#thankfulthursdays #3


 Despite the tragic events in Beirut and Paris last week, and the Russian plane explosion earlier, I’m determined to claim what I’m thankful for.

That no more people were killed than were. Had the terrorists gotten into the stadium, I expect the loss of life would have greatly increased.

That these barbaric incidents may compel governments to work together to defeat ISIS. How dreadful that these people have committed crimes in the name of Islam. Not unlike the atrocities performed by Christians over the centuries, think the Crusades, the Spanish Inquisition, or in more recent times, the Ku Klux Klan. I would never presume to speak for God, which is what all these people do.

Forgive me if I stepped on toes, but despite advice to authors never to talk about religion or politics, evil flourishes when good people are silent. I won’t make this a habit, but this is too important an issue to be silent.

On a similar topic, let me point you to a Sisters of Suspense blog by Pat Amsden. http://sistersofsuspense.com/2015/11/16/what-would-you-do-2/

To lighter subjects:

That Charley came to live with us a year ago in October.  IMG_2569

 He’s our little white with black mask, deaf, Jack Russell/Chihuahua rescue. I do believe he rescued us rather than the other way around. Because of Charley, I walk around the block 4 times a day. (Not in the heat of summer when I sometimes have to cut back to 2 times.) I’m much healthier than before he came. Bob usually gets around once or twice with us. Charley cuddles in the bed with us, loves the fireplace (the way Simon did), and is a great protector, despite not hearing. His tail wags when he greets Bob after work are amazing and joyful.

That my massage therapist, Mary Jane Ashton, 11188233_10203996580691078_7197110219464633220_n is so accomplished and has such a beautiful soul.

That Judi Perrotti  IMG_1238(1)is a gal with a wonderful sense of humor and an artist with my hair. We held one of my book signings in her salon. And if I can get this fourth book edited and to the formatters in a timely fashion, we’ll have the next one there.

That I stumbled on to Jo-Ann Carson’s blog several years ago, and we developed a friendship, which led to a trip to San Antonio to meet this Canadian in person. DSC01318 Standard e-mail view As a result of her ingenuity and a lot of hard work on the part of 17 other talented women, the Sisters of Suspense blog was born. I’m am so grateful to be a part of this gifted group of writers.





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That next Thursday is the US Thanksgiving. It’s my favorite holiday. I think you in Canada have already celebrated. We’ll be traveling for the first time, and I won’t have a post that day. I’ll write about our Thanksgiving experiences on December 3, because I’m pretty sure I’m not through with this #thankfulthursdays thread regardless of the calendar. 🙂

So what other things are you thankful for during these tough, yet hopeful times? Have a wonderful holiday and be safe. Love to hear from you.

8 responses to “#thankfulthursdays #3

  1. Hi Marsha
    I was happily enjoying your blog, sipping on a cup of herbal tea when I saw my pic and spurted my tea in all directions.
    OM Goodness, how very sweet of you to mention me in your thank yous. The honor and pleasure of knowing you has been a highlight in my life. I truly believe we will be each other’s treasured friends for years to come. Thank you.
    who hopes you have a wonderful Thanksgiving

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    • Hey, Jo-Ann. Guess we have a mutual admiration society. It tickled me so to see that you, Jacqui Nelson and Pat Amsden had already shared my post on FB before I’d done anything to spread the news. With friends like y’all, I’m golden. Hope you have a lovely holiday, too. 🙂

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  2. I so enjoy your thoughtful posts, Marsha. The world is full of conflict and terrible tragedies that seem outside our control. It’s good of you to raise a voice. I hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

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  3. Hey, Helena. I’m so glad you’re kind of out in the boonies where you live, probably safer. Ever since visiting with your countrywomen last week, I found myself saying , “lovely” quite a bit. Take care.


  4. Marsha, this was a lovely post. Being grateful is important to practice everyday. I had mentioned once that I kept a journal and every night would write down five things that I was thankful for that day. I need to start that up again.

    Terrible tragedies! I don’t know what can be done to stop ISIS. Like everyone, I’m saddened of the horrible loss of life. Extremists of any kind aren’t good!

    I am thankful for being alive, for my health, for a sound mind, even though I question that at times. I have a sister who has Alzheimer’s who is three years older than I am. I’m thankful for my family and friends. I am thankful for my freedom. I am thankful to/for God.

    Happy Thanksgiving!

    P.S. Charlie is an adorable dog. I love seeing photos of him and finding out what he is up to.

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    • Hey, Susan. I’m so sorry to hear about your sister. My mother had one small episode of dementia brought on my a reaction to medicines. As short as it was, it was dreadful. The feeling of helplessness is overwhelming. God’s blessings of strength and patience for all of you. Glad you like Charley. I’m ready to give him away right now. He’s been in constant bark mode all day. The lawnmowers for neighbors have been here. You know he’s deaf, but he must pick up the vibrations from the machines, because he’s been on a tare. Of course, I’m not giving him away, but goodness. Thanks so much for stopping by. I value your friendship.


  5. I’m grateful we are finally in our new place – 6 months up in the air is just too long. Still have lots of unpacking and arranging to do, but we’re home. On a hill with open space beside and below us and a beautiful view of SF bay from our kitchen window. Couldn’t as for a nicer place to settle. Hope to get back to writing soon.
    I’m grateful too for your online friendship. Have a great Thanksgiving.


  6. Kudos to you for bringing up the terrorists attacks and the refugees plight. I know it opens the door to criticism, but I believe a discussion helps us to see all sides of the situation. I shouldn’t say it., but seeing those refugees with their children makes me more thankful for my home and children. I pray these families will be able to return to their homeland when it is safe for their children to grow up in peace. The Middle East has always been in turmoil throughout their histories. Drawing nations together to stamp out ISIS may bring about more understanding, friendships, and trust in their combined endeavor.
    Really appreciate your continued stories on Charley. What a blessing for you. How do those pets claim our hearts completely?
    I read Pat’s thoughtful post too. Thanks for the link. And last, but not least, the book cover for the analogy is an eye-catcher. Great idea!
    Have a fantastic Friday!!


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