I am thankful for the wonderful family I am marrying into--where I met the hilarious brothers I never had and found a second set of parents who have always been so kind and generous with me.
I am thankful for my spunky, free-spirited friends who dance, climb, adventure, and play with me.
I am thankful for libraries with their endless books to read and information to discover.
I am thankful for mountains and the good tidings them bring me.
I am thankful for the national parks--the precious cathedrals of nature--and all the good folks who have fought to ensure the preservation of these astounding places--especially the wilderness mystic John Muir and the dedicated ornithologist and editor George Bird Grinnell.
I am thankful for Kurt Vonnegut the brilliant satirist who still holds the title of being my favorite author of all time.
I am thankful for living with a man who loves to cook and bake.
I am thankful for knowing how to sew and mend and all the money its saved me and fun its given me.
I am thankful for trees for all the shade, food, oxygen, and homes for wild critters that they give--not to mention the beauty of the forest.
I am thankful for bees and all the hard work they do keeping our food crops pollinated so that we have yummy things like strawberries, cherries, tomatillos, corn, and on and on and on.
I am thankful for the Grateful Dead in all its incarnations from the original members to Furthur.
I am thankful for wool and its amazing ability to keep a body warm.
I am thankful for being an American with all the rights and privileges that goes along with it.
I am thankful for the changing seasons which each are awesome in their own magical, miraculous way.
I am thankful for bread in every way, shape, and form.
I am thankful for fireflies which seem like a little bit of magic in insect form.
I am thankful for tiny babies and how they warm my heart--be it watching the wee bunnies chasing each other around in the grass or cuddling the precious infants of my friends and family.