I’m often asked who it is, considering I am an atheist, that I give thanks to on Thanksgiving. The suggestion is that without God there is no one to be thankful to or for, but that’s not true at all. My life is full of people that I am grateful for and on this day of all days I try to take a moment to let them know. I am naturally grateful for my family. My lovely wife and wonderful daughter who have helped me to grow and mature in ways some folks never thought would be possible. My mother and father who have been the best parents anyone could be lucky enough to have. They aren’t perfect, but I’ve heard some stories of other people’s parents that make me realize that my parents were pretty cool overall and for that I am thankful to them. My brother and sister whom, despite the fact that we are not as close as we could be, have still given me much love over the years. My extended family of in-laws who have been more welcoming and accepting than any son-in-law could ever dream of. My friends who have stuck with me over the years, both those I know in person and those I’ve only known virtually, who find my company a worthwhile addition to their lives. I know I find their company very worthwhile in mine and for that I am thankful to them.
And to you, the SEB regulars who show up here every day just to see what I’m blowing hot air about today. We’re coming up on the seven year anniversary of SEB and that just blows my mind. I never thought I’d still be at it after this much time or that I’d still be saying anything interesting enough to attract much attention. You folks have had a much more profound impact on my life than I would have guessed when I started this venture back in 2001. You have given me encouragement, helped see me through some of the worst times, celebrated with me through some of the best times, and shown a generosity that knows no bounds. So let me say sincerely and from the bottom of my heart: Thank you. I am so very grateful that you drop by every day and say hello.