I’ve lived
Decades past
The initial countdown
When at sixteen
A ruptured appendix
Brought me to death’s door
Because I’ve lived
Years past the first cancer
When at thirty-seven
Lymphoma lived
Amidst inguinal cells
Because I’ve lived
Years past
Cancer number two
When a breast chunk
Was sliced and diced
From this body flesh
Because I‘ve lived
Through years of pain
Endured twelve surgeries
Survived to sixty-eight
Breathed long enough
To hear grandma
I love you words
Because of this plate
Piled high with gratitude
I say thank you
For every sunrise
For each rainbow
For the birds’ songs
For the flower blooms
For all the love
I am so glad
To be alive

Roz Levine

“Rainbow Moment” Foto

By L. K. Thayer

© 2010


“Survival Stew” by Roz Levine


I chew on survival stew
Gobble everything on my plate
Gulp down hearty chunks
To my bone marrow
I chewed up lymphoma
Swallowed breast cancer
Chomped on a ruptured appendix
Sipped on blood soup
After a great slip and fall
I chew on survival stew
Stuff this body on gratitude
For every sunburst
And cloud storm
For rain drops on splish splash
Against rooftop shingles
I stuff this body on gratitude
For granddaughters’ hugs
For husband’s kisses
For lifelong friendships
On bird of paradise bloom
I stuff this body to overflow
Savor every sweet morsel
Of every little bit on my plate

Roz Levine

L. K. Thayer’s Foto Fetish

© 2010

“In The Year Twenty Ten” Vicki Batkin

i will hear the sounds
of gentle rain.

i will breathe
in and out,
slowly enough
to hear
slow down.

i will embrace
my husband’s snoring,
as my new lullaby.

i will wear
a smile with promise.
my stride
will follow.

i will shut off the water
while brushing my teeth.
spit out less
look into the mirror more.

i will glide
across the room,
wearing three inch
black stilettos

i will live.
i will want.
i will change.
i will love.
i will laugh.
i will cry.
i will drink
and eat
i will dance.
i will gain 5
and loose 10.
i will be grateful
and un-grateful
i will stand
i will fall….

in the year Twenty Ten.

Vicki Batkin

Photo by Alexis Rhone Fancher

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