There is plenty for which to be thankful

Published: Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at 01:57 PM.

For small-town newspapers that continue to thrive against the assault of the Internet due to the leadership, work ethic, and skills of very small staffs of dedicated publishers, editors, writers, and photographers who care about their communities.

For dogs and their unfailing loyalty, and blindness to our flaws. For dogwood trees and the show they put on twice a year: bright red now — white flowers peeking from forest edge in the spring.

For the animals that sacrifice their lives for our sustenance.

For sunrises that illuminate first the tops of trees slowly moving down to light the base of their trunks. For full moons whose light glitters off the water’s surface like a million diamonds.

For other things that are free yet priceless like fresh air, sunshine, a gentle spring rain, roadside wildflowers, and the crackling, smoky warmth of a wood fire.

For the ticking of clocks that sound the passing seconds of our lives, each second irreplaceable and never to be relived. For the wisdom of my favorite poem (author unknown):

"The clock of life is wound but once.

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