Thursday is Thanksgiving. I, like many of you, will sit down to a meal of turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, a variety of vegetables, and pumpkin pie (a la mode?). We may remember to say “thank you” to the pilgrims in Massachusetts (and the Indians who helped them survive), but all of us will have a list of thanks for the blessings that came our way in the past year. Here is a list of events for which I will say “thanks.”
Another year of marriage to Donna; our 38th.
There was no need to say “good-bye” to any family members or friends.
Another year of no major health problems (a la my back operation of 2013).
Our first full year with our 4th dog: Luna; it was a joy for all 3 of us.
Three new families moved into our neighborhood bringing 6 “new faces” with them. Their ages ranged from 1 to 7. Their names were: Maddie, Declan, Emma, Lily, Andrew, and Kerry. Luna greeted them all; most of them greeted her, as well.
A year of writing blog articles; Some of my favorites were: “Thank You, Chuck Berry;” “Dog Stories: Angus, Jake, Luna;” “From Zaharias to Ledecky;” “Paris, 1946;” “30 Years with Homer.”
Another fine year from CBS Sunday Morning, who welcomed their 3rd host (Jane Pauley) in 38 years.
Two exceptional television programs: Ken Burns’ “The Vietnam War” and “The Wizard of Lies” (with Robert DeNiro portraying Bernie Madoff).
Exactly enough ice cream from my favorite dairy farm, Merrymead, and Ben and Jerry’s (but what did they do with Chocolate Cherry Garcia?).
A great year of baseball. Starring The Houston Astros, Jose Altuve, Giancarlo Stanton, Max Scherzer, Corey Kluber, and many more.
Another great year of hamburgers (from Bruno’s, Red Robin, Five Guys, etc.)
Wonderful movies (eg, Beauty and the Beast and Get Out).
Finding another excellent screen writer: Taylor Sheridan. His work: “Wind River” (2017), “Hell or High Water” (2016), “Sicario” (2015).
What will you include in your “Thank You” list?