Finding Reasons to Be Thankful

I ignore Thanksgiving most years. I find it difficult to get behind a holiday linked to so many troubling aspects of our history. But that said, I still believe in taking a moment to be thankful for the good things in my life. This year in particular calls for gratitude.

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At its core, Thanksgiving in the United States revolves (supposedly) around being thankful for survival in the midst of adversity. It’s evolved to be about family and food and excess, but those weren’t the initial intentions. I think a pandemic that has killed more than 260,000 people in the United States and infected nearly 13 million Americans counts as a time of adversity. We’ve lost so much this year.

I tend to be a glass-half-empty person. It’s how my brain works. I see the negatives because I want to fix things. Things that work don’t require as much attention. But focusing on the bad can wear you down, so today I’m ignoring the projects and the politics and the pandemic (while staying home, very much by myself). Today, I’m thankful not to be ill. I’m thankful for food in my kitchen and my mother still on the other end of the phone line. For friends around the world who are healthy, and for those who are not but still manage to hang on. I am so grateful for my lovely co-workers and clients. For the existence of books in the world, and music and streaming TV and the delightful pen pals who fill my mail with something other than bills. I’m especially thankful for a few glimmers of hope that maybe, possibly, we can pull ourselves together and do better in the new year.

Wishing you all a day to be thankful for.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving, all!

Wishing everyone celebrating a very happy Thanksgiving. It’s been a tough year and yet there is still so much to be grateful for. Thank you to everyone who has stood up for themselves, for others, for people in need. We’ve seen so much hatred flung about in recent months, but we’ve also seen love and truth and determination to get things back on a proper track and make our country a fair, safe harbor for all of its residents. I’m grateful for my friends and family, my wonderful clients and coworkers, and for all you lovely folks. Have a joyous holiday, and don’t forget to take a bit of personal time. Steal a half hour to write, or curl up with a good book. Enjoy!

Happy Thanksgiving

www.theholidayspot.comWishing a joyous holiday to everyone celebrating today. My thoughts especially go out to anyone who suffered storm damage as a result of Super-storm Sandy. Hoping you are all warm and safe and enjoying a good meal with loved ones.

For all you writers out there, whether you’re struggling through NaNoWriMo or just working on your latest project, may you find a wealth of inspiration and productivity.

Links for the Holiday

Here in the U.S., we’re heading into the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Depending on how energetic I’m feeling, I might pop in with a post in the next few days, but it’s more likely that I’ll be happily ensconced on my couch with a huge stack of books for the duration.

So, I offer up some links to entertain. Happy Thanksgiving to all of you celebrating, and a wonderful weekend to the rest of you as well. Wishing you all good food, good company, safe travels, and much for which to be grateful.

World’s Top 10 Literary Cities – Not sure I agree entirely, but I’m happy to visit and check them all out.

A Checklist for Deep POV – Either 1st or 3rd person. Worth reading, whether or not you have POV issues.

Ninety-nine Weeks: A Fairy Tale – Ursula LeGuin. ‘Nuf said.

Thirteen Ways of Beginning a Novel – Nice round up, plus just entertaining to read.

Robert Crumb’s Favorite Macaroni Casserole – Fun recipes from writers, in honor of the food-happy holiday ahead.