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Happy Thanksgiving and Safe Travels

I'm sure many of you are celebrating Thanksgiving this week, whether on the day or (in the case of my expat friends) on the weekend, and I wish each and every one of you a happy holiday. We may all have been sold a bill of goods about Thanksgiving when we were children (happy Pilgrims in grey and taupe and black consorting with Native Americans who were only too happy to show up with food, etc. - almost all of it manufactured out of gossamer - including the grey and tan clothing, since the Pilgrims weren't actually averse to wearing bold colors, but I digress), but the idea of giving thanks for what we've got is a very good one indeed.

Even on those years when there's precious little to spare and there isn't much in the way of happy events to celebrate, focusing on what you do have is a good thing to do. I am thankful this year for my family - thankful that Mike has stayed cancer-free so far, thankful that my dad made it through last year's heart attack and is doing well, thankful in so many ways for my kids, who are some of the brightest spots in my life. I'm thankful that Wally the dog is up and walking and continues to improve, and that our older pets, Katie the dog (13) and Mojo the cat (14), continue to be with us and happy.

I'm thankful too for friends, and that includes quite a lot of you out there in blog-land, some of whom I've met in person and some of whom I've not yet met. But it is lovely to have you as part of my life. I'm especially thankful for my writing partner, Angela De Groot, and for the lovely women and men with whom I email almost daily about writing and industry things - my Poetry Princesses, my fab KidLit friends, the Guys Lit Wire crew, the CYBILS family and so many of my individual writer friends with whom I correspond: you all keep me going, even when the going gets rough, and I adore you for that (even on the occasional day when I want to shake my fist at you for pushing me along).

I'll be back later today with another Sense & Sensibility post, and will post one tomorrow and Friday as well, but for those of you who are checking off the internet: Safe travels to you, and a happy holiday!




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reginaclarejane
Nov. 24th, 2010 05:05 pm (UTC)
what a very kind note, kelly. and all the same to you and yours. i'll be here, not going anywhere this year.
just looking forward to lots of food and rest and giving thanks.
:)
x
kellyrfineman
Nov. 24th, 2010 06:16 pm (UTC)
Food and rest and giving thanks sounds like a lovely plan.
slatts
Nov. 24th, 2010 05:21 pm (UTC)
And I'm as thankful as a Pilgrim in Purple...
...for YOU and your wonderful blog and kind words and helpful poetry advice!

ENJOY!
kellyrfineman
Nov. 24th, 2010 06:16 pm (UTC)
Re: And I'm as thankful as a Pilgrim in Purple...
A Pilgrim in Purple . . . I so love your wit! I hope you and MJ have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
jamarattigan
Nov. 24th, 2010 05:22 pm (UTC)
Happy Thanksgiving! So thankful I discovered your blog a few years ago :) . . .
kellyrfineman
Nov. 24th, 2010 06:17 pm (UTC)
Hugs to you, Jama, and a happy Thanksgiving, too.
lisa_schroeder
Nov. 24th, 2010 05:40 pm (UTC)
Aw... thanks for conjuring up those elementary school memories of Pilgrims! Those were the good old days. :)

Happy Thanksgiving, Kelly! xoxo
kellyrfineman
Nov. 24th, 2010 06:18 pm (UTC)
Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours, Lisa!

I was at my local library yesterday, where I faced Chasing Brooklyn on the "new releases" wall, and there was a girl in a gorgeous (greige) Pilgrim dress. Her younger brother was there, dressed as a stereotypical-but-not-right Native American.
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kellyrfineman
Nov. 24th, 2010 06:18 pm (UTC)
You too, Melodye!
stephanieburgis
Nov. 24th, 2010 05:54 pm (UTC)
Happy Thanksgiving! Have a wonderful holiday.
kellyrfineman
Nov. 24th, 2010 06:19 pm (UTC)
A wonderful holiday to you, too, Stephanie!
bogwitch64
Nov. 24th, 2010 06:45 pm (UTC)
HAPPY THANKSGIVING, KELLY AND FAMILY!
kellyrfineman
Nov. 24th, 2010 07:22 pm (UTC)
Right back at you, Terri and family!
robinellen
Nov. 24th, 2010 08:25 pm (UTC)
A lovely list of things to be thankful for :)
kellyrfineman
Nov. 24th, 2010 09:17 pm (UTC)
Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours, Robin.
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kellyrfineman
Nov. 25th, 2010 02:24 am (UTC)
And you are one of the people I'm thankful for.
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kellyrfineman
Nov. 25th, 2010 02:30 am (UTC)
You're one of the friends to whom I referred (albeit obliquely) in my post. Thank you for keeping me sane, and all the rest. Hugs.
heatherbird
Nov. 25th, 2010 06:01 pm (UTC)
♥ you Kelly!
kellyrfineman
Nov. 25th, 2010 06:46 pm (UTC)
♥ you back, Heather!
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