Friday, November 21, 2014

Thanks from the Depths

the whole alphabet
is somehow not enough
to express my thanks

Hello from the depths of a big freelance project—for which I am grateful, of course! Today I continue the Three Weeks of Thanks-Giving series, in which each Teaching Author is supposed to share three things she is grateful for. Like the others who posted before me, I tried, but I can’t limit it to three. So I’m sharing three categories.

People: my dear husband Gene, our strong, determined, and healthy (!) sons, my mom and my sisters, my cousins, my writing companions: my wonderful VCFA classmates the Hive, my writing group (How is it that we’ve never given ourselves a name?), the amazing current and former fellow Teaching Authors (and the readers who make our posting so rewarding), my Poetry Friday pals who inspire me even though many of us have not met yet, editors who respond with thoughtful comments even when they reject my work, teachers and students, writers everywhere who share their joys and woes, plus anyone who works for justice, anyone who tries to save the planet and its inhabitants, and anyone who tries and tries and tries again

Places: home with all its connotations (warmth, respite, a place to put my feet up), Lake Michigan, wilderness wherever it still exists

Things: sunshine, opportunities, courage, even (or especially) when it’s borrowed, reliable transportation that enables us to visit family and see a bit more of the wide, wonderful world, and the Internet, which makes worldwide communication possible--along with travel directions, weather reports, and planning for family reunions (Yea, cousins!)

That’s all I can think of for now, although another thing or two will surely pop up as soon as I click “Publish.” As in years past, we also invite you, our readers (and your students), to join in by sharing your own thanks with us in one of three ways:

  • Comment on any of our blog posts through Nov. 28.
  • Send them via email to teachingauthors [at] gmail [dot] com, with “Thanks-Giving” as the subject. We might share some of your comments in our posts.
  • Post them on your own blog and then share the link with us via a comment or email. (Feel free to include the Three Weeks image in your post.) On November 28, Carmela will provide a roundup of all the links we receive.

Don’t forget about our CWIM Giveaway! You can enter until November 28.

Today’s Poetry Friday Roundup is at Tapestry of Words. Enjoy! And happy Thanksgiving, from the depths of my heart!
JoAnn Early Macken


Carmela Martino said...

How lovely to see your family photo, JA! Gosh, your boys are all grown up. :-)

Becky Shillington said...

I love your Thanksgiving "thanku," JoAnn! Have a beautiful Thanksgiving!

Bobbi Miller said...

ThankU, dear JoAnn! And I so love that family portrait!!

JoAnn Early Macken said...

Thanks, everyone! I'm glad you enjoyed the thanku. The family photo is from last Christmas. I'm looking forward to seeing everyone again soon!

Esther Hershenhorn said...

Thanku, JoAnn, for this lovely post.
Your Spirit comes through loud and clear.
I'm so glad you Hivers included me in this blog!

LInda Baie said...

So late reading, but wanted to say a 'thanku' to you, JoAnn for sharing parts of your life, & that lovely family picture. It's so nice to read about your three people, places, things. Happy Thanksgiving!