#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller


Wow!  I love it when I hear from so many of you at once.

Mom is much better and planning to head on home later today; some of the crew will be checking on her regularly, though, to make sure she’s thriving.  It’s been fun having her here–she’s good company–but I understand her need to have her own things around her, sleep in her own bed, etc.  Now, to convince her that she doesn’t need to be sick to come out here to the Triple L for a few days and allow herself to be fussed over a little.  :)

While I won’t be running any marathons, my ankle is better every day.  Sometimes gives me a twinge in the night, when I try to turn it the wrong way, and some swelling remains, but all in all, it’s close to normal. 

I just finished reading an interesting book on my Kindle: “American Ghost”, by Hannah Nordhaus.  Ms. Nordhaus’s great-great grandmother, Julia Staab, came to New Mexico in pioneer days, traveling all the way from her home in Germany to set up housekeeping with a new husband.  She was quite young, and didn’t speak English.  Her life was difficult in many ways, though the Staabs became very wealthy, and eventually her health failed.  The book is partly her life story, partly the author’s memoir, and partly a broader history of the entire family.  Eventually, Julia became famous as a ghost, alledgedly haunting the Santa Fe hotel, now known as La Posada, that was originally her home.  I found the book fascinating.

So, how are you all doing with those gratitude journals?  I gotta say, this practice alone has practically revolutionalized my way of thinking–I’ve been keeping mine consistently since April 1, with five or more entries in the morning and five or more in the evening, and I wouldn’t dream of stopping.  Want to join me?  :)  It’s not that hard, really.  No matter how bad things seem, there are always reasons to be grateful.  Did the sun rise this morning in your part of the world?  Are you breathing?  Were you able to get out of bed?  I could go on and on, obviously, but you get the idea.  Get yourself a notebook–or use a fancy journal, like I do–and try this for one full month.  List 3 to 5 things you’re grateful for every single day.

I dare you.


44 comments to “125 Comments!!”

  1. Melaine
      · June 16th, 2015 at 3:06 pm · Link

    Glad to hear all is well in your family and life, and that your ankle is on the mend. I don’t journal, but do make it a point to think of all the many things I’m grateful for.

  2. pat Dennis
      · June 16th, 2015 at 3:13 pm · Link

    I am grateful for being about to get around – l have had 5 knee replacements and 2 hip replacements and 1 shoulder replacement – and grateful there are biologic meds that help with treating my RA.

    • Nancy Chriss
        · June 16th, 2015 at 8:56 pm · Link

      And I thought my two hips replacements aand three knee replacements were something.
      God bless you.

  3. Gloria
      · June 16th, 2015 at 3:13 pm · Link

    My friend, Mary, told me just the other day, that she was going to start thinking positive thoughts over negativity. I’m supposed to remind her, and be a cheer leader, but…I forget. I need to try harder.

    But, every day, I thank The Good Lord, not only for my food, and ask HIM to Bless anyone who had anything to do with it, from Him, all the way to me, and to Bless them as they need Blessed. I also thank HIM that I can cook the food, eat it, and have the means to cook it. Is this sort of a Gratitude Journal? Even if I don’t write it down?

  4. Evelyn Baldwin
      · June 16th, 2015 at 3:17 pm · Link

    Thank you, Linda! You are such an inspiration!

  5. Ruby Norwood
      · June 16th, 2015 at 3:17 pm · Link

    You know Linda, our preacher ask every Sunday, tell me something good that happen to you this week. I am going to buy me one of those fancy journals and I will have a lot to tell him on Sunday morning. I usually say well I got out of bed this morning, or the sun is shining..But I am grateful for a lot of things.

  6. Sharon Rackham
      · June 16th, 2015 at 3:31 pm · Link

    Good Morning Linda,

    Glad all is well in your world. Mine too!!!

    I am starting a gratitude journal right now !! What a wonderful idea to have positive thoughts in our heads and not all the negative that we tend to harbor ourselves with.

    Keep getting better every day,


    Sharon Rackham
    Clearwater,B.C. Canada :-P

  7. Pasogal
      · June 16th, 2015 at 3:32 pm · Link

    I remember being shocked at how small the housing units are at Gettysburg. How in the world those men and their support people managed I have no idea. GOD BLESS THEM ALL

  8. Sharon Rackham
      · June 16th, 2015 at 3:34 pm · Link

    Hello Linda,

    Glad you are on the mend in your world!

    I have started a gratitude journal as of this blog and will continue the positive thoughts every day, not the negative we all tend to harbor in ourselves. Will be a better world for sure!!!!!


    Sharon Rackham

  9. Sharon Rackham
      · June 16th, 2015 at 3:35 pm · Link

    Sorry for the double message. It said error so I put in again!!

    Sharon Rackham

  10. Teresa W
      · June 16th, 2015 at 3:41 pm · Link

    I’m so glad your still mending. Can’t blame your mom for wanting to head home. Ya’ll could probably work something out with the spoiling angle. Don’t know if I could do the journal thing, I’ve tried it a few times. Couldn’t keep it up. It’s interesting & something you can learn from if you can apply yourself & keep at it.

  11. Lynn
      · June 16th, 2015 at 3:57 pm · Link

    Linda, you are so funny!!
    I love the dare at the bottom!! Glad Mom is better and ankle too!
    I’m going to try this.. but I’ll be honest – I’m not real good at journals… hmmmm maybe that’s why i could never be an author?…. hmmmmmm yep, that’s probably it..

    Love ya! have a great week!!


  12. Jan Mauldin
      · June 16th, 2015 at 4:12 pm · Link

    1 – That I have God in my life
    2 – I’m free because our GREAT Military
    3 – I am able to read anything I want freely – like my Bible
    4 – I was brought up in the times when we where taught to LOVE, HONOR, RESPECT, all things.

    • midge watkins
        · June 16th, 2015 at 10:11 pm · Link

      Ditto. And I’m grateful that there are still people in this world
      that think this way. Bless you.

  13. Billiesue Sanders
      · June 16th, 2015 at 4:24 pm · Link

    It is extremely hot in East Tennessee today. I just told my grandchildren to come in and rest. When you touch a surface, like the metal parts in a car, it literally burns you.
    We are excited about the world-class soccer game between USA and Guatemala which is coming to Titan Stadium in Nashville on July 3. I was in the Peace Corps in Guatemala right after college, so we have at particular interest in this game.
    Glad to hear things are going well, Linda.
    Take care,

  14. Dawn Roberts
      · June 16th, 2015 at 4:27 pm · Link

    I love the pictures from Gettysburg, I’ve always wanted to go tour battlefields, Boston and the east coast in general. I’m so glad to hear both you and your mom are doing so much better. Blessing to you all.

  15. Louise McCourt
      · June 16th, 2015 at 4:31 pm · Link

    So glad your Mother is doing so much better….hope your ankle heals fast too…
    That book sounds like a winner…I love a good Ghost story.

    Thanks again for all the great books.

  16. Virginia H
      · June 16th, 2015 at 4:32 pm · Link

    We are getting some rain today and I am very grateful for it because it has been hot and dry here. Although I went to town to do my shopping and the sun was shinning but by the time I got out of Walmart it was pouring down rain and I got very wet. I amnot complaining because we need the rain.

  17. Diana E.
      · June 16th, 2015 at 5:22 pm · Link

    Its a nightly ritual for me now. Glad your mom is better and your ankle is coming along. Blessings.

  18. Gina Baker
      · June 16th, 2015 at 5:33 pm · Link

    Glad your momma is better!
    Thanks for the “grateful journal” dare, I think I will take you up on it!! Have a great day.

  19. Leanna
      · June 16th, 2015 at 5:51 pm · Link

    Glad your mom is doing better. My mom is having surgery on her broken ankle tomorrow.

  20. Suzanne Mongan
      · June 16th, 2015 at 6:01 pm · Link

    I keep a journal, and every night when I go to bed, I say a prayer to God to bless and watch over my family, friends and myself. I also say thank you for all that I have, that I’m healthy and so is my family, and that I have money to pay my bills and a job and a roof over my head. I am so glad that your mom is feeling better and so is your ankle.

  21. therese lopez
      · June 16th, 2015 at 6:29 pm · Link

    I am grateful for every day. I have had 16 back surgeries and with two children, a 12 and a 8 year old I have to keep a positive attitude. I have osteoarthritis in my back, knee and ankle and also have fibromyalga but every day is a gift. I wake up and say thank you God for my life and my family who get me through all the bad days. Reading has become my outlet and my passion. I will start that journal right away!! Thank you, just thank you!!

  22. Nancy
      · June 16th, 2015 at 6:43 pm · Link

    I’m taking your dare. I did do a gratitude journal some time ago, but, stopped. I can’t imagine why! I’m sure my life will be enriched by my have done this. Thanks so much!

  23. Holly Woodyatt
      · June 16th, 2015 at 6:51 pm · Link

    I hope you do the Civil War idea. I love the Civil War history and love historical fiction of that era. You are a great author so please go for it .

  24. Barb
      · June 16th, 2015 at 7:03 pm · Link

    Dare us !!!!

    I shudder to think of all the responses this entry will inspire. :lol: Is there a record????

  25. Roberta Giordano
      · June 16th, 2015 at 7:40 pm · Link

    Glad mo. Is feeling better. Also glad the ankle is healing. I find rubbing coconut oil on a bruise helps it heal faster.

  26. Patrice
      · June 16th, 2015 at 7:51 pm · Link

    I’ve been keeping a gratitude journal for about 2 years now. A friend reminded me of the habit when I was going through a really rough patch. I love to look for pretty or funny covers journals on the clearance rack. I’ve found some lovely ones! And my gratitude journal morphed into a Miracles and Gratitudes journal. And then I started keeping a thoughts journal which I originally called “Cloud TV” since I’d write in it after meditation while being still and watching the clouds from my porch.

    I admit I do get distracted and busy, I sometimes do not write everyday, but the Gratitude habit is firmly established. I give thanks habitually morning and nighttime every day. It has absolutely changed my life and I think saved my sanity through a long and distressing divorce. I am grateful. :-P

  27. kathy parsons
      · June 16th, 2015 at 8:14 pm · Link

    hey linda well glad to hear that your mom is better and that your ankle is getting better, isn’t it funny we just can’t seem to do the things we did when we were younger now that I am older…lol well has your daughter started her role as a zombie yet ?? wonder if she likes it, well my kids r waiting for it to come out they love the show the walking dead so they will like this one too…lol I sure won’t cuz I am not into watching that stuff I will let them enjoy it without me…lol have a great night hugs and thoughts and prayers xoxoxxox

  28. susan Lee
      · June 16th, 2015 at 8:47 pm · Link

    Gratitude is essential to any kind of fulfilment or peace in life. This has been my experience. In everything give thanks for this is the will of God concerning you. We don’t give thanks for the blows dealt us by life but in the midst of difficulties to find those things for which to be thankful takes the emphasis off the problem and focuses on the giver of blessings.

  29. Nancy Chriss
      · June 16th, 2015 at 8:56 pm · Link

    And I thought my two hips replacements aand three knee replacements were something.
    God bless you.

  30. Deborah Rae Nelson
      · June 16th, 2015 at 9:44 pm · Link

    So many great hints and advice.

    I live in Santa Fe and I’m always interested in finding stories based on New Mexico locations, history and lore. I’ve already added “American Ghost”, by Hannah Nordhaus,to my reading/listening list. Yummy!

    Your energy is inspiring :wink:

  31. midge watkins
      · June 16th, 2015 at 10:18 pm · Link

    It’s good that health is returning to your family. Sprains and
    muscle injuries take so long to heal. Next time break a bone.
    Just kidding, of course!! I just finished The Marriage Season
    last nite and thought it was the best. The cabin at the lake was
    so different and warm feeling. Maybe I liked it because my
    family had a lake cabin when I was young. Great way to grow
    up; cabins and horses. I am looking forward to the new
    Christmas novel, too.

  32. Terri Shortell
      · June 16th, 2015 at 10:30 pm · Link

    The next time I go to town I’m going to buy myself a journal. I’m trying different things to help my mental well-being. Thanks for daring us because I can never pass up a dare. Lol.

  33. Peggy Casey
      · June 17th, 2015 at 2:18 am · Link

    I accept your challenge to write a Gratitude Journal. I think it is a key piece missing from my life right now.

  34. Ann Bartholomew
      · June 17th, 2015 at 12:06 pm · Link

    I have been keeping my gratitude journal for about 6 wks. For me, it is easier to write in the evenings. I like mine so much I bought journals for my daughter, granddaughter, and best friend. I went to B & N and invested in a nice journal thinking I would be more inclined to write in it than a spiral notebook from $ General. I repeat some things every day – health and family – but there are many other things I’ve come to be more sensitive to. Great idea!

  35. Lorraine Pitts
      · June 17th, 2015 at 12:56 pm · Link

    I am going to start one today . Thanks, Linda!!!

  36. Cindy Ferguson
      · June 17th, 2015 at 2:45 pm · Link

    Wednesday afternoon, June 17, 2015

    “Howdy” yourself Linda,

    It’s been awhile since I contacted you; but, as soon as I’m able to get out to get a book that I could use as a Journal, I believe I’m going to try writing the positive things that happened that day. I actually already have two positive events for today as I finished updating my now totally up-to-date as well as concise 60 PAGE – BOOKS READ LIST of which your novels consist of 63 books w/o the 13 lines identifying the particular Series associated w/the books following that particular line. I plan on beginning your newest series Brides of Bliss County, by tomorrow; as I’ll be done reading the novel in my NOOK now, by then. I truly need to keep a positive attitude and not feel sorry for myself; as I’m doing so much more than I or anyone would have thought possible, after suffering my head injury 20 years ago this coming September 8th.

    I am so glad your ankle is on the mend and that your mom is doing better.

    I hope you and yours have a good summer.

    With warm regards,

    Cindy Ferguson 8)

  37. Marilyn Fish
      · June 17th, 2015 at 2:55 pm · Link

    I am nursing a torn miniscus in my left knee that has some swelling. The doctor says ice is my friend to get the swelling down. Perhaps that would help your ankle.

  38. Sandra Pennese
      · June 17th, 2015 at 3:48 pm · Link

    God Speed to your mother. I’m glad she is starting to feel better. Will keep her in my thoughts and prayers :wink:

  39. Tammy
      · June 17th, 2015 at 7:50 pm · Link

    I really liked “American Ghost” too! Highly recommend it!

  40. Mary D Wornick
      · June 18th, 2015 at 10:10 am · Link

    Hi all, well be getting on the computer more cause we are having a HEAT WAVE here. First one in 40 years and it was a 105 yesterday and its suppose to be the same today and the rest of the week in the 100’s. So all have a nice day and Linda i hope your leg gets better and your mother will be up and around before to much longer.
    Bye for now take care. :roll:

  41. Sharon Rackham
      · June 23rd, 2015 at 9:40 pm · Link

    Dear Linda,

    I just received my signed copy of The Marriage Season and wanted to thank you so very much. I shall treasure this copy on my bookcase with all my favourite books.

    I have made a lovely cup of tea and am settling in my comfy chair and shall read for the rest of the night.


    Sharon Rackham
    Clearwater,B.C. Canada


  42. Hazel Lewis
      · June 24th, 2015 at 12:38 pm · Link

    Not only am I grateful for the basics, I am thankful for all the great people who have been in my life over the past 64 years. In my nightly prayers, I thank God for the events we shared and their sweet spirits. I have my village.

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