I Am Thankful For . . .

Norman Rockwell’s Freedom from Want

I am thankful for:

A happy, healthy, and loving family that accepts and (cheerfully) makes fun of my many flaws.

Friends and colleagues whom I respect and admire, and who, through their examples, challenge me to do better and be better.

The opportunity to serve a community I care about deeply and to advance values I believe in strongly.

The good fortune to live by the Four Freedoms — and the generations or labor, sacrifice, and moral purpose that made this good fortune possible.

A holiday that embraces every faith and tradition, sets aside materialism and commercialism, and invites us to count our blessings.

Turkey (dark meat only, please,) pecan pie with hand-whipped cream, cranberries, and — especially — stuffing.

Happy Thanksgiving!