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SoCS: Morning Has Broken, Names, and 30 Days of Thankfulness


Today’s prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “morning.”

 Use it any way you’d like. Enjoy!

Morning has broken, but it’s not broken. It still works just fine. I however do not often see the break of day as I am not a morning person unless absolutely necessary. Or meaningful. It takes a lot to get me up at the crack of dawn or to sleep before midnight.

“Morning has Broken” was first written as a hymn in the early 1900s. Then Cat Stevens made it a pop hit in the early 70s. The hymn doesn’t have the exact same notes, but pretty close. Cat added at least two extra notes in the second mention of morning, (mo-or-or-ning) compared to what I’ve seen in the hymnal. Most of us still sing it the Cat Stevens way.

I just stepped out of the stream of consciousness, having been pulled out by the stream of curiosity, to discover from Wikipedia, that Cat Stevens was born Steven Demetre Georgiou in London. He later took the stage name, of Cat Stevens and now goes by Yusuf Islam. I’m not going to research why, though I could guess, as I am back in the stream of consciousness.

Cat Stevens, as I will always think of him, is a pretty cool dude for someone who has had three names. But maybe that’s an okay thing. Wouldn’t it be interesting if we could change our names whenever something significant prompted us to do so? A few of you know that my government name is Joanne, but I choose to be JoAnna here on my blog, because I like it better with the a the end. JoAnna of the Forest. In real life, I have a mini forest in my backyard. The neighbors might say the front yard, too, though it’s very mini.

If you could choose your name, what would it be?

Glinda is a nice name. It flows like a bubble. I have forgotten the prompt. Must’ve lost it in the stream. Curiosity made me peek. Morning! Morning Star was one of the first veggie burgers. Now, I like Gardein vegan burgers. The Morning Star “sausages” are pretty good.

Does anyone open presents or go to church on Christmas morning anymore? Maybe people with kids. Seems like most of the Christmas stuff goes on on Christmas Eve. That’s good for a night owl. Then you can sleep in on Christmas morning. But wait! One holiday at a time! We haven’t had Thanksgiving yet!

Here’s a little thing I found on Facebook that I’m doing as the month goes along:

Let me see if I can do this in a SoC way without thinking about it. These are things I’m thankful for:

Person: David, animal: dog (Marley, and all of them!), cozy place: by the fireplace with candles or a campfire. Favorite snack: Skinny popcorn. Place: home. Shoes: Oofos! Scent: honeysuckle, pine, clove. Restaurant: vegan. Blog: hard to pick, but I visit daily. (Before that it was: Natalie Scarberry) Time of day: late afternoon. Tradition: Christmas Eve music and It’s a Wonderful Life. Gadget: blender. Something old: my old body. Something new: My compression nano socks. Experience: scuba diving a long time ago. Recipe: lentil wellington. Store: whole foods for good stuff and dollar general for convenience. Quote: Jeremiah 29:11 (God has a good plan for you.) clothing: stretchy yoga pants. Keepsake: My parents’ photo albums. Disappointment/Fear: I’m now thankful for my divorce and time alone to love me again. Book: The Bible and The Language of Letting Go. and many more. Feeling: Joy. Photo: the polaroid Caroline took of me and David in ’72 which became my book cover. Luxury: TV/movies. Charity: The ones that help animals. Song: “Let it Be.” Gift: Mother Earth. Something at Home: Toilet Paper! Most thankful for: Life.

Whew! That too longer than I thought. Thanks for reading.

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Author: JoAnna

An open minded, tree-hugging Jesus follower, former counselor, and life-long lover of animals, I'm returning to my creative roots and have published my first book: Trust the Timing, A Memoir of Finding Love Again as well as the short version: From Loneliness to Love.

22 thoughts on “SoCS: Morning Has Broken, Names, and 30 Days of Thankfulness

  1. LOL, a very fun SoC, this! I haven’t changed my name but did try to change my birthday (accidentally but daughter noted) to my approximate date of conception.. I simply didn’t want a winter celebration, so for two years (only), we went to my Atlantic-side birthday picnic in April –utterly froze our apses off.

    Husband and I chose Cat’s song for our wedding entrance hymn — somehow, our Catholic organist pulled it off beautifully!

    I love the 30 days of thankfulness listing — am going to delve into it this weekend!🌷

    • I’m so glad you enjoyed this SoC post and the thirty days. I was concerned that it was a bit long. Celebrating your approximate date of conception was a creative idea. 🙂 I can imagine Morning Has Broken as a wonderful wedding entrance song!

  2. Hi JoAnna, a lovely chatty post. I also think of Morning has broken in association with Cat Stevens and I also still think of him as Cat Stevens.

  3. Always enjoy your thoughts!


  4. I’ve always loved that Cat Stevens song. I have changed my name legally, first, middle and last from my birth name. It’s cathartic and healing in my case.

  5. Wonderful, fun, post! Cat Stevens is one of our favorite ‘oldie’ singers. My husband and I stroll down memory lane while tipping a few, now and then, and he’s always a part of it.

  6. 30 days of Thankfulness is a nice touch for this month. Great stuff!

  7. “Morning Has Broken” by Cat Stevens is one of my favorite songs. Praise for the morning! I also visit Derrick Knight’s blog every day. His beautiful garden delights my spirit 🙂 I love the “30 Days of Thankfulness” calendar. Every day is a day for giving thanks for so much that we humans often take for granted.

  8. This was a fun post JoAnna.

  9. An absorbing stream of consciousness. Thank you very much for selecting my blog for mention and link

  10. Thank you for sharing wonderful thoughts and video!!.. I get called “hey you” a lot, perhaps I may change my name to that to make it easy for everyone… 🙂
    I am thankful every day that I wake up on the green side of the grass and see the morning breaking!!.. 🙂

    Hope you and your family have the mostest wonderfulest Thanksgiving ever and until we meet again…
    May flowers always line your path
    and sunshine light your way,
    May songbirds serenade your
    every step along the way,
    May a rainbow run beside you
    in a sky that’s always blue,
    And may happiness fill your heart
    each day your whole life through.
    (Irish Saying)

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