I appreciate the opportunity to put in writing this 2008 list. It mirrors much of what I’ve appreciated all my life, but this year I feel a little more aware of that appreciation. In no particular order, but as they come to me:
My wife Sharon, who I met 3+ years ago and married just this past July 12th. She has taught me so much about being thankful.
My life in Asheville, though not as slow as I’d like, still has me noticing the wonderful mountains, weather, and people.
My friends, particularly those who have passed, who have given me the love and understanding that I needed and craved.
The excitement that democracy can work and can excite others. Despite the problems we presently have and the fears that many, including me, feel, I have not felt this hopeful in a very long time.
To Buffalo, for being a unique place and holding a special place in my heart. While I sometimes make light and kid about the city, I know it is my heritage and made me what I am.
With love, Ron