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100+ Things We Writers Are Grateful For – A Challenge

count your blessingsThanksgiving is fast approaching (Thursday, Nov. 24).

For those of you not familiar with this very American Tradition, each year we celebrate a day of thanksgiving, complete with presidential proclamation and often a reminder by someone to “count your blessings!”

It’s also a day of controversy. I think this essay, Why We Shouldn’t Celebrate Thanksgiving by Robert Jensen / AlterNet states it well. I agree and I still join family and friends to overeat and tell stories. 

Some of you may know that traditionally I list 108 things I’m grateful for on this blog on that day. I find the admonition to “count your blessings” works well for me and I can do that without forgetting the wrongs that have been done.

Why 108? Well, I’m Buddhist and our rosary has 108 beads, plus a larger bead so you know where to start counting. The 108 seems to represent the phases of life… or something like that.

As I was wandering around in my mind the other day, it occurred to me it might be fun to ask all of you who are willing to post in comments what you’re grateful for. Sort of a Count Your Blessings free-for-all.

Here’s my thinking – post as many things you’re grateful for as you want, from 1 to as high as you want to go. If you want to include a link to your blog or website please feel free to do so.

On Thanksgiving morning I’ll copy all the comments over to a blog post, including the links.

Little things count! You can check out last year’s post to see what I mean, but you don’t need to. By all means have fun with this. And yes, you can post more than once.

As usual on this blog, be nice – you almost always are. And as usual I reserve the right to remove any comment I find offensive. But that’s just a cya or cma statement to protect me.

Write well and often – I look forward to learning what you’re grateful for.





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  • Sue Chehrenegar

    This morning I discovered that I have something else to be thankful for. I am grateful to my parents for having chosen to move out of York, PA when I was only 4 years old. Today, I saw on CNN that some young girl from York was yelling “white power” after Trump’s election.

  • Lark Wells

    I think I’m most grateful for my dad. I lived far away from him for most of my adult life and have been living near him for the last 6 years. I am so happy to see his twinkling eyes and hear his laughter. I love him dearly and enjoy every minute I get to spend with him.

  • Sue Chehrenegar

    Now that Trump has become the President Elect, I am thankful for the possibility that Newt Gingrich might play some role in his administration. Newt has advocated for more funds to the scientists that are investigating the causes of and cures for disorders of the brain. As someone that has hydrocephalus, I would welcome an increase in such funds.

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