A friend on her blog (that would be Janet at
What am I thankful for this year? So, in no particular order...
1: I'm thankful for paying off my car at last. There's great satisfaction in completing the payment of at least one debt.
2: I'm thankful for my job. Not just the having of it, but for the people I work with -- they're great folks!
3: I'm thankful for the talents God has given me, especially writing. I love storytelling in all forms.
4: I'm thankful for health. Minor colds are a bother, but compared to what others have to deal with, they're very minor.
5: I'm thankful for all my friends, in all my circles of interest.
6: I'm thankful for the internet, which is an amazing communication tool, and has made many of my friendships possible.
7: I'm thankful for my church, even in times of turmoil.
8: I'm thankful for my apartment - even though I'm finding it small these days, I still love the neighborhood and the general location. And having a roof over my head is a good thing.
9: I'm thankful for good movies when they come along, because they inspire me as a writer.
10: I'm thankful that I (apparently, and I hope it stays that way) have no allergies. An acquaintance who was at the same Thanksgiving dinner I attended related how he'd discovered that he's recently become allergic to cranberries - and he loved cranberries. That made me conscious of my own fortunate state.
11: I'm thankful for DVD collections of television shows: I love TV and I love the storytelling in certain series. To have them at hand in this compact for, with the extras of commentaries, that also inspires and entertains me.
12: I'm thankful for books in general. In many ways, they still beat techno-gadgets for the transportation of storytelling. Besides they don't need batteries.
13: I'm thankful for J.K. Rowling and her Harry Potter books. I admire her storytelling skills and planning, and I admire the way she's inspired legions of children to plunge into very long books without complaint. Besides, I like the story myself.
14: I'm thankful for not being the slave of fashion trends - especially when it comes to the current trend in women's shoes. Who thought bringing back those long narrow pointy toes was a good thing? I'm happy with my sneakers, thank you very much.
15: I'm thankful that I live in this day and age. As an academic, I'm a medievalist. But I have no desire to live that life. I'm quite happy with indoor plumbing and flush toilets.
16: I'm thankful for my graduate education. I did well as an undergraduate, but I absorb things fairly easily. Graduate school made me go deeper in learning things. It really taught me how to dig, analyse, and learn.
17: I'm thankful for the literature of the past. It inspires me, and reminds me that human nature doesn't change much through the ages.
18: I'm thankful for being a storyteller. It's so much fun.
19: I'm thankful for being an artist, even if I haven't done much artwork in recent years. It's another form of communication and allows me to express aspects of myself that words can't convey.
20: I'm thankful for every one of the evenings where I come back to my apartment and find a parking spot near the apartment.
21: I am thankful for my family: we may be far flung and not great in regular contact. But we do love each other. And that's precious.
22: I'm thankful for the Thomas Guide of Los Angeles. Even after being here a long time, there are times when I still need it.
23: I'm thankful for the open road, even though I don't often have the chance to "get away". I love driving, when I can just go.
24: I'm thankful for the beauty of mountains. They lift up my heart.
25: I'm thankful for living in Southern California. No snow to shovel.
26: I'm thankful I'm an American -- because ours is a cultural mindset that questions things and thinks that change is indeed possible. Born of revolution, we still think things can be turned over.
27: I'm thankful for music, of all sorts.
28: I'm thankful I was raised to listen to all sorts of music, to hear the music itself and not the genre.
29: I'm thankful for the English language. It's such a wonderful playtoy for a storyteller. It happily absorbs terms from other languages without it seeming odd, continually enriching itself and making itself more precise and variable.
30: I'm thankful for Shakespeare. I love the plays and I love the way the language is used. Always an inspiration and a model to strive for.
31: I'm thankful I studied Latin. It tidied up my grammar, and helped correct some of my chronic misspellings (not all of them, but some).
32: I'm thankful I can touch type.
33: I'm thankful for Amazon.com. My favorite place to shop for books and movies.
34: I'm thankful for my many interests. If I'm bored, it's because I'm bored with myself, not because I have nothing to do or interest me.
35: I'm thankful for living in a multicultural city: the variety is wonderful. Plus you can find any kind of restaurant without traveling ungodly distances.
36: I'm thankful for vanilla. I love vanilla. Plain vanilla ice cream, not so much, but French vanilla yes. And everything else vanilla.
37: So, of course having said that, I'm thankful for chocolate. And now studies are saying that dark chocolate (which I especially love) can be a healthy thing for you.
38: I'm thankful for the fellowship of
39: I'm thankful for the
40: I'm thankful for my computer. It serves me well.
41: I'm specifically thankful for the gang at the
42: I'm thankful for the LabRats. We may be far flung, but it's a great cyber coffee klatch.
43: I'm thankful for the tram drivers at the studio. They're great guys and often help get the day started well with their friendly attitudes.
44: I'm thankful for Carel & Coleman Luck. Carel & I bonded over artwork, the shared outlook of visual artists. And Coleman always challenges me intellectually, and won't let me off a hook. A wonderful friendship with wonderful folks.
45: I'm thankful for Janet & Lee Batchler. Good friends who are generous when they can be, and faithful.
46: I'm thankful for Sally Smith, who's become a closer friend this year. She pushes me to write better, and I appreciate it.
47: I'm thankful for Kyle Ferdstead. Best friend and a good prayer partner. And her husband Kelly, who is my pocket computer guru.
48: I'm thankful for my friend
49: I'm thankful for Denny O'Neil - sensei and inspiration. His work has long inspired me.
50: And lastly, but hardly the least: I'm thankful to be alive.