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It is Thanksgiving Day, 2012.  I just posted a list of things I’m thankful for on Facebook, but it occurs to me that list will rotate out of sight in less than a day.  So, I’m going to post the same list here, but on this site, I know how to illustrate it.  If you’re reading this blog,  you probably fall into one of the 20 categories of things I’m thankful for, or are associated with such a category in some way, and that means I’m also thankful for you.  Thank you for existing, reading, and enriching the world!

Shut up and count your blessings! I’d count mine, but I run out of fingers and toes too quickly. Things I’m thankful for:

1. Family (and if I enumerated each member of my large and extremely talented and personable family, I’d use up the whole page.)

I was thinking of posting several pictures of the members of my family, but it occurs to me that might not be a good idea, so I’m just putting up this one shot of my mom. She is really the center of the whole family–the one person who made it all possible, and the one we love most of all. Which is not to say that the rest of you aren’t very important, because you are–very important indeed.

2. Living in America. With all our problems (political and economic and personal) we still have it good–better than most other countries in the world. Just goes to prove, it’s better to be lucky than good.

Arizona is my corner of America.

3. My freedom. (Several things are covered under that topic.)
4. My health which is still improving as I get stronger in my young age.
5. My friends. I have great friends, some of the best in the world and I admire you all more than I’ll ever be able to tell you.

New friend Carter.

6. Comics. (sequential narrative in pictures–what a great artform!)

I bought this when it first came out, and I still buy every Conan comic published in the U.S.A.

7. Gaming. (both my games and other people’s games–it’s all good and fun.)

Playing Tunnels and Trolls at GenCon with new friends who were happy to be there.

8. Football.

When I was young I loved to play football. I’m older now, but I still love to watch it.

9. Cars.

Americans love cars. Mine looks like this–nothing special, but still very nice.

10. Food–especially today’s food. 🙂


11. the internet and all that it makes possible.

12. Libraries.

I was a librarian for 37 years, and there is no finer feeling for me than being in a room full of interesting books.

13. Bookstores (both new and used)

Bound to be good stuff in this bookstore. In fact, there is always good stuff in every bookstore.

14. My books and games–all 2000 of them.

15. Martial arts–I study tai chi, but every martial art is amazing.

This man teaches tai chi with patience and humor, and has taught me everything I know about this martial art.

16. Illustrative art.  I know a lot of artists and they enrich my life daily.

17. God. I suppose one should be thankful to God instead of for God, and that it should be a lot higher on the list, but really, if we didn’t have the good gods (all of them) then the devils and demons would rule and ruin our lives.

18. Animals, especially pets, though I don’t have any right now. I am thankful that they exist to brighten the daily lives of other people, and mine, too, when I encounter them.

19. Fantasy fiction. (Fantasy is my life.) I’m going to include science fiction in this category. It’s just another category of fantasy, after all.

I love heroic fantasy fiction. Things like Conan, or Lord of the Rings, or Elric of Melnibone, but of it all, I really like my own stories best. An author should love his own creations best, i think.

20. Challenge. Life is full of challenges–not all of them good, achievable, or beneficial, but still–the challenges that we face that enable us to grow as individuals. And there is so much more to be thankful for, but a list of 20 seems like more than enough for right now.


Well, that’s a quick look at some of the things I’m thankful for.  One could write praise of the wondeful things our lives give us all day long, but lunch is calling me.  The things I am thankful for also amuse me.  If you’d like to leave a note about what you’re thankful for, please do.