On this cusp of thanks:
What one year can do, along with help from friends, some hard job searching and more than a hint of luck, I am thankful.
First, for my kid, who amazes me everyday.
For family and friends, new and old.
For a job in the business that became more than a job but a calling.
For a warm house with a furnace that now doesn't leak exhaust into my house.
For coming home to my people in northern Wisconsin.
For colleagues who give a shit.
For the most glorious Wisconsin fall I haven't experienced in 20 years.
For people who have sensed I sometimes struggle and then taken me in, either as a lost soul or an odd "uncle."
For my local families, including those at the Steakhouse who invited me to their private staff dinner.
For a place where bratwurst are more common than Tic Tacs.
For God's country, where a sunset over one of our 300 lakes becomes a piece of art.
For common human decency with my fellow citizens.
For laughs over a drink or burger or salad. The latter of which is occasional
For the strangers who stop me in public who welcome me to the community.
For the strangers who challenge me to be better.
For the lakes where I've spent time, Big Round, Little Round, Grindstone, Moose, Spider, Hayward and so many other spots on water.
For people, many strangers, who continue to read my ramblings over these odd two years.
For continued health.
For life in general.
Peace and thanks unto all of you my brothers and sisters.