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Five Things

I am grateful for…

  1. … a week spent with my little family.
  2. … a week without blogging. (More on that later.)
  3. … new clothes in cheering colors.
  4. … friends who ask where I went on my week off.
  5. … the chance to work for a living.

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Five Things

Today, I am grateful for…

  1. … clean, wholesome food.
  2. … that I study better than I used to.
  3. … human companionship.
  4. … to have the chance to exist.
  5. … to know what I do about human origins. The story fascinates me.

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Five Things

I am grateful…

  1. … to be alive and healthy.
  2. … to have a best friend.
  3. … for the generosity of strangers who donate their time for free culture projects. I use so many free tools every day (e.g. I manage this blog with free software), I won’t attempt to list them.
  4. … for museums and libraries and other local institutions that bring the best of culture to us.
  5. … to have clean food and water.

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Five Things for which I Am Grateful Today

  1. I am thankful for the friendship that I share with my wife. This may sound kind of pathetic, but so be it. Lacey is my first real best friend.
  2. I am thankful to be able to watch my children grow up, to share in their joys and pains. The experience has made me a more selfless, more caring person. It’s hard to overestimate how much of who I am now is a result of them.
  3. I had a sore throat for a few days this week. Nothing too horrible, just enough to make sleeping uncomfortable. I would remind myself that the pain that I felt was a good sign that I was still alive. Sometimes this trick would work, and instead of focusing on the pain, I would focus on how grateful I am to have my turn in the sun. I’m happy that my turn isn’t over yet and thankful for aches and pains to remind me how lucky I am.
  4. I am grateful for public libraries. Money is tight, and so is space in our humble house. Thank goodness for the public libraries that support my learning habit when I can’t buy books.
  5. Thank you to all those who have sacrificed in the defense of my liberties. The road to human liberty has been long and there is still a journey ahead. Progress has only been made through the sacrifice and strength of others. I live freely because of those others who have sacrificed for our freedoms.

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Should I Stay Or Should I Go?

I just received an email from a former missionary with whom I served in the New York Rochester Mission. They’re planning a mission reunion for the summer of 2009 in Huntsville, Utah. We haven’t had a reunion in years, but this presents me with a quandary: should I attend a mission reunion?

On the one hand, it would be interesting to catch up with old friends, and I could also use it as an excuse to visit family in the area. On the other hand, I can only imagine the potential for uncomfortable situations.

Elder Blake, would you offer a prayer on our refreshments?

me: Well, you see, it’s like this.…

Should I go and hope it never comes up? :roll: Would it even be worth the risk of spoiling the event for everyone? I guess I have a long time to think about it.

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