Gratitude

November is a month to think about gratitude. One definition of gratitude that I like is: the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.  I like thinking of gratitude as a quality; something we might have in us all the time, not just when a moment calls for it. And I like the idea of returning kindness. When we receive a kindness, we might not be able to “return” it to the person who bestowed kindness on us, but we can return it to the world by being kind to someone.

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Next week we will travel to our daughter’s home in Kansas and share Thanksgiving with her, her husband, our son and his family. I am thankful we are able to have this time together, that we can afford to travel and that food will be plentiful, that their house will be warm, and there will be clean running water. I look forward to the conversations and laughter that will be shared and to the wonder that will come in seeing our grandchildren, observing their minds growing right before us.

For many this holiday will not hold joy and warm feelings. Many do not have the basic needs of life, others face a holiday without loved ones. May those of us who can, return some kindness into the world this week. Maybe it will find someone in need.

Peppermint Chiffon Pie is often served on Thanksgiving (along with Pumpkin Chiffon). Both pies are family recipes and made often as you can see by my well loved recipe card! This pie and yummy and pretty!peppermint chiffon

Hint: Nabisco Chocolate Wafers are usually found by the topping for ice cream sundaes

Happy Thanksgiving

snoopyThis week will see many of us take to the road so we can spend time with those we love. my husband and I will be traveling to see our children and their spouses and give thanks for them and our first grandchild that is just weeks away from making an appearance.

This time of year I think of all the friends I’ve had in all the places I’ve lived and wish I could gather them in one place to thank them for touching my life in positive ways.

Since this blog is about writing I thought I’d give thanks for some writers I’ve had the good fortune to know.

First, though now disbanded, my critique group.  It was instrumental in helping me become a better writer.  Thank you Kristan Donk, Marcia Gabet, Carol Zook, Tony Stump, Natacha Sanz-Cabllero and Julie Stiegemeyer.

My Flashlight Press Family: Shari Dash Greenspan, Jodi Moore, Jason Lefebvre, Donna Earnardt, Lois Brandt and Richard MacFarland.

Authors I’ve met along the way: Kirby Larson, Cat Jordan, Shelley Kinder, Bryan Ballinger, Robin Newman, Aileen Stewart, Helen Frost, Claire Ewart, Mary Quiqley, Beth Behrendt , Jacob Devline

I’m sure I’m forgetting others-I’ll blame it on old age!

So on your travels bring a good book and give thanks for authors and illustrators and editors and publishers and bookstores and IDEAS because that’s where it all begins!

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