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Happy Thanksgiving!

We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorns have roses.” – Alphonse Karr.

Happy Thanksgiving! This is the one day we phone (or text) family and friends and wish them well. We prepare a feast to enjoy all week. And share it with family if we are able. We say a prayer to the Creator and thank Him for all our blessings. We take a walk outdoors to aid in digestion and appreciate nature and the beauty of our surroundings. Life really is good and today we are reminded – all day.

But what about the other 364 days of the year? How can we keep the feeling of Thanksgiving in our hearts? There is a site online named Lifehack, naming 60 basic things to be thankful for every day. Sixty! Wow. Everything from waking up each morning and having a bed to sleep in, under a roof each night. That first sip of coffee in the morning. The special people in your life: a partner, who has taught you more about the world and yourself; your parents, who gave you a start on life; children, their innocence and ability to dream; friends, remembering quality over quantity; the kindness of strangers, never to be taken for granted. Your pets, who are more like family.

We all believe we live in a special place, which is why we live here in the first place. We are thankful for each sunny day and the beauty of each sunset; the changing of the cycle of the moon and the patterns of the stars; the daily rise and fall of the Clearwater River and all the smaller streams; fresh air to breathe; clean water to drink from our wells or springs; the freedom to hunt for a wild turkey and catch a steelhead from the river; to cut our own firewood; our National Forests and abundant hiking trails; to put seed in a feeder and watch the birds gather; to grow a garden to eat fresh all summer and preserved to have it nurture us all winter; smelling the flowers; sipping a cup of herbal tea.

The gifts of being human: eyesight, speech and hearing; pain, tears and joy; love and laughter; ability to think, remember, solve problems and especially the wisdom that comes with age; memories of special places and life events and those human beings with whom we shared these moments.

Locally, we have libraries with an unlimited resource of reading material; grocery stores; a florist, where we can select fresh flowers to share with those who are grieving; hardware stores to fix what needs repairs; restaurants for a day off from cooking; lights and heat; cars and pickup trucks; Kiwanis and a multitude of churches; the Clearwater Progress and KIYE. Classes on herbs and preparedness: thanks, Eve, Sheldon, Nonia, Guy and more; Valley Garden Club: thanks, Cheryln; Backyard Bounty: thanks, Kate; Community Pollinator Garden: thanks, Stevie. Bet this is more than 60, and it is only a start.

“For health and food, for love and friends,

For everything Thy goodness sends,

Father in heaven, we thank Thee.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson.