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thanks 11873398_sWe’re all so busy, running around, doing our chores, taking care of our families, our jobs, our finances. It’s easy to take things for granted. But, for at least one day a year, we should all stop, take a deep breath, and think about the good things in our lives–the things we ought to be grateful for, because Fate or the stars, or God, or whatever force powers the universe, gave us a bonus. We shouldn’t ought to take these blessings for granted. So, this year, here’s my list of five things I’m grateful for.

First of all, I would be a fool if I didn’t feel thankful for my husband, Ken. He is the light of my life and the planet around which I revolve. There is so much about him that I love, but probably the best thing is his intelligence. He is the smartest person I know, and what he doesn’t know, he knows how to find out about. If I’m ever struggling with a thorny question, he comes up with an answer, and – using one of his formidable talents – manages to explain it to me in terms I can understand, and without making me feel like I’m stupid. He is a mensch through and through. I love my Ken.

Second, I’m thankful for my daughters. At 26, they’ve built lives for themselves. I might not ever have grandchildren (they don’t seem inclined toward providing me any), but I have two girls who love me and usually make me happy and proud.

Third, I’m thankful for my fans. Without you guys, I’d be lost in the sea of books. There are so many for you to choose from. My couple of dozen are nothing in comparison to that number, and yet, you guys have chosen to spend your money and time on something I produced. I can’t thank you enough for encouraging me to produce more and better work. I always have you in mind when I’m creating.

Fourth, I’m thankful about working with ambitious, professional publishers and their staffs. I’ve worked with five publishers over the years, and two stand out above all others: Blushing Books and Stormy Night. They have been loyal, encouraging, and professional in our dealings. I feel I can count on them to help me produce my best work.

Fifth, I’m thankful for my friends. Those people closest to me are trustworthy, helpful, and kind. I can relate to them as women “of an age” and know they’ll be there if I need an ear or a slap upside the head. It’s good to have friends, and I’m lucky.

I’ve truncated my list, leaving it at just five, so I don’t begin to sound like an Oscar acceptance speech, but there are so many things to be thankful for in this life. Enumerating the top five really makes one think. I hope you have a chance to write down and/or talk about your top things to be thankful for this holiday season. There is always something to be grateful for.

Happy Thanksgiving to my American friends. And a peaceful and prosperous year end to all.


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