November 28th I’m sure you have been busy preparing and celebrating Thanksgiving and did not miss the fact that I did not write for the past two days. What a wonderful feast we had! And I hope yours was equally fulfilling. I’ve been counting my blessings and they are way too numerous to list. Even trying to enumerate the top ones is nearly impossible.
One of our guests was talking about the need for more gratitude and less greed in this country. I think he hit the nail on the head. On this Black Friday, I’m giving thanks that I don’t have to go out and fight with the crowds. I already have enough. When I consider the contrast between Good Friday—which the world considers a most horrible day, but is the most perfect example of total giving—and Black Friday, I am struck by how appropriately named they both are.
Since retiring from Northwest Airlines and moving to the Pacific Northwest, I have more time to devote to writing. My first novel, "Tales of Two Sisters" was published over a year ago. I have been writing poetry for a long time and am attempting to collate my poetry into a short book, with pictures. A sequel to "Tales of Two Sisters" should be getting closer to completion soon.
Gardening and tending the vineyard take a lot of time in the summer. Even though I love the outdoors, these activities do cut down on my writing. So I appreciate that wintertime allows me time to write. Writing, for me, is what brings things into focus and helps me to make sense of the things that life brings. It is a gift to me and I hope that it will be to you also.
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