Wednesday, November 21, 2012


I’m thankful that the founders of my country were wise enough to overcome their differences and set aside their personal beliefs to create a document as brilliant as the United States Constitution, which established a nation that embraces all of those differences — whether they’re differences in politics or religion, background or lifestyle, or anything else — and attempts to reach above them.  I hope it keeps reaching.

I’m thankful to all the men and women who have risked and lost their lives to maintain and protect what those founders created.

I am thankful to all the scientists and researchers who devote their lives to improving ours by making us healthier and safer.

I am thankful to all the writers who have filled my life with drama and comedy, suspense and scares, information and wisdom, fantasy and humanity, and who have allowed me to have experiences and live lives that would have been impossible without them.

I am thankful to all the readers who've been kind enough to let me know they've enjoyed my work.  They have no idea how much that means to me.

I am thankful to my wonderful wife Dawn for sharing her life with me for twenty-four years and for putting up with all my difficulties (writers and other creative types tend to have quite a collection of those).

And we are both thankful for our friends.  Things have been tough for the last couple of years, and it’s during tough times that you find out who your friends are.  Ours helped us through those times, and I hope to be able to do the same for them someday.  They know who they are.

Happy Thanksgiving.