During this holiday, created by President Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War to remind the country of its blessings, I want to wish all of my friends and readers an enjoyable and safe time. Amidst the crass commercialism that always goes on this time of year (and is really going to fire up come “Black Friday”), I think it’s good to try to take a little time to count those blessings.
I’m extremely thankful, foremost, for my loving family. They support me in everything I do. My wife is truly my best friend and I am blessed to be the one she chose.
I have wonderful friends, so many of whom share my love of history. They are brothers and sisters to me, and I thank all of you for your kindness, your smiles, and your encouragement. Each moment I get to spend with you is a treasure.
I’m also a lucky sonofagun… I have a publisher and magazine editors who believe that my writing is worthy, and their support and encouragement keeps me going. I work extremely hard at my research and trying to find “the story” from details that all too often are shrouded in mystery and the extended past. That these folks allow me to tell that story makes me very lucky indeed.
Finally – and these folks have been included above – my adopted brothers Eric, Mike, Duane, Steve and Dave are very special to me. Thank you, guys, for always being there. You’ll never know what a difference you’ve all made in my life.
I wish everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving – and I’d say “don’t eat too much Turkey” but I try never to give advice that I don’t intend to follow myself!
(When I make a turkey sandwich, I make a turkey sandwich…)