Like many, I am still reeling from The Election. I have been reading and watching a lot but generally trying to avoid posting about politics. NPR challenged me to "read the book that's not for you," and I will. In my case, this is Strangers in Their Own Land (about Tea Party conservatives in Louisiana), and I managed to get our Book Club on board (thanks, you guys). Still, even as I search for understanding and connection, I know there is so much to be afraid of, and to be disappointed in. I am thinking of ways to be a force for good. I welcome your suggestions.
In an effort to distract myself from the above and in light of the holiday, I have been trying to focus on the many things I am thankful for. The list is very long. Included on it are my families in Columbus, Cincinnati, and beyond, my very special and long-suffering partner, my talented, passionate, and creative friends, my clients who teach me how to open my mind and my heart a little more each day, my health, travel, literacy, means enough that money is not always on my mind, song, warm meals, new challenges, changing seasons, and our shy and kooky little wolfcat. Perhaps most of all I am thankful for hope.
I feel very lucky when I reflect on my gratitude. I hope that you do too.