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Wednesday, November 27, 2013
12:34 pm est
This is a particularly dank and dark afternoon on the Eve of Thanksgiving
Day. With the sun occluded by thick, grey clouds and chilling rain patters on the roof and sidewalks, it's not a good day
to think about playing tennis or going on a long walk with my dog. But it is a good day to read a novel or watch an old movie.
Or, with sunshine in my heart, to do a bit of reflecting...to count the many blessings I am grateful for this year.
There are a lot, including family and friends, both near and far...among them my older brother and his loving
wife...a close friend from high school with whom I recently reconnected...my sister, her witty and wise husband, and their
cherished diarist dog "Lucie"...the neighbors who have "adopted" me...and, of course, my dear
tennis buddy and the many, many companionable hours we spend together “hitting a few”.
I am thankful
for the semblance of good health, although on damp days like this arthritis rears its ugly head making it a bit difficult
to type, among other things.
I am delighted, of course, with the loyalty and trust of my faithful companions,
FrankieB and Sebastian, who thankfully provide me with laughter and inspiration each day. May they continue to do so for many
more years to come.
I am thankful for being blessed with a modicum of writing talent and the time now to continue
with my novel and collection of short stories that I hope to publish after the holidays. My thanks to my "readers"
and friends who encourage me to "write on".
And there are of, course, all those many wonderful books
which I am privileged to read and review for you here and on www.authorexposure.com. I thank that site's editors, LB and TG, who gave the opportunity to share my passion for the written word. So, of course,
I am thankful for all the many talented authors that I've met during the past year or so. There are so many that I am not
going to try and list their names lest I forget someone. You all know who you are. Thank you so much for your creativity
and literary endeavors to help enlighten the world.
I guess I am also thankful for this cold, rainy day, which
gives me a chance to sit back and think about fortunate I really am. And to remember to give thanks not just on one particular
day of the year because, as a wise friends once said, "Everyday should be a day of blessings and of thanksgiving."
May you and yours have a blessed and safe day tomorrow.
J. McInerney, the host of this Literary Blog, is
an author, poet, and librettist. Her currenty published works include a novel, a book of spiritual inspirations,
volumes of poetry, stories
for children (of all ages) and
a variety of children's musicals. Her titles include:
Monster: A Novel of Phoenixville in 1978
The Prisoner's Portrait: A Novel of Phoenxville
during World War II
Rainbow in the Sky
Meditations for New Members
of Oreigh Ogglefont
The Basset Chronicles.
Cats of Nine Tales
Water: A Collection of Poems
Exodus Ending: A
Collection of More Spiritual Poems
We Three Kings
Beauty and the Beast
Peter, Wolf, and Red Riding
Originally from the New York metropolitan area, June currently lives near Valley Forge Park in Pennsylvania with her constant and loving companions, FrankieBernard and Sebastian Cat. She
is currently working on her fourth novel.