Have you ever had anyone say how blessed they are? You might say that you feel fortunate, but that doesn’t convey the same meaning as being connected to a greater whole. With the holiday season just around the corner, you will be hearing a lot of religious and spiritual expressions and you might want to have some of your own secular ones that convey a deeper meaning. No one wants to get into verbal battles over the holidays (except for Fox News and the war over Xmas – crass consumerism won by the way) but you don’t want to get hemmed into accepting meanings you don’t agree with. So we will be discussing secular expressions that convey meaning and hope and togetherness without implying that anyone should accept supernatural beliefs and teleological world views.