Giving Thanks

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I just recently celebrated a birthday and the day after tomorrow is Thanksgiving.  I have much to be thankful for. First, is the fact that my sweet   husband came through two joint replacement surgeries successfully this year.

The second, is the publication of my memoir, SCATTERING ASHES, A Memoir of Letting Go, this past September. I am especially grateful to the women at She Writes Press, for their support and direction, my writing coach, Kevin Quirk, all of my wonderful beta readers, my editor, Annie Tucker, and my publicist, Caitlin Hamilton Summie. They have all helped me to find my voice and bring my story out into the world. I will never be able to say thank you enough for all of their hard work.

I am excited and thankful that my daughter, Lisa, her partner, Deena, and my grandkids, Zoe and Noah, will be joining us around our dining room table to share in the celebration. It’s been a long time since we have been together for this holiday together.

I am also grateful for you, my dear readers, and wish you all a wonderful Thanksgiving.

I will be back next Tuesday with a regular post. If you are traveling this week go carefully. If by chance you are heading north into the snow, please make a snow angel for me!


  1. What a lovely tribute to gratitude, Joan. Wishing you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving.

  2. And the same to you, Kathy. You played a big part in the publishing of my book. Thank you!

  3. This post is as luminous as the sunshine on the bench. You and our mutual writing friends serve as a beacon of hope in my own road toward publication. Happy Thanksgiving to all who read this, especially you, Joan.

  4. Joan, I’m here in Virginia for the holiday also. So glad you have family at your table.
    I join you in counting my blessings, and I’m happy for yours.

  5. I also have much to be grateful for. How wonderful that you will have your family together. Happy Thanksgiving, Joan.

  6. Beautiful, thoughtFULL post, Joan. Happy Thanksgiving to You and Yours.

  7. Happy belated birthday Joan. And wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving. 🙂

  8. A belated Happy Birthday, Joan. How did I miss that? And a very Happy Thanksgiving as you gather ’round your table together. I shall be pleased to make a snow angel in your name. I’ll send a picture.

  9. Janet, I hope you had a wonderful holiday as we did and thank you for making a snow angel for me!