An Open Letter To My Readers: A Day of Thanksgiving

Dear readers, family, and friends,

In lieu of my annual posting such as the one here from last year or on Facebook about the “evils” of Thanksgiving in terms of its connotations and associated historical memories, I wanted to do something different.

A dedicated day to give thanks and recognize such is important. I truly do have so much to be thankful for.

  • I am thankful that I have not just the right but the ability to read and write and voice my opinion.
  • I am thankful that I live in a world with technology and medications that have saved my life and keep saving my life.
  • I am thankful that I am able to think critically and from any number of perspectives.
  • I am thankful that I have the opportunity, via teaching, researching, talking, and writing, to reach the utopia goal of making the world better.
  • I am so very thankful for a wonderful, wonderful infinitely close, loving, and supportive family.
  • I am equally thankful for all of my wonderful friends and colleagues. Some of you are students. Some are fellow professors or doctoral candidates. Some of you are just good friends. Many of you I have never met face-to-face.
  • I am thankful for having the privilege of teaching at two wonderful colleges, which truly embrace and celebrate diversity in all of its forms, and having wonderful students and colleagues.
  • And for so much more.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving. Be thankful and remember too that many–in our own city, state, and nation and in other nations–truly don’t have as much they can be thankful for for a whole variety of reasons. Be thankful but mindful.