Happy Thanksgiving, America!
As I eat my turkey today, one of the biggest things I'll be thankful for is this blog. I'm grateful for the opportunity to write about the things I love best: books, authors, and writing itself. I'm grateful for an audience, not just in the United States, but in Russia, Germany and other European and North American countries. I'm grateful for the ability to put my writing out into the world so easily. Though I still love writing short stories and working on my novel, there's something particularly satisfying about blogging, because I'm creating something that will connect with people instantly.
And because I rarely write about myself except in relation to reading, here are some other things I'm thankful for today.
First the big things: my loving, supportive husband, who makes my life better and happier in every way; my family, who I'm so fortunate to be close to; my friends, who are like my family; my beautiful home, decorated for Christmas; my adorable cats; a good job that helps provide for my family; my love of creating things and determination to see them completed.
And now the small things: really good coffee; Christmas cookies; that anticipatory smell of snow in the air; flowers on the kitchen table; cozy bookstores and vast libraries; well-written television shows; fashion magazines in my mailbox; memories of travels past and hope for travels future; and (my husband will laugh at me for this) my favorite Christmas commercial back on TV today- I hope!
As a conductor, I don't approve of the choir leader's technique. But I love it when the little guy wipes his forehead.
Have a great holiday, everyone!