Here is Page from the Book of Pondering, which I posted today in my shop. I'm in a pondering frame of mind today, as it is my birthday! What an astounding difference a year can make. A year ago I was quite miserable in a part-time job that was more than underpaid, trying to figure my way into a new life. In the first week of December I heard of Etsy for the first time. If someone had told me on my birthday last year that by the time I turned one year older...I would have an online shop with over 100 pieces of artwork in it, be keeping up with two blogs and all manner of other social networking tools (most of which I'd barely heard of a year ago), and making dear friends all over the face of the earth...well, I'd have probably laughed through my tears. But here I am and its all true...one of the biggest blessings is the connections I have made in the past year with all the kindred spirits across the globe, too numerous to name! Thank you all for making my life a joy. And today I am also pondering the amazing coincidences in the parallel lives that Gabriella of Two Tigers Creations and I have lived...and now I must extend a hearty birthday wish to her as well....I read on her blogpost this morning of yet one more coincidence....we share the same birthday, albeit 5 years apart. Cheers to the folks who stop by here to read....many more than I'm sure I know...thank you. Hoping my year of being 53 is going to be even better than my year of being 52...there still so much to learn about being alive in an astounding universe.