Remember and Be Grateful

It’s November. In the United States, that means Thanksgiving Day is coming. It’s a month, and a day, known for overeating, for much-hyped sports, for writers meeting crazy deadlines, for parades, and for Black Friday shopping. Am I saying those are bad things? Heck no. But they are signs that November can be crazy busy. In fact, many of us stay crazy busy all year. It just gets crazier in November (and December, too). But whatever your religion or the country where you live, remember and be grateful.  If your month of Thanksgiving isn’t in November, you can still practice gratefulness. Get a jar or a bowl and designate it the bowl or the jar of thanks. Each day, beginning or end, write a note of thanks. (See the Art of Thank You). If that’s too much, write the date and one or two words that will help you remember what you chose to be grateful for that day. Sometimes, when you’ve had a bad day, it might be difficult to find something to give thanks for.  Quotes About Gratitude Sometimes we should express our gratitude for the small and simple things like the scent of the rain, the taste of your […]

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20 Weird Things I’m Grateful For

The last day of November is here. Writers are scribbling words at a furious rate in a final push to win NANOWRIMO. Whether you “finished” or not, congrats to you. Your dedication is inspirational. Cuckoo, but inspirational. Speaking of Cuckoo, all November we hear about gratitude from every direction. Generally, the gratitude expressed is heartfelt and pretty sappy. Not that that’s wrong. I agree that gratitude is the key to happiness. But, we should be grateful for a million little things in our lives. I know I am. I try to express my gratitude every day. Today, I’m sharing 20 weird things that I’m grateful for. Taco Bell’s $1 cravings menu—I know, but sometimes a girl’s gotta have a little something-something. Opposable thumbs—I had a painful bout of a trigger joint in my thumb a few months back. Made me truly appreciate how often an opposable thumb is used in life. The garage door repairman—a broken spring is no joke. This guy came the night before Thanksgiving, was pleasant, and had new springs in place in a jiffy. McGriddles—Sweet and spicy—I could eat these every day and soon I’d look like one. Soft and gooey on the outside and—well, you […]

A Virtual Thanksgiving Meal Road Trip

I started this post thinking I’d give you some statistics about Thanksgiving Day in America. A surprising discovery led me down a different path. I had fun doing the research for this one. Enjoy this virtual Thanksgiving meal road trip. The Statistics The first Thanksgiving was in 1621. 50 pilgrims and 90 Wampanoag tribesmen attended the three-day feast. Today, 28% of Americans will have more than 12 people at the dinner table. The average time preparing Thanksgiving dinner is 7 hours. The average time eating the meal is 16 minutes. Not surprising, I couldn’t find an average time to clean up after the meal. But in the middle of this rather dry research, I came across a bit of fun. These are the American towns or townships you could visit on a virtual Thanksgiving Meal road trip. The Main Dish Turkey Creek, Arizona Turkey city, Texas Turkey town, North Carolina Turkey Creek Village, LA There are Turkey townships in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Wisconsin. The Side Dishes Two Cranberry townships in PA (two different counties) Cranberry, West Va Cranberry, MD Cranberry, NC Roll, Az I must say […]